IKEA You Not. We Want Your Parent’s Stuff: A Vintage Response By Melissa Sands with Duane Scott Cerny For 24 months there has been an influx of articles about how nobody wants their parent’s old stuff. Every time I see this and read how IKEA has killed our industry, I wonder how much two years of misinformation from influential publications has hurt the vintage and secondhand industry. We are a niche market without the marketing budget of IKEA.
Part 2- My Experience as an antique store owner if you missed part 1 click here In Part 1 I told you about my experience opening my antique store in Detroit, and some of the things I wasn’t prepared to take on when we took the plunge. Now I’m going to talk about some things I know now that I wish I knew then. What do I wish I would have done differently? 1. Started with a plan. Starting with
My Experience as a Shop Owner part 1 Many dealers open a vintage store to improve their overall business. If you’re a dealer, you might be considering that idea right now. It might feel like a natural progression. There are many things to take into consideration before taking the plunge. I had a vintage store north of Detroit in the early 2000’s. When the bottom fell out in 2008, the Detroit area was hit hard. Honestly, I wasn’t happy before that.
if you missed part 1 click here Internet Trends Report If you missed part 1, click here to read Internet Trends for Vintage part 1. Who is Mary Meeker? She creates this report yearly. She’s been right about these trends for 5 years now (check how long) and has repeatedly predicted where what would go. You can read more about her by clicking here. What does this mean for vintage business? I’m going to pull out some of the
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If you’d asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing today? I wouldn’t have said, living, buying and selling vintage in Chicago and running my own monthly vintage market. How in the world did I get here? Every single day I buy and sell vintage via my online sources and my booth. Then, the third Sunday of the month, April-October is Vintage Garage Chicago which is MY show. Mine? It’s hard to believe that I actually have a
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