Here we will have answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions that we receive, both
by customers as well as vendors. Contact
us if you have a question which is not listed, but you will find most of the answers
Frequently Asked Questions - Customers
1. Can I use my credit card?
You can easily use your credit card in the Flealess Market area and also some of the larger
dealers have their own terminals. You can also use your credit card to make a purchase from other
dealers by purchasing a gift certificate at our office in the front of the market, in the precise
amount of your purchase.
2. How is the parking?
We have a huge lot and with multiple entrances around the building, in addition to parking
in the front, you can park on the east side or in the back of the building. Parking is
3. What are the handicap facilities?
We have numerous handicap parking spaces on all three sides of the building. We have six
rest rooms and most are handicap accessible. The building has a slight grade change from front to
back, but there are three ramps to accommodate those in wheel chairs or scooters. At this time, we
do not have power assisted doors.
4. What food is available?
We have a full service snack bar with prices comparable to fast food restaurants. We also
have a dining room with abundant seating.
5. Do you have baby-changing stations?
Frequently Asked Questions - Vendors
1. Do I need a vendor license?
Yes, you will need a license to sell at Westland. We have the proper applications at Westland. If you are an outdoor dealer, you should apply for a transient license from the State of
Ohio. Go to http://dw.ohio.gov/tax/dynamicforms/default.asp and enter ST-1T for the
form. You can submit it online, or you can mail it in, or if you are in a hurry, you can go to the
State offices at 30 E. Broad St. And if you are an indoor dealer and expect to be permanent, you
need to apply for a county license specific for the 4170 West Broad St. location. You can apply
for this license at the Franklin County Auditor’s Office, 373 S. High St. in Columbus.
Either of the licenses will cost $25, and there is no annual renewal fee. You will have to fill
out a form every six months and send your sales tax collections in to the State or County.
Remember that with a vendor license, you can buy items for resale without paying the sales tax,
saving nearly 7%. If you are just starting out, you might want to consider a space in our Flealess
Market where we sell your items for you and we take care of collecting the sales taxes and you
will not need a vendor’s license. This is an excellent way to start out and learn what
products are popular in the flea market. Click here to take a look at the Flealess Market.
2. How much inventory do I need?
For general merchandise, you need a substantial inventory. If you are putting your time
into this, you must be hoping to do several hundred dollars in sales for the weekend. You
can’t do this with $100 worth of inventory. We recommend a minimum inventory of $2,000. More
3. What should I sell?
Generally, we would say the more popular the item, the better. That being said, if everyone
else is selling it, then you might not do so well. Try to provide products that others
aren’t bothering with and be sure to price it reasonably.
4. Where can I find products?
Search online looking for good prices and liquidated merchandise. Also, look for
exceptional deals at discount and bargain stores and buy a large quantity.
5. What can I do to succeed?
Have a good inventory and a nice looking booth and be open. If you can develop a website
and a social networking presence, that can help. Don’t overlook free listings on various
sites like Craigslist.org, if
6. How long is the Lease?
Indoor leases or week to week and the outdoor spaces are day to day.
7. What if I need more space?
You can either wait for something next to you to open up or move to a different part of the
market when a larger space opens up. Also, you can rent some temporary space in the Flealess
Market until a space opens up. Many of our dealers routinely rent some space in the Flealess
Market to increase their exposure to the customers.
8. Do you limit competition?
We definitely will not give exclusive rights to anyone. Competition is very important in a
flea market to insure the best prices. We are trying to develop a good balance of products and so
we do limit the number of dealers in a certain category if we feel we already have enough. We also
try not to have dealers with comparable merchandise within shouting distance of each
9. What can’t I sell?
You can’t sell stolen merchandise. State law requires that you need to be able to
show receipts for new merchandise and for used merchandise you need a comprehensive log of who you
bought it from. No counterfeit merchandise such as movie dvd’s and designer handbags, and
athletic shoes are allowed to be sold. The sale of food items is limited to candy, chips, and food
to be taken home. Home-canned foods, home-baked goods, and other home-prepared foods need to be
properly labeled and prepared foods need to have been cooked or baked in a licensed