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National Flea Market Association 2018 Conference

December 21, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

The National Flea Market Association (NFMA) will hold their annual conference February 6th – 8th at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The NFMA is the official organization of the flea market industry. The organization advocates for state and federal legislation that is in the best interests of flea market owners and sellers. NFMA also helps members run the most successful business possible with best practices, tips, and tricks.

This year’s conference “will be a good one,” says Tim Anderson, chairman of the NFMA’s conference committee and president of Trader’s Village. The NFMA conference will feature speakers and educational seminars on a wide variety of topics that impact the flea industry including: coaching and counseling problem employees, a human resources Q&A, federal legislative updates, a Booth Tracker user group meeting, social media best practices, how to attract and retain flea market dealers, employee rewards and engagement, how to handle customer complaints, a session about Generation X and Y, how to spot and deal with counterfeit goods, state legislation updates, and even a session on how to spot a terrorist.

Tim says every year the NFMA does a survey to find out what topics people want to see and learn about so the seminars at the conference are a direct result of NFMA member requests. In addition to the news and educational aspects of the conference, there are plenty of networking opportunities including several cocktail outings and a golf outing. The NFMA will also hold officer elections for the next year and give a financial update for the organization.

The conference is for members only, says Tim, but they make it very easy to join the organization and register for the conference “in one fell swoop.” This conference is a must-attend event for all flea vendors and market owners. “If you’re interested in growing your business, this is a conference you need to go to,” says Tim. Collectively, attendees have “Thousands and thousands of years of experience in the flea business. Every year I learn something,” he continues. “Everyone that attends walks away with many new things you can do to make your business more successful. There’s no place else you can go to meet with flea dealers and owners.”

In addition to the annual conference, NFMA keeps its members in the know all year round through newsletter and email updates. “There are a couple of weekly emails that come out with industry news,” says Tim. “There are also state and federal legislation updates that come out every month.” The NFMA strives to maintain a high amount of credibility within the flea market industry. “It’s just like any other industry,” says Tim. “If you want your industry to have credibility you have an association that promotes best practices and ethical standards.”

Overall, the United States has over 1100 flea markets, which provide opportunities for 2.25 million vendors who conduct $30 billion in sales annually. Over 150 million customers visit flea markets each year. NFMA works to oppose legislative proposals, which would single out, discriminate against, or restrict flea markets in any way. As one of the last vestiges of small entrepreneurship in the country, a healthy flea market industry is critical to both vendors whose livelihood depends on their business and customers who depend on flea markets for low-cost merchandise.

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