Wolff's Flea Market is a member of the National Flea Market Association (NFMA). This organization "exists to serve the public interest and to benefit the flea market industry by fostering high standards of business conduct which merits public trust". (http://www.fleamarkets.org/)
|Trademark Panel Discussion|
This annual conference is open to the owners, managers and staff of flea markets across America. The conference includes two days of educational sessions led by professionals and market representatives. We were all able to glean information useful
to our businesses regarding social media,
customer relations, advertising, networking and more. It is a wonderful venue for us to share expertise and experiences. We can always learn from each other!
Flea market lovers can also follow the NFMA facebook fan page HERE
This year, Sharon Wolff was invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding Trademark and Counterfeit issues. Says Sharon, "I was honored to sit on this panel with two other knowledgeable flea market representatives and an attorney versed in Trademark Law. My passion is to educate our vendors regarding counterfeit merchandise and prevent these items from cycling their way into our market. This is an ongoing process of research and education because products and parameters are always evolving."
|NFMA Participants Examine Items in The Haul of Shame|
Part of Sharon's presentation included selections from the "Haul of Shame". 14 items were set out on a table with labels describing why they were considered counterfeit. "This was an excellent way for people to get a hands-on view of counterfeit products and to spot some common parameters. Meaningful questions and conversations ensued."
So, until next year-Grab a friend and visit your local flea market! See you at the flea!