Buying and selling at a flea market, or swap meet-type environment, is a very unique experience. The overall atmosphere is a place for family fun. Locally, the flea markets are only open on Saturday and Sunday, making it a weekend tradition, and countless people will visit, as well as possibly spend a little money over a 2-day span. The flea market is set up like a large covered maze with hundreds of tables, and booths set up. Everything is outdoors, but the overhead covering protects from rain or the beating sun.
There are several types of people you will meet at the flea market, each one quite different. Most people are there to look for good deals and to just have fun. Others are there to haggle for the lowest and best prices possible, these are the, “I’ll give ya a quarter for it?” people. They never want to pay the asking price for an item. Still there are some people who turn their nose up at the items you have for sale, as if they are too good to buy used, or handmade items. I like to call those people the, “what exactly are you doing here then” people. Yet there are some people who are looking for a diamond in the rough, like a treasure hunter hoping to find something old or rare that the seller is unaware of. The types of people you will meet is always an interesting reason for visiting the flea markets.
Next is the type of sellers you will meet, which range from the every once in a while sellers, to the hardcore here every weekend, have a permanent booth sellers. My girlfriend and I sell each weekend a flea market in our town, to make a little extra money for bills, groceries, or even for something fun. There are people who make their entire lively hood from the money they make at the flea market. Each type of seller is just as unique as the buyers. First there is the, “I talk really loud and obnoxious so everyone around can hear me” person, they are attempting to draw as much attention to themselves as possible with the intentions of making sells. This is often very annoying to every other vendor around them, however it does seem somewhat effective for making sales. Then we have the, “my prices are set in stone” seller, these people are proud of their items and feel like a discount is a slap in the face. These type of sellers usually don’t last very long. There are people who rack up on cheap deals on bulk lot items from auctions and resale at the flea market.
In general, the sales persons who are friendly, willing to bend with prices, and informative are the ones who make the most sales, and potentially repeat customers. There are always great deals to be found at the flea markets, swap meets, ect, you just have to be willing to look around, and not be afraid to ask questions, or make offers. Also keep in mind that selling at the flea market isn’t free, there are most likely table rental fees, so try not to be the cheap person when it comes to buying stuff.