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How to Determine Prices for Flea Market Items


Pricing flea market items can be difficult, especially when you know exactly what you paid for the new item at the time. Remember that flea market buyers are looking for bargains, so don’t set the prices too high if you want to sell successfully. Here are instructions for setting prices for flea market items.

Label books, DVDs, CDs and games

Sell ​​books for 1€.

You don’t want to pay more for a book at a flea market unless it’s a beautiful hardcover book. Display your books spine-first in a nice box or shelf that you also sell.

Label DVDs with €5.

You can bring a laptop or DVD player so people can verify that the DVDs work before paying for them. Lay out the DVDs in their original covers.

Sell ​​CDs for €3.

Note that CDs are selling less because they aren’t as hot a commodity as they used to be. You can sell CDs by the same artist in a bundle for a little more if you want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Cassettes should be set even lower. These probably won’t sell for more than €1.

Mark games with 5-10€.

Some rare or expensive games can go for more, but generally games don’t sell for more than €10.

Mark clothes and shoes

Tag baby clothes from €1 to €3.

Nobody pays for used baby clothes anymore as they are often cheap. Wash the clothes and present them well to sell as best as possible. If the item is a branded item with a tag, you can price it a little higher. If you want to sell clothes that are heavily used or stained, price them at $0.50 or $0.25 just to get rid of them.

Label adult clothing at €3-5.

Old shirts, pants, dresses and other items should not cost more unless they are branded items with tags. You’re bound to sell more clothes if you ditch the really old, worn-out stuff. So people don’t have to dig too much to find things worth buying.

Label shoes at €5-7.

Polish the shoes to remove stains and scratches. If you have a pair of branded shoes that have been used very little, you can price them up a few dollars. Old tennis shoes should sell for less; you can even give them away. Display the shoes attractively instead of tossing them all in a box.

Mark jackets with 10-15€.

Wash the jackets and hang them clean. Jackets that look like they’re 15 years old sell for less, but if you have a branded jacket that hasn’t been worn much you can sell it for a little more.

Mark furniture

Mark cheaper furniture with 10-30€.

Furniture made from materials that aren’t sturdy or heavily used furniture covered in scratches should be cheap enough to get rid of. At that price, you might be able to sell your furniture to students who want to set up a room cheaply.

Mark stable furniture with 50-75€.

A solid wood cabinet, table, or shelf can be one of the more expensive items on your booth. A good rule of thumb is to charge 1/3 of the original price. If you paid €300 for a table that you hardly used, you should sell it for €100. You can always lower the price if you have to.

Mark rare antiques with at least 100€.

If you have something really special, like a Tiffany lamp or a Victorian chair, sell it for a high price. The right buyer will pay what it is worth. If you’re not sure of the item’s value, do some research beforehand or get an appraisal. You should not undersell your valuable possessions. Display valuable things so that you can always keep an eye on them.

Mark decorative objects with 3-5€.

Candlesticks, pictures, knick-knacks and other decorative items should be among the cheaper items on the stand. Exceptions are antiques or rare or expensive objects, such as high-quality art.

Mark little things

Award computer equipment and other electronics up to €20.

Even if you bought your juicer for $100, it’s hard to get over $20 for it. There are plenty of good electronics deals out there, so you need to stay cheaper than what resourceful shoppers can find online.

Mark kitchen items with 1-3€.

This includes china, cutlery, baking utensils and all other kitchen accessories. Clean everything carefully before displaying it.

Mark toys with 1-3€.

You can also offer a box of cheap items “for free” so that kids visiting the flea market with their parents can grab something. In that case, their parents might be more likely to buy something.


Donate whatever is left. If you don’t sell everything you no longer need, you can donate it to charity. If necessary, you will also receive a receipt for the tax. Be prepared for haggling – people think cheap when they think of flea markets, so don’t be devastated when you sell your €125 table for €60. It’s still €60 more than you had before and you have fewer unnecessary things in your life. Do a lot of advertising. With no public traffic, your stuff just sits around and you won’t sell much. So advertise in the newspaper and in the neighborhood and also try to sell your stuff on the internet. Place your goods in such a way that they can be seen clearly. Display all of your items prominently so that everything can be easily found.


If you want to sell food, you usually need a license. Be careful when selling recalled items. Check this online, especially for electronics, toys, electrical appliances, and baby furniture.


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Dylan Roberge

Dylan Roberge is a San Francisco-based writer and editor with over a decade of experience covering money saving and deal hunting. Before going freelance, he got his start as an editor at Yahoo Finance. These days he writes about mobile, tech gadgets, and lifestyle subjects for a variety of publications.