One definition of flea market is a type of bazaar where inexpensive or secondhand goods are sold or bartered. It may be indoors, such as in a warehouse or gymnasium or expo building or it may be open air, outdoors in a parking lot or park.
What it should not be is ridiculously over priced commonplace merchandise posing as antiques with pricetags reflecting the entire cost of renting the space. You should not expect to make back your booth rental on every item you sell.
If a seller doesn’t want to sell an item but has the overwhelming need to show it off, mark it not for sale or display only. Marking a $3 item $20 gives the buyer the impression that this particular seller does not understand value and is only after as much money as they can greedily grasp. After seeing several items marked exhorbitantly over value, the buyer no longer feels anything in this seller’s booth is worth his or her hard won cash.
Higher prices should be reserved for antique mall booths
and then the booth should be orderly and arranged to make a buyer feel comfortable and welcome.
When items are piled randomly together and squished into a space half the required size to display them reasonably, the seller should not expect to get top dollar.
Digging through boxes and bins makes for a fun day at a flea market or yard sale when the treasure uncovered costs under a dollar or two,
but to have to dig at an antique mall and then find the price to be closer to $20 takes away any sort of joy or sense of gratitude, removes all the pleasure of the find.
Yes, I was not in Minnesota having fun with all the dedicated junkers.
My flea market experience this past Saturday almost left me feeling robbed of several hours of my life.
So disppointed I did not take pictures of the actual event.
(That is my confession that I “borrowed” the above pictures from the web.)
However – the day was not a total loss.
Before leaving the place I had intentionally visited I did find a loft of “women’s items.”
The following pictures I did take myself.
If you click on each it will enlarge.
While not what I was particularly looking for that day I was inspired to come home and do some crafting on my own.
And after leaving the “flea market,” I spotted a sign for a church sale, which was much more my style (better organized) and in my price range. I was especially happy when they called HALF PRICE on everything including the baked goods just as I arrived.
At half price I loaded twice as much stuff into the van and will photograph it in a day or two and share with you soon.
Thanks for listening to me rant from my soapbox.
I am linking this to Today’s Thrifty Treasures which will only be partying one more week before winter hiatus.
Thrift Share Monday which will continue as long as we all play along
and Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm.
I hope your thrifting went better. Please see my announcement post for events we can all attend that are GUARANTEED to be fun and exciting.