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Selling Western gear from coast to coast

According to second-generation wholesaler Dan Mottsman, his family has been in business long enough to know what sells at flea markets and swap meets. “We have a lot of different items and a lot of smaller items that sell well at flea markets,” he says, “We stock very marketable Western items that sell very well.” And although the family company, Western Express, primarily carries Western gear, these products appeal from coast to coast. “We sell to flea market people all across the country,” Mottsman says. “It sells all over.” He... 

Inventor finds new product sells best at flea markets

One night three years ago, Dewayne Lytle was sitting in his car when lightning struck. “I was in a drive through, and I saw a decoration on the antenna of the car in front of me,” he recalls. “It was beaten up and kind of ratty, and I just found it interesting that people put these on their antennas. I decided to come up with a line of cute designs that could reflect people’s personalities and interests.” Inspired, Lytle worked to design a line of car ornaments he calls “Tenna Tops.” And he broadened the appeal by including an elastic... 

New outdoor market to focus on antiques, local food, collectibles

An avid antiques veteran is opening the Victoria Square Outdoor Market in Colborne, Cramahe Township, a community on Lake Ontario in Ontario, Canada. Market organizer Roseanne Quinn confirms that she got an okay from the Cramahe Township Council on June 7, and she is set to hold a grand opening this weekend, on July 2. “It will start out small,” says Quinn, “this Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.” She hopes to set the outdoor market apart from other flea markets by emphasizing local foods and higher-end items, such as antiques, jewelry,... 

Smoketree Junction Flea Market

June 28, 2011 by publisher  
Filed under California, Flea Market Directory

815 Highway 138 Pinon Hills, CA 92372 Manager/Owner: Leigh Hanson / Sandi Hemingway Phone: 760-686-4960 / 760-868-8806 Vintage in a modern world…. Open air flea market held the 1st Saturday of each month 9am-2pm. Music, free parking and coffee. Nursery and artists’ studio onsite.  Read More →

General merchant brings wide product mix to swap meets

Leather Links Inc. is a wholesale supplier that offers a complete one-stop source to vendors looking for a range of hot sellers. “We started with cell phone accessories, then we added luggage, then shoes, then blankets and other items,” says Dolly Sethi, the company president. “Now we have general merchandise that everybody is looking for. And we offer competitive prices.” The company is popular among flea market and swap meet vendors, who generally end up buying from several of the general merchandiser’s lines. “A lot of flea market... 

Beacon Flea Market thrives by connecting to its community

A year ago, Mario Finateri was in the yard sale business. Now, he and his business partner are running a brand new flea market in Beacon, N.Y., called the Beacon Flea Market, that focuses on serving its community. And today, on June 26, the local chamber of commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on site. “I was always interested in flea markets and garage sales,” says Finateri. “Emma Dewing is my partner. Her father is the director of a museum, and she had that background in art and antiques. So the flea market seemed like a natural thing... 

Newspaper company hops into flea market business

Newspapers have always had a close relationship with garage sales and flea markets, usually on the advertising side. However, Greater Philadelphia Media, parent of the Burlington County Times, the Bucks County Courier Times, the Doylestown Intelligencer and PhillyBurbs.com, has taken the relationship to a new level, by holding the grand opening of its own outdoor flea market tomorrow. The leader of the initiative is Jennifer Schultz, who manages the call center for GPM. “I’ve done my own yard sales and participated in flea markets, so I know... 

Indoor swap meet opens in Vancouver

A husband and wife team have launched the Mission Flea Market on London Ave. in Vancouver. “My wife came up with the idea, back in December. We finally found a building in January, and we’ve been working on it ever since,” says market owner Neil Kernahan. “We’re pulling in good number of people for a Saturday and Sunday,” although the weather can put a damper on attendance, he reports. The indoor market has attracted up to 50 vendors through its seventh weekend in operation. Sarah MacIsaac, of Crazy Cupcakes, has been selling at the... 

Vendors become owners and managers of the Seaside Bazaar

A long-running flea market in Encinitas, Calif., is now operating under new management. Emily Matson and Josiah Sharmahd are the new owners and managers of the Seaside Bazaar, as reported by the Encinitas Patch and confirmed on the swap meet’s Facebook page. Sharmahd and Matson have been vendors at the flea market since 2005, selling blown glass objects and green products. They also operate a retail store called Ecotopiia that specializes in eco-friendly goods. The partners took over from former owner Steve Olson on June 4, as noted in this Facebook... 

SportsLife offers vendors big-guy buying clout

For flea market and swap meet vendors looking to sell more sports-related products, SportsLife Enterprises has an intriguing opportunity. SportsLife is a buying group, which means it is an organization of independent members who band together to negotiate great deals from suppliers. The members get the benefit of lower prices — with savings that exceed the cost of membership in the buying group — while suppliers benefit from greater sales. SportsLife’s president, Ted Nevins explains it this way: “SportsLife is a buying group. Once someone... 

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