Choosing the correct flea market or swap meet to sell at is just as important as choosing saleable merchandise. There are many different types of flea markets, and each one is a perfect fit for a different type of flea market vendor.
The One Time Weekend Flea Market
The one time weekend flea market or swap meet will often be held at a church, school, or organization like a firehouse or community center. Most of the vendors that come here will be regular people who want to sell off some of their old things. These types of flea markets are akin to community yard or garage sales.
Buyers come to these sales expecting to find home items, gently used clothing and accessories, furniture, toys, books, and things like that. They are excellent places to unload your extra stuff that you no longer use or want.
The Year-Round Commercial Flea Market
Year-round, or seasonal, commercial flea markets can have both indoor and outdoor tables and booths. These types of flea markets can have one-time vendors getting rid of household items, as well as professional vendors who sell new items as a business.
The best thing to do with these types of flea markets is to visit the ones that you are interested in to check out the types of merchandise on sale. You want to find a market where people are selling the same type of items that you want to sell, but not one with a lot of competition.
The Craft Show and Sale
Actual juried craft shows aside, there are many smaller craft shows and craft flea markets held by schools, churches, and other organizations throughout the year. Many of these types of shows are held near the winter holidays.
Obviously, if something is advertised as a craft show, you should only sell handcrafted items there. If your stock is predominantly handcrafted, but you add in a few extras, that is usually all right. Asking the event coordinator is a good idea, so that you will fit in appropriately.
The Antique and Collectibles Market
Some flea markets cater to the antiques, vintage, and collector markets without necessarily advertising that fact. Again, a visit to the particular flea market is a great idea.
If you intend to sell antiques or collectibles, you should be knowledgeable about the items and their actual worth. Many customers at antique flea markets will be prepared to haggle strongly for an item they want.
Themed Flea Markets and Swap Meets
You can find themed flea markets and swap meets at many venues. For example, a flea market held at a race track may encourage automobile accessory vendors, and a Christmas swap meet would appreciate Christmas or gift items.
If you are in doubt about the merchandise that is allowed at a certain flea market, there is nothing wrong with asking the coordinator information about the types of vendors and merchandise that was there in the past. Not only is it important for your bottom line, it is also important not to offend with something that doesn’t fit in.
In order to make a good profit from your merchandise sales and the flea market, you must pick a market that is right for you. Before you chose one to rent table or booth space at, visit it to see what the other vendors are selling. Make sure that your merchandise would be a good fit with others. For example, if you sell antique jewelry, you wouldn’t want to go to a used goods flea market. If you are just emptying out your garage, you wouldn’t want to go to a handmade merchandise sale.
Finding the correct flea market or swap meet will ensure you customers that are looking for your kind of product. A bit of research into particular markets is a good idea to increase your profits.