Saturday, April 21, 2018

How to Prepare for Flea Market Spring Season

April 10, 2018 by mbrophy  
Filed under How-To Zone

Whether you sell year round at indoor and outdoor markets across the country, or are a seasonal seller, you have to admit that the spring and summer are prime time for flea markets. Many more markets are open when the weather is warm and enjoyable! Make 2018 your most lucrative year with these preparation tips to get your business ready for the busy season.

1. Research
No two flea markets are the same. Expand your horizons this year and try out some new markets. Find out if there are any new markets being held locally that will fill empty weekends or be a nice break from a huge bustling market week after week. In addition, discover new markets outside of your comfort zone. Put in the extra mile, literally, to sell at larger markets. Before the markets get popular and busy in the spring and summer, now is the time to research them. Check out their website and call their offices to get a feel for the market and get your vendor application in on time.

2. Organize
It’s time for spring-cleaning! Before your schedule gets packed, take some time to look over your inventory and either create or improve your organizational system. Take the items you currently have and make sure they are clean, in order, and ready to be sold at the flea market. Develop a structure that works for you and make sure to follow through with it throughout spring and summer. Preparing for a busy season now, will help you out in the long run.

3. Update
Take a step back from your business and take a look at it. Are your displays and signage outdated? What does your online presence look like? Are you offering shoppers multiple payment options? Take these questions into consideration and re-vamp your business. Make sure your booth is looking its best for the start of spring markets or it will only get more dilapidated as time goes on. If you do not have social media or a website yet, start with a basic Facebook page and if you are online, make sure all of your information is up to date. Offering multiple payment options is no longer a luxury in this day and age, but a necessity. Find a point-of-sale system that works for your business and implement it this year!

Spring and summer is busy for flea market vendors. Many more markets open up and more shoppers visit to enjoy the weather and outdoor shopping experience. Make sure you are well prepared by selling at the best markets, creating an efficient way to run your business, and improving the appearance of your business in-person and online. Doing all of these things will give you the best selling season yet!

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