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I'm another newbie on here and would really appreciate your input. So far, everything that I've read on here has been quite valuable. I welcome and value your opinions and comments. Please don't hesitate to share your knowledge. I need all of the help that I can get!
In January I have an opportunity to take over an established antique shop in a town with other antique shops. I do realize that having a shop in a town known for antiquing is a good thing. This town is mostly a weekend destination. Not so many visitors during the week. This town also has monthly events all year-round, as well. My plan is to be open on Fri, Sat, Sun, holidays and during town events.
I have so many questions that I hardly know where to begin! I thought I'd start with this one and will have more to post in the future. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful input.
First, I'm on a rather limited budget. In other words, I'd be starting-up on a shoestring. I really need to get a few quality dealers to rent some booth space. It's a small shop so this would be limited to no more than three dealers in addition to myself. I do not want junky flea market stuff or scented candles, etc. No offense intended to anyone. I realize that these items have their place but I just don't want this stuff in my shop. I want this place to be known for cool stuff of quality. My first question is how to find a few quality dealers? How do I screen them? Do I need paperwork like space leases or is a "gentleman's agreement" okay in the beginning? How would I keep these individuals during the months of Jan, Feb and March which I expect will be rather slow months? Another question that crosses my mind is, what if I screen and accept a dealer based on their agreement to stock only goods of high-quality and later they begin to bring in unacceptable low quality goods? How does one approach this situation with tact?
Any and all comments are greatly appreciated. I will be posting more questions. Thanks to all!