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  1. #1
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    flea market booth tips please

    Well I have so much stuff I just rented a booth at a local flea market ..I never done this before can anyone give me some tips? it is a small case if I would have to guess it is a 4x4 case with 3 or 4 shelves
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    I have sold at flea and antique shows . I am happy to share , just need to know what are you selling?

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Quote Originally Posted by acevillav
    I have sold at flea and antique shows . I am happy to share , just need to know what are you selling?
    it is a hodge podge of antiques an common to uncommon bottles...
    some people call me the creeper ,cuz they don't know my name or face - Alice Cooper

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Like the last post said, we need to know what you are selling in order to help you. One man's hodge podge, is another mans treasure. Perhaps is you do not have to many items, you may want to post a few photos. I have been buying and selling for over 35 years, from flea markets to yard sales to booths auction auction houses to the internet. If you have the internet, you could also reseach what you have. I bought 2 HP (Hewlet Packard) handheld calculators at a yardsale 10 years ago on my way home church (didn't even want to stop because it was a weekly junk sale), paid 1.00 each, 1 sold on Ebay for just over 500.00, and the other 375.00, and each had a defect (which was described in the listing). Google "Vintage HP calculators"
    it will blow your mind!!.
    Anyhow, nobody can advise you on a value without knowing what you have, but we are here to help.
    John - Ebay Top Rated PowerSeller

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Quote Originally Posted by Buff4
    Like the last post said, we need to know what you are selling in order to help you. One man's hodge podge, is another mans treasure. Perhaps is you do not have to many items, you may want to post a few photos. I have been buying and selling for over 35 years, from flea markets to yard sales to booths auction auction houses to the internet. If you have the internet, you could also reseach what you have. I bought 2 HP (Hewlet Packard) handheld calculators at a yardsale 10 years ago on my way home church (didn't even want to stop because it was a weekly junk sale), paid 1.00 each, 1 sold on Ebay for just over 500.00, and the other 375.00, and each had a defect (which was described in the listing). Google "Vintage HP calculators"
    it will blow your mind!!.
    Anyhow, nobody can advise you on a value without knowing what you have, but we are here to help.
    John - Ebay Top Rated PowerSeller
    Thank you for your post but I wasn't asking for prices..I pretty much already know that... I am wanting tips or advise for selling in a antique/flea market mall
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    If you can get an end or corner spot, you will do better than getting stuffed into the center of some row.

    If you have the same spot every time, than your regular customers will know where to find you.

    To price tag or not. I do, but will negotiate. And I have a 1/2 price table and sometimes a $1.00 table.

    Try to have some items that are eye candy, something that will make the passers-by stop and look even if its to expensive for them to buy.

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Unless you just have fantastic items that you are worried about getting broken, get a real booth and not some silly display case. Very few people go through the trouble of chasing down a clerk to unlock a case to buy a $20 item.

    So, unless your items are in the $100+ range, or easily stolen smalls that are highly desirable, then get a booth.

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Here is the method I use at shows or fleas I set up tables in a u with a table in the middle looks as seen below . This way people have to look at everything when they enter from either side. I always put a dish of candy out too, just have something that won't melt or get really messy. If its hot out offer cold water to your customers a case of water is cheap and it makes people happy. I place items in groups , pottery, glass, toys ect. I also use bright colored clothes to cover the sides of the tables and put white sheets on top the colors will attract attention and teh white sheets on top will make you items pop. Also be sure to know your items people will have tons of questions . As far as a case goes it's a roll of the dice unless you have some big dollar or very unique stuff. Good luck and keep us posted
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Quote Originally Posted by bazinga
    Unless you just have fantastic items that you are worried about getting broken, get a real booth and not some silly display case. Very few people go through the trouble of chasing down a clerk to unlock a case to buy a $20 item.

    So, unless your items are in the $100+ range, or easily stolen smalls that are highly desirable, then get a booth.
    Get a booth? that is not a option got another idea? an far as I seen your wrong about people chasing down a clerk to get a 20.00 item in my area...
    some people call me the creeper ,cuz they don't know my name or face - Alice Cooper

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Quote Originally Posted by creeper71
    Quote Originally Posted by bazinga
    Unless you just have fantastic items that you are worried about getting broken, get a real booth and not some silly display case. Very few people go through the trouble of chasing down a clerk to unlock a case to buy a $20 item.

    So, unless your items are in the $100+ range, or easily stolen smalls that are highly desirable, then get a booth.
    Get a booth? that is not a option got another idea? an far as I seen your wrong about people chasing down a clerk to get a 20.00 item in my area...



    where the flee market at ? green dragon ?

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Unless you just have fantastic items that you are worried about getting broken, get a real booth and not some silly display case. Very few people go through the trouble of chasing down a clerk to unlock a case to buy a $20 item.

    So, unless your items are in the $100+ range, or easily stolen smalls that are highly desirable, then get a booth.
    I've had a display case for about a year & a half. There are a lot of things that people absolutely will not get a clerk to open the case for. In general, if the item is available in a booth in the mall it won't sell out of a display case unless it's a LOT cheaper. The vast majority of what I sell is either coins or sterling jewelry. That's what pays the bills & makes the case worth having. I've tried a bunch of different items & have found that the items that sell are rare, unusual, or both. As far as prices go I've had a lot of items sell for $10 or less.

  12. #12
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    In general, if the item is available in a booth in the mall it won't sell out of a display case unless it's a LOT cheaper.
    This.

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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    Purely from a customer's point of view:

    When I go to the antique center/mall I usually just look in display cases. I only "browse" the open booths as I walk by looking for stuff that jumps out at me. Most of the time the stuff people have in their open booths is cheap or bulky stuff that I have no interest in buying. The stuff that catches my eye is the expensive or unusual stuff that always gets locked away in a case. That being said, do not put crap or cheap stuff in your case because I would never waste my time asking to see a $2 item if I have to go get someone with the key.

    I think you confused people with your title. It sounds like you are selling at an antique center/mall, right? When you say flea market that is a completely different ball-game and people will respond differently to such an environment.
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    If someone sees something they want, there gonna buy it. I think $20 and up is good for items in a locked case. Maybe put the best stuff on the top shelf and work your way down with the least expensive stuff being at the bottom.
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    Re: flea market booth tips please

    I started to sell in a better shop last year. I rented two glass display cases, 4' locked. Using this method to dispose of coins and jewelry, both found with detector and bought at auction. I figured the gold jewelry would bring more than scrapping it. It is working out well with sales of $1000 months common. Be sure to factor in the rent and the commisson the shop charges. I also approve a 5% discount if it is a big purchase. The shop owner will not discount any of my items marked "FIRM". I usually put in enough cheaper items to cover expenses and give the customers something to browse. Rotate the goods so the repeat customers have something new to look at. If they walk by the same stuff week after week, they'll stop looking at your cases. I enjoy doing this and the extra money lets me go to more auctions and garage sales. Sorry for being long winded........Good luck........

 

 
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