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The enormous Freedom March that happened on 26th June in central London was attended by an estimated 1.7 million people. That’s hundreds of thousands of people in London for the day, marching together and open to buying products like t-shirts with freedom slogans and symbols, bottles of water, whistles and other noise-making products, coloured smoke flares and more.
If you’re willing to take up a position on a pavement somewhere central like Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus or Parliament Square, you could make some money selling products to marchers with money to burn!
Any time you have a large number of people away from home for a few hours or a whole day, you will find opportunities to make money.
With the enormous Freedom Marches that have been going on at least once a month in London and a few other cities around the country this year, there are a number of opportunities to make money selling things people need as they march for a few hours.
There are few things you need to do before the events to make money:
Many people will have cash on them, particularly at something like the Freedom March, however many people will only have a card or, more likely, their phone with which to pay.
So to take payments you will need to
Given the prices above it’s worth offering a discount for cash.
Making and selling T-shirts can be really lucrative if you get it right.
However, it can take a bit of time and financial outlay beforehand.
Vistaprint – Which has different styles for different events eg basic t shirts for giveaways. Prices are £3.37 – £8.99 a shirt with nine colour options. They are able to add a design on the front and back.
Spreadshirt – They have up to 70% off with six or more items, Basic T-Shirt for giveaways. Prices range from £4.41 – £8.99 per unit. They have twelve available colours and can print a design on front & back.
For T-shirts you could sell then at the start of the march or at a halfway point where you’re pretty sure people will be passing.
At the Freedom March on June 26th, the man mentioned above stood by Trafalgar square with his T-shirts on the ground selling them quite briskly.
Make sure you wear the T-shirt yourself so that you advertise it to passers-by. Have a sign next to you with the price. Consider offering a discount for bulk-buys.
Have a good amount of change with you (£1 and £2 coins plus some notes) as well as a device for taking payment via cards or phones.
Whistles are wonderfully effective and can be very cheap to buy in bulk.
Buy boxes of cheap whistles at your nearest wholesaler, pound shop or even street market.
You can also bulk-buy whistles of different sizes and shapes online at various websites including Newitts where you can get Ziland 100 high Pitched Football Whistles for just £10 or 400 for £30. Sell them at a £1 a go and you’ve made a really decent profit!
Just make sure that if you buy these online that the items will be delivered at least a few days before the march so that you have them in time.
Stand near the start of the march and also walk through the crowds as they wait to start the march shouting the price of your whistles.
Sell them for a round figure – £1-£5 each, or whatever the market will bear – and offer discounts for multiple buys.
This is a nice easy way to make money from protest marches, although it does rather depend on the weather,
The first step is to source the cheapest bottles of water you can find.
If you’re a member of Costco or another wholesaler then that will probably be your best bet. Load up the car with as many boxes of water bottles as you can comfortably transport to the protest.
For example, right now you can get 1120 500ml (small) bottles of water for £169.99 (that’s 16p per bottle) which you could then sell for at least £1 a bottle at the event.
If you’re not a member of a wholesaler then try the cheaper supermarkets like Asda, Aldi, Lidl or Morrisons and see which charges the least – you could even get them delivered by your favourite supermarket to cut down on the petrol and effort.
Smoke flares are particularly popular with Freedom Marches which are rather like a carnival affair with lots of colour, noise and dancing.
Flags, beach balls, tennis balls (really!) and anything fun and colourful to wave or throw are also popular.
Smoke flares really create atmosphere and are often set off at the start of a march.
They can be quite pricey but Manchester Fireworks sells small, hand-held ones for £2.50 for a pack of two.
Sell these separately for at least £5 each at the start of the march or halfway along the route.
Small and large flags are popular at marches. Consider offering one or two of the following:
Large flags can be bought online and, sometimes, at pound shops. Try to sell these on a patch of grass or sand where you can poke the sticks into the ground so that marchers can see then from a distance.
Buy large flags from various outlets including
As with the items above, it’s a good idea to try your local Costco, street market and pound shop. You can also order custom magnets, flyers, stickers, and other colourful memorabilia for people to take home too. If you buy a lot of products at your local pound shop or street market it’s worth negotiating with the manager or owner. Usually buying in bulk gives you a lot of clout when it comes to haggling the price down. See our article here on how to haggle on the high street for a few tips there.
Also, of course, there is a lot on offer online. Obviously eBay has cheap deals, often with discounts for bulk buys. However, be careful where you buy from. The really cheap stuff is often from China or another Asian country and the delivery time can be far too long. Check the estimated delivery time and make sure it is well ahead of the march date.
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During the march there were fun beachballs being tossed around in sheer joy. It was like a mash up of a freedom march and block party. Such joy! I’ve been to all these marches since February, but June’s was hands down the best and biggest. Other ideas to sell are umbrellas, especially those that are white. If you sell magic markers people can write their own slogans on the umbrella and use them as a sun shield. And for people in London who have parking facilities, maybe they can rent out their spots for the day as many people carpool… Read more »
Interesting article, especially with all the anti lockdown protests going on right now.