If you like sifting through a collection of various odds and ends to find one of a kind pieces for your apartment, flea markets are a great place to discover buried treasure and put your thriftiness to good use. If you aren’t as seasoned as dedicated flea market enthusiasts, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind before you hit the tables. Remember these pointers when heading out to the flea market this summer for unique, bargain shopping.
This goes for anywhere you’re shopping for furniture – bring a tape measure to confirm that the pieces you’re interested in buying will fit in the dimensions of your apartment. Make sure to bring a list of measurements from different rooms in your apartment to cross check with the size of the furniture.
Quality control is one of the biggest areas of contention when it comes to flea market finds. At first glance, certain antiques might look nearly flawless, but upon further inspection, you might find wear and tear from past usage. This goes not only for visible damage, but odors, too. If the damage isn’t too severe, you may be able to negotiate a lower price, which can be half the fun of flea markets for some people
While you should be mindful of the condition of certain items, even pieces that might need some work still have great potential. Think of ways you can repurpose old pieces by reupholstering them or updating them to work with your living space.
Finally, get out there early before the early bird shoppers have rummaged through the best of the day’s bounty.
There are many great flea markets close to 1st Lake’s Southeast Louisiana area apartments:
River Road Flea Market
3908 River Rd
New Orleans, LA 70121
Open 10am – 5pm, Thursday through Monday
Offers more than 4,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, with 20 different shops inside.
Freret St. & Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Open 12pm – 4pm, the first Saturday of the month, except June, July and August
Monthly neighborhood market featuring local food, arts & crafts and flea market vendors.
No Fleas Market
4228 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Open 10am – 6pm, Monday through Saturday and 12pm – 5pm, Sunday
Resale shop that supports animal welfare. Portion of all proceeds are donated to local animal shelters and rescue groups.
Algiers Mini Mart Flea Market
2105 Behrman Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70114
Open 7:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday
Located on the Westbank, this sprawling flea market is more than 40 years old and features many Central American food vendors.
The Flea Market of Louisiana
15545 Airline Hwy
Prairieville, LA 70769
Open 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Located just outside of Baton Rouge, this flea market offers a family atmosphere and plenty of shopping.
Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
8095 Menge Ave
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Open 8am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
The largest outdoor flea market on the MS Gulf Coast, offering hundreds of vendors each weekend.