Updated: April 4, 2018
What a fun way to make some cash!
If you are anything at all like me, you love picking and searching through yard sales and flea markets. There is nothing more exciting than finding that Vintage treasure for peanuts, or that awesome new gadget still in a box for a steal!
The only thing that could possibly more exciting, is being on the profit end of the sale!
I will attempt to tell you some personal experiences with selling at fleas and in the yard, as well as other possibilities, such as Trunk shows, etc.
From personal experience
First off, if you do have unwanted items to sell, there are more than one way to accomplish this. Even tho I titled this lens flea markets, and yard sales, there are a number of other ways to sell your goods, not only used goods, but also brand new and hand made goods.
My personal experiences of tried many of these options, including the above mentioned, as well as Trunk Shows, when I sold many Vintage goods, as well as at least one Renaissance Festival, and a home show or two.\
My personal favorites have been yard sales, and trunk shows. Flea markets were good, but a lot goes on at a flea, and your chances of loss or mental trauma is higher lol. Also your chance of getting Price badgered is also high. I used to love doing yard sales, and always found it somewhat profitable, if not convenient, but my current location, no longer makes it a viable option, if you have others.
By far, my most profitable, and most fun, was doing the Trunk Shows. I had a walk in Designer and Vintage Boutique in Los Angeles for several years, and the shows were just an extra added benefit, not just financially, but also for connections, and networking, Another super benefit is the fun and friendships you will make. Yes there are still those few who will want the cheapest price they can weasel out of you, and some are still not so nice about what their opinion of your price might be set at, but for the most part, if you can, this is a great way for extra cash through out the year.
One example I will give you of my own goes something like this. Please note, some of these figures are from the 80's and 90's, and are likely different now.
I paid 250 for a weekend booth space, which gave me access to Friday Saturday and Sunday, including set up time, and the time scheduled for each seller to be vacated from the premises.
I paid and brought to the show, approximately $300 worth of Vintage merchandise, including hats, dresses, jewelry, coats, textiles, etc. That comes to a total $600 rounded out with a little extra, as this was a local show, gas was minute, and time and labor are not a factor to me here.
What is a factor is, I spent maybe $700 total for a 3 day weekend sales space, and came home on Sunday with over $3000 in sales. $3000 - &700 = $2300 profit for a weekend show. WOW!
Does that sound like fun to you?
Short and Sweet Good Info
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Tips to a great sale!
Advertise well and a lot!
Place larger items in front!
Join with neighbors for more variety.
Have a FREE table or box.
Price your items to sell quickly!
Put a price tag on your items.
Put labels clearly marked on items.
Keep your wares organised.
Place items in sets or with pieces in bags.
Do you have other sale tips for folks reading this lens.
If so, please do share them!
Guide To Flea Markets and Vintage Shows
A List of USA Markets
Find a Market Near You
Find Flea Market Listings
Have you ever sold at any of the below options. Choose whichever option you found most profitable and tell us by leaving a comment below.
Flea Market (Occasional Table)
Flea Market (Monthly Booth)
Conventions/Shows (Niche Products Promotion)
Trunk Shows (Mostly Vintage & Antique Dealers/Sellers)
Home/Art Shows (Usually a Weekend Only)
Other Options (Please clarify, and share below)
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