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How To Gear Up For Flea Market (Like A Pro)

You can always improvise yourself a flea market vendor for a day. If you’re missing a few convenience items like a table, a chair, an umbrella, a raincoat or a thermos filled with your favorite treat, you will very likely survive the day – though it won’t be your most memorable day. But if you’re planning to reiterate the experience on a regular basis, you will need the right stuff.

What Do You Need to Start Selling at the Flea Market?

Starting a weekend flea market business won’t cost you much money. Apart from products, you’ll need at least one folding table (about $40), which you might already have. A few plastic storage tubs (about $8 each) will work for carrying your products and as extra display tables. Do not forget other basics like a cup base, plastic bags, racks, tables, tablecloths, chairs and a tarp if it starts raining. If you sell clothes, try to borrow a garment rack.

However, if you really want to step seriously into the flea market business, there are a few additional things to take into consideration when it comes to gearing up for the flea market. Viatrading’s 101 Hints & Tips For Flea Market Success is probably the most accurate and complete source of information you will find on this topic. And if you wish to go the extra mile, A Fun and Low-Cost Business: Selling at Flea Markets and How And What To Sell At Flea Markets And Garage Sales are great resources.

  • Invest in a pop up shelter, as well as some good folding tables and folding chairs. Make sure you have some anchors (such as 2 ½ gallon buckets full of sandbags or cement) that you can use to hold your shelter down if the wind picks up. Cover the front and sides of your tables with a tablecloth (preferably solid colored), in order to hide all the empty boxes and stuff you have stored underneath. Presentation is very important to buyers and will help increase sales.
  • Setting up a canopy will not only give your space a professional store-like appearance, it will also give you protection from the hot sun or rain. After setting up your tables, arrange your merchandise in an organized manner. Remember, a junked-up messy area can take away from the value of some items. It can also cause people to start tripping all over the place.
  • If you need electricity, bring extension cords! Most flea markets have power outlets available but they are not necessarily going to be near your booth. You can often hook up to one of your neighbors’ power supply if you bring your own extension cord.
  • Make up a cash box ahead of time with plenty of change, and note down the total amount so that when you can take out the day’s receipts, the box is ready for next time. At the booth, keep the cash box close by and out of sight. More secure than a wallet or a cash box, money belts are your key to peace of mind when exhibiting at a flea market.
  • Use a tote bag to assemble a kit of things you’ll need such as marking pens and tags, pencils, markets, a notebook, price stickers or tags, tools set, extension cord, bungee cords, zipties or Velcro straps, safety pins, shopping bags for customers, tape, scissors, calculator, business cards, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, aspirin/ibuprofen, a water bottleLeave the kit packed and ready to go each time. This saves time on sale day and helps ensure you don’t forget anything.
  • Pack a cooler! Most flea markets have a snack stand or place to get something to eat and drink but if you’re really busy, you might not have time to step out. Bring a cooler with ice packs, water, small snacks or anything to hold you over through the day.
  • If you sell clothing, fashion accessories or shoes, make sure you have a full length mirror in your booth. Shoppers love to check themselves out before buying an item – don’t lose out on a sale because a shopper can’t see what she looks like in the coat she is trying on!
  • Take advantage of technology and tools. If you only accept cash or check payments, consider accepting credit card payments, as accepting credit cards can increase your profits. This will make it easier to close sales with customers who may not be carrying enough money in cash. Consider obtaining a merchant service account with your bank and take advantage of Smartphone applications for Credit Card processing. These days, you can purchase a small adapter to turn your smart phone into a credit card processing terminal (the Square app).
  • Have a notebook or receipt book handy for customers who may request a receipt for their purchase. Don’t lose out on potential sales because you are not set up for receipts! Customized receipt books are also a great way to market your flea market booth! Notebooks are also useful to make notes of what customers are looking for and to keep track of what merchandise sell well.
  • Use garment racks to merchandise clothing by size. Avoid wasting time answering questions about whether you have this item in a particular size. Mark your racks by size and tell customers that everything you have in that size is on that particular rack.
  • Use inexpensive mannequins or mannequin torsos to display attractive pieces of clothing prominently.
  • Consider investing in plastic shopping bags with your business’s name and flea market stand number printed on them (if you have a permanent space). Other shoppers will see your bags all around the flea market and advertise for you once they leave the premises. If you don’t want to invest in your own custom plastic bags, save all the paper and plastic grocery bags you get when you go grocery shopping. Keep them all in a box at home and bring them out to every selling day. Customers will buy more if they have a way to take it all with them!

Source: 101 Hints & Tips For Flea Market Success

Packing the right flea market gear can save the day

Outdoor enthusiasts have their specialty store. So do boy scouts, tap dancers, witches and strippers – I swear this is true. Even umbrella enthusiasts have their own market place: The Old Umbrella Shop in central Launceston, northern Tasmania.

It seems there’s a market place for almost every hobby out there. So why wouldn’t there also be a market place for flea market enthusiasts?

Flea Market Insiders “Online Store” is the first online market place where flea market vendors & shoppers can search for specific gear made to improve their flea market experience. The idea of creating a specialty store for flea market enthusiasts, came from our own arduous beginnings as flea market vendors & shoppers. We all learn by making mistakes. But it wouldn’t have hurt if we had been able to avoid doing some, by being better equipped and prepared.flea market gear for vendors

And the same goes for flea market shoppers: the right gear & outfit literally helps go the extra mile(s) when most “competitors” are giving up and heading home. Think massive flea markets like Alameda, Rose Bowl, Munich’s Riesenflohmarkt Frühlingsfest, Ciney Expo or La Grande Braderie de Lille.

Gear for flea market shoppers

From Amazon’s products maze to our tiny online store

Flea Market Insiders “Online Store” features a broad variety of items (shopping carts, folding chairs & tables, energy bars, flashlights, weather protection, e-payment solutions…), which have been individually handpicked on three important criteria: product rating, competitive price and, above all, relevancy to the flea market world; we only picked products that answered “Yes” to the question “would we personally use it or wear it at the flea market?”.

All items featured on our online store are Amazon products, which means fast delivery, a money-back policy with most products, and great prices.

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So what’s in for us?

Our job is to take care of the laborious product search process, in order to showcase only the best items that could potentially appeal to flea market enthusiasts from around the world. What’s in for us, is a small commission paid by Amazon at no extra cost for you, every time you make a purchase through our store. You’re happy, Amazon’s happy, we’re happy. Everybody’s happy.

And the cool thing is that our shop is constantly growing with the addition of new products every day!

So, ready to gear up and own that flea market?


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Vespa Scooter Chair by Bel&Bel

Spanish workshop Bel & Bel founded by artists and designers Carles Bel and Jesus Bel, have launched a new limited edition of its famous Scooter Chair: the BV-14 Vespa Scooter Chair.

Made from original parts of the iconic Italian Vespas from the 1960’s-1980’s, each handmade Vespa Scooter Chair is fully manufactured and customized by Bel & Bel, which upcycles chassis of vintage Vespa scooters in order to create an original and unique model of swivel chair. 

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Features-wise, each Vespa Scooter Chair showcases the basic modern functionalities you can expect to find in a modern reclining swivel chair: The Vespa Scooter Chair features a sturdy internal structure with a hydraulic base that enables it to be adjusted in height. To create a comfortable ergonomic chair with a contemporary edge, Bel&Bel used a tailored upholstery in real or faux leather, and soft tread silent wheels.

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Besides being a beautiful expression of contemporary design, Vespa Scooter Chairs are numbered series (which means that each unit produced is absolutely unique) and come with a certificate of authenticity delivered by the company. Last but not least: if you wish to own something really unique, you can have the Vespa Scooter Chairs’s base model customized to your taste, with a wide variety of extra features like chromed armrests or Flashing LED Warning Lights.

If you are in love with the classics, and are looking for that unique piece that is elegant and functional, look no further. The artisanal character of the Vespa Scooter Chair, mixed with the high-end components it features, make it a beautiful piece of contemporary design.

BV-14 Vespa Scooter Chair Specs

Width: 23 inches (60 cm)
Height: 46 inches (120 cm)
Depth: 27 inches (70 cm)
Approximate weight: 44 lbs (20 Kg)
Colors: Available in all colors
Price: $1,700

Custom Furniture

Bel&Bel also has a few unique custom made pieces of furniture for customers who are looking for something really special to furnish their home. Made from reclaimed vintage Spanish SEAT cars, each items is fully hand-made on demand, which makes it a unique product.

Furniture like the SOFA 600 (175 cm x 90 cm x 110 cm), integrates many details of a vintage SEAT 600, with working headlights and sidelights, as well as a trunk with a power outlet on the back to install a mini-bar or a stereo system (the sofa can be connected via a single cable directly to a 230 V wall plug).

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For the SOFA 600 LOW RIDER, Bel&Bel kept the rear axe and two wheels of a vintage SEAT 600D, and adapted a hydraulic system that allows raising the sofa 1.5 meters above its base.

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Bel&Bel’s furniture somehow express part of the nostalgic story of the 60’s-70’s and are timeless piece of art and design, which get to live a second life as a stunning piece of furniture. A durable creation loaded with symbolism.

All images courtesy of Bel & Bel

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Salon de la Bibliophilie et du Document Ancien

The Salon de la Bibliophilie et du Document Ancien (the Ancient Documents and Book Fair) is the unmissable and long awaited rendezvous of collectors, dealers, enthusiasts and lovers of past and present writing in all its shapes.

Organized once a year by Joel Garcia Organisation, the Ancient Documents and Book fair is usually held in the beautiful setting of the Place Saint Sulpice in Paris. During four days, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a hundred exhibitors offer their goods in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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From autographed works, iconography, engraving, printmaking, and rare books, to original works of ancient and modern painters, old books from the eighteenth and nineteenth century, illustrated books, ancient and modern medicine prints, drawing boards, lithographs, and more, thousands of books await the visitor. And all these wonders testify to the richness of French and foreign heritage.

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The next fair will take place from April 28th to May 2nd 2016, but this time in Paris Bastille.
More info: joel-garcia-organisation.fr

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Vintage Vinyl: A Never Ending Love Story

The crackle of the needle hitting the record, the warm fuzz and the engrossing depth of sound… this is the moment when the love story begins. Vintage vinyls are currently on trend with sales reaching a 20 year high and the revival is largely driven by a new, young generation. Owning an old vinyl record brings a level of romance to the music. Be it the famous cover from Abbey Road or Andy Warhol’s peeling banana – vintage vinyl records are, just like a piece of art, an object of admiration.

Vintage Vinyl: Starting The Romance

Vinyl records have been a part of my life from my early youth onwards. I can remember sitting in the front room as a small child with headphones on, going through my father’s collection pretending I was a radio DJ. From the first moment I heard the ‘Perfect Pop’ of The Beatles, the raw energy of The Rolling Stones and the passionate blues from JJ Cale, I fell in love with these classic old LPs.

If you are looking at starting your own vintage vinyl collection, rummaging through your parents attics is a great place to begin and the vintage vinyl you will find have more than just monetary value.

“Is it wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It’s not like collecting records is like collecting stamps, or beermats, or antique thimbles. There’s a whole world in here, a nicer, dirtier, more violent, more peaceful, more colorful, sleazier, more dangerous, more loving world than the world I live in; there is history, and geography, and poetry, and countless other things I should have studied at school, including music.” ― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

How to start a Vintage Vinyl collection

Vintage Vinyl: The Joy Of The Hunt

If it’s not already part of your weekend routine, visiting a physical record store can give you a great idea of what is on the market. However, the quickest and easiest way to buy vintage vinyl records, is online. Websites such as Discogs and Amazon offer a vast choice of vintage vinyls, with varied quality and prices from thousands of sellers from across the globe.

But nothing beats charity shops and flea markets if you are on the hunt for those truly rare LPs. A bargain can typically be found with relative ease, even though patience is key. After sifting through piles of cheesy pop artists with outrageous vinyl covers, you will come across that Sgt. Pepper’s vintage vinyl for only £5. The satisfaction you will feel cannot be compared with anything else and the thrill of the chase can excite even the coldest of hearts.

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Vintage Vinyl vs CD: Sound On Sound

What sounds better, a vintage vinyl or a CD? It mainly depends on the equipment used and the quality of the record. Generally speaking, the analog sound of a vintage vinyl record offers a more accurate listening experience than the compressed digital sound of a CD. Analog signals are the ‘real’ sound, whereas digital are close approximations, or snapshots, of the intended sound. Vintage vinyl records produce a sound closer to what the artists originally intended.

Many original records have been digitally remastered and re-released on vinyl, offering a ‘newer’ sound, however, this remastering is digital as well. Neil Young calls them “CDs on a vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement.” Collectors prefer the original pressings, making vintage vinyls much more valuable.

The sound is understandingly also influenced by the quality of a record. Scratches and damage to the surface will devalue the quality. However, a clean vintage vinyl, played on good audio equipment will always deliver a warmer and fuller sound than a CD.

Vintage Vinyl: 5 Tips To Buy Right

When investing in a vintage vinyl, it’s vital to identify a rare gem from a rip off. With the following purchase tips everyone will consider you a pro when you buy a vintage vinyl next.

  1. Start your collection with the old LPs you love. Knowing the record intimately gives you a better idea on its value and as your collection of vintage vinyls grows, so does your confidence.
  2. Always check the quality of a vintage vinyl. Make sure the record isn’t badly scratched and the sleeve isn’t held together with tape. Try buy VG quality or better.
  3. Never pass on your gut instinct. Don’t walk away from something you feel is right as you will regret it. Always.
  4. Negotiate. If you feel the price of a vintage vinyl is too high, try cut a deal. You will be surprised how much room there is for manœuvre.
  5. If you have found what you were looking for, sit back with a glass of wine, turn the record player on and enjoy the sound of magic of your newly acquired vintage vinyl.

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5 Vintage Vinyls To Stop You In Your Tracks

Should you ever come across these vintage vinyls at a flea market for a song – please do buy them! Five examples of very rare LPs that will blow your mind.

The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album)

To start with a true classic and one of the most famous vintage vinyl in history: Ringo Starr’s personal copy with the melodious name No.0000001, sold for an astonishing $790,000, the highest fee ever paid for a single vintage record.

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Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Dylan’s second album. The original pressing is one of the rarest in existence with just a dozen thought to exist. This vintage vinyl features four songs left off all subsequent releases. Value? Up to $30,000.


The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

Considered one of the most influential rock albums of all time, the cover design came with a ‘peel-able banana’ from Andy Warhol. Not just a record, but a work of art. Near mint copies of this vintage vinyl sell at auction for over $4,000.

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Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen/No Feelings (single)

The withdrawn single from their brief spell at A&M records. Very few are known to still exist which puts the value of this vintage vinyl towards an incredible $20,000.

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The Upholsterers – Your Furniture Was Dead……I Was Just Afraid To Tell You

In 2004, Jack White formed The Upholsterers with musician and friend Brian Muldoon. The pair hid 100 copies of their song ‘Your Furniture Was Dead……I Was Just Afraid To Tell You’ inside reupholstered furniture. To date, only 2 have been found.

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LoveCakes at Artsy Flea 2/27!

LoveCakes at Artsy Flea 2/27!

56d124500d976LoveCakes will be at the Artsy Flea Saturday 2/27 with our amazing baked goods! We will have 3 types of cookies: chocolate chip with seal salt, peanut butter and our super popular white chocolate chip with cherries, oatmeal and walnuts; 2 brownies: original and peanut butter cup; and 2 cupcakes: red velvet and lemon. Stop by and grab a sweet treat! Follow us @lovecakesbakes #theartsyflea #oddmarketla

Yay, we’ll be at Artsy Flea Tomorrow!

Yay, we’ll be at Artsy Flea Tomorrow!

56d0cb8d17ee3Hi, we will be at Artsy Flea tomorrow from 10am-3pm. Stop by and shop for handmade bracelets, necklace, earrings, and rings! Remember, our bracelets have different energies which can help you in different ways! Can’t wait to see you there?#oddmarketla #theartsyflea #pearls #jewelry #bracelets #garnet #gemstone# #gem #classy #cute #women #style #shop #fashion #designer #nature #stones #beautiful #energy #pretty #jewelrydesign #event #local #artist #earrings #Irvine #powerful #bridalshow #craftshow #craftfair

Valentines Day Jewelry Sale at the Artsy Flea this Saturday

Valentines Day Jewelry Sale at the Artsy Flea this Saturday

56b5615454be6Our Valentine’s Day sale kicks off this Saturday at the Artsy Flea from 10:00 – 3:00! Join us for exclusive necklace styles for your special someone at discounted price. Everyone knows what a heart means. It can replace the word “love” in a sentence. Or it can simply stand alone when words aren’t enough to express all that you feel. This Valentine’s Day, let one of our fine jewelry hearts or precious gemstone necklaces tell that special someone everything you want to say in one perfect symbol. Look forward to seeing you and your friends in the perfect weekend sunshine. #theartsyflea #oddmarkela