Flea Market Status Report

June 29, 2018  •  1 Comment

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Another outdoor event and another status report:
Last Saturday, June 23, 2018 I vendored at the Madison Connecticut Lions Club Flea Market for the first time.  I’d been watching the weather all the week before.  From Wednesday forward, the forecast predicted rain and thunderstorms all day.

 

 

This is my EZ-UP Tent:
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I’ve owned the tent for over five years and I’m so happy I have it because previously when I did outdoor events my inventory would be out among the elements.  And we know what direct sunlight does to photography, let alone dampness from drizzle.

 

 

The tent takes two for set up.  Since I’m usually a one person operation I need to ask for help.  Fortunately, I’ve never had any trouble finding someone at the events to help me.  So happy I have this now.  At some point I will POSSIBLY have to purchase side flaps.  Now however, I’m happy with the open air.  This way people can enter from all angles.  I just purchased one Jack Richeson Canvas Medium Print Rack from Amazon seen in the EZ-UP tent.  The print rack was definitely worth the expense.  I plan on getting another one shortly.  I’m hoping to cut down on the number of tables I need by getting more print racks.  

 

The weather cooperated somewhat.  Raining a BIT in the morning.  No heavy downpours.  No thunderstorms, just overcast most of the day.  I’m sure that kept people away and many vendors never showed up.  When I woke at 530am to get ready for the event, I debated not going when a steady rain fell.  Since I’m less than five minutes from the Madison Green, I decided to attempt the event.  I’m glad I did, because I wound up selling three matted prints.  You may say:
ONLY three?

 

That’s three more than I would have sold had I opted not to go.  And once again, square was my saving grace.  Now that I take credit cards my sales continue to improve.  The sales I made today would not have happened were it not for square credit card processing.  As I mentioned in my Strawberry Fest Report, everyone who sells their work at outdoor events should take advantage of square.  Many people who visit these events don’t carry cash and even if they do, they may not have enough to purchase what you’re selling.  Having the ability to take credit cards will increase the likelihood of creating a customer.  I’m really loving doing these outdoor events now and I will continue doing so as long as I continue to be successful.

 

 

In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.
--
Chris

 

 


Comments

Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA(non-registered)
I suggest you obtain a tent (or whatever) that requires just one person. Because you never know when you won't find a willing soul to help. (From years of setting up for trade shows...)
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