Most people see flea markets as venues at which they can sell their artwork or a certain line of merchandise that would be difficult to market elsewhere. However, if you consider yourself more of an entertainer than a salesperson, you may want to think about taking your art form to the flea market stage and trying to earn some side money that way! Here are some entertainment options you might be able to pull off at a flea market.
Dancing -- Perhaps you kept practicing even after your dancing lessons ended, and you're still in a place where you could reasonably entertain an audience watching you dance. Or maybe you know a popular local style well enough to teach basic lessons. Either way, your dancing can come in handy! Find an open area where you can either dance in the center of a circle of interested passers-by or teach willing partners the steps to your style.
Puppet show -- Children love to watch puppet shows, especially if they're populated by colorful characters! If you have a knack for storytelling and a collection of puppet friends that are child-friendly, you can set up a small stage for yourself and ask for small, reasonable donations from the youngsters passing through (or their parents). Even if you don't make a lot of money, it could be a fun, community-filled way to pass a weekend.
Poetry reading -- Do you have some poems you'd like to get out into the world? Or have you been told that you have a particularly beautiful reading voice? Whether you choose to read your poems or others', like classic works from writers such as Robert Frost or Shakespeare himself, you can cheaply set up a stand and a hat or donation container and present yourself as an artist hoping to be repaid for your service to the craft
Juggling -- You don't have to be a clown to know how to juggle, or to make money doing it! Especially if you can juggle interesting things, like flaming sticks or knives, you can draw a sizeable crowd, some of whom will be willing to toss you a few dollars.
Magic tricks -- Adults and children alike are fascinated by a good magic trick, and an entire show can draw a significant number of intrigued audience members! Advertise the time and place of your show throughout the flea market, and when it comes time, pass around your magician's hat when you ask for donations.
Flea markets, auctions, thrift stores, and garage sales: we love all manner of secondhand merchandise acquisition!