Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hot Flea Markets for 2013, Part One

hot flea markets imageMany vendors take time at the beginning of the year to shop for markets that will best support their ambitions in 2013. Which markets bustle with customers? Which are handicapped accessible and have clean restrooms? Which ones are managed efficiently, and promoted through advertising and events?

First, flea market vendors can find the most up-to-date market directory all year long at FleaMarketZone.com, the industry resource managed by Sumner Communications Inc. In addition, FleaMarketZone.com has compiled information about nine of the most popular venues, among shoppers and vendors alike, across the U.S. Check out part one now, then come back for the rest later this week.

Aquaduck Flea Market, in Brooklyn, NY, is the largest market in New York City, occupying an entire city block. It is open year round, and clothing and housewares are popular new merchandise. Business is held outdoors through late fall and under tents in the winter. Spaces are 12’ x 22’, 12’x 12’ and 10’x 10’. Monthly pricing for a 12’x 22’ spot, for example, is $780. Winter rates are $30 to $40 daily per space, otherwise $65 daily.

  • Number of booths: 200.
  • Days/hours: Tuesdays and Fridays through Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Advertising: Facebook and newspaper.
  • Of interest: onsite ATM machine, free parking and free admission.

For more information:
Aquaduck Flea Market
12637 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11208
Tel.: 516-996-3558
Email: bigsteve@aquaduckfleamarket.com
Website: www.aquaduckfleamarket.com
Contact “Big Steve,” owner

Wagon Wheel Flea Market, in Pinellas Park, FL, is open year round and has the biggest mixture of merchandise of nearly any flea market in the country, says Hardy Huntley, owner. “Everything is popular, and there’s not much you can’t find at our market. It’s mostly new items, but also used and antique items.” Average shopper traffic per day is 20,000 people. Booth size starts at 10’x 10’. “We treat our vendors like family,” Huntley continues. “The communication is good and we’re always here. Anytime our vendors want to talk or have questions, someone can answer their questions or make a decision. Our market is very clean and secure. We have a food court, with seats for 300 people, which is well taken care of.”

  • Number of booths: 2,500.
  • Days/hours: Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Advertising: Tourist magazines, local television and the two largest newspapers in the area.

For more information:
Wagon Wheel Flea Market
7801 Park Blvd. (74th Ave. North)
Pinellas Park FL 33781
Tel.: 727-544-5319
Contact Hardy Huntley, owner

Flea World, in Sanford, FL, is one of America’s largest markets, attracting tens of thousands of shoppers each day. The market sells mostly new goods, such as men’s and women’s apparel, automotive and motorcycle supplies, and electronics, plus pets. Families often go for the amusement park rides, which include go-karts, mini golf and a giant slide. Booth fees are $5.25 to $8 on Fridays for an 8’ x 10’ space, and $8.40 to $16.25 on Saturdays and Sundays, cash-only. Several indoor bathrooms are located throughout the premises.

  • Number of booths: 1,700 spread through three buildings.
  • Days/hours: Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Advertising: Fliers, Facebook, television and newspapers.
  • Special events: Kids’ birthday parties.

For more information:
Flea World
4311 South Orlando Dr.
Sanford FL 32773
Tel.: 407-330-1792
Website: www.fleaworld.com
Contact George Schnippel, manager

$wap Shop, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is open 365 days a year, and draws between 30,000 and 40,000 shoppers daily, on average, and more than 12 million shoppers annually. The amusement park and drive-in movie components of the venue help generate high levels of foot traffic. The market assures vendors both indoor and outdoor facilities are very clean. Booth rental fees range from $5 to $35.

  • Days/hours: Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mondays through Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Advertising: Television and newspapers. The market has been featured in a PBS documentary, “A Flea Market Documentary” (2002), as well as on the Travel Channel.
  • Special events: Carnival rides, theatrical performances, drive-in movies and games.

For more information:
$wap Shop
3291 West Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale FL 33311
Tel.: 954-791-7927
Email: Online form
Website: www.floridaswapshop.com
Contact Betty and Preston Henn, owners

Anderson Jockey Lot & Farmers’ Market, in Belton, SC, comprises 65 acres and, on an average day, attracts about 30,000 shoppers. Every weekend, more than 1,500 professional, hobby and yard sale dealers offer everything imaginable, including fresh produce, technology and automotive components, books, video, music, tools and hardware, arts and crafts, pets and small farm animals, yard sale items and much more. Most inside vendors sell new merchandise, which runs in fads, according to market owner, William Richard McClellion, III. The market is on a major road into downtown Anderson. “Small business owners are important to us and we’ve done a good job over the years of keeping vendors happy,” he shares. “We sell peanuts and popcorn, and have restaurants. We also have four buildings with restrooms and we keep them clean.” Booth rental is $10 per day indoors and outdoors, for permanent vendors. Spaces are 10’x 10’. If vendors buy 13 weeks in advance, the price drops to $6 a day. Daily spaces are $12.

  • Number of booths: 2,000 spaces, of which 500 are outdoor and 1,500 are indoor.
  • Days/hours: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office also is open Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Advertising: Billboards on I-85 and radio shows; additional advertising likely this year.
  • Special events: car, RV and boat shows, and a chili cook off; other events likely in 2013.
  • Amenities: handicapped accessible, and pet pavilion and dog row.

For more information:
Anderson Jockey Lot & Farmers’ Market
4530 Highway 29 North
Belton SC 29627
Tel.: 864-224-2027
Email: info@jockeylot.com
Web site: www.jockeylot.com
Contact William Richard McClellion, III, owner

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