The Art of Buying and Selling at Flea Markets

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Flea Markets are considered one of the most democratic institutions around. A man wants to sell something, he pays a small fee for a space in an outdoor parking lot or a farmer's field, brings his own table, puts out his wares and he's in business ... this is frontier capitalism. This guide is for all collectors and dealers who want to gain access to the universe of antiques and collectibles sold at flea markets, antique malls, or on the Internet. Author Barry Berg discusses what it really means to sell and buy ...
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Overview

Flea Markets are considered one of the most democratic institutions around. A man wants to sell something, he pays a small fee for a space in an outdoor parking lot or a farmer's field, brings his own table, puts out his wares and he's in business ... this is frontier capitalism. This guide is for all collectors and dealers who want to gain access to the universe of antiques and collectibles sold at flea markets, antique malls, or on the Internet. Author Barry Berg discusses what it really means to sell and buy in this arena. He provides tips on making the most of your efforts whether you are a collector or dealer. This handy resource guide gives advice and useful tips to beginners wanting to start a collection or a business dealing with collectibles. This book is a "must" for all that enjoy spending hours on end browsing the flea markets and finding those wonderful treasures.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780875886565
  • Publisher: Hobby House Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 4
Introduction 15
The Flea Market 16
Getting Started: Choosing A Category 20
The Art of Buying 21
Your First Purchases 22
The Negotiation 23
Etiquette and Courtesies 28
My Three Best Tips on Buying 34
Buying Collectibles As An Investment 38
The Art of Selling 41
The Set-Up 44
How Much to Sell For? (And How Much to Pay?) 47
Telling A Story 50
Values, Ethics, and Moral Obligation 53
A Word on Nazi, Racist, and Other Offensive Items 57
The Discourteous Customer 60
Preparedness: A Final Checklist 63
A Taxonomy of Value. What's It Worth? 67
Environmental Values 97
Local Environment 103
Human Environment 107
eBay and Technology 117
eBay Procedure 119
A Word on eBay--Buyers Honor All Bids! 126
E-Tips 127
Other eBay Benefits 129
The Other Side of the E-Coin 133
Epilogue 137
About the Author 144
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