Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Antique Store Wisdom: Neon Novelty Merchandise Tags. Sexy!



I made my own DIY colorful Thrift Core tags before and absolutely loved using them for most of the year. When I ran out and lost the template I wanted to make enormous novelty tags that stood out when shoppers passed my booths.

Process: These tags are the same template I use for my Thrift Core jewelry which features a Transformers Comic Book panel I scanned. I took them to a printer, then cut 180 tags out and punched the hole on the left corner. From there I hand-stamp the gigantic numbers on the front and attach to my colorful merch.

Result: I can write much more information about each item I put in my shop, which I've always felt helps increase sales. Using Neon Astro-Bright cardstock paper in conjunction with the striking image and size should ensure the tags are seen from miles away- making it easier for customers to see the price and get information too. (Don't you hate searching for price tags? Many customers will just walk away.)


Resellers, speak up, what do you use to tag your vintage merchandise?
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40 comments:

  1. Hey Van,
    I LOVE your tags! I don't have a store or a booth...yet! But I'm thinking about it...Good Work!

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely a fun way to resell if you can find a store in your area with high sales and foot traffic.

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  2. What's the thing that says "Ghost in the attic"? Is that a game? A sign? I am intrigued.

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    1. It's a tin sign, I love it but I'm finally letting it go to stop being a hoarder ;) the bottom scroll that's blocked says "Antiques & Books"

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  3. I found a huge lot of vintage coasters from a airline. I used that as my tags. Always got comments when I sold at the market

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    1. I love vintage details for price tags, they make the most interesting and eye-catching tags. I'd love to see the vintage coasters you used, definitely tags with a story!

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  4. You are right about clear easy to find/read with info tags. I still use removable lables which are just large enough to write the code/price/description but whenever possible I use luggage tags and they seem to have help increase sales.

    Great tags you designed.

    Joy

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    1. Luggage tags are a good idea, too. And easy to apply. It really helps when customers know as much about the product as possible and the prices are super easy to find. Can't miss the huge stamped-on prices in the front.

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    2. I love the luggage tag idea. I am saving this, do you have any pictures on your blog. I am opening a booth the first of the year and I am collecting ideas on Pinterest:)

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  5. Great tags. When I run out of my generic white ones, I will do something fun like this.

    BTW, love the Otagiri Mug - never seen that one before. Those mugs have already proved to be a big seller in my little booth. And I also price them at $5 a piece :-)

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    1. I love Otagiri Mugs! Mugs sell alright at the shop, I wonder how this cute rainbow sailboat one will do.

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    2. I love the sailboat mug. Mugs in general have been my latest obsession!

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  6. I love the new tags, the new colors and the new stamped prices!! What a colorful design! I can't wait to see them on your new merchandise! I use a circle tag that seems to draw a lot of attention, although at times they can be a little bulky...the cost is great *free* so I will keep using them as long as the supply holds up. I see so much discarded paper on the thrifty route such as old flash cards, index cards, etc., and I have quite a stash so my thought is to upcycle this paper selection if/when my tags run out. I'm thinking, "save a tree" if I can. =)

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    1. I've always been attracted to the circle tags since I've saw them at Staples but they're not free for me. I love upcycling tags and did that in the past, but like being able to specifically brand my wares as well.

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  7. That's a great idea! It really stands out from those terrible little white tags that all sellers seem to use (they are so tiny and hard to find sometimes.) While we're on the subject of tags: I really wish sellers would stop writing on those little tags in hard-to-read cursive.

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    1. I don't like the hard-to-read cursive either. I do miss the effortless way the little white tags hang, but a big easy-to-find tag is much better.

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  8. Just curious - Power Rangers - is that fabric or flat sheet?

    If it's flat sheet, how do you find that they sell in your booth(s)?

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    1. It's fabric, I've never put fabric in my booth so we'll see how it goes. I want to re-stage the booths with more pop culture influence. A way to make the booth pop and downsize my collection.

      Fabric doesn't seem to sell too well for others unless it's priced super low.

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  9. Van,

    Are you still writing a description of the items on your tags as well or leaving them blank with just the stamped price?

    I love your tags by the way. I'm using a mix of basic white, yellow, and manilla tags that I purchased from Staples, but I would love to take more time and craft some tags like you have!

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    1. Nope, especially loving the huge space to write very detailed descriptions on the back with. I write what the item is, the year it's from, a suggestions for usage to paint the picture for the customer of how it can fit into their homes.

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  10. Yuko is major adorable and looks like a great helper!

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