Would I do it again? The jury is still out, but I think so. Best buy: 4 antique (1885) goblets for $3.00 each that have sold recently on eBay for $26+ apiece. Second best buy: a cross-stitched quilt to raffle at the family reunion next May .
Some things I learned:
- rearrange often! moving stuff around throughout the day seemed to help sales.
- have lots of light--we keep adding lamps and it helps--this barn is dark
- bring a fan
- figure out the cash-out station in advance and set it up. We were not set up well for this.
- hang as much as possible.
- bring extra totes of stuff to set out as things sell
One more day then we pack it all up. And lots of stuff we needed gone--gone! Some of what's left is headed to the charity shop because I am NOT going to drag it around any more!
- small, cheap furniture pieces
- old rusty tools
- quilts ( cheap ones, less than $40--these were cutters, with many issues)
- chenille bedspreads (all to one woman, so my price must have been good)
- small window shutters, the kind that go inside the windows
- wood boxes
- picture frames
- inexpensive, cool-looking lamps
- kids' toys
- one rusty old bike
- one old door
- picket fence pieces
- some handmade pottery
- a few doilies, after many, many people pulled through them
- one old, non-working radio
- one weird tool that no one knew what it was, but the guy who bought it said for $2 he'll have one tool he doesn't know what it's for!
- axes, hatchets
What hasn't sold well:
- glassware (I had a good bit, priced it dead cheap and sold some, but still plenty left)
- GlasBake--no collectors for this stuff yet
- DVDs--even for $1 each
- linens other than quilts, aprons and doilies (0 sales so far)
- framed art, even dead cheap in nice frames
What other vendors say is selling well, and is generally true for antique malls too:
- rusty stuff--washtubs, galvanized buckets, etc
- cast iron
- metal signs
- automotive stuff
- blue canning jars
- milk bottles
- chests and boxes but they have to be very cool, and cheap
- graniteware if cheap!
- Tobacco tins
- metal gasoline cans
What everyone looks at but doesn't buy for the most part:
- the old bikes
- apple butter kettle (we hear lots of stories about making it!)
- tools (men are picky--and cheap)
- rolling pins
- granite-topped kitchen table (we hear stories about Grandma's table though)
- our fan-because it isn't for sale :)
Have you noticed that cheap is a recurring theme here? I guess because flea market is in the name so people expect low prices. We had heard this and planned accordingly.
So that's what I've noticed so far. Tomorrow, who knows?
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