Hello fellow flea market dealers! I love to hear stories about how people got into the flea market business -
What they sold first?
Not so funny ones,
What people have learned? and all...
So I thought, what a great way here at IAO to share our experience with new flea market dealers and people who think they might like to jump in the "Deep Water" with us, than to share some of our own stories.
Join me in the pool anyone?
Briefly - here is my tale.
I was a young divorced mother of two when I met my husband Jim (he wasn't my hubby then of course:)
He was selling coins at coin shows and painting house full time. I was going to school and making feather earrings and hanging macrame and rusty found object art (Of course they didn't have a name for it then). I was giving my things away to friends and never would have had the courage to sell anything if it hadn't been for Jim. I was painfully shy and had never sold anything in my life except for handmade Beatle shirts to the kids in my neighborhood when I was a young teen.
Jim sold some of my things at a couple of his coin shows. I wouldn't even go because I didn't know what I would say to anyone if they spoke to me. And what if they didn't like my things and said so?
When Jim gave me the money for my stuff I thought it was charity - I guess I didn't really think they sold. I thought he was just being nice. Well he dragged me to a flea market.
The first day at Mary's Flea Market in Oklahoma City I wouldn't get out of the car. But he did sell some of my jewelry. I saw it with my own eyes. I eventually ventured from the car and was bitten by the selling bug. Then you couldn't stop me. Suffice to say I am no longer shy. I love selling face to face with the public. It energizes me. People overall are wonderful. And the cash-in-hand isn't shabby either.
PS - Here's a pic of my daughter a while back at the FM.
Until later - Here's to happy selling everyone and arrive home safely,