Date: Jan 02, 2019

Flea Market Vendor Winter Prep Checklist

By Carlie Cripe

Dear January,


You are so boring... and cold, don't forget cold.





Ok, so the tree is put away, the ball has dropped... now what? Spring shows are few and far between, and even though it's been unseasonably warm, it's cold and wet... and did I mention it's cold? 


It's hard to turn such a dreary time of year into something productive. You've worked long and hard at craft shows and holiday markets over the past 3 months in preparation for the Christmas season. 


Now what?


Well, let me tell you... January is the perfect time to prepare yourself for the upcoming year.


So, go make some hot chocolate, put on some fuzzy slippers and hunker down with my awesome "Winter Prep Checklist".


Flea Market Winter Prep List


I'm a prep-er. I love getting things organized, prepped and ready. I'm super detail-oriented. 


Lists. I LOVE LISTS. I make lists for packing when we go on vacation... grocery lists, to-do lists, Christmas card lists, lists of things I need to remember... and the list goes on, and on, and on. 


Below is an actual picture of my desk... and lists (there wasn't enough room in the picture for all my lists :D)


Flea Market Winter Checklist


In college I studied Elementary Education. It was heavily stressed that we prepare for everything and anything to happen during a lesson.


In fact, when we wrote out our lesson plans, we had to list anything that could go wrong and write a solution to each one of them... talk about time consuming. 


Even though it seemed silly at the time, it has actually shaped the way I think about most things! 


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To help you stay organized throughout the upcoming year, I've put together a printable 2-sided calendar. You can print out one copy for each month. 


Winter Prep Checklist


How To Use: 

Calendar Side

Use the calendar to mark dates of events as well as when you should be preparing for each show. You should also write down any application deadlines for upcoming shows.


Use the "Events" section to list out all your events for the month.


Back Side

There are 4 different blocks on the backside:

Needs, Goals, Possible Problems, Solutions


Write out the needs of each of your shows within the "Needs" block.  

Example: If the event is outdoors, you'll probably want a pop-up tent... write it down! 


Here's a packing checklist to help organize the physical items to bring to your events.


Or maybe this section can be used as a listing area for things you will need, but currently don't have... or things you will have to get done before a certain date. 


Use the "Possible Problems" & "Solutions" sections to navigate you through different scenarios. Think about what could go wrong first and solve those problems before they happen!

Example: What if it rains? Solution: Rain boots, Large Umbrella, bring stock of ponchos to sell. 


Don't overlook the "Goals" block... wait no, Never overlook the Goals block!

Goals are what you are aiming for... they are what make the success and progress of your business. 


Write them down!


How many bibs do you want to sell? What dollar amount do you want to make?

Write it all down and aim for it!


Prepare and plan for the year ahead by making January the most useful month yet!


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If you'd like to download a printable version of the checklist, click here, or here... or here!


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