Flea @ Lucky Plaza

This has got to be the worst flea i have ever participated in. Ever since the flea organizer moved from Scape to Lucky Plaza, we had no choice but to follow suit and business has not been as good as what we had at Scape. Heard that the lease is off between Scape and the organizer due to different concept and direction of the flea, Scape does not allow selling of preloved items anymore.

Well, it’s my fourth flea at Lucky Plaza and i can say that each experience is getting from bad to worse. Our very first flea at Lucky Plaza was on a Saturday and that time we complained about getting no crowd (as the flea was relatively new at Lucky Plaza, furthermore on a Level 6.) and business was really bad, we didn’t manage to cover our rental cost. Thereafter, we found out from other booth owners that Sunday’s business is very good due to the off days of our foreign helpers.

So we decided to give it a try again and booked our second flea at Lucky Plaza on a Sunday. Sunday’s business is definitely much better, however the crowd demographics were different from Scape. At Scape, there were more local young customers while at Lucky Plaza, there are more foreign adult ladies (as seen from photo below).

From what i observed, the customers at Scape do not mind paying for quality and pretty designs, while customers at Lucky Plaza are more cost-conscious and would not pay for items >$5. Therefore, your items have to be really cheap (dirt cheap literately) to attract them. Dresses sold at Scape for $8 – $10 can only be sold at Lucky Plaza for $5 max, with the need to entertain further bargains.

So why do i say that this time round’s flea was the worst? The time stated on the opening hours of the booth is 1pm – 7pm. However, when we reached the place at 11.30am, the place was already crowded. We realized that most of the space were rented out to permanent stall owners, which results in tiny little spaces in the middle for all the temporary booth owners. We managed to find an empty booth right in the middle after combing the entire place while lugging our luggage and squeezing through the crowds.

The booth space given to us was horrible. It was not even enough for us to open up a luggage to empty our goods, not to say bending down without bumping onto other booth’s table or people. Luckily we didn’t bring a rack, there won’t be any space to set it up anyway. I still can’t forget the scene when Jas tried to open up her luggage on the table to empty her goods, a whole gang of customers rounded up the table and some even helped Jas unzip her luggage to take them out. I was totally squeezed out of the table. LOL

You might guess that we must have earned quite some amount, but you are so wrong! Despite selling a portion of our clothes, we did not manage to or barely cover our rental cost. The skyrocketed rental cost is also one reason why we want to boycott the flea. Sunday’s rental cost is typically higher than other days due to the crowd and it has been on the rise. The previous time i came was on November last year, it was $100 per day, this time it has increased to $120 and i saw that the coming September’s Sunday slot has already increased to $130! Rental cost at Scape was only around $55 if i’m remembered correctly.

Imagine the high rental cost + low profit earned from customers (i don’t even know if the word profit is suitable here since a typical clothes is sold at an average of only $2) + minimal booth space, it seems like we are being squeezed dry by the organizer and customers for their maximum benefit. Not forgetting the stuffiness and dustiness of the place, some of us had to wear on masks!

If you ask me, i would say, stop wasting your time and effort, forget about having a flea here even if you just want to clear away your unwanted goods. The effort of travelling, lugging your goods to Lucky Plaza and staying in a small, stuffy and dusty place the whole day to exchange for a few penny is really not worth it.

By the way, if you happen to know of fleas at other places selling preloved items with good business, please do share with me!

Read my first flea experience at Scape

Read my second flea experience at Scape

2nd flea @ Scape Level 4

Click to read my very first flea experience at Scape

Here we are at Scape Level 4 for the second time to earn some extra money and at the same time clear our piles of pre-loved clothes and unused beauty products. This time round was sharing the stall with Steph and Jas. Twinny just had another round of flea the week before ours. With 3 people sharing the cost of 1 stall ($55), it’s definitely easier to recover the cost price and earn more profit!

Based on my first experience, since many “choped” the stalls way before the official 1pm start time, Steph and Jas went earlier to get a good stall location. We still like the previous location we had and were lucky to get our favorite spot, the best part was that we had an empty stall beside us and we sort of occupy it like ours. I hope the organizer don’t see this post :X

As usual, Love brought his rack over for us and we were so lucky that his rack is very steady pom pi pi because the rack from the stall beside us kept giving way and poor Jas was hit by it not once, but umpteen times. 3 of us were very enthusiastic in selling away our products, but right after knowing that we have recovered our cost price and earned some profit, we slacked all the way till the end. 3 persons sharing the cost of the stall really puts us in much more relaxed mode.

As you can see, i was too busy slacking away till i did not took any photos (all photos were grabbed from the girls’ Facebook) haha! The day ended happily with all of us earning some good money. I had a profit of more than $60, too slack that i don’t really bother to count haha! Jas earned more than a hundred bucks! This time round i didn’t sold as much quantity of clothes, and yet earned almost the same amount as previously, that’s because i insisted of not selling my clothes at too dirt cheap prices. Lowest at $3 each, previously could be as low as $1! It seems like i’m getting the hang of selling? muahaha!

I can now proudly cross off one of my resolution item – Organize at least 1 mini flea / booth to sell away clothes and earn at least $100 profit! Since my flea experience is a success, I’ll be considering to do at least 2 fleas each year, look out for my next flea next year!

Read my flea experience at Lucky Plaza

1st flea experience @ Scape

If you have seen my this year’s resolution, yes, I’m going to take action to fulfill one of it.
Ever since i accompanied Love to his colleague’s flea at Scape and visited Twinny’s, i realized there’s actually an opportunity for me to sell away my unwanted clothes and at the same time earn some extra money!

This two big bag of clothes, which i dumped in all the unwanted clothes whenever i do some wardrobe packing, has been stationed beside my wardrobe since last year and has collected relatively huge amount of clothes which i don’t really wear at all, not even once, or only worn a few times.

Sometimes it’s the fault of shopping at some blogshops and overseas stalls which does not offer fitting tries. So there are several occasions that the clothes does not fit my size or not to my liking. Yeah i admit that i’m abit spoilt in a way that i’m picky at clothes  =X

Jio-ed Twinny to share the booth costs and at the same time we can accompany each other selling! We picked the booth at Scape level 4. Initially i was quite skeptical that “who goes all the way up to level 4 when most of the stalls are located at 1st level open area?”. But after i visited Twinny’s previous booth, i was amazed that people do travel all the way up and Twinny even covered back her rental and earned some profits!

But of course, the crowd was much bigger in the open space at level one. I’m sort of glad that i didn’t really chose level 1 because firstly, the booths rental is slightly more expensive and secondly, as the crowd gets bigger with people purchasing at the same time, it makes me panic! (probably also because i have to do mental sums on their purchases and bargains =P)

Lesson learnt 1: As a first timer, i would say that the crowd on level 4 is pretty manageable and i would recommend first timers to try out Level 4 booths and slowly move to level 1 when you gain more experience in selling (and bargaining) to multiple customers at the same time.

The flea officially starts at 2pm and ends at 8pm, but when i reached at 1pm which is supposedly the set-up timing, quite a handful of booth owners have already reached to set up their booths! Lesson learnt 2: Come slightly earlier than the set-up timing so you can chop a good booth location (we can choose our own booth when we reached, the organizer will only come later to verify your details) and you will have more time to set up and earn more money!

Here’s our booth, i’m glad that we have a good location away from the sun and even a “free mirror” (black glass panel of Grid New Media Studios) for customers to try on their clothes! Thanks to Love and his mum, Love brought his house’s clothes rack all the way for us to hang up our clothes and Love’s mum specially selected all black series hangers in the house for me, because she said that it will look nicer and she prepared a huge tupperware of ice cold water that saves us from the hot day…awww

At first, i divided my clothes into 3 different tiers ($5, $10, $15) and Twinny was saying based on her previous flea experience, the range is too expensive. I was like “huh? some of the clothes i didn’t even wear before and they cost at least more than $25 when i bought it!” It would be really sad if i sold those clothes at dirt cheap prices which doesn’t bring them justice.

Well, as two hours passed, i decreased my price range HAHA! Twinny was right, nobody even want to touch those range $10 and above! People are flipping through the $5 and below heap of clothes. =( Both of us changed alot of strategy during the process, testing out to see which works and which doesn’t.

Lesson learnt 3: Obviously, price is a determining factor for flea shoppers, $5 and below clothes are selling hot! Another strategy we learned is that: fold your clothes and arrange it nicely. I thought people would not dare to ransack neatly folded clothes (i’m one of them), but after testing out both several times, we came to the conclusion that folding the clothes works better.

When it’s almost closing time, everything becomes chaotic at the flea market. Booth owners are slashing prices to as dirt cheap as $3 for 5 pieces of clothes or 50cents for each piece and they were shouting Lelong! Lelong! -_- Our booth was considered lucky because the two booths beside us did not resort to price slashing so when people arrive at our booth, psychologically they are still able to accept the price range. Learnt learnt 4: Only come and shop at flea at around 7pm onwards, that is when you can find really cheap bargains from the booth owners price slash.

Well, at the end of the flea, we managed to sell away most of our $5 and below clothes and a few of the higher price range dresses. My total profit was $60, Twinny’s slightly higher because she put most of her clothes under $5 and below. (even those that look chio and expensive ones) Both of us were happy girls because we managed to clear away bulk of our unwanted clothes and even earned some money! Now selling to karung guni is not under my option anymore, lol!

Special thanks to Love and Steph for coming down to support and help us tend the stall together with us, love the both of them!

Thanks to Dearie who came down with her family to support even when they were rushing to go Malaysia! I only briefly told her that i will be having a flea and she just came without asking me where is my booth, so she looked for me all the way from level one to four without contacting me because she said she wanted to give me a surprise! *touched*

I might be having a flea again, probably towards end of the year when i have collected more clothes =X to fulfill my $100 mark of profit earned, $40 more to go, i believe i can do it!

Read my second flea experience at Scape

Read my flea experience at Lucky Plaza