Opening the 13th National Flea Market Association Annual Conference at the Bally’s Convention Center in Las Vegas, NFMA president Jeff Mann described the trade association’s mission as one that supports swap meets and flea markets in several ways, especially as a voice and advocate for the industry.
“We want to make the general public aware of the benefits the flea market industry gives to the economy and to the country,” he said in his opening remarks yesterday. “We give that small business person a way to start a business.” he added.
He also mentioned the networking opportunities the association offers. “One of the greatest things we do is provide a forum to meet and to strategize.” That discussion of tactics continued throughout two days of sessions, which tackled industry statistics, the NFMA’s ongoing lobbying efforts, and the legal issues facing flea market owners.
This reporter and the publishers of the Merchandiser Magazine Group offered a seminar this morning on the state of the industry, including vendor survey results and news trends.
Mann sounded one cautionary note: “We need to think about adjusting and changing. It’s a completely different world out there today. We need to look at many factors to survive and thrive.”
The conference concluded today with the election of officers.