Hello everyone, Wayne here and thank-you for stopping by. If you want to find flea market merchandise that always sells and makes really good profits then you have landed in the right place.
I have operated a flea market business for 24 years.I have seen them come and go over that period of time and if you want to succeed in this business you better know how to choose which flea market items to sell. There is more to it than that but if you get that wrong you are pretty much doomed right from the get go. Get it right and you are way ahead of the game. You can read more here>flea market merchandise
When I first started out I used to go to an auction each day. I really like music and I would buy the old vinyl records in bulk really cheap. I usually paid a nickel or a dime on average for them. Now keep in mind our market is totally outdoors. I would lug them out (in the boxes they are heavy) to the flea market and sell them for a couple of dollars each.
Being a newbie flea market vendor I had no idea what records were worth and the vendors who knew the value of the records cherry picked me real good. So that was my initiation into the flea market business.
I soon tired of dragging those heavy records back and forth. After checking the market out there was only one other vendor selling used music cassette tapes(Im dating myself now) so I decided to give that a try. I made friends with the people at the auction and made a deal to buy the tapes for a quarter a piece. I sold tapes for two dollars a piece or three for five dollars. I had thousands of tapes and business was real good.
Well, that lasted for a couple of years and then guess what? Along came something called a cd. Before everyone switched to cd's I saw the writing on the wall and dumped all those cassette tapes. I tried to sell cd's but all the other vendors had the same idea.
After that I tried to sell other flea market merchandise like jeans and video games but had no success.
Then it happened. I found something that really clicked and I have been selling it ever since. It cost me $45.00 and I retail it out for around $375.00. Click here if you want to read more.
Now I had a good flea market business and then I started dating my future wife who had been a flea market vendor for about ten years. Long story short we married, combined the businesses and then together we had a really great business.
We couldn't believe how we could go out Saturday and Sunday for five or six hours each day and pull in $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 for the two days with roughly 65% of that being pure profit. She no longer goes out with me but she still does the buying for the flea market items I sell.
There really are a few secrets you need to know if you want to succeed and have longevity in this business. If you want to find out how you can get the exact flea market merchandise that I sell and have a step by step plan laid out for you to succeed with your very own flea market business just click>>Flea Market Secrets Exposed right now.
Be sure to scroll down for other up to date posts I have written that will help you with making money at the flea markets.
I have a new book showing you how I pull thousands each month out of the flea market for the last 2 and 1/2 years without setting up or selling anything. Its called 'Flea Market Gold'. Read my post on 12-2-13.
Wayne O. Stanila
Every Saturday I get up early and head out to my local flea market.
For 24 years I would go out every Saturday and Sunday and set up. Now I don't have to set up or sale anything.
I am able to pull thousands out of the market every month. Usually it only takes me about an hour and a half to work this system on Saturdays.
My new book Flea Market Gold will show you exactly how I have been doing it for 2 1/2 years.
I plan to release it the latter part of this week or first part of next week. It will be on Amazon. The price? A whopping $8.97.
You can go to wayneostanila.com and read posts where I show examples.
Flea Market Business:
Do you want to start a flea market business? How about using the flea markets as a source for finding profitable items to resale on line?
After selling at the flea markets for 24 years learning how to leverage the flea market has come about in several different ways.
Heading out every Saturday and finding things at flea market to sell on Amazon and Ebay has become a ritual.
It's like walking around finding five, ten, twenty and fifty dollar bills. Sometimes you even find hundreds.
Here are a few items I found this past week end at the market.
First up is a Pedi Paws. Sold several of these in the past and the price is coming down a little bit. Used to get around $15 for it but will sell it for $10.97. Only paid a dollar for it so several hundred percent ROI.
Next is a ceramic cup mug. Titled 'Cup of Friendship' paid $2 for and it will sell for $25.00. Right now there are no FBA sellers so can probably get $29.97. When there are no FBA sellers you have a huge advantage in getting a quick sale and a higher price than a regular merchant.
Last one is a new dvd, bought for a dollar. Title is 'Johnson County War'. There are regular merchant sellers who are selling this for $35.00 and FBA sellers who have it listed for $52.00.
Will gladly sell mine for $39.97 and it should sell fast as the sales rank is only 16K.
OK, lets add it up. My spend was $4.oo. My retail sales will be around $80.00. So how is that for a nice return on investment with just three things? This happens every week end and there are a lot more than just three items bought for my business.
So you see this is a very easy and low cost way to start a flea market business. All you need is a way to find out how to pick the right things to resale to make hundreds of dollars.
This isn't theory, I do this every week. Sourcing products for resale at a lot of different places. I like to call them fishing holes.
Just updating my finds for now.
If you are thinking about starting a flea market business or online business this is a great opportunity.
Have a great week.
Until next Time,
After almost 25 years of having a flea market business I have noticed a trend of it becoming harder and harder for someone to find a way to make money at the flea markets.
Oh sure, you can empty your house and garage of all your unwanted items and the customers along with the dealers will be all over you like vultures when you unpack.
You will leave with your pockets full of money and thinking this flea market thing is easy. Set up and in a couple of hours go home with the cash. But soon you run out of goodies around your house to sell.
You have to have an exclusive, hook or an edge if you want to survive with a flea market business. I always like to sell consumables. The customers use what they buy from you and either want or need what you sell so they buy it again next week.
I have now found a way to leverage the flea market so that I don't even have to be there and I make money. I also can go to the flea market and make hundreds of dollars without setting up to sell anything.
I have a new book coming soon. It will be about how I can go to the flea market and many, many other places and make money almost at will.
I know there is a lot of hype on the net today but I have been around a while and have seen the good, the bad and the ugly and I still get stung occasionally. I have tried to surround myself with the good guys and believe I have done a good job so far.
I am 64 years old and if there is one thing I have learned along the way is that the cream will always rise to the top. You will see and hear about all the flash and dash but it won't last.
So if you want to find out about how I leverage the flea markets and get the course stay tuned to this site. I will be updating more often about how soon everything will be coming together.
Do you enjoy going to the flea markets? I sure do. It's a treasure hunt for merchandise every Sat. for me.
By merchandise I mean I am looking for certain items that I know I can resale next week and turn a nice profit with.
What are those certain items? Anything I can ship in to Amazon that I know will make me a nice ROI.
I have a couple of tools that I use to know with almost certainty how much I can make and get a general idea how long it will take to sell. It's very powerful stuff.
I have been doing this for over two years. I usually just wait until October to start buying and make a push during the Christmas season. It is a wild sales ride and quiet a rush during that time but just one income stream for my online business.
I received a certificate from Amazon after last Christmas saying I was in the top 25% of all sellers for the holiday season and my customer satisfaction was excellent. You can click on the image above to read it.
I was pushing 20K in sales during that stretch. The key to being able to make a push during that stretch is sourcing inventory. You gotta get the stuff to sell it.
That's what I have honed in on lately. I am starting to ramp up during the summer which in my opinion is the slow season for selling on Amzon and the flea market is a great place to find stuff to resale.
I never have put much effort into selling on Amazon except for the big rally at Christmas but I have found so many ways and places to find inventory that I want to see if I can have Christmas all year long.
I love waking up and seeing those messages: Amazon has shipped the item you sold.
This is a beautiful business.
Flea Market Gold....does that sound like a good title for a book? Well, that is going to be my next ebook . I am going to write about how I make money at the flea market without setting up to sell anything.
This method has been working for me around twenty months now so it definitely has proved itself. I will show you how I go to the flea market and make hundreds of dollars each week-end.
Here are just a few items I bought this past week-end.
The first item is a Snuggie that was only $2. Got two of them both brand new in the box. I can flip them for $20 each so that was a good profit.
Next pic is a Wii game I guess. I bought one of these last week and sold it in 4 days for $109 so I got another one this week. The game cost me $40. I call it a game. I have no idea what it is. I always ask if he has more and I get the same answer. He will bring more next week.
The last pic is a real gem. It is a GI Joe Astronaut Collectors Series. It is in great condition, new, never been opened. I paid $20 for it and I checked to see what it sells for on Amazon. $90 to $100 with a great sales rank so it would sell fast if I listed it.
However, I plan to hold this piece for a few years. It is my guess that it will increase in price. I hold on to certain items that are in mint condition and kinda rare.
There were many more items but you can see from just those three the profit is pushing $200. Now there are fees in there so its not all pure profit. Not holding anything back here. As they say nowadays 'keeping it real bro'.
So just a post to update my flea market finds and I will continue to put em up and hopefully have another ebook out soon.
If you don't want to wait for my book explaining how I do this at the flea market you can get the course I took by clicking HERE:
Click on the image below to see sales to Amazon.
I have a new way to find flea market merchandise to resale. I 'pick it right in my own backyard so to speak.
Every week-end I make the rounds at my flea market and find item after item that I can resale on Amazon for a hefty profit. I have been doing this for over a year now.
Here are a few of the items I 'picked' on Saturday. I didn't go today as it was raining this morning.
From right to left:
Star Wars R2-D2: Sells for $26.95: I paid $2.50
Star wars Darth Vader: Sells for $14.01: I paid $2.50
Batman Figure: Sells for $59.99: I paid $15.00
Craig MP3 Player-Portable Speakers: Sells for $25.00: I paid $8.00
Book: Graceland: Sells new for $36.00 (it is just like new) I paid $5.00
MP3 Power Razor Cartridges: Sells for $21.99: I paid $3.00
Now keep in mind I bought 8 of the star wars figures. Average sale is $17.50: I paid $2.50=$120.00 profit. I got 2 of the CraigMP3 Players. Profit $36.00 and I got 30 of the M3 Power razor cartridges: Profit $569.00. Profit on book will be $20 as I will sell it for $25 and I will make $45 on the Batman figure. Total profit for about an hour and a half of scouting will be around $790.00. Now Amazon will take out for fees but I will gladly pay those.
I have sold thousands of items via Amazon over the last 16 months and I am gearing up now for the Christmas season. I have never had sales like I did last year at Christmas time. Everything just flies off the shelves.
I learned how to do this from a good friend of mine named Jim Cockrum. Want to find out about it? Here is a post I made a year ago on my personal blog when I had only been doing it for a few months. My how time flies. Click the link below to read the post.
Wayne O. Stanila
Successful sellers use these flea market secrets to make really good profits and turn their weekend sales activity into a lot of cash. If you want to start and build your own small business you should incorporate these ideas.
Before you start your own flea market business make sure you have all necessary business licenses and resale permits required to be legal. Find out how your sales tax works. If you want to make real money at the flea market you should treat it as a business. You can make a full time income selling flea market products on weekends.
Various flea markets focus on different types of products. Study and test them out to find what sells best. What will sell in one market will not sell at another one. Find out if you should you focus on high end items such as electronics or cheap used clothing, antiques, collectors, etc. Whatever product you choose you need to find a stable and inexpensive source. Research wholesale suppliers and liquidators of overstock merchandise and returns.
Flea market business owners expect to haggle when they sell. Bargaining the correct way is one of the top flea market secrets. Always price your items for more than you want so you will have room to come down and make the customer feel like they got a great deal.
Set your tables up the right way. Keep everything neat and organized so your customer can see everything on display. Use a draw item to place front and center to catch the shoppers eye and move them in your direction. You have to get them to your tables to be able to sell them something.
Always provide good customer service. Be friendly, have the correct change and offer bags for purchased merchandise. You can build a repeat business and that is where you will begin to make your money for the long term.
Have you ever grown tired of working for someone else and thought about starting your own flea market business and working for yourself? Many people have, but give up because they think it is complicated or expensive.
Are you one of those who is about to give up making money on your own because you can't get your hands on the start up financing you need or because you do not have the skills or training to run your own business? Here is some good news: flea markets and swap meets may hold the answer for you.
There are many advantages to selling at flea markets and swap meets. The good news for those who are unable to leave their full time jobs is that you can keep your day job while you start up your business on the weekend. Flea markets and swap meets are mostly weekend events. Many vendors started small and put most or all of the profits back into their new business by purchasing additional merchandise and let it build to the point where they earn more than their full-time jobs during the week.
When your profits start getting big enough you can have fun telling your boss what he can do with that job. You have plenty of time to increase your earnings to a point that you can make it before taking the plunge. You can continue to make full time income working only weekends, after you have freed yourself, or you can choose to continue working while supplementing your income over the weekend. It is more than possible to double your income.
There are only a few things you need to start your business as a flea market vendor. First and foremost the need for a flea market vendor is merchandise to sell. How much money do you have to buy flea market merchandise? If you can make a bit of investment, it is fantastic way to free yourself to becoming your own boss.
If you do not have the money, you can start by selling items you already have in your house or can get for free from the "free" ads around the internet or in your local newspaper. You can then use the proceeds from this to start buying merchandise from other sources for your business. As your profits grow, so will your inventory and you will find more and more resources along the way.
You need a place to store your merchandise during the week when you're not selling. Do you have a garage or shed? What about an unused space or a closet? How much space you need will be determined by what line of products you choose to sell and how much of it you need to keep stocked. Will you be able to store large items or do you need to pursue a line of smaller items? You may have a lot of space to store your items when you sell locally but if you decide to travel to the events you will need to be able to haul them.
You need a way to transport their goods. If you have limited space you would need to stock fewer items to begin with. Jewelry takes very little space. You may already have a trailer that will fit a lot of stock and will be suitable for the storage of goods for road travel. Consider your transportation before purchasing merchandise which will be a problem to get transport back and forth.
As your business and profit grows, you will be able to afford more accommodating transportation and storage of your merchandise. Most suppliers own large cargo vans and pull closed trailers. They not only have merchandise, but also tables, racks, displays and etc.
Once you get to a flea market you need a place to show your wares. It can vary from a simple folding table and chairs to glass cases and racks. Just as with your merchandise, you can you start with what you already have available and work your way up . As your business grows, and you gain experience you will learn what types of products draw the best crowds and sales. Remember---you don't have to spend a lot of cash to start. Give yourself time to learn the ropes.
Apart from your merchandise, your only other expense will be space rental and a permit but they are quite reasonable. You must pay for your booth rental. How much you will pay will vary slightly from market to market. You can expect to spend a very low end of $ 5.00 a day up to $ 50.00 for a spot.
Many people work without a license but if you want to be in business you really should get a sate resale license (tax permission). Uncle Sam wants his cut, which is the sales tax on the items you are selling. When you sell something the state wants you to also collect sales tax from the customer and then send it to the them once every three months.
The price varies from state to state. It can be as little as $ 12.00 per year and they hand you the authorization within minutes after filling out the papers. Some states will e-mail authorization to you and it can take up to six weeks. Certain states require a refundable deposit but that it is the exception rather than the rule. To find out what your state requirements are you must contact the State Taxation Bureau/Department of Revenue.
Many flea markets do not require you to have your own tax ID and will allow you to sell using theirs and you give tax money to them at the end of each day and they send it to the State.
Starting and operating your own successful flea market business or swap meet enterprise is pretty cheap and not complicated but don't let the simplicity fool you into thinking there is no money in it. Many of the people you see selling their wares at flea markets and swap meets make more money than a lot of people working 40 hours a week.
So if you ever dreamed about setting yourself free it can happen with a flea market business.
Need to find more flea market merchandise for your flea market business? I have just updated my ebook guide flea market secrets exposed. I now show you where you can find flea market items from all over the world. I show you directories where not only can you find thousands of products to sell here in the states and abroad but these companies will teach the ropes for importing.
There is a ton of new information available now. The new updated ebook is getting very good reviews. I added all of these new sources in case you don't want to sell what I do. Don't know why you wouldn't ( :>) ) because it a very good money maker but just in case you don't I have you covered.
I also include some sites where you will find ways to make money on line. I know most people who are thinking of starting a flea market business are entrepreneurs at heart so I wanted to include some of the ways I have found to make money online.
I have also started a coaching program teaching people how I have found an item that seems to be everywhere. I sell it on and off ebay. There are wholesalers who need this item desperately and will pay handsomely for it. Ebay gets the left overs and it always sells there. It is that much in demand. There are literally millions of these things floating around. I have actually had people give me this product. Others unknowingly are throwing this hot ticket in the garbage.
So check out where to get your new flea market merchandise updates and start making some good money for yourself.
Until Next Time,