Sunday, January 17, 2010

Counting the days

Spring takes a long time to get here in Illinois and I can't wait to get out there and hit the flea markets. I was unable to make it to any last year so I am counting the days for some outdoor shopping.

Love this clock

 Here are a few Flea Market Pointers from Cottage Living

Do your research before you go. Several online resources such as Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles are helpful.

Make a shopping list with all of the measurements, color schemes, and pertinent information you need.

And set a budget; otherwise, it’s easy to overspend.

It’s also important to keep in mind you can’t return what you buy, so choose wisely.

When negotiating for a good price, instead of saying, "I’ll give you this amount," try, "Are you willing to take this amount?" Vendors respect bargainers with polite negotiating skills.

Happy shopping and have a great day!


  1. I know what you mean! I am have dying for flea market season...garage sales...anything! be sure to stop by and say Hi! if you go to Kane County in the spring. I will have my booth there starting in May! ;o) ~mary~

  2. I'd love to hear about any Chicago flea markets that might be worth a drive!

  3. Jen,
    There are two great fleas in Illinois that I have been to. Sandwich Antiques Market in Sandwich Il and the Kane County flea market in St. Charles Il. There are lots of treasures to be found!

  4. I love outdoor flea markets in the spring too. CANNOT come soon enough for me. :-) Have a good week.

  5. I can't wait for nicer weather for flea markets, too! We have alot of autions here in Pa; which are really fun and sometimes we can get great deals :)

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  7. I am salivating at those door knobs~so pretty! This year I am determined to check out the Highway 127 yardsale. Even though part of it goes through Tennessee I have never once made it.

  8. "Counting the days"? You and me both, Sister, you and me both. :)

  9. Looks like fun! My in-laws live in IL, maybe I'll have to visit in the spring :)