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The Best Tips for Flea Markets

Flea markets are the ultimate treasure hunt: you never know what you’re going to find. As summer comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to enjoy cooler temps and some outdoor shopping. Here are some tips for getting the most out of flea markets in and around Jersey City this season.  

Fabulous Flea Markets Near You

Living in Jersey City, you’re surrounded by some of the best artists and creative types around. If you’re looking for vintage clothing, antiques or handmade art you won’t be disappointed.

  • Pacific Flea - A Jersey City favorite, Pacific Flea offers a wide variety of vendors and art for every taste. From vintage clothing to unique handmade items and food trucks, Pacific Flea is a must for every shopper. Second Saturdays of the month, April through October.

  • Marketplace JC/6th Borough Market - This family-friendly outdoor market is one Saturday a month in downtown Jersey City. Looking for crafts, antiques and entertainment all in one place? Come to Marketplace JC and don’t forget to bring your appetite.

  • Teaneck Armory Flea Market & Collectible Show - On Saturday, September 3 make a short trip to Teaneck to see over 50 vendors display their wares. A wide variety of items will be available from clothing and jewelry to garage/tag section and collectibles.  

  • NJ Transit Flea Market & Collectible Show - Sunday, August 27 in Lyndhurst. This flea market only a short drive from Jersey City features extensive vendors and plenty of food trucks. You’ll also find new and retail items as well as second-hand items and antiques.

Flea Market Shopping Savvy

When you set aside a day for flea marketing, you want to be comfortable and prepared as you search for treasures. Here are some strategies for having a successful shopping experience:

  • Get a map - If possible, obtain a map of the flea market prior to going so you can get a layout of the land. Make a plan of where to start and note food areas, restrooms and parking.

  • Bring cash - Although many vendors still accept checks and more modern folks will take plastic, cash is your best bet. Small bills come in handy. However, keep cash in a safe place close to your person.

  • Carry with ease - Bring a collapsible cart with wheels and strong tote bags. Consider stashing some bubble wrap in your totes just in case you find fragile items.

  • Be comfy - Wear good walking shoes or sneakers but a pair you’re okay with getting dusty or dirty. If it’s cool, be sure to layer but always wear sunscreen! You don’t want a red nose or burned neck from looking down at great finds.

  • Don’t be shy - Feel free to haggle for a good deal, but be prepared beforehand. Make sure you’re serious before asking for a discount, and be realistic in your offer. Most sellers at flea markets will negotiate between 10-15% off. Remember to be polite and friendly or you won’t get anywhere!

  • Have a keen eye - Especially when furniture hunting, don’t overlook sturdy pieces that could use a little sprucing up. If you’re willing to do some cosmetic repairs like painting or refinishing, your possibilities expand tenfold.

Your Adventure Awaits

Finally, remember to have fun and enjoy exploring flea markets near Jersey City. You can plan ahead and make a list of things you’re looking for, or let serendipity rule the day. Let your creativity and imagination guide you as you stumble upon home decor, gifts and unexpected must-haves.