Finding flea market wholesalers requires a lot of research if you want to make maximum profit. The internet and trade magazines abound with middlemen who sell for the true sources at a profit. Since you have to pass that profit on to your customers, it is better to find the true wholesale sources for your product line. But, amid all the conflicting ads, how do you do it?
Forget the search engines
If you want to waste a lot of time, search for flea market wholesalers on internet search engines. You will not find them easily. The vast majority of real wholesalers do not concern themselves with things like search engine optimization and Adwords campaigns. They are too busy selling wholesaler to resellers. The merchandise vendors you will find this way will, 99% of the time, be resellers themselves.
Forget name brands
Do you know who buys wholesale name brand merchandise? Giant stores with multiple locations who can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at one time. Most small resale businesses cannot support the type of purchases many of these top flea market wholesalers require.
Besides, you are more likely to sell an inexpensive, much needed product at the flea market, than an overpriced, large-ticket item.
Use local resources
The local yellow pages, or their website, is a great place to start your search for flea market wholesalers. Most locations near a relatively large city or port will have wholesale warehouses. Find out where they are and then find out if they are open to the public for small job lot purchases.
Find respected sources
Some internet research can find respected sources for flea market wholesalers who sell in smaller quantities. Some, like Liquidation and Surplus, sell overstock, returns, and refurbished merchandise at low costs. Others, such as Alibaba and Globalsources, list wholesaler sources from all over the world. Other places, like Doba and Salehoo, find the top product resources for you, reducing much of your own work.