10 things to scoop up at summer flea markets

Old drawers (new serving trays), rusty cake pans (succulent planters), tin cans (utensil holders) and more. Plus, our best flea-market tips.

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Our tops tips for shopping flea markets:

1. Bring cash
There’s nothing like falling for a one-of-a-kind item and not being able to snag it. Most markets do not accept cards or cheques, so come prepared.

2. Go in with a plan
Have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Flea markets are often so jam-packed with eclectic things that it can quickly become an overwhelming experience.

3. Paint is your new best friend
The beauty of flea markets is they open up a world of DIY possibilities. Don’t be dismayed if you find a great piece of furniture with a finish that’s chipped or doesn’t match your decor — lots of items can be updated with a fresh coat of paint.

4. Wear appropriate shoes
You will be walking a lot, and possibly carrying large items, so opt for comfort.

5. If you see something you love, buy it
Flea market finds can’t be put on hold, and there may not be duplicates elsewhere. If you walk away, expect it to be snatched up by someone else.

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