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

Businesses come in many forms. On the top end are global majors, corporations bringing in billions each year, and on the lower end of the scale is something completely different, something closer, personal and for everyone’s budget. We are talking about the flea market.

While you may not be able to buy brand new, fancy merchandise, you are certain to find bargains and products that might bring you on a light stroll down memory lane, like an original AC/DC Back in black album from the 1980s. The truth is you never know what you can find at a flea market.

However, flea market stall owners have a way of knowing what they are buying, and can cater for the demand of their customers while staying within the flea market budget. This is especially the case with flea market sellers from Kentucky, who have the option of purchasing cheap items from a reputable supplier. But let’s look into that in more detail.

Stocking a Flea Market Business in Kentucky

While some will think about scrap and used items when you mention liquidated merchandise, the reality is that this could be the best source for a flea market business owner. Yes, the majority of merchandise sold through liquidation companies or platforms such as Direct Liquidation are used items and unsorted customer returns, but this does not mean there is no money to be made there. On the contrary, there are several ways to keep the procurement costs down and earn some cash with liquidation merchandise.

The main advantage of liquidated merchandise is the fact that prices are well below wholesale. The cheapest options would be unsorted customer returns, items that have not been cherry-picked and are sold ‘as is’. What this means is that you might receive a lot of damaged items, non-functional products but there might also be one gem in there that will not only return your complete investment but actually bring you a profit.

There are definitely products in various conditions, but you might also be interested in items that have been reviewed, processed and declared as not working. Now, you might sell these products as spare part donors for people looking to complete their project at home in which they are bringing their older items back to life or restoring some old items. Likewise, with some time, effort and some technical knowledge, you might be able to piece together non-functioning items into a functioning one. Imagine buying a lot of smartphones that have been declared as ‘not working’. They are from the same brand and are all the same model. However, each unit has a different fault and the reason it is not working. Piecing the functioning parts together you might assemble several functioning phones that will return your initial investment and bring you some profit. The remaining functioning parts can be sold separately to those looking for those exact parts.

But how do you know what phones you are buying? This is easy: we provide you with a manifest with each lot or pallet you buy. You will know what you are buying and the quantity as well as the condition of the merchandise if it has been reviewed and processed.

While you can view all the lots and pallets on offer on our website, we operate a warehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, enabling you to significantly save up on delivery costs. So head on to our warehouse in Frankfort, and get the stock for you flea market stall.

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

‘Frankfort Peddlers Mall’

312 Versailles Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 695-5772

‘Martin’s Flea Market’

Eagle Lake Expo
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
(502) 229-9873

‘Big Time Bargains Flea Market’

166 Midland Blvd
Shelbyville, KY 40065
(502) 647-1050

‘Shelby County Flea Market’

820 Buck Creek Rd
Simpsonville, KY 40067
(502) 722-8883

‘Georgetown Peddlers Mall’

401 Outlet Center Dr # 270
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 868-6888

‘Richmond Peddlers Mall’

449 Eastern Bypass
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 626-0688

‘Georgetown Flea Market’

617 Tyler Street,
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 868-6888

‘Shop of Shops Vendor Mall’

10105 Taylorsville Rd
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 365-3420

‘Outer Loop Peddlers Mall’

5718 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY 40219
(502) 968-3600

‘JB Missions’

207 E Pike St
Cynthiana, KY 41031

‘Bob’s Hay Barn LLC’

703 3rd St
Shelbyville, KY 40065
(502) 647-0008

‘Middletown Peddler’s Mall’

1418, 12405 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 245-7705

‘Countyline Flea Mart’

2794 Stanford Rd
Lancaster, KY 40444
(859) 792-6853

‘Vendor City Flea Market Hillview’

1191 Hillview Blvd
Louisville, KY 40229
(502) 709-9363

‘Fern Creek Peddlers Mall’

5252 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 491-3626

‘Morehead Peddlers Mall’

360 Pinecrest Dr
Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 784-1695

‘Crossroads Flea Market’

4864 US-27
Butler, KY 41006
(859) 472-6952

‘Elizabethtown Peddlers Mall’

1111 N Dixie Hwy
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 763-6858

‘Vendors’ Village of Danville’

1041 Ben Ali Dr
Danville, KY 40422
(859) 239-9333

‘Richwood Flea Market’

10915 Dixie Hwy
Walton, KY 41094
(859) 371-5800

‘Awesome Flea Market’

165 Dawson Dr
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

‘Vendors’ Village of Jeffersonville’

1710 E 10th St
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 284-2100

‘Hillview Peddler’s Mall’

11310 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40229
(502) 964-0077

‘Kentucky Flea Market’

937 Phillips Lane, KY Expo Center
Louisville, KY 40209
(502) 456-2244

‘Flea off Market’

200-224 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

‘Derby Park Traders Circle’

2900 7th Street Rd
Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 636-3532

‘Bowling Lanes Flea Market’

4547 N Dixie Hwy
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 737-5755

‘This and That Vendors Mall Flea Market’

321 N Main St
Nicholasville, KY 40356
(859) 887-9263

Other Useful Sites and Further Reading

Tripadvisor provides a list of top user-rated flea markets in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky 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.

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