Mall Cart Ideas

by Melinda Gaines - Updated September 26, 2017
A mall cart

Mall carts are a popular business venture idea due to their relatively low start-up costs and ideal location. Malls provide foot traffic that many businesses vie for, and that traffic often stops by mall carts just to browse and see what is being offered. Certain types of businesses work better than others when it comes to mall carts.

Gourmet Popcorn

Gourmet popcorn is inexpensive to make, and eaten by many people. The smell of freshly popped corn is tempting to mall shoppers, especially when they are hungry. You can differentiate yourself from regular bagged popcorn by offering unconventional flavors, mix-ins, and toppings such as caramel, chocolate, or cheddar cheese.

Make sure that you use packaging that contains your business information so that customers can contact you and visit your popcorn cart again.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver jewelry mall carts are lucrative businesses because the jewelry is inexpensive, provided you buy it at wholesale cost. Price markups on sterling silver jewelry can easily be double or triple their wholesale price. If you want, you can specialize in a certain type of sterling silver jewelry, such as rings, earrings, bracelets, or chains.

Decide whether you want to sell elegant, costume, engraveable, or fashion jewelry. Do not try to be all things to all people--pick a sterling silver jewelry niche for your mall cart. It is a good idea to offer customers free jewelry packaging, even if it is just an inexpensive cotton-filled box or drawstring pouch.

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Embroidered Accessories

Embroidered accessories make great last-minute gifts, and are also popular with couples, families, teens, sorority and fraternity members. You can offer a variety of embroidered items, including hats, canvas bags, shirts, tees, cloth headbands, and scarves. Alternatively, you can also sell embroidery services separately, and allow customers to bring in their own items.

Offer your customers many styles and colors of embroidery, and be sure to have some of your work on display. Include script and block style lettering, and monograms in your examples.

About the Author

Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.

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