One of the things you have to do when you have a booth space in an antiques mall is spruce it up occasionally, or as Vintage Rescue Squad puts it, "foof your boof."
I just love that. I wish I had thought of it myself! Surely she won't mind if I borrow it?
Anyway, these last few months haven't been exactly lucrative for my sister and me in our little booth at Uniques & Antiques in Mineola. Actually, 2014 hasn't been as good for me as a vendor as 2013 was.
With sales low month after month, I wonder if the problem is what I choose to put in my booth, how I choose to display it, or if my prices are fair. I start asking myself:
1. Is our booth eye-catching and attractive?
2. Is our booth welcoming?
3. Is our booth full of stuff people want?
4. Are our prices reasonable?
5. Do we introduce new merchandise often enough?
6. Are we located in a good spot in the mall?
7. Are we in the right mall?
8. Are we in the right business?
9. Is it time to try something else?
Then I start talking with other vendors. I read their blogs and Facebook posts. I realize that we are all in the same boat.
This business is fickle.
No one can predict what our customers will buy from one season to the next.
Last summer it was sage green shabby furniture and chalkboard painted silver trays.
This summer it is black distressed furniture
and rustic signs.
Things that flew out of the booth last year
have been sitting for weeks.
I stay because:
1. It allows me to do something with all those thrift store and garage sale finds.
2. It gives me a place to trade out my home decor as I find new old things to decorate with.
3. It gives me a thrill when something sells.
4. It gives me a creative outlet for design and crafting.
5. It's sister-bonding and FUN!
So. . .this week I did some booth sprucing.
Somebody might just come in and find exactly what they have been looking for. . .
or find the very thing they didn't know they needed.
It's Mary Lillian Vintage if you want to stop by. Look for the turquoise sign at Uniques & Antiques in Mineola.
Make my day.