This past weekend I had a booth at the St. Mary's Parish Flea and Vendor's Market in support of their Mens' Ministry in Landover Hills, MD. As the event was supposed to start at 9:00 a.m. we arrived at 7:15 a.m. to find a sea of vendors already set up and selling and a long line for check in. There were over 300 vendors at this event.
My husband was on hand to help set up, however with all of the people walking through everywhere and everything, ready to buy, made set up difficult. I sold three of my Murano Lampwork Rings before I officially opened for business. The vendor directly behind me whose name is Michelle has a wonderful business called Philly Soul Treasures (www.phillysoultreasure.com) was a wealth of information and help to me during this event. Michelle is a second generation Flea Market, Yard Sale Specialist who sells used and new items at events and online. We helped her with her tent and quickly closed up the gaps between our booths to keep shoppers from walking into our supply and personal area. There were so many vendors that wherever there was a gap to get through to the next area, the shoppers took advantage. During our many discussions, Michelle asked if I had a money pen and of course, I didn't. She explained that because there is a lot of counterfeit currency being circulated, a pen is imperative for all money transactions $20 and above. Michele went on to explained that the pens were relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any stationary store like Staples.