Category Archives: What’s New at the Market

Great Information on Buying & Selling

You may have noticed I have put up some links (top right-hand column next to this post titled Links to Help You Sell More) to some great information about buying and selling on Craigslist, eBay and in other markets. These are from Skip McGrath (down in Seattle) whom I have met and have followed for a decade now. Skip knows his stuff and I have purchased a number of his eBooks myself. To learn how to sell better, find things to sell and generally become a better buyer & seller you should check them out, they are well worthwhile and recommended by me.

Happy Marketing!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama!

Saturday June 2,  2012
11 am – 4pm

$6 at the door, plus a bag of clean clothes to swap.
(leave with all the clothes that you can carry!)
*Swappers receive 2 for 1 admission to Art Deco Chic
www.museumofvancouver.ca

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

(604) 736-4431

How To Get Here By Bus
We’re just one stop from downtown!

Take the #22, #2, or #32.
Exit at Cornwall and Cypress.
Walk North-East (towards the water).

How To Get Here By Car From Downtown

Cross the Burrard Street bridge
Turn right onto Cornwall Street (keep right as you come off the bridge)
Turn right at Chestnut Street (this will be the first street)
Park at the MOV!

How To Get Here By Car From the South

Take Burrard Street going north
Keep left
Turn left onto Cornwall Street (just before Burrard Street bridge)
Turn right at Chestnut Street (this will be the first street)
Park at the MOV!

Take the False Creek Ferries

The False Creek Ferries is a fun way to get to Vanier Park from downtown and other destinations along False Creek. They drop off passengers on the shore of Vanier Park. Just walk south-east to reach our building.

Take the Trolley

The Vancouver Trolley Company (a little red trolley) has a hop-on hop-off option that allows you to visit the MOV and other popular Vancouver attractions. (Please note the trolley is not wheelchair accessible).

About Our Parking

We have ample pay parking available

Haggling

Even though you think your prices are the best at the market, you will find people will haggle you down from 50¢ if they think it’s unfair. Be prepared to haggle and provide counter offers. Instead of taking a quarter for a 50¢ book, suggest they can have two books for that same 50¢. It can get pretty silly at times, but the more flexible you are the better chance you have of selling off all your stuff.

On that same note, make sure you have a ton of change on hand. Cash is great, but you need coins too.

New TV Show Aimed at Us!

This was just posted on the Vancouver Island part of bcfleamarkets.com but I think it needs to be put up here on the front page.

“Hello,

My name is Alexa D’Argenio and I work for Cineflix Productions. We are working on a new show; created by the Producers of the hit TV shows “Canadian Pickers” and “American Pickers”. This new show, tentatively titled “Top Collector” will be a competition TV show, as several teams will set out in pursuit of the BEST PICK, ultimately earning the title of Top Collector!

We are currently casting for amateur Canadian “Picking Partners”- two people that pick together anywhere from auctions, to flea markets, to barns to dumpsters (etc.)! We are looking for people that are charismatic, knowledgeable about collecting, know how to spot hidden treasures, and flip items for profit. Pickers who specialize in collecting items such as sports memorabilia, vintage toys, oil and gas memorabilia, pop culture items, cast iron, TV & movie memorabilia, and other interesting and unique items!

If there is anyone you think might be interested in entering the competition and being a part of this show, we would love to hear from them! I am also attaching a flyer that you can post on your website, Facebook page, etc. or distribute as you see fit.

For more information or to APPLY to be on the show, please email me at adargenio@cineflix.com.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Happy Picking!”

If interested get in touch with Alexa D’Argenio at the above email address. – Michael Van Ert

Tips for the New Market Season

Arrive early The best stuff goes quickly so the earlier you can get there the better chance you’ll have at getting what you are looking for at the right price.It really is true about the early bird.

Bring cash! Most dealers don’t take credit cards. Don’t bring big bills, especially $50’s. They are too easily counterfeited, the new plastic 100’s are much safer.
 
Remain calm –  Buying at flea markets requires focus, and it can be difficult to concentrate in the whirlwind of people and stuff.  Take your time and look closely, sometimes the best stuff is hiding.

Be friendly –  A lot of people that sell at flea markets do it for fun, and their things are often from personal collections.  Take the time to chat and try to be respectful of their things, and considerate when bargaining.

A big part of the joy in buying things at flea markets is the experience in acquiring them.

A the best tip of all? Have fun!

We’re Growing!

When I started this web site back in January, 2010 I had no idea of how popular it could be. While it is not going to challenge Google or Facebook any time soon I’m quite happy with its’ growth. Take a look at the past 3 January stats:

Jan 2010 Stats
37 unique visitors
65 visits – 2 a day
8,360 hits

Jan 2011 Stats
399 unique visitors
641 visits – 21 a day
9,604 hits

Jan 2012 Stats
1283 unique visitors (even with 4 ‘down’ days!) 
2032 visits – 66 visits a day
25,986 hits in Jan.
Average visitors looks at 3 pages

What does this mean? It means if you have a farmers or flea market you should be sending me regular updates including schedules, photos and videos of your market because people want to know. Remember, there is no charge for being listed at http://bcfleamarkets.com.

Happy Marketing! – Michael Van Ert

What are you looking for this year?

Is this the year you’ll be selling more at your local flea market? Or will you be looking to buy more this year? Is all the dire news we hear about the economy got you thinking of being more involved buying and selling? Or are you just looking forward to another great year of going to your favourite market? I confess to both, a bit leery of the current economy and just loving going to and selling at my favourite market.

Tell us your thoughts for this year.

10 easy tips

To help you have a successful flea market booth. These are the very basics to get you off to a profitable start!

1. Keep your start-up costs down by finding fixtures at low prices. Check your local yard sales for tables and shelf units.

2. Most people start out with small-size booths. Stock your booth with lots of small items, not 2 or 3 large ones. People buy things they can pick up easily.

3. Books are always good sellers at flea market booths.

4. Go to auctions. Watch for box lots with small stuff in them. If you can buy box lots for less than $5 you should always make money on them in your booth.

5. Always have a sale in your booth. If you want to sell something for $3, mark it at $6, and have a 50% sale going on all the time. People will buy things faster when they’re on sale even with the higher price.

6. Keep your booth “decorating” to a minimum. You want potential buyers in your booth to look at what you are selling, not your creative skills. Too much flash hides your inventory.

7. Arrange your booth for sales. Boxes of items for sale (box lots) go under your table, not on it. Get stuff out where people can see it. You can always restock your booth in order to keep the clutter to a minimum.

8. Present your items for sale in a good manner. Make sure they’re clean! Candleholders might look better with candles in them. When you straighten your booth, face your inventory OUT towards the potential buyer.

9. Mark your items clearly with self-stick labels or tie-on tags. Print a short description along with the price. While your cursive handwriting might be truly lovely, someone may be unable to read it, and you could lose a sale. Position prices so they can be seen, don’t hide them. People won’t buy from your booth if they have to pick up every single item to find the price.

10. Clean house! You can find a lot of “free” inventory already in your own home. Price it to move and start making some extra cash!