Flea markets across the United States have recognized that the holiday season is the perfect time to attract new customers, offering special giveaways, deals, and events to the local community on top of great bargains. The Barnyard Flea Market in Augusta, Georgia has been a destination for shoppers to do their holiday buying, as the market helps customers avoid the big box stores and get even better prices and products. “I am not really a ‘flea market’ person,” Janell Sherbing, of Martinez, GA, told the Augusta Chronicle. “But a friend suggested it when we were talking about trying to afford Christmas this year, and I have to admit, I did find some great stuff.”
Using Free Stuff to Attract Customers
There is more to the flea market than just merchandise at the holidays. One of the best ways to draw people to the flea market is give them something they won’t want to miss, besides what is for sale. The Winfield Flea Market in Winfield, KS gave away a free ham. The State Fair Flea Market in Lewisburg, WV will give away free hot chocolate and coffee, and offer photos with Santa at its Christmas Party. The Merrick Flea Market in Springfield Gardens, NY is holding an Indoor Carnival Party, with free food, gifts, toys and entertainment.
The holidays are also a time to give back, and flea markets have been benefiting those in need by giving away free presents. For example, the First Baptist Church in Calhoun, LA gave away new toys and gifts for free at their Christmas flea market, with no limit to how much visitors can take. The Freedom Flea Market in Snyder, Texas also gave away free items. “We had a lady today who is a grandmother taking care of her six grandkids, and we happened to have a bunch of toys,” founder Veena Clay told ReporterNews.com. “She said they wouldn’t have gotten anything for Christmas, but each one of them was able to walk out with a bagful of stuff.”