Consider selling products at a flea market If you can’t find a job or need to earn some extra income. If you can’t think of products you can sell at a flea market, then this list of 30 ideas for products that you may be able to sell at a flea market should give you some ideas.
Make unique and creative house numbers from wood, varnished branches, driftwood, bamboo or wire.
Outdoor mobiles do not have to chime when the wind blows. They should just look attractive and enhance a garden. Turn old seedpods into fairies or elves, or make holders to hold or support garden candles.
Use bamboo, or metal pipes or even wire if the centrepiece is a bamboo or metal pipe. Be creative with the centrepiece that the pipes knock against. Use big shells or a handmade wooden or wire and beaded object.
How To Booklets
How to booklets do not have to be elaborate, large, or have too much writing or typing in them. Mothers or teachers can use them to teach their children how to do everyday things.
Hunt for old photographs at auctions, charity shops and garage sales. Frame or reframe them beautifully, and sell them.
The simplest of items, beautifully framed, can make a room more attractive. Get creative. You can frame dried flowers, shells, small pebbles, curiously shaped small branches or driftwood, or even bits of recycled materials.
If you practice and learn to be creative with taking photographs, even a small cheap camera will do. Take photos of natural objects or scenery. Print the photos, frame them and sell them.
Your Own Drawings and Paintings
You do not have to be a famous artist to beautifully display your drawings and paintings in attractive frames.
Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Since homemade Christmas tree ornaments would be a seasonal product, give a discount if the ornaments are bought out of season, or combine these items with another product you sell throughout the year, like greeting cards.
Rainy Weather Items
Sell umbrellas, raincoats and gumboots, particularly when it’s raining or overcast.
Old Computer Monitors
You can often find really cheap old computer monitors at auctions and garage sales.
Clean out the insides of the computer monitors and turn them into plant holders or dog or cat beds.
Decorate the exterior.
Child Sized Chairs and Tables
If you have a few woodworking tools, and some knowledge of carpentry, you can make little chairs and tables for children. Styling can be formal or casual.
Use thick strong rope and rectangular pieces of wood to make swings. You can make chair swings too, for smaller children, or cut out pieces of tyre from large truck or tractor tyres.
Cheap commercially produced candles can be found almost anywhere. Unique handmade candles can be bought from you. Candle making is not difficult, and the results of just a little practice are very impressive.
There are two ways to make soap. The first is to recycle old soap, and the then there is the traditional method, involving oils and lye as the base components.
Many people enjoy pickled onions. Making pickled onions is not difficult, and you can offer them in plain or chilli. The chilli onions are normal pickled onions with a chilli thrown into the bottle. Add a touch of garlic for a Mediterranean flavour.
Chilli Bites can be made from cheaper beef cuts than beef cuts you usually need for biltong. The product is usually also ready more quickly than biltong.
Beads and Buttons and Things
With homemade and handcrafted products becoming so popular, provide a variety of homemade beads and buttons. Scrapbooking is also popular. Provide bits and pieces that scrapbookers will find useful.
Fireplace and Braai Accessories
If you have the equipment to make log holders, fire pokers, screens and tongs, make these items. You could even make fire starter packs, pre-packed with charcoal or wood, and a fire starter.
Turn a part of your garden into an earthworm farm. Sell your earthworms as live bait, or to gardeners wanting to improve their soil.
Clocks are popular gift items, and can be made using metal, wood, paper mache, glass fibre, and ceramics. They don’t have to be round. Create clocks that children will enjoy too.
Fill transparent cheap and lidded plastic glasses with jelly, custard, and bits of chocolate, pieces of tennis biscuits, cherries, caramel, or instant pudding. Provide plastic teaspoons too.
Offer a selection of freshly baked breads. Make and sell a plain farmhouse loaf with a round crisp top, rye bread, sourdough bread, or bread in interesting shapes.
Make items with Wooden Clothes Pegs
Separate the two parts of the clothes pegs and make miniature dolls or soldiers. Glue the wireless peg parts together to make a variety of items such as pot stands for hot pots, dolls’ furniture, a notice board (use drawing pins to pin notices up) or book dividers.
Handcrafted Recipe Books
Collect all your own or even your great grandmother’s favourite recipes together, and rewrite each of them beautifully, on plain white A4 paper, leaving plenty of space around your writing. Photostat the pages you’ve written so that you can use the copies to make more than just one book. Cut out the recipes so that they are only about A6 or A5 in size. Paste the recipes onto coloured paper or thin card, and then into an A4 size book. Add cute sketches, photographs and other decorations. Make a creative and eye-catching front cover for your book.
Collect small stones of very roughly equal sizes. Paint the stones in primary and bright colours. Leave some just painted in bright colours, but also paint numbers 0 to 10 on others, letters of the alphabet, shapes, or animals.
Vegetables for Babies
Cook and finely mash fresh vegetables like gem squash, carrot, and pumpkin. Put in small containers ready for heating and feeding to babies.
Lucky Dips and Party Packs
Buy cheap sweets and little toys, and package them as Lucky Dips. For Party Packs, add a small packet of chips, and a few more sweets.
People do still use doorstops, as doorstops or as décor items. Your doorstops can be plain and simple, or as complex and decorative as you like. Use wood or metal.
Folding Clothing Stands
Many people do not have a garden or even have a balcony. They need a place to hang their washing. Make folding clothing stands from wood. Make them in both small and medium sizes.
Also see a list of 80 Ideas for Products you Can Sell at a Flea Market or Craft Market
These ideas are for information and idea purposes only. Please check laws and regulations regards what products you are allowed to sell at a flea market or from home, as well as any legal requirements for labelling or packaging, and for including declaration of ingredients or safety warnings on labelling or packaging. We absolve ourselves from any issues related to you using any of these ideas.
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