1.) Walking Shoes – The Wagon Wheel is huge. When you’re shopping at the Flea Market you want to be comfortable on your feet. There are nearly 2,000 booths to check out, so treat your feet and wear comfy shoes.
2) Sunscreen – there are covered areas but there are also outdoor areas so sunscreen to be safe. A hat can be handy too.
3.) Cold, Hard, Cash – Cash is a MUST at the Wagon Wheel. Having cash on hand will give you a better position when making offers on merchandise. We offer ATM service at the office ($2 per transaction), but we recommend customers bring their own to enhance haggle experience.
4.) Haggle with Care – The art of negotiation is at the heart and soul of the Wagon Wheel, and we encourage everyone to come out of their shell and “toss around some numbers” with our vendors. That being said, vendors set up shop at our market to earn revenue, some products can be sold at a greatly reduced price, while others may not have as much room to negotiate. We recommend bundling products for best results when haggling.
5.) Make. A. List – If it’s your first time at the flea market it may be a little overwhelming. We have nearly 2,000 vendors, with everything from apples to air filters. We recommend starting with a wish list, then working your way around the market to find what you want. Check out our “frequently found” list to see some of the items you can expect to see on any given weekend at the market and use the directory to find where they might be.
6.) Grab a directory – At every entrance of the market and the office, there are directories that include vendor listings and locations, as well as a map of the Wagon Wheel. One of these things will really help you find your way around. It’ll show you where important stuff is, like the bathrooms, food court, beer garden, office, ATMs, and where you parked. (I’ll upload a picture)
7.) No Dogs – except those for the assisting the handicapped.