Every year, around 100 owners, leaders, and flea market experts attend the National Flea Market Association (NFMA) Conference to hear expert speakers, discuss industry trends, get legislative updates, and most importantly, have fun. This year, the annual conference will be held on February 8-9, 2022 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Hot Topics to Help Boost Business
“We are working on the agenda right now and are getting the back-end processes rolling,” Kristina Doukas, Director of Marketing at Swap-O-Rama, said. “A goal of ours is to keep things fresh and bring in new insight and perspective — that is super important to us. That is something guests can see this year in terms of presenters and speakers — fresh faces and hopefully some motivation for all of us. We are really excited.”
The National Flea Market Association exists to serve the public interest and to benefit the flea market industry by fostering high standards of business conduct which merits public trust. The featured speakers always bring lively and educational presentations, and this year is expected to be no different. Fresh faces and perspectives from experts can help keep market owners and leaders motivated with specific topics so they can drive their business better. Another huge benefit of the conference is all of the networking opportunities, revisiting with old friends, and meeting new ones.
The Flea Market Industry is Resilient
On top of existing concerns with the pandemic, new anxieties are being brought up with the Omicron variant. However, both Doukas and Justin Joseph, Vice President of Swap-O-Rama, are not too concerned that Omicron will negatively impact the conference and said there will be plenty of safety precautions being instituted at the event. On top of a larger room space and smaller group settings, masks are mandatory while indoors and the casino staff is constantly wiping down and sanitizing highly touched surfaces.
“We are in the flea market business, so we are used to being resilient and going with the flow, not knowing what to expect. We are trained to know what is going on and being prepared for whatever will happen,” Joseph said.
Excitement in Store
In 2021, due to the pandemic, the NFMA conference was pushed back until September. Because of the conferences being held so close to each other, both Doukas and Joseph are hoping that guests return to their 2022 event. Attendance was only down by about 20 percent due to COVID-19 in September, and with all of the safety precautions in place, everyone was spread out and felt comfortable. They are excited for the February conference and are hopeful that the guest count will be the same, if not better, than before.
Registration opened up in early December, so there is still plenty of time to secure your spot and attend the conference that will help to grow your flea market or swap meet. For more information or to register, visit the website at www.fleamarkets.org