There’s a reason why you’ll spot celebrities, high profile individuals and designers shopping at flea markets. It’s not a matter of price, but rather they understand the potential treasures that are up for grabs at flea markets.
Flea markets in New York City are such a wonderful resource for furnishing your home or office. They’re a testament to the fact that despite the evolution of cultural norms this is one practice that has not been abandoned from our lives.
Knowing what to look for is simply about knowing what you like, knowing what you already have, the space that you have to work with and the budget that you have to stay within.
Know What You Like: this is simple; it’s whatever catches your eye. The things that make you stop and swoon. These are the items that will stand out and speak to you while you’re browsing through the market.
Know What You Already Have: like grocery shopping, it’s good to take a brief inventory of what you already have and what you need to complete the “recipe” of your home décor. By knowing what you already have you’ll ensure that you end up with not just the things you want but the things you need to complete your space.
Hint: Knowing what you already have is especially important when you’re working with a particular color scheme. Consider bringing the paint chips or fabric sample with you to ensure that you create a balanced overall color scheme.
Know Your Budget: like all shopping experiences it’s good to have a budget and stick to it. If you’re willing to splurge a little on one item, be willing to cut back on another. Also, take the opportunity to negotiate the price of an item that you’re interested in. You never know what deal you can get.
Designer’s Hint: flea markets are a treasure trove for finding unique, one-of-a-kind, rare décor for any space. They’re too often overlooked but if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, then the treasures will be obvious.
What’s Next: take a look at what you have and what you want to achieve and head to the markets this weekend! It’s the perfect time to shop like a designer today!