Selling at the Treasure Island Flea

image from On an impulsive whim, I signed up to sell as a vendor at the Treasure Island Flea. Even though I haven't attended the show yet, I figured the price to sell ($79) and the ease (I don't need a license if I'm doing less than two shows a year) made it a pretty safe bet. I have never been a vendor *anywhere* so it's a little scary, but I plan on making it a fun experiment. 

Although it's a two-day show, I'll only be selling on Sunday. I don't know my booth number yet — I'll post that when it's closer to the show. I'll be selling fabric, patterns and possible some vintage items that I can bear parting with.

Just this morning, I found a great post on prepping for a show. If anyone else has sold before, I'd love to hear some tips!

If you're in the Bay Area, come check it out and say hi! Mention The Sew Weekly and I'll hook you up with some mad discounts. If you're planning to attend the show, let me know in the comments!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I will be there!! Our tablesetting blog starts today at 1:16pm (the official start of solstice!) so I’ll be on the look out for cool things to use as well as fun stuff for sewing projects. I will definitely come find you : )

  2. Oh yay on both parts! I’ve actually been searching for your blog to see if it launched yet! Good luck and see you on Sunday!

  3. I haven’t done all that many craft shows, so my tips are pretty basic. Having someone with you is really helpful (for food, bathroom breaks, all that, but also just to have someone to talk to when it’s slow).
    Also, I’m gearing up for a trade show later in the year, and I think I’m going to go with bar stools rather than chairs to sit on. It’s sort of awkward being so much lower than the people that approach the booth, but standing all day is tiring.
    Good luck, Mena!

  4. Yes, have someone with you, plus water and food you can eat a bite at a time every few minutes between questions. Also can be good to bring blank paper, Sharpies, and masking tape in case you want to create any extra signage to answer questions that keep coming up again and again.
    The bar stool is a great idea, Sarai!

  5. margueritedesigns

    I’ve done some Christmas fairs and I would say it’s a good idea to have some items at around say, £5-£10 sterling, that people just browsing would happily hand over, as well as the higher priced stuff. That way, you’ll easily cover your booth fee.

  6. That’s great news Mena, I wish I was a little closer, I’d definitely stop by! I do a few shows here and there and I agree with having a few less expensive items on your table. My best sellers have always been little vintage fabric hair clips and camellia pins that take no time at all to put together.
    Sarai’s idea about the barstool is a great one, and be sure to bring 3x as many business cards as you think you’ll need – I fly through them at each show I do.
    I also always bring some crocheting or knitting with me to get me through the slow periods.
    Good luck Mena! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  7. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar here in New York at the Brooklyn Flea. I’ll be very curious to hear how it goes! Any tips and ideas you have after this weekend, much appreciated. Good luck!

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  9. i third sarai’s stool suggestion!
    that didn’t sound right.
    and elle’s tip on crochet/knitting is great in that: if you bring something you’re working on that’s of the ilk you’re selling, you’re promoting just by sitting there. peeps like to see the maker making, methinks.
    good luck!!!