ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Treasure Hunt tips - auctions, flea markets, Mom and Pop shops for antiques and vintage goods

Updated on February 06, 2016
Antique wheelbarrow found at an auction
Antique wheelbarrow found at an auction

Want to find offbeat places to treasure hunt and get great stuff or unusual items ?

Go to local auctions; flea markets; yard sales; little Mom and Pop stores and antique shops - each week you can find something different. Also, see if your area has a pawn shop.

You get to know the auctioneers and sellers at the auctions and flea markets so you can tell who brings in the best stuff.

The same with little stores, you can get to know the owner and often - if you let them know what you collect or need - they will hunt it down for you if they can.

Antique, Amish cultivator
Antique, Amish cultivator

What kinds of treasures ?

It's always different which is half the fun !

Antique Shops; Flea Markets; auctions; and Mom and Pop stores in Hubbard, Ohio and elsewhere often have all sorts of vintage, new and handmade gifts, collectibles... some antiques and other treasures.

You can usually find estate jewelry, vintage goods and antiques, videos, books, handmade jewelry, gifts, craft supplies, craft supplies, everyday items, Vintage Jewelry, Italian Charms, handmade items, crocheted baby items, crocheted slippers, handmade candles, greeting cards, glassware, vintage bears and dolls, vintage linens, kitchen items, lawn and porch art items, vintage items, home d├ęcor, gift baskets, old radios, old computer games, Precious Moments and other collectibles, handmade dog treats - handmade cat toys with organic catnip and other pet supplies, all natural products like handmade soaps and sachets,,, , hand sewn relaxation and travel items, and a whole bunch of almost everything new and used.

More vintage and handmade goods, and sometimes a few antiques:

http://organicgiftsbydiana.ecrater.com/

Treasure Hunts at local auctions, flea markets & Mom and Pop shops can be fun !
Treasure Hunts at local auctions, flea markets & Mom and Pop shops can be fun !

Treasure Hunting tips for antiquing at an auction

I'll tell you a few secrets to make treasure hunting for antiques at auctions (Grandma always called them "sales") more fun for everyone

#1.) Get there early to be able to inspect the items.

#2.) Ask about the procedures:

* For most, there is a no return policy

* Some will take a check or very rarely a credit card card as they would much rather have cash, find out before you buy anything !

* Stop in at the desk to register and get a bid number - you will need your driver's license.

Some auctions will have you keep the same number once you register (and become a regular) to make it easier for everyone.

But even when you become a regular you will need to let them know you are there that week by registering, but you likely will not have to show your license over and over once they get to know you.

* Find out beforehand when any big items you might buy will have to be taken home - Usually it is right after the auction, but sometimes they may let you make arrangements to come back at another time.

* Is there a "Buyer's Premium" that is charged and how much ?

Most auction charge a 10% (or more) Buyer's Premium to help cover employee costs and other expenses. They subtotal your bill and add another 10% onto it. This extra fee is then added to your bill. So, if you bought $100.00 worth of items, It would now cost you $110.00 + your sales tax.

* If you not in your own city, find out what the sales tax percentage is where you are so that you can make sure to add it in to your total bill.

#3.) Sit quietly and pay attention so that you what is up for bid. You would be amazed at how many folks end up buying things that they didn't mean to because they bid on the wrong item.

#4.) If you bring kids, please have them sit quietly because the other bidders want to hear what is up for bid and the auction staff needs to be able to keep accurate records to make sure the correct amounts are written on the correct items... .

#5.) Take along a few comfort items according to the season such as a jacket, a box to put your feet in to keep them off of a cold cement floor and a lap blanket to keep your legs warm in the Winter. In the Summer, you may want to take along one of those little hand fans that you can carry in your purse or keep in the glove box.

#6.) While you are bidding be aware of any buyer's premium that might be added to your bill and don't forget to be sure that you have enough money to cover the sales tax too.

#7.) Take along a big handful of newspapers to wrap any antiques and breakables and a few of your own boxes to put your items in.

#8.) Enjoy the art of Treasure Hunting at the auctions

Vintage dishes at a small, local shop
Vintage dishes at a small, local shop

Treasure Hunting for antiques at Flea Markets and Mom & Pop specialty stores

Set aside an hour to find a few treasures and antiques

#1.) Remember, you are buying items "as is" so look over each antique before you buy it. This is not the Mall where you can return it if you change you mind or it is broken... .

#2.) Be respectful to the vendors because for most of them this is their only income. They will learn to appreciate you and may even offer you a special deal from time to time if you are nice.

#3.) If you think the price if too high, it is sometimes fine to ask if they can do a little better for you (IF you are a regular and loyal customer) or if there is any sort of special going on that day.

If not or if they do but you still don't like the price - just say no thank you and move on to something else because the little "car salesman" tricks that people try simply do not work. Many times they cannot lower prices these days because they have to pay their booth rent which has gone sky high these last few years (heating and electric bills...)

#4.) Let the vendors know for what types of antiques you are looking and they might have it put away or they might have one at home... that they could bring in for you.

Again, be respectful here too as if you ask for something and make arrangements to come back - make sure you do.

#5.) Let's face it, some people are just plain mean and the same holds true for some vendors. Just forget about them and go on to the next booth. Don't let that Grumpy Gus ruin your shopping adventure.

#6.) If you take kids or anyone with you that has a little trouble controlling themselves, pay extra attention to them so that do not grab things or break them because you will have to pay for anything they ruin.

#7.) Again, this isn't the mall so be prepared by taking along a few bags of your own (totes are great to use over and over and you'll help the planet too) and some paper to wrap anything that could break.

Most vendors will have these things, but sometimes they run out if they have had a busy day.

#8.) Please take small bills when you go. Most flea market vendors and little antique and gift shops like mine can't take credit or debit cards or even checks - It is usually CASH only and vendors do not keep a bunch on hand.

There is almost nothing more aggravating than having the first 5 people buy $2.00 worth of stuff and pay with a twenty and take all of your change !

Quilters love vintage fabric from auctions
Quilters love vintage fabric from auctions

Vintage and antique fabrics - A favorite auction find !

Just one example of what vintage and antique treasures can be found if you pay attention !

August 2009 at a local auction house where they were auctioning off the estate of a lady who loved to sew.

Oh my, vintage fabric glory !

After paying for winning bids, there were 6 or 7 plastic tote containers FULL of fabric plus 2 full bolts of old fabric that were not in a tote.

These totes are at least 2x2x3 feet large.

There are 1,000's of yards of vintage fabric in these totes and even a few pieces of antique fabric !

There is a ton of cotton, some denim, some polyester, some velvet, some satin, and about a yard of fleece with Scooby Doo on it from which I made an eye mask and neck pillow set for my niece who likes Scooby Doo.

All of this vintage fabric is in great shape too as most of it was protected in a plastic tote container which had a tight fitting lid to keep out clothes moths, moisture and dust... .

A favorite auction find for sure !

Old antique malls and flea markets near Hubbard, Ohio

Growing up in Hubbard, Ohio, one of the favorite places to go was the Valley View department store in Brookfield, Ohio. It was a mall before malls were invented ! Valley View offered clothes; fancy hats; fabric; craft supplies; lumber; furniture and almost anything in-between. It even had a snack bar.

After many years, it closed and became an antique mall and flea market.

My Mom was the vintage jewelry lady at the Valley View Antique Mall and Flea Market for several years until it too closed and then the building was torn down. We made so many friends during her years there.

When it closed, Mom and several of the other vendors started the Hubbard Flea Market and we liked it there, but the owner died and the building was sold.

From there, some of the vendors started up a gift shop (Goldie's place, now Diana's); some went to the Whistle Stop Thrift Shop on the other side of Hubbard, Ohio. Others went to the West Middlesex, Pa flea market a few miles away.

The local antique mall/flea market/gift shop in Hubbard, Ohio:

Diana's - Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop

6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road

Hubbard, Ohio 44425

noon to 5:00pm

on Wednesdays and Sundays

10am to 5pm

Thursday through Saturday

(closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Goldie's Vintage Jewelry booth is there now and there are some of her pieces online as well:

http://vintagejewelrybygramz.ecrater.com/

Gypsy Queen Media for book treasure hunting
Gypsy Queen Media for book treasure hunting

Treasure Hunting for great vintage and new books ?

Older books can be highly collectible and you can often find them at many auctions; flea markets and small, local shops individually or sometimes by the box. Box sales are fun. You can get a great deal and maybe you'll find a treasure that you have been wanting for yourself or find a few that will make a nice profit for you.
Before you buy them though, be sure to go over them to check the condition because, as with most other antiques and collectibles... the condition will make a huge difference in the value of the items. Make sure that they do not smell musty; the pages aren't too bent up and damaged by use; the binding is in good shape; see if there is writing anywhere; and take a quick look to see if all of the pages are included.

Looking for books, videos and even some cool bookmarks... ?

We love to read and collect books and cannot keep them all so we keep some and sell the rest at great prices.

Great Stuff at the Gypsy Queen Media booth (and a few other booths too) at the little Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop !

There are quite a few vintage and new mystery/thriller books, self-help books, How-To/D.I.Y. books, nature and animal books, some educational books and a bunch of paperback (and some hardcover) romance books including Danielle Steele, as well as many others.

All sorts of children's books (vintage and new) and new books for Moms and Grandparents... to help keep track of the cute things that their kids say and do... every day in here at the gift shop too and we even have some VHS video tapes... too.

* Many books here are indeed treasures. Some are full of adventure; how-to; just for fun; or are collectible like vintage cook books and many antique books as well.

Feedback - What is your favorite auction or flea market find ?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      loraseverson 8 years ago

      fun lens! I am a fan of flea markets too! I have found that flea markets from little towns sometimes have the best treasures.

    • profile image

      Baysbeauty 8 years ago

      WOW what a great lens to read! Awesome Job Girlfriend!

      I rated you a big 5 Stars.

    • profile image

      PreemiePatch 7 years ago

      I love the flea markets too! The thrill is searching through everything even if you don't find anything that day. Great lens Diana!

    • dahlia369 profile image

      dahlia369 7 years ago

      I don't go to the flea markets very often - and I do enjoy them a lot when I go. Same with the yard sales where I found some real treasures a couple of times. Fun lens, all stars... :)

    • blue22d profile image

      blue22d 7 years ago

      Great post. I've have found some really nice things at flea marts. I really enjoy the excitement of searching for things and just bumping into some great finds. Five stars to ya. Do stop by and take a peek at one of my lenses.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 6 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      If you're in Northeast Ohio or Western PA, about every 4-6 weeks or so there is a BIG yard sale in Petzie's/Dotti's/Underdog Records parking lot, Hubbard, Ohio

      6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road on Saturday and Sunday, JUNE 5th and 6th from 10am to 4pm

      If it rains, they move the stuff inside.

    • profile image

      david_wesley321 6 years ago

      very nice lens on deals, auctions and flea markets. Thanks for sharing these information. If you are in look out for auction sites, visit last minute auction for best and interesting auction sites

    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 2 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Book auctions would be too dangerous for me :)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image

      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      We enjoy browsing around antique shops, boot sales etc from time to time. It is good fun ! You have some very good tips here to help .

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you !

      I've been going to auctions and flea markets... since I was a baby and have helped out at them too.

      Now, I have my Mom little gift shop.

      Seeing both sides (as a seller and as a buyer) is a learning experience indeed.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      LOL - for me as well !

      I am still trying to collect the whole series of Agatha Christie books and 'Little House On The Prairie' books as they are my favorite.

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      Funky, junky decorating indoors and out is a lifelong addiction for me. I now have far too much wonderful stuff for my little retirement home, so am considering joining a local group shop in our town. Hopefully that will result in having less, not more ... but oh, the temptations I will face there.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      LOL - But, it is so much fun to use some of these old things in a new way for decorating !

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to love going to flea markets and auctions when I lived in Maryland. Pennsylvania had some wonderful ones and we would wander around on the weekend hunting for treasures for our house.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Oh yes !

      It can be so much fun - especially when you can go with someone else who loves the hunt :)

      My Mom and I always had a great time.

    • Carb Diva profile image

      Linda Lum 22 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I love looking in antique stores and flea markets. There is always something interesting and fun to be seen. I do find it a bit troubling however when I find "vintage" items that I clearly recall from my childhood. "Am I REALLY that old?" I ask myself. LOL. Thank you for a delightful hub.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 21 months ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you !

      The hunt is exciting.

      Yes, that sure is disheartening as is the "Oldie's" radio stations :)

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

      I enjoy a good treasure hunt at flea markets and yard sales...even at Goodwill. You never know what you might find! :)

    • GiftsByDiana profile image
      Author

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 21 months ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Oh yes !

      The hunt is fun - if you have a friend or two to go along, it's even better and if you find a treasure, perfect :)

    Click to Rate This Article