I have had the awesome adventure of being in the Antique and Collectible business for almost 20 years now and it seems like it started only yesterday. Every day is still an adventure and I have to say working in this industry is very enjoyable. I for one love it. I started this blog as a way to talk about how the antique and collectibles business can be safe, fun and exciting.
I would like to dissect that a little bit and say all are true, but in this day, we have to be careful when using the apps on our smart phones to make a sale or purchase. Just take a few precautions when meeting someone that you don’t know in an area where you are not comfortable with the surroundings. Or perhaps even worse, having someone come into your home or you going into someone else just to get a good deal.
Please take precautions and make sure that you are making good choices. I have a daughter that is a “New Millennial” and I get it that being careful sometimes takes a back seat to getting a quick pay day. There are lots of things that you can do to be careful. Meet in a public and safe area. I know that it doesn’t seem right to go to into a department store with a big piece of furniture just to sell that item. It might be safe but you might have to explain what you are doing to the store staff.
I still think that safety should be your top concern. In keeping with safety being a concern while doing business through social media, an alternative option to consider is renting antique mall booth space in your local antiques and collectibles shop. When selling in an antique mall, you can easily stock items and utilize social media to network and advertise your merchandise by referring buyers to your booth space instead of your personal space.
As a bonus the shop staff will be able to help take care of the details for moving, loading or even shipping your sold items. If it’s like our mall, we not only sell items online through our social media accounts but also average 10,000 customers though the store each month giving our dealers a multitude of ways to sell their items. part of the fun of selling items within an antique mall is networking and meeting new people who have a shared interest in the things you like. When talking with others who sell items in the secondary market, you will begin to learn more about other areas of collectibles, and through networking, you can understand more readily what your target audience is looking for when they come to buy.
It’s exciting to go out on the hunt for new merchandise to display in your antique mall booth, and it is fun to learn new ways to merchandise your items to encourage sales. When shopping for merchandise to sell, make sure you are buying a variety of items at good prices so you can appeal to a larger number of customers who are looking for a good deal too. remember, you make your money when you buy your items to sell, so it is important to buy smart so you can pass the savings along.
A customer will remember an antique mall booth they found a good value in. There are many great things about selling your antiques and collectibles in an antique mall or shop setting, but knowing that you can have fun and be safe doing so are two of the best ones. If you choose to rent space somewhere, make sure you ask questions and do your homework because selling in an antique mall setting might not be acceptable for every kind of merchandise. In the end, you are doing something that you love to do, so make it exciting, have fun, be safe and always keep a positive attitude.