Summer is finally here, school is out, and markets are reopening! Most brick-and-mortar businesses opened their doors to the public in early June, and flea markets have been rapidly following suit based on consumer demand and government regulations.
Consumers Are Ready to Look for Bargains
Lee Ann Murray, Marketing Director for Traders Village, said the Houston and Grand Prairie locations reopened at 25 percent capacity on May 2nd – 3rd. When talking about one of the weekends in early June, Murray said, “Here in Grand Prairie this past weekend, we did better than we did last year the same weekend. We’re looking at 30 – 40 percent growth weekend over weekend, and each market has also grown weekend over weekend.”
Traders Village opened in early May with no rides, no events, and no live music in any of their three markets. The rides recently opened on June 20th – 21st. Even with just the market vendors and food stands open, they still did better than the same weekend the previous year! Murray says this shows that the market is very healthy and consumers want to go out and look for bargains.
Making A Slow But Strong Comeback
United Flea Markets, which owns 13 flea markets and swap meets across the country, have also recently reopened all of their locations. Rob Sieban, President, CEO and co-owner of United Flea Markets and former Chairman and President of the National Flea Market Association, said they had a staggered opening with each of their markets.
“Our Georgia flea market was the first one to reopen, and all of the rest followed suit slowly after,” Sieban said. “The turnout at the markets have been positive. Nobody knew what to expect or how the consumer would behave, but this is a pretty good indication that consumers are dedicated.”
Following Safety Guidelines
The only way to keep markets up, running, and successful are by following the guidelines set by each market. Adhering to the CDC guidelines, most markets are requiring employees, vendors, and guests to wear a face mask at all times. Markets are also increasing their cleaning all around the venue, with hand sanitizer stations situated around the area.
“All of our employees are required to wear masks, food service has to wear gloves, we have sanitation people who walk throughout the market with yellow vests on and they are constantly wiping down surfaces, we take temperatures, and the guests and vendors all have to wear masks as well,” Murray said. “Hand sanitizers were hard to find as we opened the markets, but we have them all over the place.”
Every day, it seems like the reopening list keeps on growing. More and more flea markets and swap meets are opening for business, and consumers don’t seem to be hesitating with going out and finding a good bargain. The summer is looking bright so far, so let’s keep it that way by staying safe and keeping America open for business!