All You Need to Know about Sourcing Inventory for a Flea Market in Indiana

Flea market stalls are often filled with used items, sometimes even antique items, but a large number are simply stocked with discounted goods, sold at low prices. People attending flea markets are looking for a bargain, which is why such business models thrive.

These can be unused stock sold at wholesale prices from stores, or liquidated products bought up by plucky entrepreneurs. This is a business you can get into. Let’s see how easy this is to do when you’re based in Indiana.

Stocking a Flea Market Business in Indiana

Liquidation companies could be one of those specific suppliers regardless of the size of your stall or your budget. This is due to the fact that liquidation companies and liquidation platforms such as Direct Liquidation sell products at heavily discounted liquidation rates. A major reason for these low prices is the fact that a large portion of merchandise sold through these liquidation platforms are customer returned products that are often sold ‘as is’ with no inspection carried out on the products by either the liquidator or the retailer using the platform. You could also look for returned products that are in working condition – as you have a wide range of product conditions and gradesthey will certainly be easier to sell, but these will also come at a higher cost.

While there are other suppliers, Direct Liquidation could prove to be a better choice for a number of reasons, for a resident of Indiana. One of the reasons is that we have a warehouse located in Greenfield, close to Indianapolis, central to the state with great highway connections, which could cut down on your delivery costs not to mention that you’d also be able to go and pick the merchandise up yourself.

See all stock sold from Greenfield, IN.

Another reason is the fact that Direct Liquidation is regarded as a top-tier platform, dealing with top-tier retailers such as Walmart. This in itself is some sort of a guarantee you will be getting quality service. Even the unsorted customer returned products might hold gems that are basically brand new, this is what can really bring your profits in. But you don’t have to purchase blindly from us. Every pallet has a sort of a packing list, called a manifest. This list provides information on the quantity and the type of products contained within each pallet, helping you make the best decision as to which lot best suits your business.

Even the non-working products can bring you a profit if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and have the necessary skill to combine working parts from several non-working items to assemble one in perfectly working condition. Even if you are left with parts you didn’t use, maybe you can leave them as spare parts for other projects in the future, or simply sell them as spare parts to those who might be repairing an item they have at home.

In any case, check out the Direct Liquidation website and find your next pallet to stock up your flea market stall with.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best flea markets closer to our warehouse, near Indianapolis at Greenfield. We’ve also included a link for complete statewide listings.

Top Flea Markets Around Central Indiana

‘Peddlers Mall’

7803 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 353-6710

‘Irvington Flea Market’

6301 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 375-1885

‘Me & My Sisters Flea Market’

1612 IN-44, Shelbyville
Shelbyville, IN 46176
(317) 825-0175

‘Nostalgia on 9’

1018 E 500 S
Shelbyville, IN 46176
(317) 392-7701

‘Generals Sale Barn’

8949 E Washington St # 204B
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 869-0056

‘Southside Flea Market’

3825 S East St
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 414-5533

‘44 Family Flea Market’

1205 E. State Road 44
Shelbyville, IN 46176
(317) 398-8744

‘Emporium Beech Grove’

3535 S Emerson Ave
Beech Grove, IN 46107
(317) 787-1865

‘Emporium 1101 – Anderson’

2200 S Scatterfield Rd
Anderson, IN 46012
(765) 641-1865

‘Emporium 31’

11 Declaration Dr
Greenwood, IN 46143
(317) 865-1865

‘North Anderson Mini Flea Market’

3 Jackson St
Anderson, IN 46016
(765) 716-7435

‘Bargersville Flea Market’

IN-135 & IN-144
Bargersville, IN 46106

‘Flea Market Chic’

7002 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 443-3639

‘El Mercadito Mall’

8101 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 405-8580

‘El Mundo Inc.’

1225 South High School Road
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 247-0180

For more flea markets throughout Indiana, check out this site.

Other Useful Sites and Further Reading

Tripadvisor provides a list of top user-rated flea markets in Indiana, which allows you to check out the latest reviews, and stay on top of the latest contact details.

The National Flea Market Association can help you find flea markets in other areas, and also grants access to papers, conferences and further reading.

The Spruce has an article on getting started up with a new flea market business.

Brighthub has an article on owning and operating your own flea market business.

And Wikihow has a useful guide to becoming a flea market vendor.

If you plan to set up a stand as a vendor at a flea market, you need to make sure you are fully complying with the law, in terms of tax registration. Make sure as a first time entrant to a flea market as a stallholder, you ask about any relevant permits, as this may change by local authority area. If you’re building up a business, and using this as a source of income, make sure you read up on the information needed to obtain an Indiana Reseller’s certificate here.

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Jordan Hall

Jordan currently works as a sales representative for Direct Liquidation, assisting businesses with product sourcing of liquidated merchandise from the largest retailers in the world. Whether you are looking for a pallet or a truckload Jordan is here to help you grow your business.

Schedule a sales callback with Jordan right now or check out his latest liquidation deals.