top of page

Flea Markets: How to Be a Treasure Hunter in Connecticut

Sometimes to be a treasure hunter you have to know what you're looking for. Other times, you might be like some people in Connecticut who wake up at 5:30 a.m. pay an entrance fee of $20, and look for anything or something that speaks to you during the break of day at the Elephant Trunk Flea Market in Litchfield County, Connecticut. These people are called Treasure Hunters.


There is treasure all around us, it just takes a certain eye to find it.


At this Flea Market, there are new vendors every Sunday, or sometimes, some of your favorites return. There's everything from crystals to necklaces, antiques to furniture, vintage and secondhand clothing, and more.

I had the opportunity to visit this flea market myself on Sunday, June 26th, 2022, and saw a lot of cool stuff as well as purchased one thing I was looking for and a few other things I wasn't particularly looking for but had to buy.


 

I was very excited to find this Smith-Corona Typewriter as I had been looking for a typewriter for a while.



The man offered me $10 for the typewriter but I negotiated $8 and got it at that price. If you are looking for something cool at a reasonable and affordable price, the place to go for that is at flea markets where bargaining is very common.


I also found a cool tie-dye dress that was $20 but I negotiated and got it for $15. This dress was also made in Thailand which is exciting as well.



I also was able to buy some jewelry as well that were all either 3 for $1 or $1 each:



 

Flea Markets are a great place to go not only as a buyer but, it is also great as a seller as secondhand resellers are rising in popularity and rising in the market.


Many people, customers, and followers of these small businesses go to these flea markets to see the face behind the business and purchase from them face to face as well. As I was walking around I came across an Instagram thrift reseller selling some secondhand used clothing that happens to be trendy right now on the Instagram reseller community and trendy brands like Motel Rocks and Seamless Tank Tops. Her Instagram handle is @secondhandrylee on Instagram



I did not make a purchase from her, as my wallet was already in pain (that's what flea markets will do to you) but I did follow her on Instagram. The great thing about these Flea Markets is that many of these sellers do have small businesses on Instagram or have a website so you are able to purchase from them again at a later time.


 

Anyone can be a treasure hunter but if you need some tips, I'm here to help!


1. Make sure you have cash! some of these flea markets only take cash so make sure you come prepared.

2. Don't be afraid to bargain and negotiate but be reasonable and don't consistently ask the same seller for bargains unless there is a flaw in the item.

3. Do bring a tote bag with you if you plan to purchase a lot of items! Many of the sellers do not offer bags! Graciously I was given one for the dress I purchased, but it is recommended to always bring one in case you end up buying more than you had planned.

4. If you are unsure of an item, ask the seller for some history on the item or ask them questions, don't be afraid to ask.

5. Make sure you go as early as you can! The Elephant Trunk Flea Market is only open on Sundays and doors open at 5:30 a.m. for early birds and vendors usually start to pack up around 1 p.m. Be sure to get there at around 9 or 10 a.m.


Lastly, this isn't a treasure hunter tip per se, BUT if you are going to be going to this Flea Market and it's supposed to be hot, don't forget to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. When I went on June 26th, I did not bring or put on sunscreen and got the worst sunburn on my shoulders. Don't be like me, and put on your sunscreen!

 

If you're going to be in Connecticut anytime soon, or already are, make sure to check out the Elephant Trunk Flea Market yourself to find some interesting things and become your very own treasure hunter!


Check them out on their website: https://www.etflea.com/

& Here is their address for anyone who is planning their next trip on an upcoming Sunday:

490 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776


Comment down below some of your Elephant Trunk Finds!



6 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


Post: Blog2 Post
bottom of page