Set Up a Flea Market Table for Maximum Profits

by AllNicheInfo

Learn how to set up the products on your flea market table to make it easy for shoppers to find what they want. Ease of shopping turns into bigger profits

Setting up your table at the flea market is as important as choosing which flea market to sell at. Many people just throw their merchandise on the table and expect the shopper to dig through to find that treasure they want to buy. Instead, make it easy for the treasure hunters to instantly spot the best items. Not only will this make their shopping experience easier and better, it will draw more people to your flea market table.

Vendors don't need special racks, bins and risers used in brick-and-mortar shops. It's easy to create your own with simple household materials, or just use the boxes you carted the products to the flea market in. Proper display at the flea market table will increase sales and your income.

Flea Market Shoppers Buy More When It's Easy to Shop

Flea Market Shoppers
Flea Market Shoppers

How to Set Up a Flea Market Table

Choose the best location for your flea market table that you can find. Look for busy pathways closer to the end of the natural flea market flow rather than the beginning. People are less likely to grab an item from the first tables because they know they have so much more to go through.

Place your table close to the path, if a portable table is what you're using, or make sure the path to a built-in table in unobstructed. No matter what type of table in use, put a table cloth on it. This table cloth should be a solid color that is not too bright or distracting. One twin sheet makes an excellent table cloth for most types of folding and flea market tables. This creates a clean backdrop for your merchandise.

Using Display Racks and Risers


Retail display shelves, platforms and hanging racks can be purchased from supply companies. Their quality and materials determine their costs. Some - plastic and wire - are inexpensive. Others - wood, glass and lucite - can be very expensive and not worth the cost. They're also harder to transport along with all your merchandise.

Display racks are very useful on the flea market table, however, and will increase sales by increasing visibility of all the items you wish to sell. Use risers near the back of your table to put your best merchandise on display. Anything that can easily be hung up, such as keychains, costume jewelry, packs of screws or batteries, can be displayed on a wire rack. This also gets them out of the way of other merchandise.

Most clothing will sell better if it is hanging on a rail or rack next to the table. Make sure customers can easily look through the items and that they are not packed too tightly together.

 

Flea Market Books

Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds

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Flea Market Magic (Southern Relics Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

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Paris Flea Market Style

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Flea Market Display Poll

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Build Your Own Flea Market Display Racks

Cardboard boxes make up the bulk of homemade display racks and risers, but you shouldn't just plunk a box on your table and call it good. They're not very attractive and the bottoms can be too flimsy for holding larger pieces of merchandise.


One option is to tape the bottom carefully, perhaps reinforcing it with another piece of flat cardboard, and then draping a cloth over top. To add permanent style and sturdiness, consider covering the box with contact paper. This sticky-sided vinyl "paper" comes in a variety of patterns and colors -- even wood grain and marble prints for instant class.

A picture frame with a Styrofoam sheet tacked to it easily turns into a display for earrings and other jewelry, or small items you can hang from it. Cover the foam with a piece of plain-colored felt. For a sturdier rack, bang some nails into a board at an angle in neat rows. This creates plenty of place to hang packs of small items.

Display Racks

Rolling Retail Display Merchandising Rack Store Fixture, 66" Tall x 28" Footprint, Includes 50 Pe...

Merchandise on the Fly!Create valuable retail display space that's completely portable! Hang and shelve hundreds of dollars worth of product inside a compact 28" x 28" footprint...

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Clothing Rack - Black 2-Way - Straight & Slanted Arms with Black Matte and Chrome Accents

INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED IN EMAIL UPON PURCHASE. If you need both slant arm racks and straight arm racks you've come to the right place. Now you can display merchandise on straight...

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MyGift 3-Tier Vintage Metal & Burnt Wood Produce Stand with Chalkboard Signs

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Spiral Clothing Rack - Econoco Heavy Duty Retail Costumer - Hat Tree - Jacket Holder - Shirt Orga...

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Updated: 10/10/2012, AllNicheInfo
 
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