Market stall equipment checklist: What you need for your market stall business
All the essentials you need to run a successful market stall business!
Whether you’re looking to sell your latest makes at local festivals, or display your self-grown produce at farmers markets around your county, there’s a whole range of equipment you’ll need to make this happen.
From the obvious – market stall tables and display equipment – to the not so obvious – credit card machines and point of sale displays – we’ll clue you in to what equipment you need, and give you top tips on how to get hold of it.
General market stall equipment
What general equipment do you need, and how much does it cost?
|Standard gazebo||Special event gazebo||
|Gazebos are available in a range of sizes, and are typically used for open air markets.
While the majority of gazebos look like the standard gazebo pictured, some websites like designedforhire.com offer super high quality, structured gazebos for event hire.
|Price: £399||Price: On request|
|Basic table||Tilted table||
|Market stall tables also come in a variety of shapes and designs. Both tables pictured are perfect for those looking for a separate gazebo and table setup.
While basic tables are ideal for those looking to sell things like condiments, tilted tables are great for showcasing fresh produce.
|Price: £40||Price: £50|
|Walk-in market stall with tables||Counter market stall||
|Instead of purchasing a separate gazebo and table, you could choose an integrated market stall setup.
These usually include a canvas, a table, and the ability to integrate a huge range of display elements.
|Price: From £240||Price: From £175|
|Shelving displays||Angled dump bins||
|For general market stalls, displays include table-type and walk-in stall shelving, and angled dump bins.
Table-type shelving – such as angled dump bins – will secure to your table, while walk-in stall shelving can connect to your main stall structure.
|Price: From £47||Price: From £80|
|Pricing signage||Branded point of sale areas||
|When it comes to your point of sale area, there are plenty of ideas you can play around with.
Whether you choose to promote items using foamex displays or fluorescent display boards, it’s important to create signage that'll catch your customers’ eye.
|Price: From £1 per pack||Price: From £10|
|Cash register||Electronic point of sale set up||
|To take payments, you’ll need a cash register. You could opt for a basic cash register, or an electronic point of sale setup.
Electronic point of sale systems allow you to upload your entire inventory, manage your stock, and take orders, in addition to processing payments.
|Price: From £1 per pack||Price: From £10|
Make sure your point of sale (POS) and merchant account aren’t an after-thought
It’s worth having a think about the best point of sale setup for you. These days, fewer people are carrying cash, so having a means to take card payments is a must. And while manual cash registers are cheaper than electronic point sale systems, they don’t help you to keep track of stock, as well as your sales figures.
When you choose a card machine, you need to choose a merchant account provider, too. A merchant account is a holding account for all the funds taken via your card machine. Most banks offer them, as do some credit card machine suppliers, such as Square.
In fact, if you choose a package from one of our point of sale partners including as Square and Zettle by PayPal (formerly known as iZettle), you can get away with not having a cash register at all. All you’ll need is an iPad and one of their card readers.
Take a look at our dedicated merchant accounts article for more information.
Market stall lighting equipment
An electricity connection isn’t always an option for market stall owners, so having battery and solar powered LED lights on hand is always a good idea. You can easily get hold of these from local hardware stores, or from specialist market stall shops online.
Food market stall equipment
Of course, if you’re thinking of starting a food market stall, you’ll need specific equipment. This includes:
|Storage||Around £50 for a pack of 50L boxes|
|Fryers||Stand up twin fryer for around £2,000|
|Griddle||Gas griddle for around £770|
|Generator||5kw generator for around £795|
|Stove||Six hob gas stove for around £870|
Market stall equipment hire: renting vs buying
When it comes to renting versus buying, there is no right or wrong answer. While renting is great for those who go to one-off events throughout the year, buying market stall equipment is well worth the investment if you plan to attend markets on a regular basis.
Second hand market stall equipment
While it's fairly easy to pick up second hand market stall equipment from online market places such as Gumtree and eBay, that equipment can often be damaged or weathered.
You need to make a great first impression, so ensuring your stall looks professional and reflects your brand identity is key.
If you're just starting your market stall career and looking to regularly attend local markets, you may be able to arrange a discounted rate with market stall hiring companies, rather than spending a lot of money on second hand equipment that may not be up to the job.
Making sure you're ready to start your market stall
While your stall structure and display is important, make sure you pay as much attention to your POS system and merchant account provider.
When purchasing your equipment, make sure you approach a reputable provider, such as the ones mentioned in the beginning of this article.
And when it comes to your point of sale system, make sure you compare quotes from a range of providers to ensure you’re getting the best system – and price – for your needs.
Why not read more of our content on point of sale systems for more information? Alternatively, you can request quotes from our point of sale partners. Simply provide us with a few basic details about your business, and they’ll be in touch with prices and more information.