One of my favorite places to shop is at the Peddlers Mall. That's where my Booth#555 originated (at the Morehead Peddlers Mall.) Now Booth555 is located online for easier shopping on eBay.
What is a Peddlers Mall?
If you are not familiar with a Peddlers Mall it is basically an old building, usually an out of date Wal-Mart building, that has been revamped into a flea market type store. Within the last 11 years they have grown to 20 retail locations mostly which are within Kentucky and Indiana.
This store is very unique and different from a flea market because each vendor does not need to stay with their booth in order for sales to occur. Customers roam the store, make their selections and pay for their entire order all at the front counters. Each item in the store is marked separately by each vendors' tag. And so the cashiers take extra care, reading each tag and so on, to ensure sales are correct.
Then vendors are paid once a month for their booth sales, minus the booth rent, which is usually around $120 each, and a mere 4% sales fee. I believe. I'll have to recheck that.
A Look Inside the Store
The store itself is very unique. Every ten feet or so, you are presented with booths of various vendors. You see, each booth is rented out separately, so everyone's items vary in detail greatly. You never know what you will find. One vendor may offer antiques while the booth next to it may offer Nascar items. You just never know what you will find. The categories are endless.
Peddlers Mall in Morehead, KY
Our local Peddlers Mall is wonderful. It is located in Morehead, KY. I've been to a lot of them, but this particular one is awesome. I even have my own booth in which I sell the primitive furniture and decorating accessories I make. If you've been connected to me here, I'm sure you've seen some of my posts about re-doing furniture in the primitive style. Look close in the pic. See the red checkerboard (left) on the wall, left of the black shelf? Well, here's a link to my post where I made that. I love re-purposing old items or furniture pieces.
The aisles are always clean. The individual booths, most of them (99%), are very well kept.
The workers are very friendly and accommodating. Overall, it is just a wonderful, thrifty shopping experience. Makes the hunt for treasures all the more fun. Not to mention how much money you save rather than shopping retail!
And here is some various photos of my Booth#555, from time to time. Keep in mind, that we've rented a total of 4 booths at a time in one Peddlers Mall and 1 booth in another. Then we go back down to just one, when the traffic flow ceases. But I've had the same Booth #555 for almost 4 years now. So along with my crafts, I buy and resell anything I can to fill the spaces. But the hand crafted items and re-purposed furniture is my most favorite!
Keep in mind, it changes looks on a weekly basis. Most every item within' my booth has a price tag. So I never know what will be here today or gone tomorrow.
And here I am shopping in a booth ran by another vendor:
And here's my Aunt Marlene also doing some shopping:
Do you have a Peddlers Mall close to you?
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