It’s here! Season Seven! Cue the confetti! Put some whiskey in that coffee (or maybe just wait for happy hour) and let's celebrate!
What are we celebrating? Our first BIG goal of 2019 was to re-build an entirely new application experience for you all. And let me tell you, it was a wild time making this happen on the heels of an even wilder holiday market. But we did it. And we're here to continue to lead by example, proving that no goal is too big for you small, but mighty creatives if you show up for yourself every single day.
I mean, look at you- it's still January and you're taking big steps toward a bright business future. Further proof that you want to be the boldest brands and businesses in the land.
For those of you who don't know us, we're #TeamFlea and we run a business incubator-style market in Cleveland called The Flea.
We welcome some of the best brands from around the country (and from within our own city) and are the home for those who are on their way to greatness, too. In other words, we’re for those who want to be the best business or brand in their industry.
And lucky for them- our shoppers know how to SHOP. Within a 7-hour market, we have an estimated combined sales of $350,000 to $500,000 in one day consistently. Based on your ability to dial in your items, customer service, booth setup and sales mentality- you can walk away with what you want. 5,000 - 10,000 eager shoppers are there- ready to support those that provide the BEST value to them.
Will that be you?
WHO DOES BEST?
We're for independent, established brands with distinguishable styles AND we're for the dreamers- those people whose website might be yet to launch but with a little bit of fire (in the form of thousands of market shoppers) underneath them, will rise above where they ever thought possible.
The ties that binds you both? You take your business or craft seriously. Your focus is on delivering a quality experience to customers. AND you value our partnership by taking your behind-the-booth responsibilities (pulling permits, paying us on time, following safety instructions, etc) seriously.
We don't want to be babysitters. We want to set your brands on fire (in the best way possible).
And how do we do that? Well, we've built a market that delivers a consistent group of super-shoppers who are eager to #SupportSmall and buy everything in your booth- that is IF you bring quality merchandise, deliver a quality customer service experience, and know your financial goals before you even set foot up on that pavement.
And THIS is precisely why we're different.
We have the crowds, for sure. But we also have the creative business chops to help you make the most money by consistently delivering you OUT of panic, overwhelm, scarcity, confusion and copycat syndrome- all conditions that often afflict the creative business types.
We have an Event Coach- that's Sammy. Her goal is to help you get prepared for every market day- by encouraging you to show up for yourself in small (but powerful) ways leading up to event day. And we have a Business Coach. That's me and I'm here to get you prepared to run the best business you can run, beyond this one day of the market.
Together, with the rest of our crew, we are #TeamFlea.
Delivering you the best place to launch, grow and love your creative brand.
Your first challenge is here: The Season Seven Application. If you're nervous, I've already written several articles that are available at the top of the Vendor FAQ page so that you can head into this task with confidence, clarity and courage.
For some of you, this is a total breeze.
And for the new ones- remember that they all began somewhere. Many of them, in fact, HERE at Cleveland Flea.
Stephanie & Team Flea