My Experience as an antique store owner Part 2  

My Experience as an antique store owner Part 2  

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

The #1 Most Important Business Tip

The #1 Most Important Business Tip

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

5 Ways to Get to know your Customers Better

5 Ways to Get to know your Customers Better

 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

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

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

Is the Vintage Business Dying?

Is the Vintage Business Dying?

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

Competition in the Business of Vintage

Competition in the Business of Vintage

 There is a lot of competition in the vintage industry.No doubt.Any niche market you decide to get involved with will be filled with people who are interested in what you do. If there is any demand, there will be competition. If you are in a niche with NO competition and you are killing it, it won’t be long before it shows up.What does that mean in the Vintage world? This is really simple and important and if you learn nothing else from

The Business of Vintage is Personal

The Business of Vintage is Personal

I was startled when she told me she was 91. She didn’t look a day over 75. Sharp as a tack with brilliant taste. I try to buy privately as much as I can, usually by referral. It’s the easiest way to acquire new merchandise for me.  Emotionally, it’s not always easy. Today I met Doris.  I learned about her life and it was a story of a solid happy life.  I bought some vintage clothing and handbags.  The furniture and objects

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