During Shipshewana Flea Market season, I get the pleasure of working inside the flea market office. Part of my job is to assist customers (whether in person or on the phone) with their questions.
Most questions have to do with where certain vendors are located. Questions like:
- "Where is that one lady that was here 5 years ago who sold purses and stuff?"
- "What booth has the clothes for geese?"
- "Do you know the name of the one guy who was always at the end of the aisle?
With all of the vendor-related questions I get on a daily basis, I noticed a trend in the specific flea market items our visitors ask for over and over. So, this year (2017), I wrote the most-asked-about products down on a piece of paper and decided to share it with you just for fun! It will definitely give you a glimpse of the variety (and quirkiness) of the products here at the Shipshewana Flea Market.
23 Most Asked About Products (In No Particular Order)
1. Southwest Native American Jewelry
We have a regular vendor called "Quiet Eagle" who sells beautiful jewelry. Unfortunately, they are only here on certain days during the season, so we get lots of questions about this vendor.
Most people are looking for the "Shipshewana Spice Company," famous for their Happy Salt and a variety of other great spices.
3. Mary Kay
It's amazing the amount of beauty supplies you can get at the flea market.
Indiana summer days are hot, bright and sunny. You can find some great sunglasses at the flea market for even better prices.
5. Bulk Party Supplies
Throwing a birthday party or wedding shower? Stock up.
Yes, believe it or not.
7. Cleaning Cloths
There's microfiber cleaning cloths, and then there's a vendor who sells "Holy Moly" cleaning cloths which are simply magical. Lots of people ask for this vendor.
8. Fiesta Ware
A whole booth dedicated to Fiesta Ware? Collectors...get excited.
9. Glass Nail Files
Keep those nails nicely filed with a sustainable glass nail file.
10. African Shea Butter
11. Pharmacy-type Items
Who doesn't need 'em?
Some vendors even offer locally-made rag rugs!
13. Amish Dress Shirts
They're blue and with no pockets.
You'll want to get your picture with this booth display. Check it out:
15. Sky Lanterns
Perfect for weddings.
16. Discounted Bulk Items
You won't believe the bargains you can find here.
17. Custom License Plates and Graphics
Lots of vendors offer personalization on their products, which means they are great for gifts!
18. Wood Drying Racks
Perfect for your delicates and for camping! Plus, they're energy efficient...the Amish way.
19. As Seen on TV Products
Lots of selection for the As-Seen-On-TV products.
20. Corn Hole Boards and Bags
You can even get customizable corn hole boards and bags!
21. Yeti Cups
Keep those drinks hot!
You'll know you are near the drone vendor when you hear the "buzzing" above you.
23. "The Amish"
(Okay, obviously not a product, but I do get asked where the Amish are... A LOT)
My personal pick and must-have is grabbing my annual desk calendar for just $1.00!
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