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How to avoid and recover from online fraud

October 30, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured HowTo, How-To Zone

Anyone who buys or sells on the Internet may be vulnerable to online fraud. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a joint operation between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, released a report in 2009 saying that reported cyber-crimes rose about 650 percent compared with 2001, and up 22 percent compared with 2008. The business losses from these crimes totaled $559.7 million in 2009, up 112 percent on the year, according to the report. And to be more specific, an article in October from Investors Business Daily, based on a report... 

New name, ownership for big Los Angeles market

The “L.A. Flea Market,” formerly held Sundays in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, will soon be called “The Flea Market at Dodger Stadium,” taking place on Saturdays. According to a report in the L.A. Eastsider, market organizer and promoter Philip Dane is breaking with his partners and going it on his own under the stewardship of his PD Markets firm. As he told The Eastsider, “The L.A. Flea Market was produced by DKS Promotions, LLC. That company no longer has a deal with the Dodgers as my partners did not want to continue. I have... 

Tearing down and building up in Biloxi

When most families end up with too much stuff, they put together a garage sale — but when Tracy and Nick Ladner had the same problem, they started a flea market. The Ladners own a demolition company, and through their business they ended up with a lot of second-hand goods. “We had just five trailer loads full of stuff, and we started off just having a sale in the warehouse,” says Tracy Ladner. “Then people said to us, ‘I want a booth! I want a booth!’ So that’s how we got started.” And now, after six weeks in operation, their new... 

Tea Party products sell well at flea markets

October 28, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Elections always turn up the heat on the pressure cooker that is politics in America — and one way voters let off steam is by shopping for patriotic and political merchandise. “People seem to be very politically aware and very verbal about the direction they’d like to see things go,” says Gerda LaGrasse, a vendor at the USA Fleamarket in Port Richey, Fla. “And they’re looking for symbols that will convey that.” According to The Daily Caller, a political news site, this is a boom time for Tea Party merchandise, which is outselling all... 

Supreme Flea Market

October 28, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Virginia

3302 Williamsburg Road Richmond, VA 23231 Manager/Owner: Harnella & Richard Walton Phone: 804-888-6684 Indoor/outdoor market with 260+ spaces. Open year round Wednesday- Sunday. 10am-7pm. 70,000+ sq. ft. Virginia’s biggest flea market!  Read More →

New flea market preps for launch in Columbus, Ga.

A new indoor/outdoor flea market is opening in Columbus, Ga, at the corner of Elvan Ave. and Victory Drive. According to a Craigslist ad, the Victory Drive Flea Market is located in a high traffic area and is looking for vendors. The new market is charging $10 for outside spaces and $20 for inside spaces. Casey Burns of O’Reilly Auto Parts in Columbus confirmed that it would be held in the former Destiny Dog / Maytag Laundry location next door. “They just painted the building the other day,” he says, “and they have a sign out that says... 

Swap meet moves to new location

The Ozark Mountaineer’s Swap Meet in Ozark, Mo., is moving in November to a new location. The market has lost the use of its current site, says owner Butch Koonce, and will shift to the new location, at the intersection of State Highway CC and Route 65 in Ozark. The move will take place “on the second or third weekend of next month,” Koonce says. “We’re just going to do two weekends this year.” The swap meet will start up again in March. The new location covers 14 acres, and Koonce expects he’ll have 100 to 200 vendors. He is distributing... 

Flea markets and swap meets fight to thrive with local support and good press

A slew of good news on the flea market and swap meet business has surfaced over the past couple days. Here’s a recap of the most notable reports, starting with Victor Cristales at the Reporter News in Abilene, Texas, who finds the charm in a 52-year-old market: It’s not just the bargains that keep customers coming back or the convenient location that keeps the vendors in their booths. It’s the old-school friendly atmosphere that the flea market has known for more than five decades that makes it special. John Krispin at the Times Leader... 

Orange Trade Days

October 22, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Texas

200 Turrett Street Orange, TX 77630 Manager/Owner: Gabriella Snyder Phone: 409-883-4344 Indoor/outdoor flea and farmers market held monthly on the weekend following the second Monday, Fri.-Sun. 9am-5pm. Free parking, free admission! Visit us online at or find us on Facebook!  Read More →

Apparel wholesaler uses Web to boost availability

October 22, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured Suppliers, Supplier Zone

Six months after adding an e-commerce component to its Web site, casual apparel wholesaler Brook Textiles says that its experiment in reaching out to flea market and swap meet vendors and others who want to source product outside business hours is a success. “For a lot of our customers, especially people who hold down a day job, such as flea market vendors and screen printers, the evening is the time they can devote to sourcing,” says president Bob Brook. “This gives customers the opportunity to see what we have and source new products.” “For... 

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