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Antique / Collectibles Shop Are You Doing Your Best

Selling antiques and collectibles on line is serious business with alot of fun and alot of friends mixed in. I think one of my favorite things about the Iantiqueonline site is being able to talk to the different sellers though groups etc. To share thoughts helps ease the tension of trying to present your shop well. Not being able to hand an item to a buyer to inspect means selling the item honestly, and accurately. And let's face it, sometimes, that just does not happen. When you have an unhappy customer, do everything you can to make that customer happy, even if you loose money on the deal, it will be worth it because a happy customer will tell others how wonderful you are. A shop on the Internet needs to connect with other shops. The more shops that connect, the bigger the ring is, and more people will find you through those links. When we had an antique mall, every Sunday the sellers would come early and we would all share doughnuts and coffee and talk about what auctions were good , etc. Sellers brought and sold from each other...Comments such as, hey, did you have a good week ? Sometimes some had good weeks, and some did not..and we all would say what sold , that made that week a better week. Shops on the Internet are the same. Iantiqueonline reminds me of our brick and mortar mall we once had before we retired. It's not, who is best...it's getting together as a community , sharing thoughts and ideas...buying and selling from each other. I really enjoy Iantiqueonline, I also belong to some of the groups to enjoy learning more about items such as decoys, and I have to be honest, I love to talk rather it be verbally or through typing. I also belong to some web rings such as " The Jewelry Ring " and The Haskell Group " . So, to have a successful shop, be sure you connect with the other shops on line, be sure your photos and descriptions are accurate and the best you can do, be sure to treat your customer like gold, because they really are your bread and butter...and most of all, be sure to smile...that's right, smile and the whole world smiles with you. From me to you, Linda at RC Antiques on Ruby Lane

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Comment by LuAnn Smith on March 20, 2010 at 10:40am
Hi Linda,

I love to connect with other sellers online but as at part-timer sometimes it can be difficult. I, being a very social person, agree that it's important to come together as a community. Great post!

Comment by Daryle Lambert on March 16, 2010 at 10:58pm
Hi Linda

I agree we should all be connected for the good of all. My website is www.darylelambert.com and I would ask you how I could connect with others. I write a blog each day and have an affilite program that I would like to share with others. Daryle
Comment by RC Antiques on March 16, 2010 at 3:10pm
B & C Emporium , you are my kind of shop. Wish I lived near you, I would be there talking shop and buying both :-) I will recommend you....your shop name is easy to remember because not far from here is an antique mall named Emporium :-) Best wishes, Linda
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on March 16, 2010 at 9:32am
I agree, in our town the antique shops & the artists & art gallerys & the city manager & downtown leasason get together once a month to discuss what is going on & we work together for promotions, events, brochures,.

As well as every other week the downtown merchants get together for coffee at 8:00 done by 9 so everyone can open up, same thing

Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium antiques & original hardware

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