I learned some things I didnt know and gained a lot of knowledge on the Flea Market scene.
Well my first official setup to sell coins (and other items) is in ther books.
I setup ar around 6am and endured the pouring rain for the entire day. Of course, anyone who has ever attended this flea market knows that it always finds a way to rain for the event every year... So I was fully prepared. I was setup under a 12x12 canopy with my collection of coins, sports cards and nascar die cast collectibles. Here is what I learned:
1.) Nascar fans dominated the event in terms of numbers and sales (which probably isnt that surprising when you think about it... although might be considering I only had Kevin Harvick stuff)
2.) Having a little something for everyone goes a long way towards having a successful day.
3.) Having the opportunity to "talk shop" with coin collectors, sports card enthusiasts and Nascar fans proved to be more rewarding than making money.
4.) The collecting community needs coin/card/nascar shows.
While I was sitting there it occurred to me. They have coins shows. They have card shows. And they might even have Nascar collectible shows.... but wouldnt it be cool to have a coin/card/die cast show? An opporunity for these very popular collectibles to meet under one roof during a single event?
Alot of coin collectors have collected sports cards at some point in their life and die cast collectors share very similar motivation in their industry. I think there is a lot of potential for this concept.
To make a long story short, I consider the day a success. I had the opportunity to talk coins as well as offer a bit of education to non-collectors who ask questions like "What makes a penny worth $10?" Perhaps conversations such as they will draw new collectors into the industry.