3 Tips for the Flea Market or Car Boot Sale Newbie

By: dave ofgrims

3 Tips for the Flea Market or Car Boot Sale Newbie

In the current economic climate most people are finding their finances strained. One effect of this has been the increased popularity of flea markets and car boot sales. They provide an excellent way for buyers to find bargains and sellers to gain some extra money from unwanted items.

This has resulted in an increase in the number of first time sellers appearing at flea market and boot sales. Some of these fail to make any real preparations and as a result do not make as much money from the event as they could. Here are 3 tips for anyone contemplating becoming a seller at such events.

1. Check out the sale first.

If the market or sale is a regular event it is well worth checking it out before you take your first pitch. By visiting the event a week or two before you will be able to assess the number of people that visit the event. If there are only a few buyers this might indicate this is not a venue for you. However, big crowds can mean big sales. You can also find out who is the organizer, what they charge for a pitch and if there are any specific rules or regulations you need to know about.

2. Get there early for you first event

It is always a good idea to arrive early. Often it is the early birds that get a pitch near the entrance of the sale. This means that your goods are likely to be seen by the maximum number of people. Also if it is a sale that allows the sellers in before it opens the gates to the public it will give you an opportunity to set out your stall in relative peace.

If it is the type of sale where buyers can view whilst the sellers are arriving do not be in any rush to set out your stall. Firstly most of the early buyers will be either dealers or the real hardened bargain hunters. They will try and beat you down on the price of everything. Later the general public will start arriving who will be far more prepared to pay your asking prices. Remember you are not there to give away your possessions.

You will also find that these early birds will swamp your car and stall as you are setting up and it can be chaotic and at times a little frightening. These”bargain hunters” tend to run as a pack and as more sellers arrive they move along to their next prey. Leave it for half an hour and they will have moved along to the next line of sellers and you can set up your stall in relative peace.

3 Take someone with you

Ideally there should be at least 2 people to look after a stall. As potential buyers gather around your goods it can be difficult for one person to keep track of everything that is going on. Also when “nature calls” you will not have to leave your stall unattended, which can be very risky. There are rouges about.

Flea market and car boot sales can not only be profitable but a great deal of fun if you like that sort of thing. But the better you prepare for an event the more successful you should be.

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Dave Bromley has been a registered member of eBay since 1999 and has written both on and off line on subjects related to online auctions. You can read his blog at <www.ukonlineauctionnews.com>

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