Tagged: Starting a business
My friend and I took the plunge and opened a booth in an antique mall last February. It is okay although we wish the mall we were located in had more general traffic during the week. The traffic picks up on weekends, but weekdays are slow.
Just in the last few days we have started a blog about the trials and tribulations of our booth opening. Our blog is thefrontporch2.wordpress.com. We only have one post on it so far and we are not techies, so we have some work to do on our widgets and additional pages, but we have gotten a few views.
We would appreciate any suggestions or comments on our blog. Take a look !
Easiest way to get your feet wet is to open a booth at a antiques mall or set up at a flea market. You can begin with a small inventory and take baby steps to be sure you are on the right track. My tips would be:
1. Brand your new business including name, logo, and graphics
2. Set yourself apart from others. What makes you and your product unique?
3. Buy what you personally love and or appreciate.
4. Always keep in mind that you will need to mark-up your products so be careful not to invest in items that won’t bring a profit
5. Start a fb page so folks can find you and invest in a premium listing on FleaQuest
6. Don’t try to be everything to everybody. Stay true to your brand.
7. Start with products that retail under $75. (You don’t want to eat up all your cash with large furniture pieces)
8. Do it! Now! It is a great community and industry to be a part of.
Hi everyone! I’m looking for any and all advice on getting started in the “business” I love crafting, repurposing, junking and all that goes along with it. I’m at a point in my life where I have a choice to dive in and follow my passion or continue to just wonder. So I am a total rookie. I go to all the shows, flea markets, antique malls etc. and see all the things I would like to do but not quite sure what the first step should be. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 2:11 am #86415
Fellow small business owners have offered priceless advice. Customers and colleagues that share a zeal for vintage stuff have given me treasures. My interest in antiques & vintage grew. In the past few months I’ve purchased some neat items from flea markets and other thrift shops. Soon, my collection grew enough to open another shop! My health deteriorating and a thrift shop we are desperately trying to save, opening another shop is impossible.
My husband caught the bug…the retro bug. He is interested in investing to help save the shop AND integrating the antiques I have acquired. Sounds great. But there are many risks and even more questions to be answered.
***OBJECTIVE: To open a booth/section for vintage & antiques in the existing thrift shop************************************************
PRICING-Customers expect thrift store prices at a thrift store. How could we have a section that differentiates thrift shop from higher priced antiques?
ADVERTISING-We plan to feature art and hand made tye dyes by young local artists. We live in a coastal area. I believe tourists would purchase these items-regional art souvenirs at better prices than same ole’ boring stuff found at most beach stores.
*Again* Advertising. Without it, tourists won’t know about our store.
DEMOGRAPHICS-The market for most of our merchandise. To target consumers, we need advertising to reach a 50 mile radius.
EYE GRABBING DISPLAYS-Less is more. We have an array of merchandise from furniture to jewelry. Add local art/clothing with the thrift shop’s merchandise surroundings…I worry it will be an overload.
~~~~~~~~~~I appreciate any feedback and advice. Thanks!~~~~~~~~~~~
Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 12:59 am #86414
All donations are VERY MUCH appreciated. So neat to see people pay it forward. Many customers that received assistance came back with big donations when they got back on their feet.
Due to health issues, I am no longer able to contribute to the shop. We hired an employee in October. She’s great. Our problem, the shop cannot keep up with the over-head. My mom often pays business expenses. Unfortunately, our store is struggling and a decision to renew another one year lease is upon us.
Anonymous January 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm #86413
Hello everyone! New to this site…excited to find it. I have many questions. Might even have some answers for some fellow vintage/antique/repurposing junkies.
Through the grace of God, my family opened a thrift shop and outreach (food pantry) last Feb (2013). We get get LOADS of donations–for that we are VERY appreciative. My mom, though she works her own job-60 hours per week, works Saturdays and days my sister can’t make it in. My sister works the 1st part of the day, 5 days a wee. That includes summer-time when all 3 of her small children join her. (Imagine how much work she’s able to accomplish while making snacks and referring).
I’d work a couple hours in the afternoon. Close. Then come back at night after my teenage son went to bed (we lived with my sister at the time). I pulled over nighters at least 4-5 days a week. I felt I had to. One person per shift is just not enough. Helping customers, cash register, cleaning store, preparing food boxes from our pantry, I’ve even been a wedding consultant for a couple brides. Can’t forget the people that hang around, lonely, needing someone to talk to. Oh yes…bring in donations, processing them(by type of item, pricing, cleaning, hang or place on sales floor), daily sales, etc).
My shift was dedicated to customers. All else that I listed, I simply had no time. Don’t get me wrong. I love serving the customers. It was fun to help them pick out matching shoes for a gown. Rewarding to provided food and household items to families in need. Meeting people and being an active part of the community…total blessing. People helping people..to witness 1st hand is amazing. We had an abundance of donations. VERY MUCH
My shift consisted of serving customers.
Anonymous January 1, 2013 at 5:29 am #85067
Hey there. How is your booth going today? I think since you posted here your booth has been open for a few months right? Is it what you thought it would be??
I looked at your blog and see the last post dated September 4th….are you no longer keeping the blog alive? I found having a blog was like having a necessary ‘tool’ that helps to build-up followers as well as advertisement as your blog is open 24/7 so people from all over the globe can find you.
I too am thinking about mall space….
Hope things are going great for you!!
Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm #84336
I would try the Flea Market first & no contract! JMO
Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 12:16 am #84334
That’s a lot of money for a month! You would have to turn over a lot of inventory to cover that.
Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm #84333
Just found this site while digging through tons of info on booths at an antique mall…I opened my first thrift store back in 2000.I’ve always been a nurse but I needed a break.My sister is and always has been a hoarder of everything,lol but not like the tv hoarders.She had 2 storage spaces rented and was packed,She would have yard sales to make extra money.So we decided to open a store.I had just moved from the city to the mtns.I found a reasonable store and a friend and my self went to work putting up shelfs,buying racks etc.Then my sister started bringing truck loads of her valubles.The first day we opened(and until that day had never used a cash reg and had to keep reading the directions),any way we made enough the first day to pay our months rent.We were giddy and felt like this was a gold mine.I had always loved yard sales and thrift stores and lord,the donations kept coming.Then the worst hit us.our landlord went bankrupt and we had to move out in 2 weeks notice.Everything that could go wrong,did.I want give you all the bad stuff but now a friend is sorta pushing me to open a booth at aaan antique mall.I live in a quaint tourist town full of small shops and 3 big stores with antique booths.I have alot of pretty stuff but I don’t know alot about antiques.I do have a few and the owner says we can have antiques and collectors items but I’m scared to make that commitment the rent is $275 a month and I would have to sign a lease for a yr.My daughter has a booth at a flea market that is just getting started but she has been patient and it is now paying off.She is trying to encourage me.I am thinking maybe consigning with her.I just really don’t know what would be best.So here I am,reading all of your blogs,reading advice and now have a storage room full of stuff.lol Thanks for reading.I’ve enjoyed reading blogs today.I don;t have one yet but I’ll be around this site.I just love the ideas here.Annette
Anonymous August 8, 2012 at 12:11 am #83950
Patina, if you browse through the archives of this board you will find all kinds of tips and ideas.
Anonymous August 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm #83949
Hi. After 17 years of being a stay-at-home Mom, I have opened a
brick and mortar shop which offers all things repurposed, reclaimed, and recycled. Furnishings, home decor, and gifts.
I am now on line a patinainpaducah.com and am wondering if anyone has marketing tips for me. Thanks and Blessings, Robin
Anonymous August 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm #83948
CA Junkin Gal: found your blog too and added it to my “favorites”. I read them all on a regular basis and look forward to your posts. Congrats and good luck.
Anonymous August 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm #83946
i have just ‘openend’ it and have no real info yet. It’s JunktiqueBoutique.blogspot.com. Eventually I would like to add photos of finished projects and have them for sale. I have sold a few projects that I refurbished, but for very little, as I sold them at a friend’s yard sale. Thanks for looking!
Anonymous July 28, 2012 at 2:42 am #83929
I found your blog – welcome to junk revolution! I also checked out Bonanza.com – I had not heard of that one. It’s such fun to look at all the cool stuff out there.
Anonymous July 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm #83850
Some of us have links to our blogs – just click our name and some times it sends you to our blogs.
Anonymous July 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm #83848
CA Junkin Gal,
Have you gotten your blog started? If so, let me know as I would like to take a read. how would I get to it? – I would like to read it.
Anonymous June 24, 2012 at 12:49 am #83742
I too am in the process of starting a blog, but am no tekkie and have put the word out in my area for HELP! I strive to be a little like the old painted cottage, which is my inspiration and when/how I met/fell in love with cottage/chic/shabby and all! I love, love, love it. I hope that when I grow up someday I can be like Ki and all the other ladies who have taken the plunge to retail their treasures. I would love to travel, finding treasures and finds. All the Best to you!
Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm #83708
Congrats on jumping into the big deep ocean of vintage and antiques. Many of us here have ‘been there done that’ so be sure to ask if if you need help. JR members are pretty amazing!
Anonymous June 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm #83707
Welcome!!!thefrontporch…Glad to have u aboard…
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