Tuesday, March 1, 2011

B'Bye February...

March came in like a lamb today -- flirting with the high 30s and lots of sunshine, which means I trudged through the 12" snow again to hang tablecloths and dish towels on the clothesline.
It also means that February is over and we have one month in the antiques mall booth behind us.

I can't speak for my selling partner, but I did much better than I expected and am still having fun! I learned a few things in the first month, too:

* Mondays and Tuesdays are slow days -- now I know why some malls are closed on Mondays.
* The dealers who told us to "Buy right so you can sell right" were just that...right! Things move much faster if they're priced reasonably and not at the high end.
* Have items at all price points. Some people won't spend more than a few dollars -- have something there for them as well as the high rollers.
* Don't be impatient and don't be discouraged. It's so easy to get down if there is a string of a few days where nothing sells. I have to remind myself, though, that in a mall the right person has to walk through and see the right item. AND they don't always buy it the first time, but might come back and buy it later.
* Keep having fun! If I ever stop enjoying this adventure, I'll know it's time to quit.

All said, it's been a great first month and it's still enjoyable -- though I can't quit my day job (I hope my boss is reading this)! Do any of you who sell in malls have any more advice?


Bee happy said...

Well done and good luck with your sales for March. The tips are really interesting :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Anonymous said...

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I saw your comment at 521 Lake Street and wondering if there's anyone interested with the swap. I AM IN!!!! Do you want to swap with me? Actually this is my 2nd swap and i got pretty excited with the first one. Please let me know:) Glad to be here, pretty cool BLOG! LOVE IT!
Have a good day:)

Into Vintage said...

I am *in love* with that pic of the vintage tablecloths hanging in the sun & snow. That is some serious dedication on your part!

In response to your question about selling at malls - do you read Vintage Rescue Squad? She has tons of mall info on her blog and has even written an e-book about selling at malls. She's a great resource on this topic.

Heidi Ann said...

Oh, my gosh, I sure wish you weren't so far away - I am completely in LOVE with that table in your booth!

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