A few years ago we saw an estate sale advertised that had hundreds of pictures of antiques. The pictures showed lots of 1/4 sawn oak furniture, cobalt decorated crocks, slag glass shaded lamps, rustics and other small dust catchers. It looked like the inside of a rural antique mall, obvious long time collectors. Since it was close we thought we’d take a look. Sometimes, when there is a wide variety of collectibles, something falls through the cracks. I don’t remember
Since I became an entrepreneur, there’s been little time for rest. I’ve been working since I was 15, I’m used to being busy. Owning your own business is different than just working. Working is going to the job, doing your piece and coming home. Owning your own business means you are ALWAYS working. Taking care of my mental health so I can be more productive has become key. I’m about to tell you a few things that for years, if
Sell vintage locally and it gives you the chance to meet your customer. In person at a market or having a booth in a mall give you opportunity to get to know vintage lovers, just like you, face to face. Here are 5 things you can do to make your booth one of their first stops at the next market. 1. What’s your name? Especially if you’ve seen this person in your booth several times. Start with your own
Ebay’s been around a while now. In 1995 they gave us a platform to sell things on. We started selling 1998 and have always had a love/hate relationship with Ebay. After 18 years of selling, nothing has come up yet that has the numbers. Ebay is still ruling over any other site that sells vintage in terms of how many people come to the site. Today it’s more love than hate. We follow the rules, over-describe, take all returns for
Stop blaming Millennials. They are’t destroying the vintage industry. Who’s your customer in 2029? Before I tell you, do you know who your customer is now? BOTH are the same, Millennials. Since I started working shows, the awesome customer of days passed is still with us- in theory. It was always better “back in the day.” It’s true. More money was spent on antiques and collectibles. Customers saw the history, quality and value. Their parents took them to flea markets.
Yesterday, I was taken off guard by the question, “do you think the vintage business is dying or changing?” Almost too fast, i answered, “Changing!” I thought about it all night. When I woke up I asked myself the question again. Yes, it’s changing. It’s changed. BEFORE As the promoter of a show, you bring in dealers and promote to bring in customers. That was the job. That was when booth rents were $500+ for a weekend. There was
The Business of Vintage is here to present the new world of vintage. The old way Drive all over the country from show to show The new way selling online More local markets More online sales and promotion BOV is about exploring new techniques to optimize your vintage business. We’ll discuss social media, websites, video, selling online, buying for resale, customers, selling locally in a shop, mall or vintage market. How we are stronger as a group than