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Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson

With the rise of vintage clothes and shopping at thrift stores a revolution of recycled and used clothing has taken place all over the District and beyond. (See for instance Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” There is no escaping the phenomenon.)
So whether you love it and you’re embracing it or you hate it and close your eyes hoping to never see a gold lame jacket ever again, you might as well get down to the basics, should you ever find yourself in a thrifty position. People are now searching for different outlets to find unique items to update their own individual style and with spring on the rise, a great way to spend a spring afternoon can definitely take place at a fleamarket. DC FLEA occasionally holds an indoor vintage flea market, so of course we had to check it out. For one day only designers and vendors came together to sell their items at amazing prices.Flea markets aren’t for amateurs and one must know the art of negotiation and have a good eye! Here are some great tips I learned from the DC FLEA when searching for those special items at fleaMarkets.
  • Bring Cash
    As advanced and crazy as technology is, there’s nothing like doing a good ol’ even exchange of cash for goods. While some vendors do accept cards, it’s better to play it safe and, protip, if you have a set amount of cash you’ll go in knowing how much you should spend.
  • Get There Early
    All the best items sell first, so be sure to get fir pick. Early bird and whatnot.
  • Scope Out Everything
    Take a walk around the entire perimeter of the store before you decide to but anything.
  • Be Nice and Greet the Vendor
    The best way way to find great items is to talk to the vendor about what you like and how much you want to spend.
  • Bring a Friend
    Have even more fun by bringing a friend, a second opinion never hurts!
  • Get Inspired
    Flip through some magazines for recent looks you’d like to try (bringing them with you for reference might not be a bad idea, either).
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