What do You Think of Flea Market Flip?
I accidentally stumbled across Flea Market Flip on Netflix this past week. Addicted to the first episode, we watched the entire season in one day. I was glued by the concept of this show.
This show appears on HGTV. The concept is that two teams, consisting of two people, receive $500 where they have to shop with a list of 3 criteria items to purchase at a flea market. Each show, there is a different challenge so you don’t get bored of the same thing being chosen as the activity to be challenged with. Once the items are negotiated for as cheap as possible, the teams need to make over, fix up or do something to the purchases for 1 day. They need to put it on display the Brooklyn Flea where they must sell their items for as much profit as the market will command.
Firstly, I really liked the host of this show. I don’t have cable TV services out of choice and didn’t know who Lara Spencer was. Turns out she is a regular anchor on Good Morning America. I think one her best strengths was to be helpful and offer advice without making the show appear to be all about her. I love how she interacts with the guests with a positive attitude. She doesn’t give the impression of being over dramatic which is a plus for me. The show has it’s strength in concept without having to over play the role.
The challenges each team have are interesting to say the least. There is a lot of creativity and eye for being able to identify items that can be made over. The goal is to select items that people will purchase afterwards. So you don’t necessarily pick something broken or needing extensive work for your own personal enjoyment. You need to think about the buyer.
One thing that caught me by surprise was the negotiation process of buying from flea markets. “Cash is King!” is something I have learned. I’m not one to negotiate. If I see a price I don’t like, I keep moving. I feel like I am ripping off people by negotiating a cheaper price but I think it’s part of the flea market culture.
After watching a full season in one day. I was thinking, sheesh, some of these people are buying things for $20 – $50 and then sell them from $100 – $600. Talk about mark up. I think it’s human nature to look for what can be a quick buck to earn. Times are tight and people are looking for opportunities. This show had me addicted in watching the up selling of items purchased cheap, a little bit of love and suddenly the value increases.
Daniel was warning me, don’t get any ideas. He’s great at grounding me but seriously, I wouldn’t do the flea market thing anyway. When I decided to do The Crochet Crowd full time, I did one season of a Flea Market. It is extremely hard work and people are cheap generally. People are wanting things for next to nothing. When I saw other vendors, they look tired and living out of their vehicles jumping from market to market.
When I really looked at the TV Show, I noticed that obviously the flea market is in a certain area where people are looking to spend money on unique items. In my region of the world, that type of creativity and there are no flea markets that would handle this type of item.
I was wondering whether they are potentially selling items because the TV Cameras are present and that potential buyers are looking for 15 minutes of fame.
I think for me, the bigger lesson is NOT about thinking about getting rich quick, but to think about the value I have on items that I have in my possession. As a society, some of us tend to be quick to replace something instead of giving it a bit of tender loving care.
Overall, I really enjoyed this show. I look forward to season two. I think some of the guests are pretty fun which makes the show even better.