ssim wrote in post #16243200
When I hear the phrase "flea market" my mind conjures up a large building with people selling their kids toys that they don't play with anymore and other useless stuff. I know there are some higher end flea markets but also some that fit my original line of thought. I think it depends on which ones you choose. I have never done flea markets but similar to breal101 we did the local art fairs that are in fall period and those were quite successful. I chose some of my favorite and popular images and had them framed or mounted in 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. I had a limited supply of larger prints. It has been my experience that people want to be able to walk away with their product and are not keen on ordering a print at this event to be delivered at a later date. Of course you have to spend some money up front to get the prints and presentation of them done but it can be done successfully. I also had an album with other images of mine that could be ordered but the results from this was meager at best.
We have a farmers market where I live each Saturday morning. It is predominantly local people selling their produce. Then I went and visited my daughter and she took me to their "farmers market" and it put the one we have to shame. In her city there is everything for sale and even a few photographers hawking their prints. My point is I think it depends on the type of event and one cannot always go by the generic name. A flea market can be a low end facility that will attract the same kind of people and others will be held in a more upscale location which will draw a wider range of people and products. I think you simply have to weigh each one on its own merits and I would visit them once or twice before committing to participating in them.
I have visited all the local "flea markets" in my area, many times actually, and they are not people selling kids toys. I would not have even made this post if I was not educated in the market I would be doing business in .
I would not be doing an "order and I'll mail it to you" service. When I said I would bring a monitor to preview images on, that was so they could pick which one they wanted, and I could print it for them right there, so they would have a print to take home with them. My printer can do up to 13x19 prints which I think would be large enough for most clientele. Of course I would have a few prints in frames already, but they may be used more as an example to sell the product, than be for sale themselves. I find most people want to choose their own frame based on the colors and style their house is decorated, so buying frames would be too much of a stab in the dark.