Vintage Clothing is becoming so trendy that all the prices are skyrocketing alongside its popularity. An excellent way to keep up with your vintage addiction without breaking the bank is to try and barter! To barter means exchanging goods or services for other goods or services. Basically it means to trade. Here are a few tips that work for me that you can try the next time your out treasure hunting. Remember these tips are for bartering at flea markets, swap meets, and specific vintage shops or consignment stores. You obviously cant go to the mall and try and barter.
#1 Ask! Yes its that simple, before anything just ask the shop owner if they will accept a trade. Depending on what it is you are offering they might accept a clean trade or partial trade
Clean Trade: is an even trade you give and you get without any money being traded. A partial trade they will accept your item and some % off the cost in cash.
#2 You have to know the value of what it is you want. Be familiar with the type of material, time frame and rarity. The more you are informed then you can kind of figure out something else the vendor might be interested in.
#3 Offer only something of equal or greater value in exchange. For example: If the item you want is worth $100 don't waste that owners time offering them something of only half that value. They are going to say no. But if you offer them something of equal value or greater value then they will be more open to making a trade.
Bartering is a great way to build your relationships with vendors and take part in the community of vintage clothing. And also don't over use the bartering card with the same vendor. Some people make their living off selling vintage and at the end they need cash income and will not accept trades forever.
One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is visit my local flea market. It's always a treasure hunt. Feel free to comment your favorite place to shop for vintage clothing and let me know if you have tried or will try to barter.