If you read our Ultimate Guide to a Flea Market Hustle Pt. 1: Buying, you no doubt have sourced plenty of fantastic items that ready for sale and make you a nice profit…now what? It’s time to hit the market! That’s easier said than done. Here are a few things to know for planning your foray into the flea market scene. 

 

Bring small bills

 

This one is common sense, but it’s equally easy to forget in your planning: change for customers. If someone whips out a $20 bill and you don’t have change…well, you just missed out on a sale. Make sure you have plenty of $1’s and $5’s, and depending on how much your products cost, sprinkle in 10’s and 20’s. 

 

Cash box or pouch?

 

You can get a cash box at most retailers to hold your money. Many flea market stands, however, choose to use a pouch. Why is this? If the pouch is on your waist, it’s harder to steal. Plus, it’s east to get to money for change when you make a sale. 

 

Consider your displays

 

How will you display your items? Small shelves should help elevate many items, but make sure they’re sturdy enough so that your breakables don’t, well, break. Also, consider areas of the table that may be within reach of little hands. If you’re selling to kids, use these areas to your advantage. Keep in mind, whatever you bring has to fit your display area and it may be a nightmare transporting. If you’re displaying custom t-shirts, you have to consider how best to display them in an eye catching way. Do you have a free standing rack where customers can browse? Or laid out folded on the table with the designs face up. Trial and error will give you answers.

 

Bring a blanket or tarp

 

If you setup early, which is a good idea for newbies, bring a tarp, or blanket, and clamps. When you leave, cover your display with the tarp or blanket and lock it down. This protects your merchandise from dust and debris and is a deterrent for would-be pilferers.