Looking for a great bargain? Look no further than your local flea market. A flea market is an open-air street market where used merchandise like antiques, knock-off brand purses and clothing, electronics, and trinkets are sold. If you don't mind pawing through tables of items in your search for the perfect deal, a flea market is probably for you.
Also called bazaars, flea markets can also be held indoors within a warehouse. People can scout out the deals each and every weekend, and sometimes during the week. Stalls and vendors abound, ready to sell to and haggle with anyone who has a good offer. People who enjoy frequenting flea markets also enjoy heading to outdoor yard and garage sales as well. Mostly, it's all cheap stuff, but sometimes you will find a steal, such as an antique doll, or a great piece of furniture you can fix up for your home.
Most flea market merchants take cash only, but some accept credit cards. Whether out on the street or indoors, chances are there's a flea market in your community. Details may be posted online, or in the local paper. You'll often find flea markets, swap meets, and bazaars at carnivals, parks, or other community events.
Inexpensive items may include second hand clothing, toys, books, bootleg DVDs, and other special goods. Expensive items may include cars, guns, radios, and TVs. Many times, counterfeit goods are up for sale on the black market, with cheap price tags. Because flea markets and swap meets may be located in inner cities or other unsafe areas, bribes and black market dealings may be the norm. Shoppers should beware purchasing counterfeit or cheap quality goods. Generally, no exchanges or returns are allowed after initial purchase from vendors.