I had committed to a table at the flea market this past Saturday where my Mother sells her hand-tied fishing flies so despite my cold I drove for an overnight visit on Friday to Mom's house. I am still on the fence as to whether I will open an ETSY store due to high Canadian shipping costs but wanted to try the flea market first as an alternative. You can basically sell anything there and are not pigeon-holed to strictly vintage or crafts like ETSY. If I make a buying mistake I can still likely recoup original costs at the flea market.
On the drive Friday I stopped at two thrift stores in towns along the way. What were my scores? A brand new pink blouse for .25 cents (special one day sale - way picked over so only found one item but still a great find!) and a Sharp's Confectionery tin for .50 cents which I believe is from the 1940's or 1950's.
We had a great day. I didn't take any pictures there - as I didn't want to haul my DSLR camera along with me and my cell phone is a dumb style old school one with a terrible camera. I did sell some of the items that have been collected over the past year and had a really nice time!
Cost of the table was a very inexpensive $7 plus $2 for a bottomless coffee each which was money well spent as the hall is not heated and we were there for five hours. Mom took homemade breakfast sandwiches and fruit for snacks. I walked away after expenses with $81 which is going to be split as follows: $6 into the Christmas fund and $75 into the travel fund. About $20 of that was selling household items that should not have been moved but were (like some dvds and books). I priced things to sell, not make tons of money and a couple other flea marketers who have antique malls bought several items. I got to spend some quality time with Mom and had a great time. Not a bad way to make extra money at a hobby that I do anyway. This is more for fun than a big money maker but now I know I can continue to collect thrifted lovelies for the next time I decide to do a sale. I tried to price my items above garage sale prices but below ETSY and Antique mall prices and it felt really good that others thought they were getting a great deal too. Click to see a few of the items that sold like the green and white oil lamp, divided vegetable dish, the vintage palmistry porcelain tray, five vintage glass electricity insulators, silk scarf, coloured liquor glasses and two of four vintage apothecary jars (I kept the best two for my own collection).
I will never make a million dollars at a flea market but I sure had fun and it was a great way to spend some time with my Mom and make money at the same time. Now I get to keep picking!