Do you have nothing to do on the weekends? Flea markets are a great way to pass a lazy Saturday or Sunday, the perfect place to find a deal, and of course the perfect place to make a little extra cash. When the weather gets warm you can see them popping up around every corner. We have all gone to a flea market at one point to look around for something unique or fun to buy. Why not get out there and sell some of your unused items around the house?
Posted by Rachel on 1/26/2016
Before you get out there decide what it is you want to sell. Whether it’s clothing, electronics, glassware or tools. Make sure the items you are going to be selling are in good, clean condition. You want to make your items look presentable, as nothing turns off a possible customer like a bunch of beat up items.
Another option is to sell brand new items. You can go online to wholesale distributors and buy items in bulk. Do your research online to see what items are hot sellers. Most websites you do not require a license to buy or sell their products. They price their merchandise low enough that you can make a profit selling at the flea markets.
How to start selling at your local flea market:
1. Find your nearest flea market:You can find your local markets advertised in your newspaper, Craigslist and various search engines such as Google. You could also ask friends or neighbors where they like to shop. Chances are you may like selling there too.
2. Reserve your space:Once you find the market you would like to start selling at you need to reserve your table area. Usually this involves contacting the office of the flea market. You may have to sign paperwork agreeing to their set up procedures and hours of operation. There may be a small fee.
3. Plan how you would like to set up your space:Does the flea market provide tables? If they don’t provide tables you will want to bring your own. Create a simple display area to attract the customers to your table.
4. Clearly price your items:Nothing is more aggravating to customers then not knowing the price of an item. You do not want to lose a possible customer because they are afraid to ask. A dollar store is a perfect place to get bright stickers to price your items. When pricing, you want to mark up your items a dollar or two to give customers bargaining room.
5. Start setting up your area:You want to get to your venue bright and early so you can set up before the customers arrive. Make sure everything is clearly priced. Have plenty of extra cash on hand to give customers change, plastic bags, and a few snacks for yourself as you may not be able to step away from your table. You will be set to go for the day.
6. Happy sellingHave a great day selling. Nearing the end of the day mark your items down to get rid of them, or pack up for next time! Clean up your space and head out!