For this last year, my sister and I have been compiling huge bags of clothes, shoes and accessories we needed to get rid of. While we usually do regular wardrobe clean-outs, this time we were getting serious – no “but I might wear this one day…,” it was “if I haven’t worn it in the last 2 months, it’s gotta go!”
Rather than sending our usual bags to the local thrift shop, we instead figured it would be fun to hold a market stall. It was a fantastic idea, so I thought I would share some of the highlights as reasons why you should consider one and tips for when you decide to!
1. Easy Money
While we didn’t expect or make a huge profit, any money was profit once we paid off the price of the market stall (which if you look around, you can find some really cheap). We literally started the day with everything being $2 (except things that were particularly pricey and particular brands) which we then decreased to $1 then 50c! Yet we still made at least $100 between us, however we have seen people make a lot more. However, we really weren’t doing it for a good profit, as any money was more than what we’d get for giving it away for free!
There is so point in selling things too expensively because, let’s face it, it’s second-hand and because there will always be competing market stalls.
2. The market atmosphere
So many of our actual customers were people that were running market stalls in the same market themselves and in turn, we shopped at theirs. Everyone was friendly, relaxed and just enjoying their time, so it made us enjoy ours all the more.
There is no pressure in a market stall and the atmosphere is so much more relaxing than a shopping center where you’ll make friends with the people running stalls beside you.
3. You’ll get yourself some bargains
We definitely spent more than what we made, but the atmosphere was so exciting we had to spend! We picked up amazing bargains you wouldn’t get anywhere else – we picked up brand new articles of clothing with brand names worth more than $50 for only $10! Not only that but you’ll get second-hand items for just as cheap as we sold them still in great condition.
4. It’s easier to get rid of things for money
There was so much I told myself to just throw in – if I didn’t sell it I could keep it, but if I sold it… hey, money! There is a lot more motivation to clear things out when you’re actually selling them in a fun atmosphere compared to simply throwing it in a donation bin! There are some items I would not have thrown in a donation bin but sold at my market stall and have actually thanked myself for it.
5. More room for more stuff, with less guilt!
You get rid of a tonne… so you can buy a tonne more! While we sold old clothes and shoes we didn’t need, we just filled up our extra coat-hangers and shoe storage with new stuff that we’ll actually wear! If we don’t wear them, then hey, we’ll just sell them at our next market stall!
Sound good? Why not do it then…
Here are some tips from a market stall first-timer such as myself:
- Collect items over a length of time so you build a good collection of things worth selling
- Don’t be afraid to get rid of things! Really think about it and force yourself to give up things you just do not need anymore
- Find a friend or relative to do it with so the collection of things to sell is bigger, they can split the cost of the market stall, they can watch the market stall while you go shop (or use the toilet or find food), makes it a lot quicker to set up and pack up and you won’t be sitting around bored if you’re not busy.
- Remember to bring lots of change and also extra money for yourself to shop
- You can use racks, tables or just lie things on a rug or in a suitcase; it does not have to be fancy. But set things up in a way that isn’t too difficult to sort through.
- Keep in mind that any profit is profit, so don’t overdo your prices and give people deals for buying a few things or if they seem interested!
- Have signs with prices because some people would rather not ask and you’ll get sick of answering too!
- Take some old bags or rubbish bags to offer to people buying from you.
- As the day drags on, keep decreasing your prices to just get rid of stuff! You’ll thank yourself for the simple fact that you’ll have less to pack up at the end of the day!
- Chuck the leftovers in the donation bin and pat yourself on the back for a job well done
I hope I’ve convinced people to hold a market stall! It really is a good day and good motivation to clear out some your excess junk you don’t need anymore!
In saying that, I’ll also add that you shop at markets more too, if you don’t already! I used to a lot more than I do now and I am now pumped to get back into it – it’s such a good way to shop!
Now pin this so you’ll remember these reasons and tips for when your collection of sell-able goodies are ready!
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