Now that you have done everything you need to register for a booth, it is time to get everything set up. Here are some tips to help you get started:
All vendors need quite an extensive list of supplies to get their booth prepared for their first sale. This includes a table or two to display your goods, a chair to sit on while selling, table coverings, racks if you sell clothes or other accessories, pens, shopping bags for customers, a calculator and a cash box, a receipt book, any display cases you might want to utilize, an umbrella or canopy if it rains, hand sanitizer, business cards, and different things to keep you occupied during slow times.
- Be sure to know the exact measurements of your booth before you get your supplies together. You do not want to arrive at the flea market and discover that you cannot sell anything because your tables do not fit.
- Check with flea market management to see if they have a list of prohibited items that cannot be sold, or rules about how booths can be decorated.
It is best to be prepared for early bird customers who will be waiting to hit every booth as soon as the flea market opens. This is typically the best time for shoppers to snag the best products and deals, and many take advantage of this opportunity. This means vendors need to arrive bright and early to have enough time to put your booth together and make sure you are ready to sell.
Post your return policy
Make sure that you have a return policy for customers to follow. Do you accept same day exchanges or returns? Do you require a receipt for returns? Are all sales final? These are the questions you need to have answered before a customer asks about it, and be sure to clearly display your policies around your booth.
Organize your merchandise
No matter what you sell, all of your products should be neatly displayed and organized by placing similar items or colors together. For example, if you sell a variety of merchandise, be sure to group all of the clothing together by size, keep all of the jewelry in one section, or have a special corner for toys and games. This will help your customers be able to easily find what they are looking for.
A great tip for creating beautiful display areas is to utilize different objects to adjust the height in certain spots on your tables. If you cover your tables with a cloth, you can easily hide the objects under the cloth. Many vendors use boxes or crates that they used to bring in the merchandise as stands to highlight best-selling or new items.