How to Recycle Flea Market Furniture for Big Profits


One of the top sellers at flea markets is furniture. Small furniture can be found at most flea markets, and it is easy to transport in a truck or van. Recycling flea market furniture can be quite profitable. In fact, some flea market vendors only sell furniture that they found at other flea markets.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint/finish stripping chemicals
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint and stain
  • Paintbrushes and rags

Find old, used furniture to sell at flea markets. Only buy items that have an extremely low price tag and are salvageable. You can also find used furniture at garage sales, thrift stores or at the curb on garbage days. Check your local laws about picking garbage and be respectful and neat if you do so.

Clean the furniture thoroughly. Use cleaning products that will not harm the wood or whatever material the furniture is made of. If you aren't planning on refinishing the piece, spot-test a small, non-visible area with the cleaning fluid before you use it.

Strip all of the old stain and paint off of the furniture. Sand any rough patches and use wood filler to repair any dings and holes.

Re-paint or re-stain the furniture. Replace the upholstery on chairs with trendy fabrics that have a neutral shade. Scrub the hardware and clean it thoroughly.

Truck all the recycled furniture to the flea market and display it for sale. Intersperse the furniture with small accent pieces such as pillows, vases and other objects that will attract interest.

Price your items for profit. Factor in your costs and the time spent on the piece and price the furniture accordingly. Leave a bit of room for negotiation, but always have a bottom line that allows you to make a profit on the furniture.

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