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Old 02-03-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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I am planning to open up a booth at a local flea market and I am wondering what i should sell. I were thinking electronics stuff like microsd adapters (I can get at 32 cents a unit), chargers and cases, and Koozies (Misprinted at 11 cents per unit), and some laptops (I know how to refurbish them). How much do you think i should sell the Koozies and microsd adapters for? Also any reccomendations to what else i should sell? It cant be that expensive since i dont have much of a budget... Also does anyone know where i can get those fake sharpies at (They call the sharpeis), everywhere i go at a fair i see them and there making some $$.
Thanks
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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How far have you gotten with this idea.
Even if not a formal business plan, maybe it's the way you phrased the question -- but seems to me you should have a better idea of what you're doing.

If you're opening a booth at a flea market, you should know what you plan to sell.

UNLESS, you've just seen the foot-traffic at the market -- and figure -- that whatever you decide to sell -- it would sell, because there're just so many people there.

I'd say scope out the market and sell something that's NOT there yet.

The laptops sound like a good idea. As for pricing of other items...well, you know people are looking for dirt cheap prices at flea markets. For example, a friend of mine gets all her cords, adapters and accessories at Five Below.

GOOD LUCK!
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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How far have you gotten with this idea.
Even if not a formal business plan, maybe it's the way you phrased the question -- but seems to me you should have a better idea of what you're doing.

If you're opening a booth at a flea market, you should know what you plan to sell.

UNLESS, you've just seen the foot-traffic at the market -- and figure -- that whatever you decide to sell -- it would sell, because there're just so many people there.

I'd say scope out the market and sell something that's NOT there yet.

The laptops sound like a good idea. As for pricing of other items...well, you know people are looking for dirt cheap prices at flea markets. For example, a friend of mine gets all her cords, adapters and accessories at Five Below.

GOOD LUCK!
Ive looked around and theres about 450 vendors, and 6-8K people. Im thinking at 25 cents the Koozies would sell. I think i can sell anything, some guy was selling "surprise boxes" (They didnt know what where in them) and he sold them. Ill see how the laptops go, I can get them pretty cheap and sell pretty cheap.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have felt these products would be good at those types of things.

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Old 02-03-2014, 11:34 PM
 
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Stun guns, you can buy them cheap wholesale.....and mark them up quite a bite.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:38 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Hi
I am planning to open up a booth at a local flea market and I am wondering what i should sell. I were thinking electronics stuff like microsd adapters (I can get at 32 cents a unit), chargers and cases, and Koozies (Misprinted at 11 cents per unit), and some laptops (I know how to refurbish them). How much do you think i should sell the Koozies and microsd adapters for? Also any reccomendations to what else i should sell? It cant be that expensive since i dont have much of a budget... Also does anyone know where i can get those fake sharpies at (They call the sharpeis), everywhere i go at a fair i see them and there making some $$.
Thanks
Why are you opening a booth if you don't know what you want to sell, or how much profit you want to make? This is your project, you do the homework and figure it out. Don't sign up for a booth until you have everything worked out.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Why are you opening a booth if you don't know what you want to sell, or how much profit you want to make? This is your project, you do the homework and figure it out. Don't sign up for a booth until you have everything worked out.
Normally I would agree with you, but some flea markets are really cheap, like $15/day and it won't take many sales to get that back.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: All Over
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do you want to be known for certain item at the flea makret or just have a bit of everything? if you want to focus on the cellphone chargers not a bad idea but i would imagine there's probably already a few established sellers doing that. storage auctions are a great way to get merch for flea markets and at dirt cheap prices. spend a few hundred bucks and get literally a storage unit full of junk to sell. maybe you get lucky and find some high dollar items, worse case scenario you get tons of clothes and household goods you can sell really cehap. with clothes i used to have a deal fill a garbage bag for $10. you can find local auctions in your area either at auctionzip.com or freestorageauctionlists.com. i would recommend checking an auction out, seeing what type of stuff you find in units in your area and go form there
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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IMO the people that lease the spaces out to vendors are really the ones making money at flea markets. I am a flea market junkie but I steer clear of booths filled with 25 cent trinkets and gewgaws, cheap tools/gadgets destined to break after the second use, junk chinese electronics, retail seconds, thirds and fourths in bulk plastic bags. I'd rather buy a pretty rock (and sometimes do) than any of that kind of junk destined for the landfill within the year.

Frankly if everyone and their uncle's dog is selling something, why would you want to? I'm really curious about that. I would think that you would need to set yourself apart from the crowd to get the draw needed to generate anything but accidental sales. By that I mean that a buyer stopped at your booth as opposed to a similar booth 5, 12 or 17 spaces away. Frankly it's going to take a lot of quarters minus product cost to make bank. And finally, if you don't have a certain level of interest and passion for your product it shows to buyers too. Nothing worse than a ho-hum dealer, well perhaps a grouchy one.

Like others have said, you need to do some more figuring. What do you love? What are you good at? Translate that into a weekend venture. Anything else might get you stuck with a garage full of junk that no one wants.

FWIW.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I agree it's best to sell something the others are not. You'll prob have to get creative and think of a product that would fit the demographics of the flea market clientele but others aren't selling.

Also that's a good idea about leasing out space to vendors versus being a vendor. Of course this would take more commitment and money too, but I'm sure there is still a lot of opportunity and profit potential out there!
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