Here's a secret that I'm ashamed of and proud to admit at the same time (kind of like my need to trim my eyebrows on a weekly basis): I am sometimes too cheap even for flea markets.
There. It's out in the open.
Take these vintage pool balls, for example:
I took this photo at the Brooklyn Flea a couple weeks ago. I've been looking for something to put in these glass lamps for a while now. I wanted something that would add color and visual interested to our mostly muted bedroom. Vintage pool balls seem like just the thing. I was hoping to take them home with me until the scraggly, bespectacled hipster running the booth told me the price: $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.
Picture my triumphant smile turning instantly into a frown.
I left without them. But never fear, I found a large supply of vintage pool balls on ebay. The best part is that they're $9.99 for an entire set. That's like 1000% cheaper than at The Flea. (Pardon my math. I exaggerate when I'm excited about home decor. You can ask Blake.)
So that's my secret. It pays to be cheaper than a flea market. It also pays to keep my eyebrows trimmed (so I don't look like this guy) - but that's a story for another time.