Need Advice & Input From Others

@ashiflett (1045)
United States
December 29, 2006 7:24pm CST
My husband and I are going into business with a silent partner. We are going to start at the bottom and work our way up. We are going to purchase a business start up kit which consists of a heat press machine, 150 transfers, 5 dozen shirts, 100 mousepads and a few other things. Basically, we will be using the transfers which consists of pictures like dragons, rebel merchandise, and all other kinds of things to place on the shirts and mousepads. We will then start off by selling them in lots on EBay and various Flea Markets. Eventually, we would like to sell incense, incense burners, aroma, aroma diffusers, lava lamps and things like that. My question is, do you have any tips on what would draw business in? What kind of booths do you find attractive at Flea Markets? What kind of merchandise is popular? How much would you spend on a Tshirt if it had a good design and what colors do you prefer? Thanks in advance for all responses!
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
17 Jan 07
One idea would be to offer your services to small business or other companies. You could print their logo, slogan, design, etc. on shirts, mousepads, etc. You get orders of 10 or 25 or 100 at a time, so you're selling multiple pieces of merchandise with each sale. Depends on what the goal of your business is, though. Sounds like maybe you want to do your own artistic designs on shirts and sell them to individuals.
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, we are starting small initially, and then plan to build ourselves up to businesses.
• United States
3 Jan 07
Well I don't know much about it. But I wanted to say that I hope all goes well for you :)
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Thank you. Thanks to all who posted as well.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Dec 06
best of luck to you all
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
30 Dec 06
Thank you..it seems that we are going to need as much luck and prayers as we can possibly get!
• Canada
30 Dec 06
Hi there ashiflett! Starting a business is exciting! :) If I attend a flea market, craft fair/exhibit, or any such place, the one thing that turns me off immediately is a disorganized, jumbled booth. I find that many sellers or exhibiters have this tendency to overcrowd their booth because they obviously want to sell as much merchandise as possible. However, as a potential buyer, I am not inclined to "pick through" a display because it gives me the impression that the items are either used or they don't really care about what they are selling. Here's an example. I was at an outdoor market this past summer. It is highly geared towards tourists and they have multiple streets lined with booths. Jewellry is a HUGE seller. I was immediately attracted to one booth out of a sea of options because the woman made eye contact and smiled, was very friendly and welcoming but didn't immediately give me the "hard sell" (while a majority do). Her booth was beautifully designed using shimmery fabrics, tulle, and other decorative elements well-suited to her overall, romantic theme. She let me look over what she had first, so I could see if something grabbed my interest. She told me that many items were available in other colors but that she doesn't display them all because she doesn't have room. Under her tables she had these fabulous organizers and she knew her merch inside out. When I inquired about a particular bracelet, she knew instantly where she had other colors to offer. She was a real pleasure to be around and, inevitably, I did buy from her. All the "aroma-ware" you mentioned is very popular right now where I live but candles seem to be strongly outweighing incense. Funky lava lamps are still a hit here, too, and could do interesting double duty as a sales item and a decorative element. I'm honestly not sure what I would be willing to spend on a t-shirt because the quality of the shirt itself (fabric) ranks higher on my requirements list than the design or the color. Even if a tee were my favorite color, I wouldn't buy it if it seemed way too thin or apt to lose its shape after one wash. But, if a guideline would help, the shirt booths I saw at that same market last summer tended to be selling their items in the $10, 12 and 15 range. I wish you much success!
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
30 Dec 06
That is great information and it gave me a lot of ideas. I liked the element of decorating that you mentioned and the fact that you remembered it. It gives me some motivation to create some schemes that I could decorate with. Thanks for all the wonderful input! I appreciate it all very much!