Kitschy-Cute Collectibles: A Treasure Trove of the Best Tips

Vintage Lefton Bluebirds Collection
Vintage Lefton Bluebirds Collection

There’s something magical about uncovering a hidden gem from the past, and for collectors of kitschy-cute vintage collectibles, the thrill of the hunt is just as exciting as the prize itself. From vintage pixiware to Lefton pink poodle chef pieces, these delightful treasure troves of the past have a nostalgic charm that’s simply irresistible. In this blog post, In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most sought-after kitschy-cute collectibles, their unique stories, and what you can expect to pay for these quirky, adorable items.

Vintage Pixieware Kitschy-Cute Menschik Goldman Dolly Girl Collection Set
Vintage Pixieware Kitschy-Cute Menschik Goldman Dolly Girl Collection Set

Kitsch is a term that’s been around for quite some time. It can be described as art or items that are considered to be in poor taste, corny, or overly sentimental. For many people, kitsch has become an insult with negative connotations, and they avoid it at all costs. But there are some who enjoy the warmth and nostalgia of kitschy things from their childhoods. These vintage collectors know what they’re looking for when browsing through flea markets and antique malls. Kitschy collectibles and prices for these items has even spurred a new term in the market referred to as “kitschy-cute”!!

Vintage Kitschy-Cute Enesco Lil Bear Collection Set
Vintage Kitschy-Cute Enesco Lil Bear Collection Set

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Flea Market Weddings

There seems to be a new trend in the world of weddings and that is of “Flea Market Weddings”.  The theme seems appropriate for an ‘outdoor’ or ‘backyard’ wedding as it fits into the ‘rustic chic, worn, distressed and repurposed’ ways that are so mainstream today. There is even a publication out now on Flea Market Weddings.

For several years my husband and I owned a darling wedding chapel and married hundreds of couples. One of the most memorable couples we met came to our chapel for a vow renewal service we performed to celebrate their 12 years of marriage. They had two daughters and the bride and groom changed into their original wedding attire from 12 years ago. The story was that each year they would travel to a different state to renew their vows and each would wear their attire worn on their original wedding day. They were a lovely family.

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10 Selling Tips for Flea Market Success

The last couple years have been tough economically for us all and there is no doubt that some great bargains can be found at flea markets and that there is money to be made selling at flea markets. It is estimated that there are well over 25,000 flea markets across the United States with sales over $6 Billion dollars….and this is for flea markets that operate on weekends only! Pasadena’s famous Rose Bowl Flea Market is said to have over 3,000 vendors with approx. 50,000 shoppers! Professional Flea Market shoppers are reported to arrive between 7:00 am -9:00 am in the morning with flashlights if still dark out when vendors are just setting up and are ready to treasure and bargain hunt.  You have got to watch”A Flea Market Documentary“. WOW!

1. Becoming A Vendor: First things first, in order to start selling at flea markets you need to get yourself setup as a vendor at a particular flea market. Check with your attorney or accountant on what is recommended by your state and the Feds as far as setting up a business name, business checking account tax ID number and anything else you need.  Also, check with the particular flea market on what paperwork and licenses they will need from you.

2.What To Sell: You most likely already have an idea of what types of merchandise or products you want to sell as you probably have visited flea markets before and probably visited the flea market your booth will be at a hundred times or so. You have developed a sense of what sells, what is “hot”, crafts that seem to sell well, antiques and collectibles that sell etc.. and you hopefully already have amassed several items to sell or have secured a method or contact for inventory be it a wholesaler or your local thrift store and neighborhood garage sales, or you have made up a bunch of crafts etc..

Also, a way to earn extra money is to sell beverages and snacks in your space. Nothing is better on a hot humid day then a cold drink! Have a cooler or if you have electricity a small refrigerator stocked with bottle water and soda pops and think about this for a moment – why not have some labels made up of your space name and logo and stick them on the bottles of water or if you sell bags of chips or granola bars then stick the labels on these as this is a great way to market your space!!

3. Pricing: Pricing – because you have spent a lot of time already visiting flea markets or have friends that are vendors at flea markets or have done your pricing research another way, you know what your pricing should be. Do not over analyze your pricing and merchandise, as right now it is most important for you to wisely “dive in” and get your booth setup and Start Selling!


Many people will say that a great strategy is the key to attracting buyers. There is no doubt that you are one vendor amongst thousands of vendors so having the right merchandise and a good location is key.

6. Attracting Buyers: Be sure to have enough merchandise on hand. Nothing is worse than an empty looking space so be sure to have plenty of stuff to sell and either store the excess under your tables or in your car. Also, have around a total of $500 of change in $1, $5, $10, and $20. Keep bags, newspaper, sacks, and boxes handy so folks can easily and comfortably haul their treasures away.

7. Be an Expert: If you sell antiques and collectibles you will agree that the more you know about the items you are selling the more you will sell as your customers will see you as the EXPERT and people feel confident buying from the Expert and paying the higher prices as items sold by an Expert can command top dollar.

Engage in conversation with folks that enter your space as vendors with personality and the ability to story tell about their items will have more sales as shoppers enjoy being told as much information about what they are buying, and part of the enjoyment of flea markets is all the neat vendors you meet!

8. Setup: Setup your space to visually make sense and be comfortable. So, if you sell books then have them setup with spines facing out and neatly stacked so they are easy to read, if you sell clothing be sure to hang the items up on racks or have them neatly folded on tables and do put out items that are dirty or have holes as no one is looking for this. Have your pricing clearly visible. If you have access to electricity then have a couple fans plugged in to blow cool air as noting feels better on s super hot day then a fan blowing on you and when people feel comfortable they will spend more time shopping your space. Also, if you can arrange for some type of cover or canopy to shield from rain and sun it will not only make you the seller more comfortable but your shoppers too.

If you use signage make sure they are neat and easy to read and grab attention from folks passing by. Tie a bunch of balloons around your space to attract attention and have a drawing for a “free” prize every 4 hours or so and this will draw lots of attention to your space.

9. Hagglers: Be prepared to handle hagglers in advance. You should not be surprised if people start to haggle or negotiate with you. Many people feel that haggling is part of the Flea Market experience. Decide in advance how much you are will to accept on an item and be good-natured when dealing with hagglers. Remember that being flexible with your pricing can mean more sales for you!!

10.Tips For Vendors: A couple things to keep in mind when selling at Flea Markets is to have a receipt book and pen handy as many folks will ask for a receipt if they are a business. If you sell vintage or retro items that can be repurposed, make up a bunch of handouts that tell the buyer the types of crafts and projects these items can be made into and even have a free craft detailed that they can make.  Keep sunscreen nearby and even have some for sale, as you will be surprised how sunburned one can get walking around a flea market and selling at a flea market!!

We hope these tips and tricks have been beneficial to you and urge you to visit in the near future, as we are finishing up a fantastic guide on Flea Market Bargaining and Haggling Tips!


This Weekend Across The Country Yard Sales, Flea Markets & Antique Shows Not to Miss!


Sports Card, Antique & Collectibles Show
Taylor, MI
2/5/2010 Fri Noon-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Gibraltar Trade Center North, Inc.

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show
San Francisco, CA
Caskey & Lees

Brevard Antiques and Collectors Club Meeting
Melbourne, FL
2/5/2010 10:30am
Brevard Antiques and Collectors Club

West Palm Beach Antique Festival Spectacular
West Palm Beach, FL
2/5/2010 Fri noon-5pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4:30pm
Puchstein Promotions, Inc.

Serendipity! Antique Show
Fresno, CA
2/5/2010 Fri 10am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Serendipity! Shows

Antiques Show & Sale
Wakesha, WI
2/5/2010 Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 11am-4pm
Transitions of Wales Ltd.

Urbana Antique Show
Urbana, OH
2/6/2010 Sat. 8amn-4pm; Sun. 10am-3pm
Urbana Antique Show

The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Show
Allentown, PA
2/6/2010 10am-3pm
Valley Rail Promotions

Ilustration Art
Dallas, TX
Heritage Auction Galleries

Comics & Original Comic Art Auction
Dallas, TX
Heritage Auction Galleries

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Weekend Antique & Collectibles Events in Your Area


Are you bored? Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the many local antiques and collectibles and flea market events going on right now in your local area!

Claremont Avenue Collectors Fair
Stockton, CA
8/16/2009 5am-2:30pm

31st Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show
Santa Fe, NM

19th Annual National Toy Truck’ n Construction Show & Auction
Indianapolis, IN
8/21/2009 Fri. Noon – 6pm, Sat. 9am – 6pm, Sun. 9am – 2pm

Vail Antique Festival
Vail, CO
8/21/2009 Sat 10am-6pm; sun 10am-5pm

RAD Antique Market at The Yard
Park City, UT
8/21/2009 Fri & Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm

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