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ASD Show opens: Traffic is good, exhibitors are pleased

February 28, 2011 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

The first day of the 2011 ASD Show in Las Vegas has been thronged, and exhibitor reaction has ranged from satisfied to ecstatic. Mike Beyer of Drink-A-Lyzer is a first-time exhibitor at the ASD Show, launching a new pocket breathalyzer product. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of traffic,” he says. “We brought in 20,000 pieces for this show, and we sold all 20,000 pieces on the first day of the show. We’ve actually oversold.” ASD group marketing director Camille Candella, was not quite that enthusiastic. “It’s hard to comment on traffic... 

Will ‘He-Man’ items sell at flea markets? Signs point to yes

February 28, 2011 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured Products, Product Zone

Launched yesterday at the ASD Show in Las Vegas, a line of guy-focused signs may prove interesting for flea market and swap meet vendors in search of brisk-selling new products. The new signs, offered by SJT Enterprises of Westlake, Ohio, come in two styles: a ‘Man Cave’ style and a ‘Neighborhood Pub’ style — and each style is personalized with first names. Sample signs would read, for example, “Dave’s Man Cave,” or “Jeff’s Man Cave.” The others say, “Matt’s Neighborhood Pub” or “Mike’s Neighborhood Pub,” and they... 

Bargain hunter reality TV trend builds up steam

“As Seen On TV” isn’t just for products any more — it’s for bargain hunters inspired by a slew of reality TV shows, like “Auction Hunters” and “Storage Wars.” As the treasure-seekers come out of the woodwork to go to storage auctions, pawn, shops, and swap meets, the press is beginning to notice the trend. Local news sites have recently reported on the business of abandoned storage unit auctions in California, in New Jersey, in Wisconsin, and in Maryland. Several related reality shows are just starting: The National Geographic... 

A development that loves its flea market

In story after story after story, flea markets and swap meets are shuttered to make way for new developments. One of the first stories this reporter wrote at FleaMarketZone was on the future closing of the Kam Swap Meet in Hawaii; very recently, FleaMarketZone has extensively covered the closure of the huge Aqueduct Flea Market, a New York City institution. But in Washington, D.C., a development near Capitol Hill is bucking the trend: the developers and the community are making a special place for the well-loved flea markets at Eastern Market. “Located... 

NFMA conference offers flea market owners and managers a place to learn and linger

The 13th Annual NFMA Conference will take place next week in Las Vegas, March 1 to 3, offering National Flea Market Association members a chance to meet, learn, and discuss a wide range of issues affecting the industry. The confab opens Tuesday, March 1, with the NFMA Annual Conference Golf Tournament, sponsored by parent company Sumner Communications. On Wednesday, a full day of sessions begins with Opening Statements by NFMA president Jeff Mann, followed by sponsored sessions, a session on social media, and a session on the... 

Economy smiles on retailers

Flea market and swap meet vendors will be encountering more optimistic shoppers with bulging wallets, according to the latest economic news. A newly resilient economy is poised to expand this year at its fastest pace since 2003, thanks in part to brisk spending by consumers and businesses, according to a survey of 51 economists polled by the Wall Street Journal. Many economists ratcheted up their growth forecasts because of recent reports suggesting a greater willingness to spend. “We’re in a lot different place from last year,” says Goldman... 

Cell phone charms make a trendy flea market seller

February 23, 2011 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured Products, Product Zone

Cellular accessories maker Mobo USA Corp. is rolling out an innovative product designed to appeal to flea market and swap meet customers: cell phone charms. Just as traditional charms go on a charm bracelet, these new charms go on a cell phone. “We have a unique product, which are cell phone charms that dangle from phones,” says Mobo sales director Nelson Moya. “We sell them in these nice acrylic displays that rotate with lights.” Cell phone charms are a high and rising trend, from China to Japan to America. Mobo is ahead of the curve, selling... 

Veteran developer starts business to open flea market malls

A developer with a track record of converting large commercial spaces into Hispanic-theme indoor flea-style markets and retail venues is launching a new company to continue that work. When a big-box store goes out of business, some local retailers might feel a sense of impending dread, but Arturo Adonay sees opportunity. He is riding a growing trend of putting flea markets and swap meets into commercial real estate that would otherwise remain empty and blighted. Adonay, a partner in the newly formed Olé Realty Group, has started a business that... 

Arts flea market in Maryland seeks to expand

The Fenton Street Market, a weekly craft flea market in Silver Spring, Md., is seeking to open a new market about six miles away in Takoma Park, in the Takoma Junction neighborhood. According to the Takoma Park Patch: Hannah McCann, the director of the Fenton Street Market, which is now being held at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, said she submitted a proposal to hold an outdoor market at the Takoma Junction on several Sundays this year to test the location and the viability of a market there. The market would include between 40 and 60 vendors. McCann... 

West Palm Beach Antique, Craft & Flea Market

February 21, 2011 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Florida

Corner of Datura Street and Quadrille Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL Manager/Owner: Bill Jacobson Phone: 561-833-4440 Held biweekly on Saturdays, end of October to mid-April.  Please call to confirm market dates, or visit our website at or find us on Facebook.  Read More →

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