Insider Tips: The Hot Ticket Flea Market Items Worth Trolling For

Angela Swinderman Elias

As coproducer of the Alameda Point Antiques and Vintage Fashion Faires, and VP of Antiques by the Bay and Michaan's Auctions, Sandra Michaan knows a thing or two about scoring big at flea markets. Aside from the sustainable perks of antiquing, Sandra insists it's the best way to find quality products at affordable prices. While setting a budget beforehand and dressing down for effective haggling are both key, Sandra believes that one of the most valuable pre-antiquing tips is to know what to look for. We caught up with Sandra to get the scoop on which pieces to search outside of the department stores for.

Vintage Mirrors "There's a plethora of vintage mirrors for amazing prices at flea markets. I have found several for my home at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, all under $100, including a floor-length French Revival style with original white paint and a mirrored shelf/ shadow box. Even smaller mirrors can make a big impact when clustered together."

Decorative Lighting "I always keep an eye out for decorative lighting options, which can cost a pretty penny at a lighting store. Crystal droplet pendants can be bought loose and can be added for a dash of flare to a plain fixture. These droplets can be painted as a DIY option and would modernize a lighting piece. Paint them black or a neon color for a cool effect. Don't worry about missing or damaged shades - they can be easily updated with a modern shade for a new look."

Keep reading to see the other vintage finds Sandra always keeps an eye out for

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