The smartest flea market shoppers make sure they are the first ones in line. Arriving at the flea market early ensures that you get to browse the majority of the shop's inventory. You never know what items shopkeepers carry and how much of that item they have in stock. By being early, you put yourself at an advantage because you get the option to buy an item before latecomers. Another advantage to coming early is that you have less competition. The peak hours for many flea markets are between 10am to 1pm. There are less people in the morning than in the peak hours. You will have the first option to buy an item that may be low in stock. So if you want to find something that is in limited supply, come early.
The next tip may seem contradictory to the previous paragraph, but it can be valuable for people that do not really care for low-stocked items. Sometimes arriving an hour or so before closing time can yield in great deals. This is because shopkeepers are beginning to pack their inventory back home. Vendors normally work all throughout the day and are often tired come closing time. When you come late, you can bargain with the vendor for a steep discount. The shopkeepers have two options when you bargain with them: lug their items back or sell it at your price. Vendors that did not sell much in the day might be more willing to sell their items for a big discount, whereas vendors that do not have much to take back are less likely to budge.
To save money, you should avoid dressing in designer clothing and accessories. Vendors often give their initial price by judging how the customer looks. An individual that dresses in expensive brand is going to be given a higher price than a customer that is wearing raggedy clothes.
Shopping at flea markets is a great experience and can yield in valuable items at a cheap price. The experience can be made better by following the advices given above. Dressing extremely casual and arriving either really early or during closing time gives is the best way to purchase things at cheap prices.