31 Days of Date Nights {Day 20} Flea market

Welcome to 31 Days of Date Nights. My plan is to give you a simple date night idea, (mostly frugal ones) every day for the month of October.   You can access all posts in this series here.

DH and I had a date at the flea market one time.  Neither of us had ever been to the one in our city, so it was an adventure for both of us.  The one we went to had both indoor and outdoor booths.  Which was nice since we went on a cold day.  We didn’t end up taking anything home with us, but it was still fun to look around.

And  it was a super cheap date because we had coupons that allowed us both to get in free.  I think the cost would have only been $2 each if we had paid out of pocket, so still very frugal.  (Check your local newspaper and/or your Entertainment book for coupons).

We noticed something interesting at the flea market. One guy had a large crowd around his table and was selling things left and right.  One item he was selling was the exact same ear thermometer we had purchased at Target.  It was still in the box, unopened.   But he was selling it for quite a bit less than it costs to buy off the shelf.

We began to wonder why he would do this.  And then when we heard how cheap some of the other items he was selling (brand new) were, we began to wonder if the items were stolen, so whatever he sold them for, he was making a 100% profit.

I contacted a former policeman that I knew from my old city and asked him if he’d heard of stolen items being sold at flea markets.  Here is what he said:

There are some incredible deals because of outrageous mark ups.  The usual mark-up  in some businesses is 6 to 9 times cost.  That said most flea markets check closely because they do not want bad publicity or police scrutiny.  There are some that are not as diligent so the more established ones are safer. 

The bigger problem is there are a lot of knock offs out there that “look” like the real thing down to packaging.  Example is often one letter in name is altered like “hooky” carpet sweepers or “hockey”.  It’s done with handbags and clothing a lot.  Always remember buyer beware and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is not true.

I kinda wish we had bought the ear thermometer just so we could have examined it at home to see if it was the real deal. As far as we could tell, it was the exact same one that we had purchased, name brand and all.  But, we didn’t think to look closely to see if it was a knock off.


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