Friday, June 23, 2017

Pensacola’s Popular T & W Flea Market Under New Management

May 19, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

United Flea Markets, owner of the successful Mile High Flea Market in Denver, CO and the Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs, FL has recently acquired T & W Flea Market in Pensacola, FL, the oldest and largest flea market in the city. United Flea Markets plans to continue the successful operations of the T & W Flea Market while working to improve and enhance the guest experience. “As owners and operators we have a deep understanding of the flea market business and the ever-changing needs and desires of both buyers... 

OFFPRICE Show Expands Childrens Wear Offerings

May 16, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

The off-price retail market just keeps growing. Sales of off-price apparel and home goods are expected to increase six to eight percent between now and 2020, outpacing the growth of the overall retail market. For over twenty years, the OFFPRICE trade show has been a reliable industry source for off-price apparel, footwear, and accessories. The next OFFPRICE Show, to be held August 12 – 15th at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, features a newly expanded children’s wear section (see details on page 11). The children’s wear market is expected to reach... 

Keep Your Cool With Breathable Summer Fabrics

May 4, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Spring has officially sprung and summer is just around the corner. As the temperatures continue to rise, shoppers are looking to ditch their heavy flannel and fleece for lighter breathable fabrics. Touchable textiles are a top choice for market browsers.  The tactile shopping environment of flea markets lends well to textile sales, especially outdoor markets where shoppers will have staying cool at the top of their mind. Here are the four best summer fabrics to keep your customers cool and comfortable throughout the summer months. Cotton The... 

Lorrie Powell Studios: Hip Signs for Cool Folks

May 4, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Supplier Zone

Lorrie Powell Studios (LPS) is known for making “Hip Signs for Cool Folks.” Founded in 2000, LPS evolved from an art studio that produced fine art, glass, ceramics, and furniture. Now, the business produces unique signs targeting the baby boomer generation. Denise Powell tells Merchandiser Group, “all of our designs are original and each of our signs is handmade by our staff right here in the USA. Our quality puts us a notch above any competitor” Their best selling line is the grandparent line. “We have more than 150 grandparent nicknames... 

Shipshewana Flea Market to Open May 2nd

May 2, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Hundreds of vendors, foodies, makers, small-business owners and farmers will gather as the Shipshewana Flea Market kicks off the 2017 season on Tuesday, May 2nd. The Midwest’s largest flea market — along with Shipshewana’s weekly auctions — has been drawing thousands of visitors for 95 years, becoming a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition. Shoppers can look forward to nearly 900 open-air booths with home decorations, clothing, handmade items, accessories, garden supplies and a farmer’s market aisle bursting with fresh produce and plants. The... 

2017 Industry Report

May 2, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Each year The Merchandiser Group polls our nationwide network of flea market vendors to monitor market trends and the state of our industry. This year, results show a diversifying market and industry optimism. Fairs and festivals continue to rise in popularity and profitability for retailers. More and more respondents are using online platforms to sell merchandise, find new products, and market their flea market business. Overall our industry continues to strengthen our core flea market business while evolving into new platforms and opportunities. ... 

Morgan Imports: The One Stop Shop for Outdoor Comfort Items

April 25, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Featured, Supplier Zone

Morgan Imports was founded in 2007 with their original line of Pump Bottle Misters. Company co-founder and CFO Debby Morgan notes she and her husband have a long history of selling in flea markets and swap meets. After taking a break from the industry, they came back and created the Pump Bottle Mister with the simple idea of creating comfort at outdoor events. “It seems like such a simple idea, but knowing the industry and knowing how hot it can get, we knew these would be extremely popular,” says Morgan. “Especially if you prefill them with... 

Fiber Optic Apparel from EDMPlug

April 12, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Product Zone

Fiber optic clothing and accessories are an exciting inventory addition for any vendor this fair and festival season. These eye-catching apparel items are an attention-grabber for retailers and festival-goers alike. Zach Meador of EDMPlug and creator of HolyThreads! fiber optic clothing tells Merchandiser, “People are drawn to this product like nothing else. The fiber optics and quality are really impressive in person.” EDMPlug was founded because Meador and his team were looking to become an integral part of EDM (electronic dance music) culture.... 

Bug Off Screen: The Smart Screen Door

April 11, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Featured, Supplier Zone

Everyone knows that the upcoming spring and summer months mean barbecues, sports, gardening, and all kinds of outdoor activities. For busy families, these activities also mean a lot of traffic going in and out of the house and traditional front or back doors being left open or substituted with screen doors. In the past, traditional screen doors were difficult to open and close, especially if you have your hands full, plus they may be expensive to install, and many apartment managers and condo associations do not allow their use. Worst of all, if... 

Incorporating Dollar, Discount, and Convenience Items

April 4, 2017 by mbrophy  
Filed under Product Zone

Almost ten years ago, when the US economy took a turn for the worse, households across the country turned to dollar and discount stores to save money on everyday purchases such as personal care, beauty, electronic accessories, and household necessities. Shoppers were looking to get the same products at a better value. Many Millennials started shopping for themselves right in the middle of the 2008 economic crisis and grew accustomed to choosing value-priced retailers. Today, discount and dollar stores are one of the fastest growing sections of the... 

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