Sunday, July 4, 2010

Guest Post Monday - Enjoying The Simple Things

Hello All!

I know it is Sunday, but I wanted to post this right now, while I had access to the computer! Yes, we're on our vacation, but that won't stop me from introducing our next guest blogger---Laura from Enjoying the Simple Things! Laura was so generous to provide this wonderful post about my favorite thing in the whole, wide world---THRIFT SHOPPING! She has some great ideas and I hope you will take a moment to go check out her blog for some fun ideas! Take it away, Laura!

To haggle or not to haggle....that is the question...

By the time I was 9 years old, I think I had been to every antique shop in the greater Portland area. Not to mention abandoned properties to study heirloom plants or to old dump sites where my mom would take us to enjoy her bottle digging expeditions.
These experiences gave me a good idea about what to look for when it comes to antiques or vintage items. While I am not a collector of high priced antiques or artwork, I do enjoy them and I'm always up for a trip to the flea market or local antique store. Not only is it fun to dig around and find a cool item for your home, but saving a buck or two is even more fun.

So, if you are planning on going to the flea market this weekend, or any time in the future, I thought I'd share some key money-saving "haggling" tips. These might not be expert tips but they work for me.

First - Mind your manners. Be polite. Don't insult the seller by offering too low of a price. For many, this is their income. If you see something you like, ask "Are your prices firm?" or "Is this your best price?" (Personally, I like the first question and use that one.) 9 times out of 10 they will ask,"What are you interested in?" so you show them the item and they'll quote you a price. If you don't like the price, you can counter (with a smile of course) and they'll either accept or reject. If they reject, say "Aww, worth a try!" (still smiling) Any discount is better than no discount.

Second - Show me the money
Have a budget in mind and stick to it. 40 dollars can go a long way and always bring cash. At antique shops, they are more willing to give discounts when you have cash. Also, have an idea of what you are looking for. This will save you time and keep your wallet more full.

Third - Be cool as a cucumber. Don't appear too excited about an item and give away your bargaining power. Although the best items are out in the morning, sellers aren't going to haggle just yet. If you really want those vintage locker bins (I would) you may have to pay full price (I would again!) or else the next person will snag them.

Fourth - Hate the game, not the playah. Don't worry that you are being cheap. Haggling is part of the fun and most sellers are expecting the game to be played that way. When I had a boutique inside an antique mall, the lowest price I would accept on an item was put into the computer so the salesclerk knew how much to discount when asked. Unless the tag has a ND (no discount) written on it everything is negotiable.

Fifth - Know when to fold 'em. Be prepared to walk away. If an item is priced just too high or the condition is poor, you probably don't need it anyway. Remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure and sometimes one man's trash is just one man's trash. Chances are, you'll come across something you like better. And then the game begins again...

I'll see you at the market on Saturday! Play on!

THANK YOU, Laura, for those wonderful tips! I hope you all will take a moment to check out my 300 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY! Have a wonderful holiday!!!


  1. Thanks for the tips. I now have a new confidence for my next thrifty shopping trip.

  2. Great tips! Maybe I need to find some new flea markets to add to my shopping to-do list!

  3. Thanks for the ideas...I always feel that I am insulting someone when I haggle...but I am getting better

  4. Great tips! Now, about those skeleton keys...

  5. Very good tips. I think the not showing excitement one is one of the most important. :-) I love me a good deal!

  6. Thanks for posting this! If you need anything more, let me know. I'll be on the thrifting hunt next week!

  7. Great tips! The wording you suggested will be especially helpful for me! TFS :)

  8. I would add keep small bills and big bills in separate pockets. Embarrassing to talk them down and hand over a big bill and need change.


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