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20 of the Best Flea Markets In America

20 of the Best Flea Markets In America

Saving money is something that most, if not all of us love to do.  The thought of knowing you are getting the best deal is such an amazing feeling, it becomes almost an addiction.  Flea markets are probably one of the more popular places that people enjoy going to make sure they can stretch that dollar as much as possible.  If you love the adventure of escaping the big-city shopping vibe, then you have got to check out some of these flea markets in the United States.

1. Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market- Miami Beach, FL

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    Located at the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach.  This has been noted as one of the most underrated flea markets in America, as well as one of the most interesting. You can find a huge variety of collectibles, as well as a few rare artisans and vendors.

    2. Brooklyn Flea – Brooklyn, NY

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      Located in Brooklyn, NY, this flea market is well known for being located in the historic One Hanson, as well as in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.  If you can’t seem to find that hidden treasure, the food vendors there have also been a major hit to the visitors it attracts.

      3. Rose Bowl Flea Market- Pasadena, CA

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        Located at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, this enormous flea market attracts over 20,000 visitors each month, with its 2500 booths. You can find almost anything here from antiques, to landscaping design.

         4. Brimfield Flea Market- Brimfield, MA

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          Now one of the largest outdoor markets in the U.S., this attracts over one million visitors each year, despite only being open for 6 days each in May, July, and September.  You are very likely to find New England collectibles and maritime accouterments for quite the deal here.

          5. Renningers- Mount Dora, FL

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            This flea market is the best place to find interesting antiques.  They also are well known for holding special events every month that are worth taking a look at.

            6. Austin County Flea- Austin, TX

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              One of the oldest and largest flea markets in Texas.  They have around 300 vendors currently, and has been kind of slowing down over the years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal!

              7. Golden Nugget Antique Market- Lambertville, NJ

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                This indoor/outdoor market is a good place to find almost anything vintage, or retro.  There is something for everybody here for sure, since it attracts such a very diverse crowd.

                8. Melrose Trading Post- Los Angeles, CA

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                  Located at Fairfax High School, this flea market attracts around 3000-4000 visitors every week, where you can find a wide variety of antiques, arts, and more.  What makes the Melrose Trading Post so unique is that it is also a fundraiser to the school it is located at. Neat!

                  9. Alameda Flea Market- Alameda, CA

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                    The largest antiques show in Northern California, it features over 800 booths every month.  Due to the rule that every item sold must be at least 20 years old, the show attracts some serious collectors, but there is still always a good bargain to be found.

                    10. Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market- Long Beach, CA

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                      This market also enforces a 20 year old rule, includes over 800 vendors all spread over 20 acres.  You can be sure to find a plethora of hidden treasures at bargain prices.

                      11. Texas Antique Weekend- From Fayetteville to Carmine, TX

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                        Spread over 30 acres along Highway 237, this twice-a-year market certainly proves that everything is bigger in Texas.  You can expect to find items including mid century decorations, Victorian items, and ranch furniture.  They say there is no such thing as a casual visit when you go to Texas Antique Weekend so be prepared!

                        12. Treasure Mart – Ann Arbor, MI

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                          Housed in an old 19th century planing mill, the Treasure Mart is a home for beautiful antiques, and vintage goods.  They put out roughly 2000 new items in there store each day, and they say that about 75% of their goods are sold withing the first 30 days!

                          13. Mowers Saturday Flea Market- Woodstock, NY

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                            Such a unique market, with a wide variety of antiques and collectibles.  They also have quite the variety of artisinal foods that include Amish pickles, and veggie dogs.  They even have veggie dog eating contests every week!  They offer free admission, as well as free hugs, so do not hesitate to visit them!

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                            14. First Monday Trade Days- Canton, TX

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                              This historic flea market dates back to frontier times. It includes over 3000 dealers, and attracts well over 300,000 visitors, and includes a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, and hand crafts. It even includes an RV park that’s equipped with restrooms and showers!

                              15. Georgetown Flea Market- Georgetown, DC

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                                DC’s longest running outdoor market, you are sure to find a huge variety of items, as well as a huge market of vegetables and artisanal food that completes the scene.

                                16. Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market- Shipshewana, IN

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                                  The Midwest’s largest flea market makes its home in quiet Amish country, upstate Indiana.  The atmosphere is set by the music, and a variety of food is served there, and it includes over 100 vendors offering a wide variety of goods.

                                  17. Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market- Springfield, OH

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                                    Recognized as one of the best Shows & Markets in America by CNN, Country Living, and more, the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market is held on a county fairground, and includes more than 2500 vendors.  Folksy and primitive items are a big seller here, and you are likely to get your best bargains in September, when vendors are trying to liquidate their inventories.

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                                    18. 127 Corridor Sale- Cumberland Plateau, TN

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                                      Not so much a flea market, but would be better known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale.  This sale stretches almost 700 miles down Highway 127 from Addison, MI all the way to Gadsden, AL.  It’s hard to tell you what you might find, but the experience and the people will be something to enjoy more than anything.

                                      19. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market- New York, NY

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                                        Named one of the top 10 shopping streets in the world by National Geographic.  Over 100 vendors line the street each weekend, and offer a huge variety of collectibles.

                                        20. Chelseas Antique Garage/West 25th Street Market- New York, NY

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                                          The Garage is no longer in business, but all of their wonderful vendors can be found at the 25th Street Market, only a half a block away from the garage, and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.  The markets have been a big inspiration to famous cultural icons, including Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, and many more.

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                                          Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          Finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. And that’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                          In this article, we will explore ways on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

                                          5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

                                          Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task but if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps:

                                          1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                          Any goal (let alone financial) without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream. And this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                          It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it is for. It could be anything like kid’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car etc.

                                          Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

                                          2. Keep Them Realistic

                                          It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

                                          It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                          3. Account for Inflation

                                          Ronald Reagan once said – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                          Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

                                          For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

                                          4. Short Term vs Long Term

                                          Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach towards achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It is important to bifurcate goals in short term and long term.

                                          As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as short term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short term vs long term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                          More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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                                          5. To Each to His Own

                                          The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

                                          It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

                                          By now, you would be ready with your financial goals, now it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                          11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                          Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 step process –

                                          • Ensuring healthy savings
                                          • Making smart investments

                                          You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

                                          Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                          Self realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                          This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                          1. Track Expenses

                                          The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

                                          Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.

                                          2. Pay Yourself First

                                          Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

                                          Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                          The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc) every month.

                                          Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

                                          3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

                                          Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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                                          Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

                                          At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                          Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                          You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                          4. Rise Again Even If You Fall

                                          Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

                                          If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

                                          Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

                                          All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

                                          5. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                          In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                          Make Savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                          Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

                                          If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

                                          If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                          So the key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                          6. Talk About It

                                          Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

                                          Therefore in order to stay the course, it is advisable that you keep yourself surrounded with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                          7. Maintain a Journal

                                          For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                          So if you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                          Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

                                          When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energised to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot more easier for you to follow you and track your progress.

                                          At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

                                          Making Smart Investments

                                          Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

                                          8. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                          Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                          Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                          9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                          Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

                                          Just like “no one is born a criminal”, no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference.

                                          Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

                                          It is here where that classification will help.

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                                          So as a general rule, for all your short term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less as compared to equity instruments.

                                          10. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                          Einstein once remarked about compounding,

                                          Compound Interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.

                                          So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                          Start investing early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                          11. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                          All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                          If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

                                          If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

                                          Do measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

                                          As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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