Saturday, March 5, 2011

Flea Market - Ouch

Well, I did the 5 hours selling, the 3 hours setup and take down and the one month of pricing off an on and boxing. That is a lot of hauling of boxes. The flea market needed to be better advertised - my costs were covered and that was about it. But, I did learn; don't bring mugs, don't put anything on the floor if you want it to sell, don't bring so much stuff, things I think are great and vintage aren't what the buyer's at this flea market were interested in. The big yellow advertising Pennzoil plastic container sold, a sunbonnet girl quilt sold and a folding screen sold, all at cost, but a least I am no longer storing them. The rest of the sales were things like muffin pans, Pyrex casseroles, paperbacks, some hard cover craft and collectible price guides (at $1 each - a real bargain). So I came home with less stuff to pack away and a better appreciation about what that venue at that area of town brings in for customers (retired, downsizing types, sweet, lovely to visit with). The people who bought the most were other sellers who obviously know buyers as they resold most of the same stuff from their own tables, a very quick flip.
One guy wanted it - no one else had the room

Screen - lots of interest

Under table stuff no movement

Pyrex casseroles sold, nothing else that shows on the table here

My favorite collectible stuff - only one sifter, a few muffin pans and a couple of flippers sold


  1. Although not a whole lot sold I found it to be uplifting experience as far as letting things go. The less clutter in my life the better I feel. there is a lot to be said for family and mutual support. Never giving up on your dreams and always learning are things worthwhile. Thank you Joy.

  2. do we figure it out? Hard to understand buyers. My experience is when you find the right show...and the right audience for you...things will sell. It is a lot of trial and error though.

  3. I have never sold items at a flea market but have always thought it must be a tremendous amount of work! Although you did not do as well as you had hoped in the money department it sounds like you came away with some great ideas for what to do the next time.

  4. You have so many lovely items. I haven't sold any of my treasures except a few on Etsy. I keep thinking about a booth but not ready for that yet. I'm a new follower! hugs, Linda

  5. Interesting to see what sells. Lots of work not to have much go.

    It would be great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. This was interesting--who would think a plastic oil bottle would sell when all that other cool stuff did not! I've thought about having a booth somewhere too, but have no idea how to go about it. Your posts are an education for me. Not to mention lots of really good stuff to look at!


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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