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Flea Market

September 8, 2010

Over the past few months I have been setting up at a local flea market and selling my treasures.  It has been such a blast that I am ashamed that I have not done it sooner.  Especially since the price of renting a space for the day is much cheaper than I expected.

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For years and years I have been going to flea markets to hunt for bargains.  Darting back and forth across the aisle, like a bird.  Head jerking from left to right, up and down.  You hone your skills, scan the booth quickly and bolt or hover depending on what they have to offer.  My friends and I generally go to the market on the busiest days, when there is so much to see and so many people in our way that we just shop non-stop.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing the flea market from the seller’s point of view.  Sitting back and watching people shop is cathartic.  I’m learning the best way to set up the booth, utilize the space and lure people in for more.  It’s always changing too!

Bargains to be had.

Things I’ve learned;

* You could put an item in the same place for days with no luck.  The morning you put it in a different spot it will sell within two hours.

*Anything related to making, recording or playing music will sell quickly and with minimal haggling.

* No matter how many signs or price tags you put out people will still ask, “How much ya’ want for this?”

* Shoppers will never be afraid to ask if you will take half of the asking price. Be it 25 cents or 25 dollars, they want it dirt cheap.  (I cannot blame them. Knowing the buyer’s viewpoint, I relate to the dying hope that you can scoop up that treasure for mere pocket change.)

* There’s a small amount of people that come to the flea market not to shop but to talk your ear off.

As summer is coming to an end I hope to get a couple more market days in before the weather turns ugly because I’ve got stuff to sell!!!

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I sell things

September 24, 2009

Like so many bloggers, I have an etsy shop as well as an ebay account.  Currently I am selling many items, the majority of them being vintage.   I adore most of these things but think that someone else might love them more.   I also love the whole process of photographing, researching and describing each object.  It’s fun to learn the history behind the companies and publishers.  From time to time I will feature some of the items I am selling and share what I have learned.

Little doggie

He's not a Dakin Dream Pet, but he used to be mine.

The tag on this little, stuffed dog is too faded to read the manufacturer, but he was made in Japan with all new products.  He is very, very similar in style to a Dream Pets by Dakin toy.

The story behind Dream Pets is that in the 1950’s in Japan, a company was shipping toy trains and needed something to pad the trains.  Small, sawdust stuffed toys were thrown in the box.  The customers loved them and wanted more.

They are currently making reproductions of some of the original Dream Pets and I believe the were being sold at Cracker Barrel restaurants.  From the photos these new Pets do look cute, but I would have to see them in person to give any real critique!

Anyway, this wee, little doggie is up for grabs on my etsy shop right now.