An Unusual Way to Get Rich – Create a Flea Market Small-Business Empire With Wholesale Products

FACT: Many people earn $1,000 per day (that’s $104,000 per year) just selling at flea markets and swap meets on weekends. (I’ve actually made more than that on some days.) Most people think we are just a bunch of poor folks trying to make an extra dollar, and that’s exactly what we want them to think.

What do we know that you don’t? What are our secrets? Can you do it?

Yes. Anyone can sell at flea markets and become wealthy…and I’m going to tell you exactly how right here.

Becoming a flea market vendor is easy and affordable. Your expenses will be the cost of your merchandise and space rent. Daily rent for an outside space can be as little as $5-$10 per day. Many people begin by selling used items and move into selling brand new items purchased from wholesale companies. New items outsell used items two to one and have a higher profit ratio.

Most people already have a table or two they can bring with them. I actually began my flea market and swap meet business with only $200 and a couple card tables I borrowed. I now earn thousands of dollars every month without fail. (Of course, the more money you have to buy merchandise, the faster your new business will grow.)

The key is to let your new business grow. Don’t kill it by taking all the profits out of it! I suggest that you have a job or another source of income to cover your living expenses for at least the first six months after starting your new business.

There’s an old adage in this business: ‘The more you have, the more you’ll sell.’ Believe me, it is true! Take that to heart and put all of your profits into buying more merchandise, so you’ll have even more to sell the next weekend.

Who do you think most shoppers will go to, the guy sitting there with four items on a single card table or three spaces across the aisle from him literally loaded with millions of different items? If you think you have enough merchandise, you don’t.

If you use your profits to build your business and buy more merchandise every week it won’t be more than a few months before your sales rapidly increase and you can begin keeping some of the profits for yourself without killing it.

If you live in a northern climate that is cold in winter or a southern climate that is hot and humid during summer, you might consider renting a space inside a flea market building. Yes, your space rent will go up a bit, but you’ll have the advantage of heat and air conditioning (comfortable shoppers spend more money), as well as a secure enclosure for your tables and merchandise during the week when the market is closed.

Once your first small business is running well, use the profits from it to open a second small business at the same flea market or swap meet, selling a different type of merchandise. Expanding is as simple as renting another space and hiring someone to run it for you. Again, your costs will only be merchandise and space rent and whatever you pay your help. (Be good to them and they will be very good to you.) Just as with your first business, put the profits back into your second business and allow it to build.

The profits from two small businesses will allow you to open a third small business with ease. Do the same as you did before and allow your third business to grow. Put the money back into it by purchasing more merchandise.

Then open a fourth, a fifth, a sixth small business at the same flea market. It’s not only possible but almost guaranteed that if you will do that you will create your own small business empire in less than one year and have a yearly income in excess of $100,000 after expenses.

If you just put the profit back into your first new business, it will grow without another penny out of your pocket. The profits will allow you to open a second, a third and so on. You don’t need a small business loan to get started.

Plus, you are not limited to just one flea market or swap meet. There may be other markets within 20 or 30 miles of you, where you can do the very same thing and multiply your earnings.

If you follow this simple yet effective formula it won’t be long before you can stop selling at flea markets yourself and just become a manager, overseeing your small business empire and stepping in to give your employees breaks.

Once you are making a very good income, consider other ways to invest your money to make even more profit, such as opening your own wholesale house and selling merchandise to flea market vendors and make even more.

Flea markets and swap meets are an excellent venue in which the average person may start their own small business and become wealthy by creating a small business empire.

12 Kinds of Antique Products You Can Sell Through Online Auctions

All kinds of antiques, from dolls to furniture are certainly great sellers. But most of us are not antique dealers and may not know or care enough about them. So here are twelve things that sell like crazy that you can profit from using online auctions. (The list is not in priority order.)

1. Coins

A lot of people are coin collectors. You can buy on the Internet all kinds of foreign coins; pesos from Mexico, and coins from Brazil. Now we have the Euro, coins in the old money can only increase in value as they become a rarity.

These are very cheap coins. Some people have packaged them, like one hundred coins of the world, and they have sold at auction for £60 and £70. Many of those coins, like the Mexican peso and Brazilian one peso coin is less than a penny.

Also, Indian Head pennies and old silver, and even some current silver that’s not that old, what’s called junk silver, but it is still silver, is very popular. Some people bid this stuff up far more than what you can buy it for as base metal. It’s crazy, but that’s how it is.

2. Pocket and hunting knives

Both old and new pocket and hunting knives are very popular items. This category also includes swords.

It’s not for everyone, but if you are interested or have some knowledge of survival skills using knives, or find the history of swords fascinating these items do well online.

3. Watches and Rings

People are into some unusual watches and rings. Some of the turquoise watches and jewellery from New Mexico, was originally popular twenty years ago. But then it went out of fashion and nobody would wear it. Now, once again, it is popular.

If you can buy that jewellery at a good price, you can double and even triple your money.

4. Music boxes

Music boxes are very collectible and highly popular. They are relatively easy to ship to customers. A visit to any junk shop, car boot sale, antiques mall or market will usually yield at least one music box.

5. Holiday Season Items

All kinds of unusual items linked to Easter, Christmas and Halloween are extremely popular. People have bid items in this category way up.

6. Native American Indian Arts and Crafts

Anything to do with Indian arts and crafts is big business especially in the USA, UK, Germany and Belgium. Old arrowheads are popular, blankets, saddles, beadwork, all sorts of things connected with the Native American nations.

7. Religious Items

It doesn’t matter whether the religious items are Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu or any other religion. They are all very popular.

In the Middle East they have “worry beads.” I had an Arab friend many years ago that gave me some. They don’t cost much money. I’ve seen them bid up to £25.

8. Rocks and Fossils

Rocks and fossils are very popular, perhaps because they are so collectible – they take little room up but a collection can be startling and interesting.

9. Bedspreads and Quilts

The star quilts of the North American Indians are very popular as well as the varied quilts made by the Victorians. Still a popular craft today, even modern handmade bedspreads and quilts can fetch a good price.

10. Perfumes and Colognes

This includes perfumes and colognes for both men and women. Especially name brands at a discount where people can bid for it, but get it for lower than the £50 it might normally sell for in a big department store.

11. Regional Items

Regional items have increased in popularity. People, who live in Arizona and New Mexico, California, Texas, can slip past the border and pick up Mexican arts and crafts extremely cheap, and yet double and triple their money on eBay.

If you don’t live in the States, but take a holiday in Mexico or South America, you may still find this lucrative. This category also covers tourist items bought anywhere in the world; such as African beadwork, dolls in the costume of the country, china from seaside towns in the British Isles, handbags from Egypt, it’s endless. As an aside, there is a vast, thriving market in British seaside trivia from pre-1970s.

12. Autographs

If you know, or have, anything that was signed by a famous person; a rock star, movie stars, presidents, whatever, they are bidding these up big time on eBay and the other auction sites. Some collectors’ are also keen to bid for a famous person’s item of clothing or lock of hair.

So, that’s just a summary of twelve categories that sell well through Internet auctions.

Of course you can sell thousands of other items. All sorts of books sell, for instance, there is no question about that. I’ve sold books and I’ve had three or four different companies buy books from me and resell them on eBay, Yahoo and other auction sites. However, you must either buy or print books cheap enough that you can ask for big enough discounts.

For example, a £25 book might get auctioned off at £6 or £7. Now if you bought it for £2, or printed it for £2 it shouldn’t be a problem making a steady profit. The profit margin is big enough for you to walk away with cash in your pocket.