Ways to Have a Successful Booth in a Flea Market Mall

Updated on August 12, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

It's my job to know what's available from every retailer, catalog, website, antique mall, and craftsperson. A good designer or decorator has to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge.

— Nate Berkus

Tagging Aggressively

Antique and fashionable jewelry sells well.
Antique and fashionable jewelry sells well.

I think when you get interested in buying and selling antiques, collectibles, vintage and high-end home furnishings, the most frustrating thing is you have no idea what price you should pay and what price you should ask for the item to make a reasonable profit.

'Priced to sell' - just the phrase makes me joyful. When I say all the items in the booth are priced to sell; I mean, I've tagged everything as gracefully as I can to get you to buy it. I am an enterprising person determined to succeed. I am a go-getter making an all-out effort.

I like to think of my spot in the mall is thrifty and amazing.

My flat is a bit like an oriental bazaar. It's filled with the oddest objects from all my travels, and you can't move in it. I love collecting antiques and often spend weekends driving around bric-a-brac markets.

— Mark Shand

Booth Appearance

My booth is a box, the size of a walk-in closet. I present it as a place of joy and celebration of who I am. You enter it and see every color of the rainbow. I shop for items that are pleasing to my eyes and my creative mind. I like edgy but classic looks. It's pretty spectacular since I am a Gypsy girl.

My booth is very traditional. For me, decorating perfection means eclectic styles and collections of beautiful things like pottery, sewing machines, real wood furnishings, unusual looking pieces, and unique, colorful items. And, I love 'shabby chic.' It gives my booth a homey-cosy vibe. I keep my box organized, neat and clean.

Shabby Chic - Vintage


The local thrift stores are my go-to when I'm looking for rustic or unusual shelving. Sometimes I find things that I can flip. Sometimes I can get an item that I can dress up and place in my booth to draw attention. I am always thinking outside the box. Sometimes I have to go into overdrive and aggressively shop for items.


People throw out good stuff all the time. It's just the matter of stopping and loading it into your vehicle. Like the saying goes "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Sometimes you just have to make do with whatever you have access to; a lot of hand-me-downs, beside the road findings, abandoned houses and thrift store shopping.

Display With Confidence

Make-Or-Break Factors

I think of my booth as a mini store. With all the competition, I want my box to stand out, giving my customers the desire to enter and shop. I want my customer's eyes to get big as they enter. Also, I want them to take their time browsing. I want my merchandise to move, to sell. I want my booth to be like a revolving door.

There are many factors in whether a client enters a store shop. Here are a few tips that work for me.

  • Start with a theme then bring in the pieces.
  • Every few days, a different look.
  • Surprise your recurring clients by avoiding the predictable
  • Use shelving of bold colors and shapes.
  • Coffee and end tables make great shelving
  • Take advantage of all wall space
  • Keep a focal point at eye level.
  • Suspend items from the ceiling.
  • Make use of the floor space.
  • Pack your booth elegantly.
  • Give your "box" the "wow" factor.

I have recurring clients because they never know what treasures they will find in my closet.

Questions & Answers

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        Elwanda 8 months ago

        I have witnessed the success Rosa has had in the last 3 years. I admire her for all her hard work she puts into it. I have learned a few things along the line. Great Job Rosa, and Thank you!!!