Best selling items to sell on cold winter days

Many people shop at swap meets to save money and get great deals, and the cold winter days don’t stop them.

Many people start buying more at indoor flea markets because they like the heat, but the hardcore flea market shopper will keep going to outdoor flea markets even when it is snowing, because they know that since many people are weakened and went inside, that leaves all the bargains for them. (Mile High Flea Market in Henderson, Colorado is open year-round, yes, even when it’s snowing, and sellers and buyers keep hanging out as usual.)

Vendors will continue to offer the usual exchange rate, used stuff, and new stuff, but no matter what time of year, successful flea market vendors will follow the rules: Always sell what people want and need.

In winter, people don’t want swimming trunks, shorts, or sandals.

They want thick coats with high collars that can be snapped shut, furry hats that fold flat to keep their ears warm, and gloves to keep their hands and fingers warm.

They don’t want tanning lotion.

They want chemical hand warmers. They want thicker socks and warmer shoes and insulated boots. They want ski pants that the icy wind won’t cut. They want insulated bib overalls.

Air conditioners and box fans don’t sell as well in the winter, but electric space heaters do, as do kerosene heaters, propane heaters, propane tanks, and propane hoses.

People will want snow shovels. They’ll want ice scrapers.

They will want to buy bags of rock salt and melted chemicals to spread on their sidewalks and steps.

People will also want snow tires. Used snow tires sell very well, especially during the first winter months, but they don’t move as well during the summer months. Most people don’t think or buy ahead of time.

Used tire chains in good condition will also sell well, as will tow chains.

Cold remedies, cough syrups, and cough drops are always on sale, but especially in winter.

Shoppers will also be looking for snowboards, inner tubes, and other things for fun on the slopes.

Many flea markets have their own concessions and do not allow anyone to compete with them. But many smaller markets have no concessions at all, and you can do quite well selling coffee and hot chocolate.

Just follow the rules and sell what people want and need. Change your inventory with the seasons and success will always be your friend.

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