Start a Flea Market Business

By: Peter Engelbrecht


For many years before the internet, the place to pawn off old or unused merchandise was the local flea market. Flea marketers would typically be the type of person that was a collector of unique items that would not really sell well in the mall or just carried too small of a margin for most store owners to really care about. The flea market was great, you never knew what you would find, and at times, a bargain was most definitely just around the corner. There even was the odd or better than odd chance that you could be ripped off, so a degree of caution had to be taken with each purchase.

Today we have the internet, and the flea market has taken a backseat to the likes of eBay and other auction sites that have popped up all over the world allowing peddlers of this and that to connect up with willing consumers. So with all the attention taken away from the flea market, is there really still an opportunity for you to start a part-time business as a flea marketer? I think the answer is most certainly a resounding yes, if you have the patience and love for finding and reselling one of a kind items, out of date or out of style merchandise and maybe even a little piece of treasure. So will you become incredibly wealthy being an entrepreneur of the flea market business? The answer is just as resounding as before, but this time it will be no.

So why get into this business if you are not going to be wealthy? Well for starters, you will not have to invest a great deal into the business. On weekdays while you are at home, you could be travel around finding your inventory and then on weekends you can sell you items. If you are married and you are in a situation where you husband works during the week while you stay at home with the children then on weekends you will have the time to sell your goods at the local flea market while he takes care of the children.

If you are interested in getting started in the flea market business you will need to get some startup cash. You will need money for some inventory to start the business, unless you can make something to sell. Some people make jam, pies and cakes. You will also need money to reserve your table at the market. You will need a table for displaying your merchandise, an umbrella to protect you from the sun or even the rain and a chair to sit in while your customers are walking around. Also, make sure that you have a calculator to ensure that you give your customers the correct change, you neither want to shortchange them or yourself.

Before starting out, do some more research about flea markets. You can probably still find a good book at the local bookstore or even the library. Try to be prepared so that you will have a successful business and try to have a little fun.

This article has been written as a resource for stay at home moms who desire to start a work at home business while in the midst of raising their children. You can get more great work at home ideas through researching other websites, visiting the library, buying industry specific magazines or talking to others in your neighborhood who have already started businesses out of their homes.

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