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

PayPal Here Almost ‘Here’

Have you heard about this? This gives sellers the ability to accept payments through their smart phone. This is going to be huge. To find out more, visit PayPal’s web site today. I’ve signed up to be notified when it’s ready to go here in Canada and recommend you do too.

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.

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH

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May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you..

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Michael

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.