How to Become a Flea Market Shopping Pro

flea market shoppingSummer is here, and it’s the perfect time to head to the flea market.  I love finding bargains or negotiating a good deal.  Flea markets are popular on the week-ends in most cities or towns.  There are indoor markets that are open during the week as well. Check your local listing for hours.

In addition to flea markets, there are farmer’s markets.  Farmer’s markets have a heavy emphasis on fresh produce and organic items.  However, there are other flea markets that focus on everything from tools to antiques. No matter where you live, city or country, there’s a flea market nearby.

Here’s a few tips to help you successfully score a haul on your next trip:

  1. Arrive Early – In my experience, you find the best deals when your arrive early.  Quality items are items are still available, and ready for a new home.  You can also find deals in the afternoon.  Many dealers don’t want to pack up their wares, so they are willing to lower prices.
  2. Wear Comfortable Clothing and Shoes  – In the summer, lightweight clothes is a must.  Walking shoes are suggested rather than flip flops.  However, if your feet and legs can withstand those cute flip flops go for it.  I would dress in layers during cooler weather.  You can always take off a jacket or sweater or put one on.
  3. Bring Water and Snacks – It’s important to stay hydrated during hot, summer months.  Most flea markets will have vendors, but if you want to save a few buck bring a tote and pack a few bottles of water
  4. Take Cash – Money talks.  Vendors would prefer cash rather than running a credit card.
  5. Make Quick Decision on Purchases – Delaying making a purchase could cost you that item that you have your eye on.  If you’re connecting with an it, take it home.
  6. Make Sure You Can Haul Your Goods – Make a list of items that you would like to obtain, and determine if you will need a truck to haul your goods. With most vendors, you are immediately responsible for your purchases once the transaction is made.  Some vendors will deliver for an additional fee.
  7. Don’t Be Afraid of Items That Need Repairs – If you see a piece of furniture that has good bones, but has scratches, dings, weak legs or needs the seat replaced, don’t run.  These items can be repaired.
  8. Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate – Most vendors are willing to lower their prices if your offer is within reason.
  9. Check out Vendors Who Are Packing Up
  10. Try to Bundle Items – If you find several items that you want to purchase from the same vendor ask if they will give you both items for a particular price.  Most will be willing to give a great deal to move several pieces.

So, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready to grab some great deals at your local flea market.  You may also like Auction Tips for Beginners.

 

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #130

 

 

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Welcome to Week 130 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our We The People Theme.  We’re looking for all things Red, White and Blue.  Share your patriotic crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger.  All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

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Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains  Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother  and Brittany at A Mama Tale

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Rhonda selected Disney Cardboard Tub Cars from There’s Just One Mommy 

 

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Debbie selected The Race We Can’t Win from A New Lens    

 

Inspirational Quotes

 

Kim selected Cherry Moscow Mule Recipe from Bird’s Party    

 

cocktail recipes

 

Brittany selected Making Over a Toddler Room from Just Measuring Up    

 

toddler room makeover

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

 

 How to Refinish an Old Desk from Just Measuring Up   

DIY

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – We the People

 

Red, White & Blue Dress Crochet Pattern from Hooked on Homemade Happiness  

 

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and 
Stars and Stripes Cake from Across the Blvd.   
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Patriotic Fan Wreath from Sword Fights and Starry Nights
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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


How To Install Bathroom Sink Faucets

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Give your bathroom a fresh new look with one of our Maykke bathroom sink faucets.  You can install new bathroom sink faucets in an afternoon. Whether you’re upgrading your bathtub faucet or doing a complete remodel, Maykke offers a wide array of bathroom faucets.  Furthermore, you will also find other bathroom fixtures to upgrade your bathroom.

Tools and Materials Needed:

Bucket
Basin Wrench
Adjustable Wrench
Putty Knife
Silicone Plumber’s Caulk
Rags

First, bathroom taps and bathroom faucets come in several shapes, styles, and designs including bronze faucets or brushed nickel faucets. Sinks will have either one, two, or three holes to accommodate your faucet.  The holes will either be widespread or center set. Take note of your sink design before purchasing your new faucet. If your bathtub faucet is brushed nickel, you should either replace the bathtub faucet to match your new bathroom faucets or purchase a brushed nickel faucet for your sink.

bathroom sink faucet

 

Getting Started

Next, place a rag and bucket below the plumbing of your sink to catch any drainage that may occur.

Remove the Old Faucet

Turn the water supply to your bathroom faucet, usually located under the sink.  Additionally, turn on both your hot and cold water to relieve the water pressure.  Also, wait until the water stops flowing.  Than unscrew the supply lines from the water valve by hand or with a basin wrench. Unscrew the lift rod from the base of the sink, then unscrew and remove the nuts securing the faucet to the sink. Lift the old faucet from the sink.  Remove any silicone caulk used to secure your old sink with a putty knife.  Finally, thoroughly clean the area underneath your old faucet.

 

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Remove the Drain

Place your bucket underneath the P-trap on your drain and unscrew the slip nut on the P-T rap. Unscrew and remove the drain flange from the tailpipe connected to your sink and set it aside. Push the tailpipe up to remove the old drain and clean the area underneath the old drain.

 

bathroom sink faucets

 

Install the New Faucet

Finally, follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions for the new installation of your bathroom sink faucets. Most bathroom sink faucet installations start with installing the faucet gasket to the faucet and placing the faucet through the mounting holes. Use plumber’s chalk to secure the faucet to the sink. Insert the new drain into the sink’s drain hole and secure it to the new drainpipe included with your faucet. Install the new drain rod and reconnect the supply lines to your sink and water supply. Turn on the water supply and turn on the hot and cold water, tighten any leaky or loose connections as you see them.

Inspirational Quote – Accomplishments

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Inspirational Quotes – Think

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Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen

 

 

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I was given the opportunity to review the Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen and I accepted. I’m an amateur photographer who has a lot to learn about taking pictures and maintaining my equipment, so I thought the pen would be a great place to start in learning how to clean my camera.

The pen arrived in a blue velvet pouch, which is perfect for keeping track of the pen. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your purse or camera bag.  I removed the pen from the pouch and put it to use. It has a retractable brush, which is so soft. Have no fear of scratching your camera or lens. It does a great job in removing the dust from the lens and camera. I decided to use on my binoculars and phone as well. 

 

camera maintenance, camera cleaning

 

You can see the pen in the picture, it has tools on both ends.  The brush on one end and a carbon cleaning pad on the other.  I keep my camera lens covered with a cap when not in use to minimize scratches and dust.  I started with the brush. I dusted the camera all over and removed the cap to clean the lens.  I was amazed at how dirty it was. I followed the lens brush cleaning with the carbon cleaning pad.  My mouth fell open, the lens was glowing. It was smudge and dust free.  I grabbed all of the lens for my camera and went to work.   I cleaned the view finder and every nook and cranny on the camera.

 

 

camera maintenance, camera cleaning tips

 

Another thing that I like about the cleaning pen is that it does not require additional cleaning fluids.  The carbon cleaning pad is patented, environment friendly, non-toxic,  and alcohol and ammonia free!

I highly recommend this cleaning pen for both professional and amateurs photographers.  This pen would make a great gift for photographers, Christmas, birthday or any time.

Note: I received the Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen in exchange for the review; however, all opinions are my own. 

Professional Photography Tips – Buy a Wrist Strap and How to Use SD Cards

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Secure Your Camera  – Get a Wrist Strap

As we’re out taking photographs we tend to forget about our surroundings. We either have our camera hanging around our neck or constantly looking in a bag, purse, etc. for it. This is the time of the year when people are out to ruin your good day by taking and/or stealing your belongings. Another way to try to prevent this is by using a camera wrist strap. You constantly have a grip on your camera and I feel it will be a little more difficult to take from you. I just purchased this wrist strap a few months ago. My camera  – a mirrorless DSLR – is light enough for the strap whereas it’s not pulling on my wrist or adding more strain to it. It can be adjusted to your liking. There are several different styles of wrist straps available which includes sturdier wrist straps for the bigger DSLR’s. I’m getting comfortable with this one but if you’re like me and enjoy camera gadgets you will try out a few more.

SD Cards Cases – Getting the Most Use Out of Them

We all know when you go out to enjoy photography we take more than one SD card. Just like anything else, a SD card, whether it’s old or new, can have a hiccup and will not perform for you. (NOTE: If I’m local I take  at least two cards because I know I’m close enough to go back home for more. Not local I take at least four. I format each card every time I use them. I number my cards so I don’t use the same one each time.) Each time they build a new card they’re getting thinner and lighter. One of the cases I like is the hard carrying case. They’re versatile for either SD or Compact Flash. The case is solid and does a pretty good job preventing liquids from getting inside (not 100% but they help). The case also keeps pressure from other accessories you have with you.

So what do you do when you’re taking tons of photographs and you want to figure out which cards you have used without taking each card and putting them back in your camera? Here’s my routine: I have all my unused SD cards “face up”. Once I have filled the card up, I put it back in the case “face down”. This way when I’m ready to go for another card, I know which ones are empty and which ones are full.

Side Tip: Have more than one camera battery. Number your batteries just like your SD cards.

Happy Shooting!!

Guest Blogger: Dawn D. Hester is the owner of Demeatria Photography. Dawn has been involved with many aspects of photography for over 35 years. She is a retired photographer for the Air National Guard and currently a photographer for the Department of Justice. Check out her gallery of Food, Black & Whites, and Landscape photos. Be sure to follow her blog for Photography Tips and Tricks.  
     

 

 

 

Inspirational Quote – Get a Hustle

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Inspirational Quote – Love Yourself First

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Bulu Box Promotion

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Head over and check them out. Stay tuned to my review of the Bulu Box.  Vitamins, sports nutrition, diet, and healthy snacks are a few of the options to choose from. It’s great for family, there’s a women’s, kid’s and men’s categories.