5 Things to Never Say to a Vintage Seller

5 things to never say to a vintage seller. Business of vintage

Heading to your local flea market this weekend? Selling at your local market this weekend? Here are 5 things NOT to say to a vintage seller f you are standing in their booth.  For sellers, here are 5 ways to react ! 1. That’s Hilarious I hear this a lot, I say it a lot.  There IS a lot of hilarious vintage. It can bring you back to a time you remember. Or, it’s so dated it’s just damn funny.

The Business of Vintage is Personal

BOV Business of Vintage 1920 beaded flapper dress worn as a vintage wedding dress at the time.

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. It was the story of a solid happy life.   I bought some vintage clothing and handbags.  The furniture and

Internet Trends for Vintage Part 2

Business of Vintage Internet Trends

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

Internet Trends for Vintage Part 1

What's hot in vintage right now? Selling vintage jewelry online or at a vintage market.

Internet Trends Report Admittedly I didn’t hear about this report until Summer 2016. I learned, if you build apps or have anything to do with Silicon Valley, your business depends on this info. A new app can take 18 months to complete and if you were catering to something that’s declining, PROJECT OVER.     This report isn’t only about Silicon Valley. This report is serious. Even in the vintage business, it applies.     The Internet isn’t going anywhere. If

5 Ways to Get to know your Customers Better

Business of Vintage, get to know your customers when you are selling vintage at a flea market.

 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?

Business of VIntage Corona Typewriter. Learn all about the business of vintage

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.

Father's Day Dads at Vintage Garage Chicago. Millennials LOVE vintage!

 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. 

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Business of Vintage Blog. Learn the ins and outs of buying and selling vintage

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