The Westside Fleacap

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So I participated in my first flea market on Saturday, The Westside Flea, and while people loved the furniture, it wasn’t very profitable.

Here’s the rundown:

Carrie and I got to the Church on the Rise parking lot and were given a prime spot front and center to set up our tents and display the goods. We were also right in front of a string of food trucks, so there were so many tempting smells wafting our way. After arranging and rearranging our furniture, we got to work hanging price tags on each piece and arranging our smaller items: letterpress cards, ceramics, and glassware.


Throughout the day, tons of people wandered through our booth and talked about how much they loved all of our furniture, but no one bought any. Some people said the pricing was too high for a “flea market” and others also had a chair hoarding problem. There were a few other furniture booths, and they didn’t seem to be moving any pieces either. Honestly, I thought we would sell everything, and was pretty disappointed when we left with all of our furniture. On the plus side, it was a great spot to meet interesting people, so if we met at the flea, HI! As I said there, I’m open to custom work and would love to help you all find the right vintage pieces for your home, so hit me up.

Quick complaint: to the girl who said my card would be perfect to send to your ex-boyfriend, and then took a picture of yourself holding the card and sent that instead of buying the card… boo to you.

All in all, I had a good time at the Westside Flea, but I’m not sure it is the best place to sell furniture. My shop is updated, so if you need any chairs or are looking for something specific, check there or contact me.

If you have any ideas for where I can sell refinished, high-quality furniture in Cleveland, let me know! I can’t stop acquiring things, but I need to sell some to make space for new pieces otherwise I’m getting pretty deep into hoarder territory.

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