How to Make a Profit at a Flea Market


It is easy to make a profit at the flea market. It's possible to buy items at garage sales at low cost and resell them at 70 to 100 percent markup at the flea market. If you go to garage sales at the end of the day there are huge bargains. This makes it very easy to resell the item for a profit at the flea market. Operating a table at the flea market is a great summer job.

Things You'll Need

  • Price tags
  • Money box
  • Dollar bills and quarters for change
  • Bags to pack purchases in

Arrive at the flea market well before starting time to set up your table. The opening hour is often very busy; you should have items marked and ready to go before the flea market officially opens. Do not let other dealers who visit your table lowball you with offers well below the prices you marked on items. Start to bargain as the day goes on but do not discount heavily at the start of the day.

Organize your table by first covering it with a table cloth or a sheet. Then put the items you think will sell quickly at the front of the table. You may wish to use squares of felt under certain items to make them stand out.

Put a price tag on every item. Customers do not like to have to ask the cost of an item. Price items a bit higher than the actual amount you want to allow room to allow slight discounts the customer asks for.

Shop garage sales to find items to resell at flea markets. Items that sell well include music CDs, clothing, Lenox, antiques, books (novels, biographies, anything related to music or movies), plants, school supplies, kitchen items. Go through your home and find items that you never use. Sell them at the flea market.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shop garage sales regularly to find items to resell at the flea market.
  • Bring sunscreen to the flea market to prevent sunburn.
  • Bring enough change to be able to help customers with larger bills.
  • Watch your cash box carefully.
  • Bring water as it is often very hot outside at the flea market.

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