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How to Sell Stuff at a Flea Market

Flea market vendor may not be your first career choice but, like many, you may find it's a lucrative full-time job or a profitable and fun sideline.


  • Step 1: Obtain licenses Obtain a vendor license, sales tax identification number and whatever permits are required by your local and state governments.
  • Step 2: Get stuff to sell Get stuff to sell by asking friends for their unwanted items, buying from garage sales, auctions, or internet wholesalers.
  • TIP: Obtain treasures at bargain prices at auctions and estate sales to generate good profits.
  • Step 3: Locate a market Locate a market where customers will likely be interested in the type of stuff you sell, and then talk to other market vendors for further insights.
  • Step 4: Contact market manager Contact the market manager and arrange to rent booth space, selecting a spot situated in a high-traffic area.
  • TIP: Hold your own flea market by setting up booths in parking lots, making sure you comply with local regulations.
  • Step 5: Consider specializing Consider specializing in collectibles you know are in high demand and which will fill a niche in your locale.
  • TIP: Advertise in newspapers or online to find collectibles for resale.
  • Step 6: Look the part Look the part and talk the talk of a flea market vendor to benefit from customer expectations.
  • Step 7: Prepare to work weekends Prepare to work weekends, when flea markets are in full swing. With any luck, you'll soon have a thriving business.
  • FACT: There are about 3,000 weekly flea markets in the United States.

You Will Need

  • A vendor license
  • Sales tax identification number
  • Stuff to sell
  • Flea market space
  • Free time on weekends
  • Customers
  • Auctions and estate sales (optional)
  • Advertising (optional)

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