Tips for Saving Money at The Flea Market

Tips for Saving Money at The Flea Market

It’s no secret, I’m a thrifting maniac. Have been for quite a while now. There is something in the thrill of the hunt, doing all I can to stretch that dollar as far as it can go. I also love anything vintage, I can almost feel the history and character it has. Each piece tells a story, and I love that. I’m getting ahead of myself here..

I was recently invited to the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach with a group of other bloggers. We had a blast learning all about the history of the flea market, I had no idea it had been open for 25 years. The antique mall alone is approximately 30,000 sq ft, and the farmers market is open year-round. Fresh produce and antiques? Be still my heart!

We were each given a $100 gift card to shop in this massive space that houses anywhere from 300-500 vendors year-round. Good thing I had my walking shoes on, challenge accepted! There is quite literally something for everyone at the Festival Flea Market, so I decided to dabble and get something for almost every room in my home.

I started at the Antiques mall because let’s face it, I have a thrifting problem. Since they rent space to vendors to sell their goods, this mall is an incredible walk through the past. Each station bringing its own flair and representing a different style. I of course made my way over to the incredible vinyl collection. I could get lost in here for days, so I limited myself to three records and kept it moving. There was a lot of ground to cover and I had my sights set on some cool items.

Festival Flea Market

Tip #1

Don’t be afraid to negotiate. The beauty of buying something thrifted, is that you are most likely dealing with the owner and can barter face to face. In this case, the clerk was able to call the vendor and even give them my top bid. They ended up accepting it, and I snagged these classic vinyl records, a genuine leather tolled purse (with an “E” – so perfect), and a really cool Mexican leather hat that I will hang on a wall in my house (thanks to some funky inspiration by a very stylish friend of mine).

Festival Flea Market

 

Festival Flea Market

Tip #2

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There is nothing worse than making a bad purchase out of sheer desperation. Buyer’s remorse is real folks, and it stinks. There are a lot of different stations with different items to offer, you never know if another kiosk has something you want at a better price. Walk on over, it’ll be worth it!

I enjoyed strolling through and watching the variety of products that were available throughout this flea market in particular. It’s different from any I’ve visited before seeing as how some vendors have been around for twenty years, and others are a month to month. There is always something new and fresh, and there are staples that the cult following can rely on week to week. Anything from shoes, plants, even dream catchers and crystals! I of course hit the oil stand grabbing a few scents for my hubby and some incense for myself.

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Tip #3

Be sure and take a break and get a bite to eat at the market. You can pick up a snack along the way, or stop to eat at the food court. Grab one of the signature New York Pickles on a Stick if you want to keep it moving, but make sure you eat. Shopping is cardio and it can work up your appetite. Nobody likes a hungry buyer people.

Which brings me to my next stop.. possibly my favorite because I have a soft spot for farmer’s markets. The market inside of the Festival Flea Market is huge, and much like the flea market, has something for everyone. The farmer’s market (open year-round) has fresh produce, dairy (raw included), a fish market, and a deli! I was very impressed with the selection they provided and took the time to get to know the owner. She even treated me to some Kumato’s and recommended I try them (so delicious). I needed to pick up a few things for dinner that night anyhow, it worked out perfectly after a day of shopping I was able to bring home some dinner as well.

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

Festival Flea Market

All together on my trip I nabbed:

  • a leather purse
  • a leather hat
  • poster art
  • a beaded cuff
  • 3 vinyl records
  • a vintage doily
  • incense
  • 2 essential oil blends
  • olive oil
  • a package of Kumato’s

Not bad for $100! After reading Marie Kondo’s organizational masterpiece earlier this year, I’ve become a much harsher critic about what makes it into my space at home. I need to love everything I bring in, thrifting is a way that I can show my personality and style, without breaking the bank. I’ve been doing this since I purchased my first vintage typewriter at 8 years old.

Interesting Facts:

  • The market is 1/4 mile from one end to the other

  • There is a full service salon available, a pet deli (it’s dog-friendly), two luggage stores, and a huge store that sells professional medical clothing (scrubs, etc..).

  • Events: There is a kids summer camp, live music frequently, character meet and greets, two car shows a year, pokemon meet-ups, and even a cooking competition featuring Master Chef’s season six winner!

I have a special surprise for all of my readers. If you would like to visit the Festival Flea Market and see it with your own two eyes, you can stop by the guest services area with the voucher below and collect your very own gift bag and $20 in Festivalue Dollars. These are great and can save you money while shopping, for every $5 you spend you may redeem $1 Festivalue dollar. I was able to take advantage of this deal while shopping, which helped me score all of my purchases while staying on budget. Be sure and mention you are there to collect the blogger gift bag with my voucher ID listed below.

Essentially Erika Voucher

If you are 18+ you can pick up your gift bag (while supplies last) at guest services, you then upload a photo of you (example below) with your bag to any social media, tagging Festival Flea Market including the hashtag #FestivalShop. You will automatically be entered to win a $100 Festival Flea Market gift card of your own! The drawing ends September 30th, good luck and happy shopping!

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Essentially yours,

Erika


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Party in a Pinch – Penny Pinching Party Tips

NYE Party

There’s an old saying that says, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” While I don’t suppose this was meant to describe my party planning luck, it sure fits.

It seems whenever I make plans lately, it always gets derailed. Seeing as how my word of the year this new year is “Balance,” it only seems fitting. I’m working on the balance it takes to live a wholehearted & authentic life, while still going with the flow. “Resistance is futile,” is another old saying. I completely agree. A very famous author, Stephen Pressfield wrote an entire book (The War of Art) about overcoming resistance as a writer. It seems this is where the problem begins, in the resistance of life.

So in an effort to remain balanced and go with the flow, I’m following Eckhart Tolle’s advice on staying fully present, and living each moment as though I had chosen it that way.

Now let’s talk party!

I made plans for New Year’s Eve, and for the second time in two years I had to cancel with little notice and host at our home. Pulling myself up by the bootstraps, I did the first thing that came to mind! I drove straight to my local dollar store and picked up what I could in order to save a few bucks. I did not expect to find everything I would need for my party AND all for just under $25!

NYE Party

A little creativity and some determination can go a long way! So I’m sharing some of these simple and easy short cuts with you. I’m severely late on this post. For the second year in a row I seemed to have lost all of my pictures of this party, luckily this time I was able to get it back. So essentially I’m postin gthis before I lose them again!

First let me start off by saying that at first this was just an attempt to shave a few pennies off the dollar. As I began browsing, the more creative I was able to be and this became a full on challenge to get everything I needed.

Let’s start with how amazed I was that the Dollar Store sold party pom-poms.. I love creating my own (which I did last year), but this sure did save a ton of time this year, which I desperately needed! These adorable masks were a great change to the usual NYE hats and the ladies just loved them!

NYE Party

I had some leftover gold straws (you can find these at Party City or even Target), so I just clipped them in half and hot glued these glitter pom-poms I found at the dollar store.

NYE Party

They worked great as festive decoration in our Prosecco (some of our guests did not like champagne). Prosecco was a welcomed change, I just love it! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you know how much I love a good #thriftscore! I found a set of these beautiful wine glasses (they can be used for champagne as well) at my local Goodwill store. A set of eight only cost $10! They added just the right amount of sparkle to my party.

NYE party

Along with these beauties it wouldn’t be a party without these gorgeous, simple hipster-chic shot glasses I just had to have. All together I paid under $20 for these sets, I didn’t count it towards the party total because I will be using them forever, not just for this NYE party!

NYE Party

These homemade hats I made for the kids to enjoy in case they were able to brave staying up late enough to count down (they didn’t). I just folded grey and black card stock into a cone shape and stapled it together. I used garland from the dollar store to decorate and used rubber string to hold in place. What was leftover I used as garland necklaces by stapling them all together. I was really digging deep at this point!

NYE party

One of the easiest ways to save on a fun party is to incorporate printables. I searched online until I found a FREE printable set that would fit my theme. I was able to print banners, pictures, and even these cute tags for all of my decorative straws.

NYE Party

NYE Party

For this glitter-ized champagne bottle, I sprayed adhesive all over the bottle and rolled it around in my favorite glitter. It went perfectly with my “Pop-Fizz-Clink” theme.

NYE Party

I was able to score these cool sparkler holder printables to hand out to everyone. Everyone enjoyed celebrating with sparkles at midnight and it was a fun favor to be able to hand out at the party.

NYE Party

Another inexpensive way to amp up your party is to pull double duty with your Christmas decorations. Hanging some bulbs from your ceiling in the color scheme of your party can add a cool effect to a small space.

NYE party

Some of the best moments in life aren’t planned and I’ve certainly learned to ride the waves. This party was put together in just a few hours, but it was one of our best NYE experiences.

I hope this will inspire you to check every nook and cranny and go with the flow. Who knows when the Dollar Store Diva may strike again!

 

Essentially yours,

Erika

DIY NYE Party


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