Hi, I just started playing animal crossing city folk again after a long break and the flea market happens to be tomorrow. I have a bunch of carpets and wallpapers saved up that I don't want anymore. Will the animals buy carpets and wallpapers if they are placed on the floor or a table or do they only buy furniture? I've found by research that they tend to buy at double the price nook gives you but no where says what the animals will buy and what they will not buy. Please help.
The big popular things to sell at Flea Market are fish and bugs.
I just sold Fish for 2 1/2 X their value at Nooks, on Saturday. I start storing up expensive fish (or bugs) 1-2 weeks before. And remove everything else in the room. Last sale was Char, Red Snappers,Koi, Rays and Knifejaws. I got 4 Villagers to each buy 3 items (fish).
We just restarted ACCF, so we were trying to get $$ to get our 2nd story expansions. (and we did it!)
I just thought I'd share what I have observed so far in case any other player has the same or similar questions about the flea market.
Animals won't buy any non-orderable catalog item (Gracie stuff, holiday stuff, fossils...), wallpaper, or carpet. I haven't tested items not listed in the catalog at all, stationary (not sure why anyone would want to sell their stationary anyway) or gyroids yet, but from the previous post I see that fish and bugs will be purchased. I have found that fossils will not be purchased so I am not expecting gyroids to be purchased. When I had only Gracie items, extra Mush series items and some fossils out the villager that entered just wandered around for a bit then left without showing interest in any of the stuff out and the villagers that had entered earlier when I had some nook items out were only interested in the items that could be ordered from the catalog. Since I restarted my game after wifi is discontinued I can't test weather or not they will buy DLC.
Animals will also completely ignore anything placed on a table even if they would normally buy it if it had been placed on the floor. This creates a way to not have to store everything you don't want to sell in a different room or your dresser.
Only 5 animals will enter your house on the day and each will buy only 3 items. I tried the trick that I found on one of the wikis I use for info about going to a different room and then back to the room the animal is in to reset the count but I see no effect other than causing them to stay in your house longer. I also tested what I found on the same wiki about exiting and reentering your house several times to get all of your villagers not just the 5 that are out and about but that had no effect.
I've also found that turning off the lights has no effect on whether or not the next animal will enter. I noticed this my frist flea market in my current town becuase I did not own any lights so my house was dark the whole time and I still had animals enter.
"Strange, because in WW, I think a villager wanted to buy an item that was on a table. Maybe its different in CF?"
I never played WW as the only portable game system I own is a GBA. All of my observations are based on what happens in CF so I can't say weather or not the two work differently, but judging from your statement about WW and my observations in CF then they probably do work differently but I can't say for sure. Those tricks I found on that wiki might work in WW but not CF if that is the case.
The best thing to sell, is fish and bugs. They will pay up to 3X the amount that Nook pays, sometimes (rarely) even a tiny bit over 3X. I save the high priced ones all month in anticipation of the next flea market.
After they bought some, you can go into their houses and try and buy back the same fish/bugs. They will sell them, about 50% of the time,for the same amount Nook pays for them. Then, you can bring them back to your house to sell for the (2-3X amount) to another Villager.
OR, after flea market is almost over, I visit each one and try and re-buy back the fish/bugs. I save the good ones for the next month's flea market. It also clears their houses of the fish/bugs. Otherwise, some will have 3-4 fish/bugs displayed for a long time.