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September 20, 2010

I didn’t get to Minnesota

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:18 PM

One definition of flea market is a type of bazaar where inexpensive or secondhand goods are sold or bartered. It may be indoors, such as in a warehouse or gymnasium or expo building or it may be open air, outdoors in a parking lot or park.


What it should not be is ridiculously over priced commonplace merchandise posing as antiques with pricetags reflecting the entire cost of renting the space. You should not expect to make back your booth rental on every item you sell.


If a seller doesn’t want to sell an item but has the overwhelming need to show it off, mark it not for sale or display only.  Marking a $3 item $20 gives the buyer the impression that this particular seller does not understand value and is only after  as much money as they can greedily grasp.  After seeing several items marked exhorbitantly over value, the buyer no longer feels anything in this seller’s booth is worth his or her hard won cash.

Higher prices should be reserved for antique mall booths

and then the booth should be orderly and arranged to make a buyer feel comfortable and welcome.

When items are piled randomly together  and squished into a space half the required size to display them reasonably,  the seller should not expect to get top dollar. 

$100K Junk Pile in Birmingham, Alabama

Digging through boxes and bins makes for a fun day at a flea market or yard sale when the treasure uncovered costs under a dollar or two,

but to have to dig at an antique mall and then find the price to be closer to $20 takes away any sort of joy or sense of gratitude, removes all the pleasure of the find.

Yes,  I was not in Minnesota having fun with all the dedicated junkers.
My flea market experience this past Saturday  almost left me feeling robbed of  several hours of my life.
So disppointed I did not take pictures of the actual event.
(That is my confession that I “borrowed” the above pictures from the web.)

However – the day was not a total loss.

Before leaving the  place I had intentionally visited I did find a loft of “women’s items.” 
The following pictures I did take myself.
If you click on each it will enlarge.



While not what I was particularly looking for that day I was inspired to come home and do some crafting on my own.

And after leaving the “flea market,”  I spotted a sign for a church sale, which was much more my style (better organized) and in my price range. I was especially happy when they called HALF PRICE on everything including the baked goods just as I arrived.

At half price I loaded twice as much stuff into the van  and will photograph it in a day or two and share with you soon.

Thanks for listening to me rant from my soapbox.
I am linking this to Today’s Thrifty Treasures  which will only be partying one more week before winter hiatus.
Thrift Share Monday which will continue as long as we all play along

and Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm.

I hope your thrifting went better.  Please see my announcement post for events we can all attend that are GUARANTEED to be fun and exciting.

Linking up to Wordful Wednesday  and Outdoor Wednesday  and Wobble Over Wednesday.   Blog Hop Skip and Jump  



  1. I agree, it’s disappointing to go to a venue that is overpriced for what they are selling, especially if it is a mess like the one photo. 😉
    Glad you found the church sale. I’m looking forward to the big Round Top Antique Fair next week here in TX.

    Comment by Sarah — September 21, 2010 @ 9:46 PM

    • Thank you for understanding. I hope the Round Top does not disappoint.

      Comment by dogsmom — September 22, 2010 @ 8:25 AM

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    Comment by Kari — September 22, 2010 @ 12:53 AM

  3. Oh, rant away. I agree totally. I have found some great flea markets nearby that know how to price to get you coming back time and again.

    Comment by rebecca — September 22, 2010 @ 8:05 AM

    • I was so disappointed, and had been so looking forward to it, that I can not hide how let down I feel. I did touch a nerve somewhere because someone removed a photo for me.
      I promise to write more positively in the future.

      Comment by dogsmom — September 22, 2010 @ 8:24 AM

  4. Flea markets really have changed over the years, haven’t they? I’m guessing it’s the greed that has increased. Glad it wasn’t a total wash since you found that church sale! 🙂

    WW: Goofy Contortionist

    Comment by Stacy Uncorked — September 22, 2010 @ 8:38 AM

  5. I hear ya. I hate when things are so wildly out of price. I think they want to barter. I’m not up for haggling so I walk away

    great tips

    Comment by Tricia @Nightowlmama — September 22, 2010 @ 9:19 AM

    • Oh I love to haggle, but when my starting offer is less than 50% of the price marked I feel they are going to be insulted. Then the haggle (and hassle) is not fun.

      Comment by dogsmom — September 22, 2010 @ 2:46 PM

  6. I do agree that it’s very disheartening when all those treasures are so overpriced! I find that at Goodwill a lot lately, just seems that they’re asking way too much! My MIL took me to an antique mall by her house last week and it was horribly overpriced. Pieces of furniture that I’ve found for free in my dumpster were priced in the $100’s!!!

    Comment by Victoria — September 22, 2010 @ 12:39 PM

    • What that means is you really have to spend more time dumpster diving!
      There is such a difference between GW store prices only a few miles apart.
      And then I hear there are some locations that sell the clothing by the POUND.
      How do I convince any thrift to start doing that around here? (just for the fabric)

      Comment by dogsmom — September 22, 2010 @ 2:45 PM

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    Comment by Lenore — September 22, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

  8. I love church sales and seem to find great stuff at reasonable prices. We don’t have flea markets close by so I can’t really comment on the prices. I do know GW and other thrift shops have raised their prices significantly.

    Comment by sherry @ No Minimalist Here — September 22, 2010 @ 8:22 PM

  9. Well said. Half the fun is feeling like you just got the deal of the century.

    Comment by NuVintageEra — September 23, 2010 @ 3:34 AM

  10. As a long time veteran of flea markets and antique stores/malls your points are valid and absolutely true. I’ve sometimes been at a flea market and wanted to say to the seller “you’re joking, right?” And there is an antique mall I visit that has a booth so cluttered with everything piled on top of everything else I have never once had the inclination to walk into that booth…besides my eyes and brain being on overwhelm, I’m terrified I might accidently knock one thing over and the whole booth will come tumbling down. 🙂

    Comment by gail — September 23, 2010 @ 10:13 PM

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