Science Fiction Flea Market

Finncon 2010 will yet again boast a flea market chock full of speculative fiction.

Finncon will take care of the selling, so book sellers do not have to spend their time behind the counter. For sales realized, Finncon charges a nominal fee of 10 cents + 10 % to cover maintenance costs.

Join the club, clean out your shelves, make a bit of spare change and, above all, let good books circulate. We welcome all kinds of science fiction and fantasy, horror and other speculative fiction. You can bring even small amounts of books for sale. Individual copies of high-quality mainstream and non-fiction literature will fit in, as long as the book lot weighs clearly on the side of speculative fiction.

Pay your ticket with a boxful or the evening party with a strategically chosen backpackful of books that you have already read and are ready to let go.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Contact Tapsa, who is responsible for the flea market, at <kirpputori@2010.finncon.org>. He will give you your own seller number. You can take the number just in case, even if you’re not yet sure whether you’ll be bringing any books for sale. We won’t be running out of numbers any time soon.
  2. Using a pencil and clear script, write your seller number (circled) and the price of the book in the top right corner of the first page of each book. You can set the price freely, but it is recommended to use round euros or half euros for small prices. For example, 2,50 € is a smart price, 12,90 € is not.
  3. You can either
    • bring the books yourself straight to Jyväskylä and Finncon at any time during the event and leave them at the info desk
    • take your books to Tapsa in Konala (Helsinki)
    • request a pickup at an agreed-upon location in the greater Helsinki area (only large lots and exceptional cases)
  4. Unsold books can be picked up at the end of Finncon (best option). Or if you don’t want to carry them with you on Sunday, you can also leave them at the flea market for Tapsa to take to Helsinki or Jyväskylä for storage, whichever way you agree. Unsold books can also be donated to the library of the Jyväskylä Science Fiction Society 42.

At the 2009 science fiction flea market, over 80 % of the books on sale were sold, and the unsold ones were mainly non-genre, so taking your books back will be much easier than bringing them to Finncon.

This is not the manga flea market, so don’t follow these instructions if you want to sell Japanese comics.

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