How to start a flea market in South Africa

How to start a flea market in South Africa

A flea market can be a great way to make money while reducing waste and giving people an access to a market. This is a guide on how to start a flea market in South Africa.

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A flea market is basically a place where multiple vendors sell their things, flea markets are popular in some parts of South Africa. These are parts that are next to tourist attractions, mostly in places like Durban. Different merchants set up their booths and start selling, some sell antiques while others sell clothing and other items.

The flea market owner rents out the space to merchants who are looking to sell, the owner is responsible for making sure that the flea market gets enough attention. This business can be highly seasonal, unless it’s in an area with a constant supply for tourists.

Get operating space

The first thing you need to do is get the operating space, you will likely have to book it, this is the space that you will sell to other vendors. It may be a park or a school hall or parking or any area that generally has lots of foot traffic.

Recruit vendors

You have to recruit different types of vendors who would be interested in selling your market flea. The market flea might be focused on selling local fashion brands, in that case; contact all the local fashion brands you know and try to get them to come sell at your market flea.

This is a great opportunity for them because it allows them to have access to a big market that they can tap and sell to. This will probably be the hardest part in setting up a market flea. You have to convince the vendors that the market flea will attract enough people who would be interested in their products.

Promote the market flea

The market flea will naturally attract people if it’s in an area with a lot of foot traffic. Especially if the foot traffic is mostly made up of tourists, these market fleas tend to be next to the beach. Any other market flea needs to be heavily promoted to make sure that it attracts enough people.

This will make it easier to get more merchants next time because of the attention that your market fleas get. Promoting a big market flea is mostly done through influencer marketing.


This was a guide on how to start a market flea in South Africa, do you have any thoughts or questions? Comment below.

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