I do but I don't like Flea Markets, Farmers Markets and Craft Shows.
They are similar in the fact that you pay for a booth, set it up and wait for customers and are organized by promoters. Each type of show might attract a different customer base.
First let me explain what I LIKE about them.
Display, display and display. Did I mention I love displaying. Display is one of the most important things you can do for your business when doing shows. It's crucial to success. If you do shows start watching how people react to your booth. Notice how maybe 1. they gravitate to a certain part of your display. 2. they ignore your booth all together. Then step outside of your booth and try to see what they see. I then start switching things around and then again I see how those walking past my booth respond. It's fun, and interesting.
I like a good promoter who makes sure the right amount of marketing is done to get the customers to the event and hopefully to your booth.
I like meeting new people at these events and getting to know them. I love talking to people.
I like the weekly flea markets and farmer markets with their very affordable rates. You can rent a space with a table here in Florida for $10 for the day, can't beat that.
I like the idea of a flea market that is indoors and you don't have to set up a tent and you can also rent the space permanently. It's almost like having your own brick and mortar store. Plus you can grow the business with the proper marketing.
What I DON'T LIKE.
Sitting around all day waiting for customers. So what happens to me if business is slow, I talk my neighbors ears off until they start to yawn, I then move on to thinking about all the stuff I could be doing at home. No sales, low sales I then wonder what the heck am I doing here? I tend to be a very antsy person, find it hard to enjoy just sitting doing nothing.
Not a big fan of packing up the car, unloading, setting up a tent and then repacking up at the end of the day and hauling the merchandise back in my garage. Of course this is all relative to how sales have been.
I don't like spending my money for a booth and the promoters is scrimping on marketing. This happens a lot with not for profit organizations.
I think that pretty much covers what I don't like. So here's the verdict, in my Plan For Business, drum roll please!
About 30 minutes north of my home is a town called Mt. Dora and they host these antiques & collectors xtravaganzas 3 times a year. People come from all over and the vendors sell products very much like my own which means there is a market for it. The flea market portion of this place charges $70 for the weekend. I can see myself doing this. I will need to hire help, rent a truck and buy a tent. I'll also need lots of inventory. In my Plan For Business this is my goal for fall of 2012.
- My Great Finds by Linda
- My Great Finds is all about my love of treasure hunts and transformations. The hunts at garage sales, thrift shops, estate sales, flea markets and possible some dumpster diving. The transformations will show you how to give new life and purpose to an old item that has seen it's day.
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