I have to be honest. Summer here in Bonita Springs at the local Flamingo Island Flea Market, was DEAD. We are a Seasonal Place, S.W. Florida. It is changing a bit but not this summer. Folks down here in S.W. Florida, like air conditioning. The Market has air conditioning piped in but it is still a open aired marketplace. The Market was also Dead because most of the booth owners pack up when season is over and leave in May.
It leaves just the vendors, like myself to be creative enough to try to bring folks into the Market in the ‘Dead of Summer”. Many of us choose to stay because we like the location of our booth and we also get to meet more of the full timers that choose to live in paradise year round. It was the hot summer that I decided to start teaching fitness classes at the Flamingo Island Flea Market and walk the Flea. This way, my clients to meet other vendors and SHOP.
Tis the season for Fitness. My clients were sweating and getting in shape and also finding really neat items from those vendors, like me, who are seasoned enough to stay at The Flamingo Island Flea Market in OFF Season. Let me tell you, the friendships I made with neighboring vendors this summer at the Flea was worth the fact that business was like a SLOW COOKER! My closest neighbor was Joanne of (Bright Smiles) and Terese of (Lui Designs). They are right across from me in the Blue Aisle and we kept Flamingo Island the place to shop and feel the energy of paradise.
Being creative with my fitness business and being slow at the Flea Market, it only seemed natural to bring folks into the Market for a Walking Class (WalkerSize). My goal to get folks to Walk the entire market. After, we lay out our exercise mats in a Space that has been abandoned buy a NON Seasonal Vendor and focus on our Waistlines (WaisterSize). I trained wonderful folks this summer. I loved it. We brought fitness into spaces that were NOT rented. It was sort of COOL (Pun, Right?)
In my life, I have trained in Central Park, my own gym in NYC and in many apartment and homes. This is my first time bringing fitness to a Flea Market. It is NOT easy. But nothing about fitness is easy for people. I am hoping that bringing a fitness class to a Flea Market in Season and not in Season will be a new way for folks to get fit and meet friendly vendors, find fun unique stuff and create a style of training that makes them savor fitness. Good News, I am the RUB and I am a SEASONED trainer!