Everyone is looking for a bargain when they shop at a flea market, so you must make sure you do not price yourself out of sales. If you are going to resell higher end merchandise at a flea market you must make sure you are selling items a drastic price reduction.
Purchasing customer returned merchandise for flea market sales will probably be your best bet, as top named brands can be purchased at a low cost per piece. Let’s take a look at what would sell well:
Customer Returned Clothing: Low and higher end apparel returns can be purchased ranging from a low of $1 per piece up to $6 per unit. There is probably more profit room in the $1 customer returned item versus the $6 clothing item, as it is not hard to markup a $1 to $2-$3 versus $6 up to $12-$15. I do not think any flea market can support clothing in the $12-$15 price range. Lower end apparel (budget) is probably a better bet for flea market sales.
Customer Returned Tools: Tools are a great seller at the flea market after all, men typically do not care about clothing and knick knacks. Branded or non-branded will sell well with the popular name brands like Craftsman, Ryobi, and Bosch selling extremely well. You can buy customer returned tools in what is described as a hardgoods load from Sears. Sears also liquidates customer returned tools in their load called Hardware, which will also consist of small appliances and home-related items.
Customer Returned Electronics: Customer returned loads from Best Buy and Sears can be purchased for resell at the market; make sure you have an electrical outlet available to merchandise and test items at your flea market stall.
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