$100 Giveaway!

Is it your new year's resolution to finally get a booth in an antique mall? Have you been pondering it for quite a while? We know you have the goodies, and may be ready to supplement your income selling them in an antique mall. You may or may not have read our ebook/pdf Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner's Guide. Or, maybe you've already got a booth and are looking to kick it to the next level.

Either way, we'd love to help you! To commemorate the launch of our ebook/pdf, we're having a giveaway of a
$100 Visa or Mastercard gift card! Use it towards booth rent, or display pieces, or even more merchandise!

But wait, there's more! You will also win, if you'd like, a one-hour phone conversation with Sue of Vintage Rescue Squad to answer your questions personally! Sue has been selling in antique malls for 4 years, and currently has 2 booths. She's experienced the pitfalls, dodged those thorny problems and feels your pain!

There is no need to buy the book to be entered into the giveaway. You will receive 1 entry for leaving a comment on this post about your experiences as a seller, and another entry if you write a blogpost on your blog about our book (be sure to come back and leave another comment to post your link). If you've already read the ebook/pdf, you will receive 1 more entry by leaving a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Again, be sure to come back and leave another comment to let us know that you've posted your review.

We'd love to see your comments:
*If you're a newbie or wannabe seller, what burning questions do you have about selling in an antique mall? What's been holding you back? What are the hurdles?

*If you're a seasoned seller, what advice do you wish you'd known before you started? What advice can you add? Do you have a cautionary tale to share?

The contest will remain open until Saturday, January 29, 2011. We'll draw the winner by random number on Sunday, January 30, 2011!

127 comments:

Into Vintage said...

Woo-hoo - would love to win this!

My tips: Not all antique malls offer these options but I always prefer to sell in malls where dealers don't have to work the sales floor (the mall hired employees which was great - being out junkin' was a much better use of my time) and where the mall provides the ability to check your sales online - SO helpful to know exactly what sold without having someone read your sales to you over the phone.

Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Attic Rat said...

Only buy your "style". Otherwise, your booth won't have a cohesive look.

Happy hunting,
Teresa

Guyinbirmingham said...

Do research on area antique malls first. See what kind of traffic the mall gets. I have had collected and sold a retro/midcentury mod type of look for years. Some malls the stuff sat and gathered dust. I found a mall that had a younger hipper crowd that frequented and spent $$. I can't keep stuff on the shelves. Find your niche and pull out all the stops...

Good Luck!!

John

Eartha Kitsch said...

I have wondered about this - I've seen people with booths who advertise constantly on Craigslist under "antiques" and "vintage" as if they have an item to sell but then the ad only sends readers to their booth at the antique mall to see the item. Does this really draw people in?

Callef said...

I've been selling at a large mall for over 4 years and it's been a great experience. I've never had a month where I didn't make my rent and get a check. A few months, not much, but mostly I've done pretty well. I'm thinking of renting a 2nd booth in a small mall that is being planned much closer to where I live.

Mitzi said...

Question for the experts :) How important do you think adding new items and "foofing" your booth really is, as far as sales go? I didn't do very well when I tried selling in a mall - I was only able to add new things every few weeks, and I suspect that might have been one of my problems...

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

I've had a booth for years.....found it to be a good way to nurture my need for junk...yet, have a hobby turn a profit. Always sell the things you love!

the chickens' auntie said...

I have a question: how much inventory do you feel like you have to have to really get a booth going? I've seen some that are pretty sparse and, honestly, I don't ever feel like going into them. On the other hand, if I wait until I feel like I finally have enough stuff, I might never do it!

birdcolor said...

My question is: How much markup do you feel you need to have on merchandise? On most items, I feel like I have to at least double my investment to make it worth my while. But I almost feel like it needs to be more. I would be interested in what the rule of thumb is for other?

onehappiecamper said...

don't be afraid to try different things until you find the venue that works for you. hope i win!!!
beth

misselaineous said...

cool giveaway! I only sold at a mall once...great until the owner decided to move with little notice, and some of my stuff missing and unaccounted for. i would say research...talk to other vendors at the mall...try to protect yourself from getting ripped off! *elaine*

Nestvintage said...

Foofing moves your items out the door. I subscribe to "shelter/decor" magazines, go to the library and bookstore and look at those coffee table books -they're tax deductible! Think about your displays. Think about what draws you into a booth ( or picture) and go from there. Taking pictures of my booth with my phone camera helps me see the holes when I think I'm done. Holes bad! More stuff...good! cynthia

_ said...

I want to know how everyone finds out about great sales! Is there like a website, or do the best dealers just have magic powers? I use auctionzip.com, but i feel like they dont have a whole ton to offer. Any way, i cant wait to get my hands on the book.

Thank you!

Alex

cbrayack said...

Still a newbie... haven't taken the 'selling plunge' yet - though my house is so filled with stuff, it's about time to 'jump in' - always looking for good advice and great sources for that advice...

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Hands Down the best giveaway I have seen this year!

I am so seriously wanting this.

And the gift card is just icing, I truly want one hour of your time to discuss ways to refresh my booth, keep my head up during down times of the year, how to style the stuff I love for display and how to deal with other booth renters who are a tad bit snarky...and how to work an auction! I have never shopped an auction before!

Thanks for the opportunity! Sonya

Shara said...

What a nice giveaway!

My booth is small, so I am unable to truly "Foof the Booth". But, I keep it neat and very well stocked. I sell what I love - vintage only. I buy everything super cheap at thrifts and yard sales, so I am able to mark it up usually 10x what I paid for it.

I've had larger booths in the past - I enjoyed finding small pieces of furniture to ditress and resell.

I love being able to buy all the junk I find and only keep the real treasures and sell the rest.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Great Idea, many of us began at a co-op/antique Mall setting and so wonderful..
Great Blog, Glad to of found you
Karryann

Callef said...

I also would like an answer to the "how much to mark up" question. I have heard 3 times is a good rule. That's not always possible, but I always try to do at least 2.5. That leaves a little room to still make something if I have a sale.

Callef said...

I would also like an answer to the "how much to mark up" question. I try to do at least 2.5X, or 3X, but is that enough? By the time the mall takes their 10% commission, plus the cost of rent, plus incidental expenses?

Sue at Serendipity said...

I have been in several malls and shops since 1995 and am now a partner in a shop that is over 3 1/2 years old and doing very well-thank you, Lord.

#1 Recommendation-develop your own style and don't copy this that and the other that seems to sell for someone else. Start small and make growth a goal over the long term. Last but not least, if in a spot specializing in vintage DO NOT buy reproduction!

Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the book!!!!

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

Oh my!~~~I can't imagine where to start in asking the uber experts! So I'll offer my only tiny piece of advice but one that I use eveytime I list something in my etsy shop: only sell what I would want in my own home.~~~XXOO, Beth

EM said...

Tips: Find a place that makes it easy for you to track your sales regularly w/o constantly running to the staff for a record pr print out. I get a daily email which is great. Also, try to find a place that uses some level of technology to record and track sales, as opposed to writing things in a notebook.

I wish I had known how much stuff was going to end up over-running my house while waiting to go to the booth. I started selling to clear out clutter and my house looks worse than when I started. I've got tub and boxes of stuff sitting everywhere!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

You had me at "100 bucks towards your booth rent!!" Man sign me up!
In the true spirit of this great give-away, I will offer up one of my best booth tips:
Think twice before having a "desperation" sale. You know the type....you haven't had that great of a month so you decide a 25%off sale would be a good idea. The next month you wind up doing the same thing. Before you know it your customers are going to hold out on you and wait to purchase from you once you hang up your sale again. They see a pattern forming and it doesn't take long for them to notice.You can almost hear the comments: " Oh, wait to buy that...she ALWAYS puts up a sale sign...you'll get it cheaper,, probably next week."
See what I mean? You work to hard putting it all together to constantly be marking it down.
Cheers,
Beth

Jean said...

Is a booth more profitable then selling on ebay?

Sara In AZ said...

What type of merchandise do you feel sells the best?

zachssister said...

As a dedicated antique mall shopper, I have some advice.. Please don't put so much stuff in your booth that visitors can't get in! Especially if you're selling vintage clothes, we need to be able to move hangers at least a teeny bit along the rack as we look. Clear price tags are a HUGE help, but you'd be surprised how many times they are missing from an object or impossible to find on a garment... which means the mall has to track down the dealer, etc. etc. Getting basic price info should be easy!

Poppy K said...

I guess I'd be classified as a wannabe. My suggestion (coming from years of shopping) is to limit the number of teeny-weeny things like salt/peppers, figurines, etc. I get most excited by booths/displays that have at least some larger furniture. Also, I get the feeling sometimes that the booth is really just an extention of the dealer's personal collection - the pirces I've seen on some stuff (usually at a booth that specializes in one thing) can be astronomical.

If I win, I'm going to spend the whole hour of the phone call asking for stories about a$$hole customers and bizarre-o dealers. I LOVE stories of the strange and we all know the world of antiques/junque is filled with The Strange. And then I'll go out and spend the $100 at an antique mall.

Ann said...

I have had my booth for several years as a hobby so that one day I can retire and do this full time. But I have learned a lot and one thing is that I have to work the booth regularly - it can't sit idle. The more I work the booth, the more sales I have. I usually work the booth, dust, move things around, bring in new things and then look at my display. I stand back and do a feng shui check, it has to be perfect before I leave.

marcy said...

What should one do if you wrap an item well and the buyer claims it got broken/damaged? Refund or no refund policy?

MoniCue said...

I've dreamt about "dealing" for ages...but when you buy stuff you LOVE, how are you able to actually part with it as a seller? (I envision becoming a 'sick" packrat instead of my current status of creative clutterbug.)

paintedpine said...

Selling is a hobby for me too and my history is one or two booths in the same antique mall (that doesn't charge commission) for about 4 years. Extra $$ made is icing for doing something I really enjoy. So for me, markup 2X is okay-I like to start with at least 2.5 and higher when a piece for sale tells me she's a prize! I continue to be amazed at the prices people will pay for certain things. Old metal/wire crates, trays and shelving, not to mention tables, often dance out of my booth in a whip stitch, and I can name my price (sort of)!

If you are going to sell bigger than smalls and you have a choice, I recommend for more visual interest a booth that is not totally square in dimensions. Also, I subscribe to the theory that customers standing at the entrance tend to focus first on the far left corner area of a booth.

Heidi said...

I agree with those that said that it was important to add new things and rearrange your booth often. I also found that holiday and seasonal sells ~ it helps boost sales if you decorate for the season ~ even if it is just with color.

nice giveaway!
:)Heidi

Craig Lang said...

I would love to set up shop at a mall, but afraid I don't have the time to devote. I currently sell at monthly flea market for approx. 8 months and surprisingly have developed my connections and repeat buyers. My trouble and concern is how many "niches" should I focus on? I feel like a junker with ADD--one month its quirky, 50s-60s household, ephemera the next, advertising, to most recently rusty, crusty industrial! I can't control myself.

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

Now this is a great giveaway --that gift card isn't bad either. ;) I guess I'm more of a wannabee, although I am selling online and at shows with a bit of success. I would love to have my wares in a booth, but the one antique store that is manageable location-wise for me is stuffed to the gills (mostly glassware) without any style in any of the booths. I know when I go in there I'm looking for something specific; otherwise I would just be lost in the sea of bleh display. However, there are never any available vendor spaces, so I guess they're doing SOMETHING right!

Station 521 said...

The book is great, I've left a comment on Barnes & Noble site. It was an easy read and even for someone who has done this for over 10years it made me remember why I started and why I keep doing this. Thanks to both of you. I love your blog and would love to find some of the great items you do on the East Coast. When is that Etsy shop opening with some great paper goods! Great Job!

cakegirl said...

Presentation is so important. A decorative, easy to see display makes your inventory more desirable. Some people need ideas for use.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

My biggest tip is to only buy what you love. You never know what you might get stuck with! My home is decorated in all the unpurchased pieces I bought to sell!!

junkology said...

About the best advice I can offer is to give yourself time to build your business. And make sure you have the money to support your habit. It takes lots of inventory to be successful, which requires a monetary investment, even if this is a hobby for you. Lots of people sign short contracts and give up before they've even had a chance to build a customer base. I always sign year-long leases. A year goes by quickly and the rates are sometimes lower than shorter leases.

maureen said...

The timing for your book is great for me. After years of dreaming of having a booth, I'm taking the plunge beginning Jan 1. A friend and I are doing this together, and my question would be about having a partner. Have either of you ever had a partner? Do you have any advice for two people, who may have different styles, bringing in inventory for one space?
I just purchased the e-book, and after I give it a good read, I'll be sure to give a review on amazon.
Thanks for the opportunity to win such a cool prize.

chunnym said...

Thinking of a booth...... : )
Chunnym@yahoo.com

A Thing for Roses said...

I've been in four different antique malls (currently in two) and it is so surprizing how different they all are in how they are run. One did absolutely no advertising (my sales reflected that). The two I'm currently in advertise and have sales frequently to bring customers in and it makes a huge difference. I pretty much buy what I like or things that are a bit unusual and it has worked well for me. Thanks for offering this giveaway, Sue! Hope I win!

Hugs,

Lisa

Grasshopper said...

So much great advice here! I would add: if you are thinking of doing this, jump in -- as a hobby -- and do it for fun. Within a year it will be hard to remember that you are doing it for fun... all sorts of business concerns and doubt will creep in, so keep reminding yourself. I started in 2008 so can only imagine what it was like to consistently get 3x or more for what you have to pay for anything. Making the rent is a good goal, but you're still in the hole until you've paid for the inventory and hunting expenses, too. Think tax write-off before you think profit. Think cheaper than skiing or scuba diving. Like previous commenters, I think of my booth as a license to buy far more of what I like than ever before. Strangely, I almost never buy things to keep, only to sell, because it's so much more gratifying. Also, I fill in 1-2x a month at the shop when they are short-staffed, which lets me see what people are buying, how much they are willing to pay and how they react to my booth. The biggest thrill is when someone buys something and I can talk to them about how they plan to use it. I buy weird stuff, so it's great when someone "gets it."

meeyeehere said...

Just a wannabe in a town without a mall,or any antique shops.I have considered an online shop but that does not seem successful. Any suggestions for us small town gals wanting to sell antiques?
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Dolly said...

My biggest problem are pricing and advertising!
How do I get people to know I am there?

Awesome give away!
Thank you,
Dollys

Callef said...

This is for meeyeehere: Are yard sales or estate sales popular where you live? You could have a sale and advertise it as an "occasional sale" and see how that goes. Google that term and you'll find a lot of places in Minnesota, for some reason. I don't think you would have to have a shop, you can do it in your yard (during good weather, of course) or a barn or someplace like that.

cottageprims said...

My advice if setting up at fleamarket get there early to look before setting up.Never leave your husband to watch the things you treasure as they are easily talked into given them away while you are out searching for more treasures.LoL...Love this giveaway.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Betsy said...

Wow, I could sure use $100 to go buy more treasures.
I never had a space in a mall, but I have been selling at antique shows for many years. I'm always there during the show, so it's easy to rearrange as necessary and I get constant customer feedback. I think one of the most important things in a mall or an antique show is presentation. I found that taking a picture of each set up gives me a whole different perspective; I see things in pictures that I don't even notice when I'm in my booth. I cringe whe I look back on some of my first attempts: big holes, flat displays, fussy props. A picture is worth 1000 words.

retrovintageantiques said...

Great giveaway! I downloaded your book on 12/23 and have had a chance to read thru it twice. Even found time to cruz thru an antique mall that I was sure I wanted to be in (hadn't been there in a while) and it is NOT the place for me. Will take your advise and keep looking! In your book you said that estate sales didn't do much for you, but in our area estate sales are a great place for great junk. Have been selling on Etsy, but want booth space for larger items that I come across. Will surely use your book as a guide.

For meeheehere, try selling online (like at Etsy)- has been fun for me.

Thanks again for all the tips!

My Tickle Trunk said...

What a nice giveaway idea! I look forward to reading your book.
I've been a junker and collector for about 10 years (favorite finds are records; strange old toys, games and books; anything medical or scientific and old textiles). I love doing research on the things I find, so it would be great to speak with you about any recommendations you might have regarding resources you find helpful. Earlier this year, a partner and I began renting a booth at a Sunday flea market. We are quite a bit younger and less knowledgeable than most of the market vendors, but we enjoy getting to know them and our buyers and fortunately, business has been very good. I think it would be interesting to speak with you about your experiences as both a buyer and a seller among perhaps more competitive buyers and sellers. You seem to have a lot of fun with what you do, as do I. I'm never jealous or resentful if someone else lands a great deal or makes a lot of money reselling an item. Okay, maybe I'm a little bit jealous when someone picks up a Sputnik light fixture for $10 because I went to the record crates or toy area first...but I honestly harbor no ill will toward them. Since I've started as a reseller and am junking more regularly, I've noticed that quite a few people are very competitive to the point of acting nasty. For me, the junking, the (best of all) finding, the researching, presentation/marketing, profiting - everything is a labor of love. Sorry for the super long post and happy hunting in 2011!

Herbgirl said...

I love your ebook and it could not have come at a better time for me as my house is getting that cluttered feeling from all the auctions I've been to lately. I just have to have those vintage pretties I see and have had a slow run so far on Etsy. Having a booth in a mall just may be the right answer for me.

Found Around said...

I just recently purchased the cd and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I hope I will get lucky and win the gift card. Susan

Ann Tatum said...

Wow... I've learned just from reading the comments. I've had a shelf in a shop for about 6 months now. I will probably keep it small for now -- since I have a full time job, too. I also make & sell jewelry from "junque". I'd like ideas for small spaces & displaying jewelry & my other smalls.

Angela said...

This is a great idea! What do you think about leaving calling cards? i.e. having your business cards out in your booth? I've seen this from time to time and I find it smart. Do you think it's a good part of the business planning? And also, do you find it's good/bad to mix non/sale items with your booth as props to make it look cute? i.e. a birds nest for effect (not for sale) or maybe your (seller's) initials in a big metal letter on the wall (not for sale). Good/bad idea to have such items?

Thanks for the chance to win also! Was just junking today. :)

Kim said...

I sell mostly online but was thinking about getting a booth. I think it depends on location. location, and location. If you have the location and sell shabby, cottage or industrial I think you will make money.

Terry said...

I love a helpful giveaway. I have a small booth at an antique mall that I have only had for six months. It has done well. I am considering a larger booth but am scared that I won't make enough money. Do I just jump in? Terry

Diane said...

Pick me, pick me.

I've sold on ebay, but I find that it takes so long to do a listing, that it doesn't seem worth the time. Some ideas for shortening the listing time would be great.

dicity

Joanne said...

The commenets left by others have been quite helpful as of course is your e-book. I found it an easy read and loaded with many topics this long-time collector/buyer hadn't necessarily considered now that I've been wanting to get a booth and sell. I used to sell on eBay for several years, but find that a bit tedious, researching every item as I did, and not as much fun as I'm hoping this new adventure will be. Though online selling can be profitable, it is a lot of work.
What's been holding me back from getting into this sooner is probably the fear of being in over my head financially. I wish I had a friend who would partner with me, or just share a booth and be there to bounce ideas off of, work on pricing our items together, etc. I guess that's why I have my online junkin' friends! Thanks and wish me luck!
Joanne

Joanne said...

I just left a comment on the Barnes and Noble site as well (as Anon.) Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

How long should you keep an item around that just is NOT selling?

sweetiesuzy@aol.com

Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

Currently I only sell online. But I dream of one day having a brick & mortar store of my own. I think I like the thrill of buying more than the thrill of the sale. My dilemma is passing up things I don't have room for & wanting to keep much of what I buy!

luckys_finds@yahoo.com said...

I've found that stocking up is a GOOD thing. Having a place to store extra product that you've collected during garage sale season comes in handy during the winter months when you need that extra item or two to fill in your space!!! Hope I win!

Marc

retrovintageantiques said...

I love this giveaway! The book has been very helpful - all I need now are 3 extra hours added to every day! I have blogged about it at my site (http://retrovintageantiques.wordpress.com/) - so your book sales should skyrocket momentarily (not)!

Erin said...

Your blog is great and I'm going to download your ebook! I had a couple of space in an antique mall and I'm afraid that it went out of business, the owners could be unfriendly at times - you really need to make your customers feel welcome. I may take the plunge again in a different mall. I certainly learned a lot from the other dealers - I'm so glad that I gave it a go.

sodahoney said...

I am going to download your book. I only know as a buyer not a seller. Buy what you like.

hale2005 said...

How much does it cost to rent the space out? What is the traffic flow number of the mall? Some questions I have as a newbie seller.

hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

Amber said...

I've been more of a shopper than a seller but I'm interested in trying my hand at selling. I'm most worried about how to price items. What are your primary resources for pricing and how do you justify prices?
Thank you for your help and giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Mami2jcn said...

I've sold antiques on eBay and at auction, but never at an antique mall. How much does it cost to sell there?

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

skytoucher said...

Stick to your style or you will live to regret it. I love things from the Orient, and I have found some sweet pieces and they all compliment one another.

llinda29 said...

When I buyer I verify the info

Gale W said...

Hello! I just finished the ebook last night and LOVED it!! I can't wait to start getting myself ready to open my own antique spot and your ebook has helped tremendously! I am now eager to get going instead of intimidated. Thank you so much for your wisdom and for helping newbies like me.
Gale Wiggins
Galewiggins@gmail.com

clc408 said...

I don't sell antiques, but I have sold at craft shows and the problems and opportunities are similar. My advice is to shop the competition to find out what's available and what's selling. Also it helps you price things realistically.

h. mcnaron said...

I always wonder how you learn what is and is not valuable. I know there are books but how long does it take you to really KNOW?
hmcnaron at gmail

Sarsaparilla said...

What a wonderful and generous giveaway!

I had a space in an antique mall for several years - then switched to selling strictly online (eBay, Etsy) - but I am really missing the fun of having my own space to get creative with, and the personal contact with customers. Plus - I miss the big dollars that I used to make from furniture sales!

The thing I constantly struggle with is setting the right price. Is it more profitable to have lower prices and sell more items, or to sell fewer items but at much higher prices? I know that there are no easy answers.

dhunt said...

Would love to win!

jlafount said...

I find it hard to find a good price to sell things especially when there isn't much information on it

KarenSue said...

This is AWESOME! I'm new to this and we are having a blast. I just discovered you so I have alot of reading to do
I sure would love to win!
KarenSue

KarenSue said...

This is AWESOME! I'm new to this and we are having a blast. I just discovered you so I have alot of reading to do
I sure would love to win!
KarenSue

KarenSue said...

I just posted on my blog! Thanks for your support!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow this would be great for me! I have reached the point of I have so much 'stuff' I must either get a booth to sell in or start giving it back to the thrifts and I don't want to do that. I need to know how to start. My fear is I won't sell enough to pay rent, how much reserve funds do you need to start out with.

Lily Dily said...

I picked up a lot of good ideas just from reading the comments here. I will have to start following your blog. I have had a booth at an antique mall for the past 3 months. I am having a blast with it, but frustrating not making rent every month with my sales. Would love to learn more....and win!!

msrodeobrat said...

ive never sold any antiques but we are actually considering starting a little business doing it
addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

tomservo56954 said...

I have been considering getting involved in selling things that others may find collectible.


Paul
tomservo56954 (at) comcast (dot) net

the chickens' auntie said...

My thrifting friend and I are finally going to follow our dream and try out selling in a mall. This giveaway couldn't come at a better time and all the preceding comments are great, too. Thanks!

Jim W. said...

I'm just afraid to jump in to selling, it's intimidating

Anonymous said...

First I have to determine whether I have any, and then it's determining a fair price.

reallycool3108 at yahoo dot com

Joanne said...
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Joanne said...

A couple of opportunities have recently come available (or will in the near future) for me to sell, and I am so afraid to take one even though this is what I have been wanting and waiting for. Do I have enough stuff to start? (Of course I do) Will I make enough to cover the rent? (According to your e-book, it sounds like I should) What if....? (??? I'll deal with it as it comes, just like in the rest of my life!) SO WHAT'S STOPPING ME??? Someone, please give me a nudge, or a push, or a shove, whatever it takes! :-) And thanks for listening!

Barbara said...

I'm a wannabe and have tons of questions, but the one at the front of my mind right now is how to know when to deal on an item, and techniques for doing that.

3oink63moo484@gmail.com

Julieh said...

I love shopping antique malls, and I'd like to get into selling. My question would be how to price items so I can make a profit (with rent, over head, etc) but they will still sell. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

loni said...

How does one get a start on looking for quality antiques and not junk?


trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

Erin COok said...

How do you know what is worth selling and what is for throwing away?

cookster77@aol.com

EM said...

Finally! I got my review posted.

http://renaissancegeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-report.html

whatsanitasdeal said...

I'm a wannabe and prob do not have the guts to go through with it. I would love to know how do you prevent becoming a hoarder? I have a tendancy to want to buy buy buy but I saw on AE special about hoarders and it's scary.
imnotarunner {at gmail}.{com}

kathyb said...

what do you know to buy, when doy ou know it's time to walk away?
kathybah56@gmail.com

Gracie said...

It's all in the display. You have to show people how to use an object or how to re-purpose it. For example, take some old small kitchen items that have a hook or can be tied with twine on a dowel and hang above a window similar to the way a valance would top a window.

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Anonymous said...

what is the best way to find the value of an item that is unique, therefore not listed in valuation guides?
for instance , i have a 80 lb,3 foot sea shell about 250 years old.how do i put a price on it?
tattgiff at centurytel dot net

eighttimemom said...

I would love to win this! I have been considering getting started but it all seems so daunting. I worry that to be successful takes talent that I'm not sure I possess!

eighttimemom(at)gmail(dot)com

Tammy said...

I wouldn't know who to trust.

April said...

I've been strictly an online seller and would love to have a booth in the local mall. My biggest fallback is time. Having a family and running a side business is already so time consuming, I'm afraid to venture out from behind my home office. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Anonymous said...

I'm generally held back with antique selling (and buying) because I always feel as though I'm at a disadvantage to people who know more about the history and quality of certain marks and desirable features and I feel as though I will be cheated no matter what I do. I'd like to start because I love antiques, but I don't want to waste my time and I don't have years to learn everything there is to know about antiques so I can value things properly.
kanderspina~at~yahoo~dot~com

Jessica H said...

i'm a newbee! new to selling too i love buying unique antiques tho
pugsly77@mail.com

RhymeSchemesAndDaydreams said...

I have sold a few collectibles, but most of my transactions have been online. I've always been worried that I wouldn't sell enough to cover the fees at an antiques mall. We ran a craft consignment store at one time, and we sold a few antiques and collectibles in there, as well as having crafters on consignment, and we barely broke even.

Jinxy and Me said...

I do a lot of online selling and have always considered about getting a booth but it's a bit intimidating!

nesta 67 {at} live dot com

Sarah said...

THe booth rent has been holding me back (what if I spend more renting the booth than I make selling?) and also the worry that things will get broken or stolen.

slehan said...

After reading all the great comments I realize that I am not a hoarder, just a seller looking for an outlet.
Thanks for the contest.

racer6 said...

I've never tried selling in an antique mall. I only have a few items at a time to sell, never enough for a booth.
cypva@cox.net

Suz said...

I had never even thought of selling before. How do you suggest getting started?

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Gaines7 said...

Patience, research and good customer service will yield great sales results. Have good quality items in the best possible condition.
gainessimmons@aol.com

JD said...

the hurdle for me is getting the necessary permits

jdmimi at gmail dot com

Kitty Cardero said...

I haven't had a booth but I do have an etsy shop where I sell vintage housewares. Though I do ythink this applies to both. What I wish I knew before I started selling was that the stuff I bought because I *thought* it would sell didn't sell as well as the stuff I bought because I liked it. And often those were the repeat customers, too. So stick with your own tastes and you could end up with a steady clientelle.

susitravl said...

Lock up the good stuff!!! Years ago, we had a booth with large pottery pieces. We didn't have them in locked cases, and believe it or not - a HUGE piece was stolen. Probably by another dealer, who put it in their boxes they were taking out, but it was an expensive lesson to learn.
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

Contest Patti said...

My concern is having enough, good quality stocl to ensure people come back. I don't want to have a few good pieces and lots of junk.

Heather W said...

My question is how much money does it really cost to get a solid booth going? Do you do research online before purchasing merchandise, or just go with a gut feeling?
Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

Betty C said...

I'd like to know what size booth you should start with and is it possible to combine different styles and eras and still keep a unified look.

liliesrnice said...

I wonder how much merchandise you should have onhand at all times?

Ardy22 said...

I am a newbie and never know how to determine the price of something. For cars, they become classics at 25 years..etc

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Bakersdozen said...

I have actually thought about this. I love antiques and collectibles and my dad used to trade with dealers from time to time. I guess I am afraid of failing. Plus, I would need the capital to start off right. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alex said...

I'm a newbie seller, and so far I've only sold online. Selling in person, to me, is kind of intimidating, and that's what's holding me back, I think. But I'll get there eventually!

ladyt64 said...

I would love to get into selling. I have a lot of antiques and have been thinking about a booth.

dawn0124 said...

Make sure you are open during mall hours. If you can't be there make sure someone you can trust is.

Anonymous said...

I have sold on ebay. My problem would be finding a good Antique Mall. Most so called antiques are only junk sellers. garrettsambo@aol.com

Gianna said...

The cost is #1.

Atreau said...

I like when antique stores stick to a certain look or era. It makes things easier to find rather than sorting to a multitude of decades.

jmcharries said...

I always wonder how to realy find the actual value of an antique! Some places seem really high, some sell it for a steal and it makes me leary of pricing

jmcharries@cox.net

yadgirl said...

I'm not a seller, and I haven't read the book, but I'd like to enter.

Anonymous said...

Just finished your book and saw the link to this blog. Have had a booth for a couple of months now and having a great time! A lot of really great information in your book that I need to consider. So far I have found that I need to be pickier in choosing furniture pieces. It's not all about the price but the quality of the piece and prep time if needed.

TacynotTracy said...

Didn't mean to remain anonymous above.