Tips on How to Survive Summer Markets/Festivals in Style

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A box of 6 ran a belle around $20 for these fun beauties!

Update: There are a few more tips in the video below that I discussed last Saturday!!!

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It’s that time of the year that a belle loves, loves, LOVES to do a lot of outdoor shopping. The weather is perfect, we get in a little exercise & the fresh air is plentiful. We belles adore the fact that we can buy a lot of  fab products & items from small local businesses during festival/market time.

When shopping at various markets/fests it’s important to come prepared so that you can 1. enjoy yourself & 2. save money so you can  shop MORE. The sis & I have a few tips below to help you navigate outdoor shopping like a pro. We do it multuple times of the year & have a simple list for you!

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Tips:

1. Bring your own water, soda, iced coffee, or juice— Always keep in mind that whereever we can save money, we do! Many fests will sell drinks at prices that shouldn’t be legal. Try using a reusable cup like the ones pictured above & fill it with your refreshment of choice. You may do a lot of walking, so this is a must-have. Shopping always makes these belles thirsty. Right?

2. Negotiate because you never know— Ask if the seller is willing to give you a discount if you buy more items. Just because an item has a price on it doesn’t always mean that the seller isn’t willing to give you a few dollars off. If you don’t feel comfy negotiating, have someone who is to do it for you. In my case, I don’t feel comfy doing so, but the sis LOVES it. She eats it up & gets a kick out of always saving extra money this way. I have plenty of cute cheap finds because of her!!

3. Walk past all booths, then purchase items that you can use over & over— This way you know what’s being sold by every vendor. Find items that will bring you enjoyment even after you see it for the 1st time. This may be a candle, a dish that you see/use everyday, etc. These will always remind you of the sweet little treasures you’ve worked so hard to find.

4. Bring a cute/stylish bag to carry your goodies in— When shopping outdoors it’s always a good idea to have a bag that has plenty of room. Besides that, we require that it’s cute, honey! If you rock a stylish reusable bag you are more inclined to wear it.  We adore the ones we have listed below & you can purchase one here from the sweetest local ATL artist. Prices start at $20. I know we’ve told you about him on air at Fox 6 & the blog. He creates the designs & even draws many of them by hand (he creates custom orders too). Also, keep the bag in your trunk so that it’s always waiting on your fab finds.

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These handmade soaps are To. DIE. For. Period!! She’s local here in ATL & sale items that work fab on everything from your lips to your body. We’ve purchased  multiple items & can’t wait to blog about them. Check them out here!

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Beautiful colors/scents!!
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Mr. Owl was priced for $6, but I paid $4 after the sis negotiated.

Isn’t he cute? He’s placed on a table in my bedroom.

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We adore these candles. The smells are out of this world. These hand-crafted soy candles are locally made by the sweetest lady we met recently at a fest here. These retail for $10 & you can check them out NOW!

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The texture of these candles are unlike any I’ve seen.

Get a tote that’s sturdy & cute. You will NOT go wrong with the design you choose. We have two of the cutest designs that he’s still selling online. Take a look.

Extra large market tote fit for any belle. Go check out his many styles!

 Any great tips you’d like to share? Any cute finds!

Tamika

Tamika is a communications guru/self-proclaimed body language expert and lives for big purses and cute shades. She speaks darn good Spanish, loves gadgets, pasta, makeup, crocheting, and is learning to walk in heels with the help of Shermika.

5 thoughts to “Tips on How to Survive Summer Markets/Festivals in Style”

  1. I’m headed to the Greek Food festival this weekend and will be sure to take my handy dandy tumbler full of h20 and a cute bag to carry all of the goodies that I find.

    As always you ladies are providing great tips for this belle 🙂

      1. I came back to say, taking my own water and a bag was really a lifesaver. I don’t have any cute bags so I just used a walmart bag. I will be hitting TJ Maxx up for a cute little bag 🙂

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