This review was revised on August 23, 2013.
The Neshaminy Flea Market could be called the little flea market with the big name. And not only due to the amount of space its name takes up. Somehow there is a perceived bigness about the place that has more to do with implication on one end and assumption on the other. If you’ve never been there, you assume the flea market is held in the parking lot of the Neshaminy Mall. It is not.
Neshaminy Flea Market is held on a paved strip of land off Bristol Road with the closest building being a small trailer that acts as its office. The layout is very simple: one aisle in the middle with a row of large, wooden vendor tables on each side. All told there are approximately 30 spaces and each space consists of two six-foot tables.
Type of Market
From a shopper’s point of view, the Neshaminy Flea Market is excellent. Due to its small size and simple layout, it can be navigated both easily and quickly. It opens very early in the morning four days a week and the fact that it is open on weekdays is nice for two reasons. First, resellers can visit on days when they are not burdened with having to rush to numerous other sales. Second, flea marketers of all types can get their midweek “fix” before heading to work or school or on their lunch hours. However, even if you visit on weekends, when other sales are impatiently waiting, Neshaminy’s layout and size still act as advantages. You can easily breeze through and then rush to the next sale on your list without having to cut corners.
The merchandise at Neshaminy Flea Market is mostly used and anywhere from fairly to extremely inexpensive. And, surprisingly, not a whole lot of pure junk. Many of the vendors have nice stuff (though somewhat dusty) and seem pretty knowledgeable, but still sell very cheap. One of the reasons is that space price is very inexpensive; the other, more important, reason is that customer traffic is sparse. The flea market’s location, size, and appearance are most likely liabilities as is, I assume, its lack of advertising.
Neshaminy Flea Market’s Proximity to Other Markets
Another advantage of Neshaminy Flea Market is that is located just a short distance from two other very good buyer’s markets on Street Road. On Saturdays, shoppers can visit the Bensalem Lions Flea Market at the Neil A. Armstrong Middle School on their way to or from Neshaminy. On Sundays, it is even a shorter ride from the Philadelphia Flea Market (no relation to this website) in Trevose. This one is often referred to as “The Firehouse” or simply, “Trevose.” (Several years ago, it was located at the pre-Parx Casino Philadelphia Park Race Track.)
Should You Sell at Neshaminy Flea Market?
I have never sold at Neshaminy Flea Market so I cannot say for sure what it is like in that respect. One of the managers told me that Wednesday is their “best” day and, by that, I assume she means it is the day they have the most vendors. I am not surprised since, as I mentioned, on weekends they are competing for vendors with the two Street Road venues. Many most likely figure that for just five or ten dollars more why not set up at the larger, more visible markets. (Two vendors at Philadelphia Flea Market rolled their eyes and laughed when I asked about selling at Neshaminy. Though one of them, I later found out, sells there on Wednesdays. Very interesting.) My guess from what I have seen and heard is that Neshaminy Flea Market is a very good buyer’s market and not unlike all pure buyer’s markets you can make money there as long as you keep your prices low.
Sounds Like a Plan
A reasonable plan for professional or semi-professional vendors who wish to give Neshaminy Flea Market a try is to use it as a “dumping ground” to liquidate excess inventory. While there, you can scour other vendors’ tables for merchandise that could be resold either at higher-end flea markets or online. Wednesday would be a perfect day for this since you will not feel as if you are “missing out” on anything. If you try it, your immediate goal should be to earn enough money to cover your expenses (rent, gas, food), and the merchandise you buy. Anything earned above that could be considered the proverbial brown stuff that sits atop your mashed potatoes.