Once you’ve chosen your flea market venue it’s time to plan how your items will be displayed. Pack in a lot of interesting merchandise that looks organized.
Stop in to refresh and reset your booth on a weekly basis. Where I’m located, in the Valley Park Flea Market, the owner always says the dealers who show up on a weekly basis are the dealers that sell the most. Even if you’ve only sold a couple of things your items were most likely moved and need to be put right. Take the opportunity to move around the items. When something claims a new space it can appear, even to regular visitors. as new and interesting….and that’s when it sells.
I have a friend who used to swear it was fine to pile things on top of each other because her thought was that, “people like to dig.” That might be true if you’re holding a garage or an estate sale, but in a flea market you/re just one of a hundred or more vendors. It’s overwhelming for shoppers who are just as likely to see a mess and move along to a more pleasing display. Since my friend has abandoned this philosophy and exchanged it for organization her sales have doubled
Most of my display materials came from garage sales or from Store Supply Warehouse which is located in my city, but they do ship. You might have a similar business in your own town.
Ways to inexpensively display your items and organize your both include:
*Build up. Whether your booth is a shelf unit or a table or two you can use inexpensive coated wire risers or clear plastic risers. This doubles your space; you can put things on top of the risers and under them. I like the coated wire because you can not only put things on top and underneath, but you can hang items such as jewelry and sunglasses on the sides. Display the risers at a slight angle and hanging items are easily seen.
*Hooks and peg boards. You can hang things from your pegboard with inexpensive hooks, both metal and those with sticky backs. The hooks are great for hanging pictures, caps and many other things.
*Display items at an angle, with the smaller things in front, leaving enough of what’s behind it showing so people want to take a look.
*Be sure your price tickets are clearly written and displayed on the part of any item where it is easiest to see.
*There are items you believe have a better chance of selling then others, and you’re probably right. I put smaller items behind my favorite items. No one can see them when I first set up my display, but as things sell, there they are. Using this technique means you’ll never have an empty gap in your display and waste your space