Flea Market tip #10: Early bird? You're still too late for the best deals.
Getting up at the crack of dawn may not be early enough to get be one of the first flea market visitors. Vendors say they typically take a turn around other stalls before the flea market opens, picking up items for their personal collections or to resell down the line. “Even at 7 a.m., things might be picked over,” says Grahl, who has seen transactions go down as early as 2 a.m. at big markets as vendors set up. “If you’re a collector, be there early before they open.”
Latecomers can still find some bargains, say experts. Some vendors replace purchased items with other stock from their vehicles throughout the day, says Fendelman. In the afternoon, Grahl says, sellers may be more willing to haggle to avoid packing up unsold items. “That’s the time when they’ll say, oh, give me $2 for that,” she says.
[Source: Smart Money]