Can I sell my art or crafts in an antique store booth?
Every antique store I've visited is deliciously eclectic mix of vintage items, newer stuff with vintage flair, hand-crafted goods, and art. If it's allowed at your local store, I highly recommend trying your luck and selling your arts and crafts at the antique store.
I have tons of vintage stuff at my house- should I set up shop in an antique store?
Find a nearby spot with reasonable rent and try it out! You'll never know what will sell unless you try it.
What should I do if the rent is too high for me to set up shop?
You definitely have to calculate to make sure you have enough merchandise to cover your rent and make a profit. If you don't have enough, this might not be the venue for you. If you do, brainstorm on creative ways you can make the rent (like creative booth staging, or sticking to a certain theme).
If you have a huge amount of items to research, try putting items in your shop that you're comfortable pricing first. Otherwise, set aside a chunk of time and get that research out of the way so you can get started!
My parents have an attic full of antiques they want to get rid of- should I set up shop and sell them?
If your parents are receptive, absolutely!
You might want to try listing the item on Ebay first to see if a collector will buy the item for the best possible price.
No matter what, I never make any profit from my booth. What should I do?
If you still want to pursue the antique store route, take a break to research. What sells well at the shop? Look at what others buy, have a discussion with the store owner about top sellers. Consider online reselling options like Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy or moving to another store with more foot traffic.
[All photos in this post taken by me in the Southern Crossing Antique Mall]
Setting up shop in an antique store isn't a quick or easy road to wealth. You're more likely to be successful when you display plenty of merchandise, switch up your booth staging and inventory often, and pay close attention to how shoppers react to your changes.
Previous Antique Store Wisdom Posts:
[2/02/2011] Don't Underprice Your Items
[2/10/2011] Should You Rent a Booth at the Antique Store?
[2/16/2011] Stage Your Booth Like a Pro and Increase Sales