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Ideas, strategies, information about promoting, advertising and marketing your antique and collectibles business.

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.

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Comment by Lorri Genovese on December 8, 2012 at 1:56pm

Hi Brenda  Thank you for your good wishes. Unfortunately I live in a Fl community where we really don't have much property and we are governed by HOA rules. The good thing is my house is large enough to hold the things I do find. So, as a small hobby, doing my thing on Etsy and Ebay is probably enough for now. The price I have paid for my finds are so little I really don't need to turn over anything that fast for the money. Since I prefer small pieces storage is not a problem. I think I would like the social aspect of having an outside space. I enjoy meeting  like-minded people to chat with. I wish my 24 yr old daughter was interested in vintage and antiques. She does admire the finds but really could care less about a pair of candle sticks or an art deco vase.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful, healthy happy holiday season, too!

LG

Comment by Brenda G. on December 8, 2012 at 1:31pm

Lori,   I know what you are saying about the fun in it all.  At one time, I had 14 booth's at a mall & still didn't have enough room.  Most months I made a little, but sure wasn't worth my time.  It was a hobby for us, as we worked full time, but loved to buy & sell antiques & collectables & we kept the most rare pieces.  So now we are retired & my husband & son build me a big barn for 1/3 the cost of hiring someone to build it.  I have my building set up & 3 or 4 times a year, we have a big sale for a few days & we make more that way, than we did in a mall.  Our past time is still going to auctions & getting calls from people that know we buy & sale & we are having a wonderful time.  We also fix & I upholster antique furniture, which I love to do.  

You might want to think about using a garage, barn or a room in your house that is accessable to an outside door.  I would not dare let people tromp thru my house.  Then put a sign out when you feel like it.  No overhead to contend with & and anything you make, is in your pocket.   Have a wonderful Christmas.  God is the reason for the season.

Comment by Lorri Genovese on December 8, 2012 at 10:45am

Thank you....this is why I need others opins. It's easy to get excited about having a space to sell at but I did notice most of the things I see at the antique malls have a price to reflect those costs.  I can't tell you how many items I myself have passed up because they were over priced.

Lorri

 

Comment by Brenda G. on December 8, 2012 at 8:59am

I would set down & do the math.  If you sold everything in the cabinet monthly, what is the actual profit, then minus out the rent ($125.).

That is the only way to get your answer.  If you are trading money for money, with little profit, then it is not worth it.  You also have to take into account, the gas, tax, etc. that it cost you to get those items.  You would have to make a high margin of profit for it to be worth, paying that much rent.  And keep in mind that a lot of the items will set in the cabinet for several months, before they sale, but the $125. a month charge is consistent.  

Comment by Lorri Genovese on December 8, 2012 at 7:32am

hello...anyone here??

I have dabbled on Ebay since 1998 back when the fees were low and a huge priority box could be sent for $2.25...25 cent confirmation  Now it doesn't seem to be worth the time or money (at least for me). I started an Etsy Store and have sold  only 3 pieces since Nov. I do try to promote both sites but it doesn't seem to work. 

A local popular antique mall has a cabinet open for $125 a month and a part of me wants to try it. ..the other part is afraid of failing :-) I do have enough good interesting pieces to fill the china cabinet she is offering.

I live in Central Fl, east coast about an hour from the Port  Canaveral, Disney and such. The small town the AM is in is a eclectic  hot little place. 

My questions is for those that have a space in the AM. How is it working for you...the pro and cons please.  Any questions I should ask the owner .

ANY help would be appreciated Thanks

Comment by The Eclectic Element on March 31, 2012 at 11:57pm

Craig, that article is so neat! I've never heard of those types of events before, but I sure hope the antique places around me will participate in something like it cause I'd be all over that :)

Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on March 31, 2012 at 1:40pm

Check this out folks sounds interesting talk to your neighboring shops in your town, and next town over. http://www.antiquetrader.com/antiques/antiques-dealers-entice-new-a...

Craig

Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on February 28, 2012 at 2:42pm

people you had better vote as the vote is getting closer, we were up to I think 63% now 57% and collecters weekly is catching up some.

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Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on November 25, 2011 at 9:42am

check out http://www.vistaprint.com very reasonable and quick on shipping and great quality,

cards

brocheres

car magnets

postcards

almost any printed items

Comment by Artorable on November 25, 2011 at 8:37am

Excellent Craig! Great idea

 

 

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