Whether you sell vintage lamps, handmade scarves, or an eclectic mix of unusual trinkets, flea markets are a paradise for shoppers and vendors alike. Any vendor who has attended even one flea market knows that competition can be stiff, however, and the most successful stands are the ones that take care to create a welcoming and interesting environment.
Here are a few tips on how to create a great flea market stand:
1. Keep All Items Organized and Neatly Labeled
Particularly if you have a wide variety of items at your stand. Try using colorful bins or even vases or other interesting containers for items and use bright and easily visible labels to indicate pricing. Using a variety of shapes and sizes for organizational bins can give your stand an inviting look and the correct amount of labeling will help avoid confusion.
2. Use a Pop Up Canopy For Shade
Most flea markets take place in wide open spaces with little to no shading. Protect yourself, your customers, and your merchandise from the sun by bringing a pop up canopy. They are very quick and easy to assemble and can add a fun splash of color to your stand while they provide sun and heat protection.
3. Keep a Water Cooler at Your Stand
Shoppers get thirsty walking around at flea markets, and offering them a cool sip of water is a great way to put them in a good mood, as well as inviting them to spend some time at your stand. A cooler full of ice water and some disposable cups can be well worth the money. You may also want to look for biodegradable cups, such as those made from corn, so that you can keep your carbon footprint small as you keep customers rolling in.
4. Have Interesting Visuals At a Variety of Levels
Staggering engaging visuals is a way to draw people to your stand and sends the message that there is a wide variety of fun stuff to explore there. Try dangling light items from your canopy roof. If you are not selling anything light, there are always items like mobiles and pinwheels to consider. You can also set up a tall backboard behind you to display your merchandise in an engaging way.
5. Play Some Tunes
Bring an ipod dock or other type of speakers and welcome shoppers to your stand with some upbeat and fun music. Keep the volume low enough that you do not disrupt other stands, but high enough for shoppers to want to come get their dance on at your stand.
6. Make All Signage as Professional Looking As Possible
Hand drawn signage is okay, as long as you have very neat writing, but to look truly polished, create signs on your home computer. You can often even download specialty fonts for free that may tie in perfectly with what you are selling. Another option is to get stencils from a craft store and create handmade signs with a truly artistic flair.
7. Take Good Care of Yourself
One of the very best things your stand has to offer is the personal touch that only you can give! Your passion and knowledge about the items you’re selling may very well be what gets customers buying, and the happier you look, the more likely they are to stop by. Flea markets can be tiring and often require early morning set up, so get plenty of sleep the night before. Eat a healthy and filling breakfast, stay hydrated and keep your set up process as quick and simple as possible.