Traders Village – Selling Merchandise at the Flea Market

Traders Village

Although you can make a living from selling items on Craigslist, eBay or through your own yard sales, venturing to a flea market can help you sell your wares to a wider group of buyers. Becoming a vendor at a flea market is a good first step to building your own store front. You can connect with a lot of collectors and other interested buyers, and your overhead is lower than if you had to lease a storefront.

In Texas, one of the best-known flea markets is Traders Village. The first location opened in Grand prairie in 1973. Since then, locations have opened in Houston and San Antonio as well. There are literally thousands of vendors who set up shop at each location, and Traders Village is a popular destination for shopping and even cultural events as they come through town.

To become a vendor, you just need to pay for a space. You can rent a space by the day or weekend, or you can make a long-term arrangement for a month or even a lifetime membership. This gives vendors plenty of flexibility and makes the lease cheaper than owning a shop premises would be. You'll also need a sales tax permit in order to sell items through the flea market.

A few items are restricted from sale at Traders Village:

Food and drink, as the market has its own food vendors
Anything with copyright infringement
Anything religious or political
Items that are not family-friendly, like adult-related materials
Fireworks or firearms

Aside from these items, you can sell anything you'd like from handmade crafts to electronics or antiques. This makes the flea market a great destination for auction hunters since your merchandise will vary so much from one week to the next. As you meet buyers, you can figure out different people's unique tastes and make lasting connections with your top buyers so you can contact them in the future for a quick sale of certain types of items.

Although Traders Village only exists in three Texas cities, there are hundreds of flea markets throughout the state. For example, Austin has several large flea markets, including the Country Flea Market on U.S. 290 and the swap meet at Bergstrom Airport.

You can find a flea market, swap meet or vendors fair in your city by searching online or asking around from other vendors. Check to see if there are any limitations on what type of items can be sold, since some locations will have different requirements than others. Before you decide on one, try visiting to get an idea of what types of wares are sold and who shops there. This will help you figure out which location will be best for you.

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  • I’m sorry, but I have rented space at Traders village… not a single sale! I talked to all the vendors nearby me and of course I could see who was throwing down money and they didn’t do any sales either. It’s clear to me that this place is making the majority of their profits off of us who rent their spaces, food and drinks they’re selling (which is the reason we’re not allowed to compete with them), and off their parking fees. It was a big waste of time, except if you want to hand out fliers for customers to entice them to visit your online store later. But contacting people for future purposes, get real! People don’t want that. The best thing you can do is give them a free sample and a business card with your website on it, and hope they come spend money at your online store later. Trader’s village is overall a waste of time and energy that could better be spent on a newspaper ad etc.

  • No that is just not true, the only way you would not make a sale is if your prices were way to high and you still stand a chance on at least someone buying.

    I sell on ebay, amazon, cl as well as many others and then I sell at flea markets and tradersvillage is one.

    I did it today. Sunday. spent 30 for the space and made over 300.00 for the day. Not as much as usual there but it was a little slow today. One thing I see people who don’t make many sales, sell the same old thing, cheap tshirts, caps, belts, car parts ect. I sell antique, vintage, used new and clothing. I have a really wide assortment of items and it would be just like walking into a antique thrift shop.

    • Either your merchandise sucked, you were too high, didn’t smell good or something else.

      I have been at traders village for years. I know some that rent a shop for 275 a month to store their merchandise in and then three covered booths on the weekend. This is like 1000.00 a month rent, if they were not selling then they would not rent it.

      Here is what sells at traders village, garage sale items towards the back. Toys, sunglasses, knives, jewelery, auto merchandise, furniture, pets and I could go on an on abou it.

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