How To Make And Save Money At A Flea Market

You’ve probably heard the term “Flea Market” before. You may have even visited a flea market. But, unless you’re a garage-saling, thrift-storing, antiquing pro, you probably have questions about flea markets, what they are, and how they can help you save and make money.

What is a Flea Market? Put simply, a flea market is a type of street market in which vendors sell second-hand (or previously-used) merchandise.

Outdoor markets selling various goods have existed for millennia, but the term flea market has relatively recent origins. There are a few different theories, but the most popular is that flea market is a translation of the French term “marché aux puces,” meaning “market of the fleas.” The term was first used in stories about a market in Paris in the 1860s known as the marché aux puces.

Types of Flea Markets


First, flea markets can either be more permanent or seasonal. The more formal, permanent markets can be found throughout the year and keep regular hours similar to any other business. Formal flea markets tend to have consistent vendors who make flea market buying and selling their business or a consistent side hustle.

Location Additionally, flea markets can be categorized by their location. As mentioned, originally, flea markets were open-air or outdoors. However, modern flea markets can take place indoors, outdoors, and, more recently, online. Online flea markets have grown in popularity because they offer convenience to both buyers and sellers.

How to Make and Save Money at Flea Markets

Making Money as a Vendor If you’re talented at crafts, upcycling, or a frequent garage-saler or antiquer, then you might consider operating a booth at a flea market as a vendor. And the best part about selling at flea markets is that it is incredibly flexible. You can start at a casual flea market if you need to get rid of items. Or maybe you want to try your hand at flea market flipping.

Saving Money as a Buyer On the other hand, flea markets also represent an opportunity to find treasures and unique items, often for less than you would pay at a department store. Just the fact that you’re buying used will likely save you money. One unique thing about flea markets is the ability to haggle. Haggling is when the buyer and seller negotiate the price of the item until both agree.

Best Flea Markets in the U.S.

1. 127 Corridor Sale – Addison, Michigan 2. First Monday Trade Days – Canton, Texas 3. Brimfield – Brimfield, Massachusetts 4. Scott Antique Market – Atlanta, Georgia 5. Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, California 6. Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market Extravaganza – Springfield, Ohio 7. Brooklyn Flea – Brooklyn, New York

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