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This year sales were slow, and loads of vendors all selling the same thing. Most days brought back most of what you took, no matter what you was selling. This year im thinking about skipping the markets and selling wholesale. Im wanting to specialize in pumpkins and fall decor. Anybody eles doing this?
 

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Unless you are going to produce acres of pumpkins you won't make much of a living off them. Now if you threw in a corn maze and some hay rides.. you'd have something!!

Wholesale pumpkins are pennies on the pound most auctions and sales I've been too. Which is why they are (at least around the farms here) kept on site and are a part of agritourism events. I would suggest marketing the idea to buyers in your area NOW for next year and get an idea of what the current pricing is like and if it would even pay you to wholesale. At the very least find out what local wholesalers are paying (price lists should be easy to get).
 

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We are planning the same thing; pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, etc
Average wholesale is 13-17 cents per pound. Retail 35-45 cents per pound.
Keep in mind, to sell wholesale to most buyers, you will need them packed, all simmilar size and weight in bulk bins. Those cardboard bins cost $16-$17 each, and that doesn't include the 36x36 wood pallet that the bin sits on.
You will make more money selling retail. Selling retail means getting people to you. That takes time and money. Agritourism is a growing industry, but just having a few trailers full of pumpkins won't bring in the masses.
You will need activities, snacks, drinks, family fun, etc. For all that you need capital, space, time, and a hefty insurance policy.
There is always a way, but only you can decide if its doable for you. Good luck.
 
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