Eddie Ross's Tips For Successful Flea Market Shopping

The New York Times

Eddie Ross, former editor at Martha Stewart Living and House Beautiful who now shares decorating and entertaining tips on his blog, eddieross.com, knows all there is to know about successful flea market shopping. In this week's Home & Garden section of The New York Times, he gives a few tips for how you can make the most of your flea market outings:

Here's are a few excerpts from the interview:

What’s the biggest mistake people make? "A lot of times people will find only a set of four dishes, and they’ll pass it up, even though they like the pattern. If you know the maker and the name, you can go to places like Replacements Ltd., eBay and Etsy, and I can guarantee you will find another set of four."

When you see something that seems like a bargain, but it needs some work, how do you know if it’s worth the money? "You have to love it. You also have to know that it’s going to fit perfectly in your house. When I’m looking for something for our house, I like to go around with a book that has the room dimensions, the paint chip color of the walls, the height of the ceilings and a swatch of my sofa fabric, so that I’ll know that it’ll all work together."

What else do you bring with you? "I carry a little bag with water, flashlight, measuring tape, gloves, a scarf and canvas totes, so you’re not cutting your hands with the plastic bags. At the big flea markets, where you have to park, I take pictures with my phone of nearby landmarks so I can find it again."

Read the full Q&A at The New York Times.

Do you have any tried and true tips for successful flea market shopping? Tell us below!

(Image: Eddie Ross)

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