Flea Marketing

I know I mentioned before that my friend Molly and I were going to finally go for it, and get a space at a antique shop. Our first month was March, but they gave us the last two weeks of February for free, which was great! Originally we really wanted a space (not shelving) but the only places with available spaces were quite pricey, and so we decided to start small. We’ve been selling at Remember When Antiques in Hagerstown MD.
It’s been an adventuresome learning process for sure. Some things I’ve learned…..
-sales can be really slow
-you’ll have grand plans to decorate up shelving, but next time you come in stuff will be thrown ALL over, and you will find random stuff in your booth that does not belong to you, all the time.
-it’s hard to share a booth space when you some times want to buy something the other person just brought in. Molly and I have both bought stuff from each other!
-Its super exciting to go through your sales list, but unless you keep great records you wont be able to remember what half of the items listed are (im so guilty of this one)
All in all its been a fun experience, and I am so glad Molly is selling there too. It makes it so much more fun to have someone to go with. I do wish the space was closer, I don’t venture to Hagerstown MD all that often so I think I might re-stock and clean the space more often if it was closer. I haven’t decided if I will continue after this month. We may even try out our own shelving space, for just a bit more room. So far I’ve spent $60 on the space and have made $74 haha, so a $14 profit. It’s not a big money maker for me but there is something really fun about it. We decided to hold a 40% off sale this week to hopefully move a bunch of stuff so we can add more. It has been great for cleaning out my attic, and getting rid of some things I love-but don’t really have space for. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has experience selling in this type of venue.

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10 Responses to Flea Marketing

  1. Susan says:

    I sold in an antique mall for a few years and did very well, but my situation was sort of different because I worked there, too. It is a lot of work to make a success of that sort of thing. You need to be buying constantly (hardcore yard sale-ing, box lots at auctions) which means you are always working on cleaning things up and pricing. You need to tend to your space all the time. Because I worked there, I could bring in new things and primp every single day. The vendors who only showed up every week or so didn’t do as well. I was also in the position to see what was selling from all the booths, note the prices, and adjust my own stock accordingly. Sometimes I would just shake my head at what people would pay for some dumb thing I wouldn’t have even looked twice at, but you better believe I would buy the next one I saw at a yard sale!

  2. Rachel says:

    What a fun adventure to have with a good friend.


  3. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Rachel, its been fun for sure!

  4. Heidi Kenney says:

    Susan, thanks thats all good info! I think if I could make it in more often I would do better, but its just not very practical. I agree that you have to be really dedicated to make it work….I guess for now I will continue with it just a little while longer to atleast get rid of some stuff that I’ve had hanging around for awhile :)

  5. Robyn says:

    I’m just dipping my toes into this as well, not at a permanent location, but I have a booth at a flea market/ craft show event, where I’ve sold my handmade items in the past. My sister-in-law and I love to garage sale, thrift and estate sale and have toyed with the idea in the past of selling treasures we find. I’m not that great at display, but she has such a great eye for that so I’m really looking forward to adding a section of my booth that will have our vintage and pre-loved items. We will see how it goes.

  6. Kate says:

    I was visiting my sister up near Hagerstown a few weeks ago. If I had known about this I would have probably gone and bought a bunch of your old stuff. Such cute stuff! haha but I guess that’s for the best because my suitcase was full enough!

  7. rae says:

    i guess i never posted about it, but i stopped with my case in january. i’m just not good at putting the GOOD stuff in the booth, and my sales were slow. and then in december i sold 150 dollars worth of stuff! and got a check for 27 because they said i didn’t pay rent in november ( i did, with cash like they prefer, ugh) and then all kinds of weird fees. it really sucked an was discouraging!

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, oh ugh that would make me so mad about the booth fee! Our place only takes 3% of sales and then its $40 for a section of shelving, so Molly and I split it. I figured sales might be slow for the time of year too, and I am sure I would do better selling on ebay, but I am lazy about taking photos and making listings ugh haha!

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Kate, oh man haha, I kept forgetting to bring my camera to take nice photos, and I figured since it was possibly the last month that I needed to just put the info up on the blog :)

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Robyn, oh that sounds fun! I wish we had a bigger area because I feel like staging the items is a big part of what I want to do–but with just some shelves it ends up getting crowded so quickly. But I am not sure I want to give up entirely yet haha it is fun!