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In the latest installment of web video series LA in Bloom, host Heather Taylor pays a visit to the Rose Bowl Flea. Guided by friend and vintage shopping expert Joanna Williams of textile company Kneeland Co., the duo walks the market while Williams doles out shopping tips. Her list:
Tip no. 1: Bring a big bag for all your hauls.
Tip no. 2: Wear something comfortable, like a light dress or leggings that you can try on clothes over.
Tip no. 3: Make sure that there aren't any rips, stains, holes or discoloration on the garments you're considering. If it is damaged, you can get a better price.
Tip no. 4: Negotiate. "I always like to be very direct and ask, 'What's your best price?'" says Williams.
Tip no. 5: Befriend the vendors and they'll keep an eye out for items you'd like.
We'd add a few more—bring a bottle of water and cash including small bills, wear a hat and/or sunscreen, come in comfortable shoes, write down where you parked, take a measuring tape and the dimensions of your house if looking for furniture—but Williams' advice is a good start for real newbies. What are your Rose Bowl tips?
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