For most people, Memorial Day weekend serves as the kick-off to summer. But for the bargain-hunters and vintage-fiends among us, it marks a different occasion: the beginning of flea market season. Whether you’re hitting the seasonal open-air markets or just making your usual thrift-shop rounds, we checked in with the experts for some savvy shopping tips.
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There's a time and a place for a shopping list, sure. But if you're working on curating a great, unique space? Skip it and see what the flea market gods are offering up that day. "I never go looking—I just go out and see what presents itself," says Tereasa Surratt, who penned a how-to book, "Found, Free and Flea," after transforming a run-down Wisconsin lake resort into the super-chic Camp Wandawega. "You don't want to become a hoarder, but if I find a really good piece, I'll buy it and get rid of something else. It's in my DNA—I grew up in a hand-me-down family, and I love thrifting something that no one else will have."