We opened up a booth at a local antique store, and I thought I would take you along for the journey. Check out our fun behind-the-scenes look into a new little venture and learn how to open up an antique booth.
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Why We Rented an Antique Booth
First of all, why did we do this? Well, we certainly weren’t looking for more things to do or another business prospect.
Honestly, it all comes down to the fact that we have too much stuff and we need to get rid of it.
I had years of antiques and cool things collected that I just wasn’t sure if they would have a place in our new pole barn home.
I knew the stuff had value and I didn’t just want to donate it all. So we stored it.
Since designing our new home, I see my style has shifted and changed (as styles naturally do). Most of the items I had antiqued before just don’t fit the new style of our new home.
Something about my design approach seems to want to make sure the home represents more of him, so I find my design decisions are leaning a little more masculine, more contrast, more old-world European.
But of course, our love for old things and natural textures will never change. It just might look a little different as time goes on.
7 Tips on Opening a Successful Antique Booth
At first, I tried for some time to sell things on Facebook Marketplace, but I got so tired of lining up meetings. I also find people there just don’t pay for what things are worth.
That led me to talk to a local antique store to see if they had a booth where we could try to sell our things. Luckily, there was one open and we took it!
If you are curious about how it is doing for us, let me share some of the details as we have experienced it. We actually had it set up 3 months ago, so I do have some data to share with you.
1) Check your local stores
Find local stores near you and speak with the manager/owner. Ask them questions about availability, requirements, and what you need to do to get started.
2) Find out the rental cost
We have to pay a monthly rental fee which costs $150 for this small 8-foot squared booth. Well happily, we have cleared that fee, plus some each month. We’ve had to refill and restock it once.
I’ve managed to make enough to help pay for my kids’ tutor that helps me with homeschooling a couple of hours each day. That has been a major blessing!
Quite honestly, it just feels good to clean house and find new appreciative homes for the antiques I’ve loved.
3) Read the contract agreement thoroughly
Ask to see the contract/agreement. Make sure you can meet and agree to the requirements.
More agreements will list contract deadlines, fees, cleaning requirements, communication, etc. Make sure you can commit to all of these before signing up!
4) Gather all your antique items and price them out
Our store required we submit them previously (again, read your agreement before signing it!). Then they made the tags with our vendor number and printed them out.
We picked them up and attached them to the items before bringing them to the store.
5) Plan your style for your antique booth
Have a plan in place before you bring the items you want to sell to your booth! Acquire needed shelving and wall hooks to hang items.
I had a lot of fun filling the space, styling it as best as I could, and imagining new people visiting the booth, and bringing home new treasures that I once found and enjoyed as well.
I’d also love to stock it with my TIDBITS linen products someday, once that line grows a bit more, as we are working hard to do.
6) Style your antique shop
We recommend that you arrange a time with the owners to bring your items after hours if possible.
If not, bring your items during slow times, likely during the middle of the week.
7) Check into your antique booth regularly
Check-in regularly to clean, restyle, restock, reprice, and keep items moving. We suggest going to shop at least once per week, and checking in more often during peak seasons when shoppers are out looking for gifts.
Well, I had fun sharing this side hustle with you. If anything more comes of it, I’ll keep you in the loop. Hopefully, it will be a booming success, and I’ll spend the rest of my happy days collecting and selling antiques (wink).
Although very doubtful, it has already proven to be a great excuse to go antique shopping more often and justify a few splurges because… you know… I might be able to enjoy it for a time and then sell it for more later on!
Actually, this new mentality is kind of dangerous, but it might be a really good second career for a home blogger that swaps things around so much. 😉
Anyway, let me know your thoughts! Do you love to shop at antique stores? Have you ever dreamed of having a booth or store of your own? What do you think I should do with this little space? I’d love to hear!
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