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Selling Food at a Flea Market

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If you are considering selling food at a flea market there are likely steps that must be taken to get a permit to do so. Additionally, a second step in your planning would be to research the types of foods that sell well in this venue. This is a guide about selling food at a flea market.


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May 26, 2012

What are some good food ideas to sale at flea markets? Also, what are prices for each? I live in the south. Thanks and God Bless!

By Freckles

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

It will mostly depend on your area, not just the south, but each state will be different, plus certain areas of each state could be different. As far as selling food at flea markets, I have never seen that done, other than maybe home made lollipops. Before you do this I would recommend checking with the department of health and see what and if there are any regulations on things like this.

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful

Good advice. I often deal with our own Salem Saturday Market and as a vendor, they have a variety of soups, Tai, Hispanic, Malaysian, Hungarian and more foods. There are also tasting things like cheeses, pickled products, and sweets. We have vendors who sell candy, cakes, gluten free things, and a variety of yummy stuff.

Getting on line with the local Flea Market and find out what others sell, so yours can be different. If your market has a hot dog and hamburger vendor, then you may want something like salads, hoagies, or fresh things for the people who don't want what they already can get at the local drive through. You want something that people can walk around with and eat, too, so they keep shopping. If their idea is to take a break, then is there somewhere covered that they can sit?

If not, complicated food might be best sold somewhere else. I was in Fairbanks, AK one time and the gal I helped out sold pizzas made from Hoagie buns. That's right...sauce, meats, cheeses, etc on a four level toaster oven. In under 5 minutes, you walked away with a custom made pizza that is easy to carry and eat.

You may want to check out some other places and just see what they all sell...then find something that makes you stand out.

Good luck!


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December 8, 20132 found this helpful

Selling food at flea markets can be a challenge. There are many variables to consider. Examples include weather, location, space availability, health department regulations, what others are selling, and last but not least, whether what you sell can be sold at a price that makes your time and trouble worthwhile.

For baked goods, don't forget to include such costs as:

- energy (oven, mixer, etc)

- labor (your time in making the item),

- consumables (plastic wrap, parchment paper, aluminum foil, etc),

- packaging (plastic bags, cardboard containers, etc),

- display accessories (paper plates, plastic forks, tablecloth, etc),

- transportation (what it cost to obtain everything and get it to where it needs to be) and last but not least,

- the cost of the selling space itself.

It could seem overwhelming, but break it down into smaller sections and it's easier.

One tool that helps is a recipe cost calculator.

Recipe cost calculators easily handle the complex math and measurement conversions involved with figuring out what a recipe costs to make.

An example of an online recipe cost calculator can be found at

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September 17, 20130 found this helpful

A friend and I are considering making, packaging, and selling small quantities of beef jerky at the flea markets here in NZ. We are wondering if we need to go through some process of certification to be allowed to do so or do we just go see the council for a permit? Is a permit even required?

By JB Chapman

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