Carpenter Nathan Gilbert loves a good flea market. Being outside in the summer in a completely packed flea market is one of his favorite ways to spend a Sunday. Here’s what he tells us.
Nathan Likes Interesting Finds
Nathan has plenty of flea market purchases under his belt. While he looks for tools, he’s purchased artwork, statues, maps, and other items that pique his interest. He never knows what he’s going to come home with.
History-Rich and Pennywise
Nathan loves New England flea markets for a few reasons. For one, there’s a lot of history in the Northeast, so flea markets often hold some very rare finds and well-built items. Also, with people from the Northeast (known as “yankees”) known to be relatively frugal, they appreciate saving money.
Everyone Has a Niche
Everyone has a flea market niche. Nathan’s main focus is tools, and he’ll dig to the bottom of some chuck-full boxes to uncover the treasures that might be hidden at the bottom. He’s purchased electric heaters, hammers, speed squares, caulking guns, and even decor for his truck, all of which were much less expensive than they would be new.
It’s a Work-Forward Hobby
Nathan looks at flea market shopping as a hobby that benefits his work. Rather than simply spending on anything he can find, he looks for tools that are still useful. He’s able to outfit his toolboxes for far less than he could if he purchased his tools new.
The Secret to Finding Treasures…
Nathan says the secret to finding the best stuff at flea markets is not being afraid to dig. He says that a lot of flea market vendors simply load and unload boxes in their vans, and some of the best items might be at the very bottom of a box.
What’s His Best Find?
Nathan’s best flea market find is a Walker Neo 125 magnet for $5. It can be turned on and off and is useful for lifting plate steel and other heavy metal objects. Brand new? It would’ve cost him several hundred dollars.