Perhaps in part to the downturn economy, many Flea Market vendors are doing better than ever before.
Being a flea market vendor can be very appealing as the hours are short you can set your own hours, be your own boss and have a lot of fun.
If you have the right products, priced right – you can realistically expect to make a few hundred dollars if not much more over a weekend.
It is really important to go into the flea market world with a realistic outlook and your eyes wide open.
Visit your local flea market and observe the vendors and the products offered. If there are twelve vendors out of a hundred selling tape, tape may not be a good item to focus on.
People expect to negotiate with you so it is really important to keep that in mind when setting your prices.
As you will not be accepting credit cards or checks, you want to make sure you have ample change on hand each weekend.
Make sure your flea market table or vendor booth is clean and the items neatly arranged. Make sure your merchandise is clean. Dust often and move merchandise around to freshen up your booth if it doesn’t sell immediately.
Be friendly to people. Nothing will repel a possible buyer more than not being acknowledged. Don’t carry on a conversation on your mobile phone – acknowledge your traffic. This also will help you as far as warding off possible shoplifters.
Once word gets out that you are an easy mark for shoplifting, you will be targeted frequently. If you are not paying any attention to traffic coming through your area, you will be clueless that people are stealing or contemplating stealing until well after the fact. Be alert.