One of my favorite places to shop for clothing is at the flea market. I love sharing these finds with you over on Instagram stories and many of you have asked how to shop for clothing at the flea market. Here’s a little guide to help you on your next flea market shopping trip.
1. Not all textiles are created equal. I prefer shopping for cotton, silk, leather, suede, and velvet. I always double check the garment tag or ask the vendor when in doubt. Also, feel the fabric especially if it’s leather or silk to make sure it’s still soft and not stiff, sticky, or especially scratchy.
2. Don’t expect everything to be cheap. Vintage is trendy. Flea markets are trendy. Shopping for vintage at flea markets is tres trendy so don’t expect deals and steals everywhere. You’ll find some great prices, but know that you will have to spend a little extra for higher quality and trendy pieces.
3. Don’t skip the fitting room (or awkward try on). Some vendors will have a makeshift fitting room. If they do, don’t skip it. If there isn’t a fitting room, then try to pull the piece on over your clothing (a reason why you should always wear easy to slide on/off pieces like leggings and a tank).
4. Stick to the classics. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at all the pieces and vendors at the flea market. Plus, the influx of boho dresses and graphic tees might derail you; stick to the classics. You’ll never go wrong with a leather jacket, Levi’s, or cotton dress.
5. Tailoring is always an option. If an item is too long or just a little too big, you can always get the perfect fit with a quick trip to the tailor.