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6 Flea Market Shopping Tips

Everyone loves a bargain, and St. Louis hosts many places to find one — from fresh produce to homemade crafts to upscale clothing and designers suits. Whether you’re looking for a novelty gift item or for a suit to wear to an important job interview, one of the best thrift stores and flea markets in St. Louis has just what you need at a fraction of the retail cost. Make sure you follow these 6 tips to get the best bang for your buck:

1. Buy It! – If you see something you really like, buy it!

Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

2. Leave your number(s). “If you see something you like but the price is a little bit outside of your budget, leave an offer with your highest bid and phone number.

 (Photo by Yavuz Arslan/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

(Photo by Yavuz Arslan/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

3. Bring small bills—you don’t want to debate over $5 or $10 dollars, then pay with a $50 dollar bill.

(Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Be prepared – Spontaneous shopping is fun, but if you are shopping for a specific piece make that needs to match make sure you bring your color palate with you!

 (Photo by Gerhard Joren/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(Photo by Gerhard Joren/LightRocket via Getty Images)

5. Buyer beware – Be sure to thoroughly investigate what you are purchasing before buying it.

Old Broken Guitar (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)

Old Broken Guitar (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)

6. Keep an open mind and a good attitude – Just a little touch of paint can really help something old look brand new!

Photo: KEZK

Photo: KEZK

Other must-haves: Comfortable shoes, a good attitude, and a willingness to dig—these are the keys to a successful secondhand shopping adventure!

If you’re looking for some local thrift stores and flea markets in the area CLICK HERE!

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