My experience as an antique 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. This is my story I wanted a place

Internet Trends for Vintage Part 2

Internet Trends for Vintage Part 2

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

Estate Sale Suprise

Estate Sale Suprise

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

Should I take this offer?

Should I take this offer?

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

5 Things Never to Say to a Vintage Seller

5 Things Never to Say to a Vintage Seller

Heading to your local flea market this weekend? Below are 5 things not to say to a vintage vendor if you are standing in their booth.That’s hilariousI see you priced this at $50, would you take $10?Omg I know what I want to be for Halloween!Where do you get all of this from? (While snorting, slightly)Do you make these? (Swift disregard while point across your merchandise)My gut reaction as a dealer myself is, are you kidding me?I added what was in

Leave Millennials alone.

Leave Millennials alone.

 Who’s your customer in 2027? Before I tell you, do you know who your customer is now? It’s the same person, Millennials. Since I started working shows I’ve heard about the awesome customer of days passed.  I think this happens in everything.  It was always better back in the day.  It’s true though, more money was spent on antiques and collectibles and there was more of an understanding of the history and nostalgia.  At first, it felt like everyone thought

Welcome

Welcome

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