Whether you’re looking to unload a garage full of stuff your family no longer uses or are interested in setting up a regular weekly business to supplement your income, a flea market may be an ideal match. Flea markets -- large vending events which may be a one-time only or every-week setup -- offer a wide range of items and attract buyers interested in just about everything under the sun. Flea markets are usually open to anyone interested in vending; you just have to show up and sell.
Check the calendar
Take advantage of the time of year when brainstorming great flea market ideas. Checking the calendar to look for upcoming holidays or special occasions can guide you choices of items for sale. If you’re crafty and looking for ideas to make and sell, consider themed options for the holidays, such as hand-painted Halloween treat bags, sketched Valentine’s Day cards, beaded Christmas ornaments and Mardi Gras necklaces. If you scour garage sales and dollar stores for items to sell at the flea market, the calendar can also govern your purchases. When Mother’s Day is coming up, buy inexpensive or bulk items such as candles, soaps, lotions and dried flowers, which you can then make into gift baskets to sell at the flea market. Before Independence Day, gather pinwheels, glow necklaces, fireworks and mini patriotic flags, then capture pre-holiday purchases from last-minute buyers.
Reach out to sports fanatics at your flea market with a team spirit-themed table of goods. Creative flea markers can purchase inexpensive clear wine and beer glasses, bowls, plates and containers, then decorate them with the city’s professional or college sport’s team colors and logos. Flea marketers in Raleigh, North Carolina, for example, could offer bowls hand-painted with the Carolina Hurricanes’ hockey logo, glassware with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack lettering or vases with the University of North Carolina Tarheel footprint. If art isn’t your thing, you can still capture team spirit buys by selling items such as hats, T-shirts, bats, balls and cups at the flea market.
People who come to spend the day shopping at the flea market may get hungry from all their efforts; a table vending snacks may enable you to capture some of these purchases. If you enjoy baking, consider homemade treats such as cupcakes, chocolate-covered pretzels, cookies and slices of pie. Another option is to purchase bulk snacks, such as small bags of chips and sweets from a warehouse store, and sell them at the flea market. Keep in mind whether you’ll be outside or inside; with the sun blazing down on you, you don’t want your profits to melt away. Offering a variety of fun, interesting snacks such as gummi candy, flavored popcorn and seasoned jerky may secure flea marketers’ interest in a special “find” alongside their hunger.