How to Sell Artwork at the Flea Market

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Handmade dolls are among the item sold at a flea market.
Handmade dolls are among the item sold at a flea market.

Artwork -- paintings, drawings, or other canvassed art -- at the flea market can be a profitable business decision if you research and follow through the right way. Many people look for artwork to hang on their walls and decorate their living space. Selling it at the flea market can reach many potential customer quickly.

Step 1

Research a number of flea markets in your area. Then, visit each one to see what type of items are being sold. Look for other artwork sellers as well. Keep interest up and competition down to maximize artwork sales at the flea market.

Step 2

Choose artwork to sell based on your personal tastes, the demographics of the shopper at the particular flea market venue and what you can transport easily. Create the artwork yourself or buy it from wholesalers.

Step 3

Display the artwork so the maximum number of pieces can be seen by the most people. Lay the best pieces out on the table, or use stands to stand them up. Lean artwork against the front and sides of the table if it is safe from dirt and damage. Hanging artwork on lines or ropes strung across your booth is another great idea.

Step 4

Display information with each piece of artwork on your flea market table. A small index card could tell the artist's name, the medium the artwork is done in, and the price. These cards should never be glued or taped to the picture itself. A good way of attaching them is to tape them to the back edge of the artwork's frame or backing.

Step 5

Accept payments up front but offer to hold the piece of artwork for the buyer until a certain time during the flea market day. Pieces of artwork are cumbersome to carry around.

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