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If shopping for furniture, carry a tape measure with you to measure any potential purchases. Also take along a written list of the dimensions for your doorways, rooms, and specific areas you are trying to fill. If looking for collectibles or antiques, bring along an up-to-date price guide so you will be able to tell the difference between a bargain and a rip-off. If you're going to be out a long time (at a large outdoor flea market, for example), consider taking along a brimmed hat, sunscreen, and a supply of water.