Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Look at Owl Really's Kitschy Antique Mall Booth + Selling and Buying Tips


Right now I'm on my way out to Pimp-out my own antique mall booth, I'm so excited about making the booths match my brand better. What better inspiration than to look Jamie at Owl Really's adorable, vintage filled antique mall booth (#85) at the Tennessee Antique Mall - 654 Wedgewood Avenue in Nashville, TN.

Jamie's Top 3 Selling Tips:
1. Try to find a mall that fits your style but also where your booth will stand out among the others.
2. Stage and group items that go together. Pretend you're actually decorating your home when you add new items.
3. Magic Eraser works wonders on grimey vintage pieces!



Jamie's Top 3 Buying Tips:
1. Half price days. I'm notoriously cheap so I normally shop when items are 50% off, whether that's at a thrift shop or an estate sale.
2. Know the overall aesthetic you want for your booth and shop within that style. It's ok to venture outside that look, but if you keep your eye focused, your booth will feel more cohesive.
3. Always be on the lookout! When you travel, find a flea market to browse. (You can always buy a vintage suitcase at the thrift shop to send your new finds home in!)


Everything in Jamie's booth is exactly something I would pick up while out thrifting, we have an identical reselling style. I love how she's made use of the space in her large booth, grouped likes, and made it feel homey! The consistent white as a back drop keeps it from being too busy. I love Jay's and Jamie's space offer two different display style to consider!


What are your top 3 buying and selling tips? How do you like to stage your antique mall booths? What do you like to SEE in antique mall booths? Do share in the comments!
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28 comments:

  1. Top 3 tips:
    #1 - Never pay too much! (Even if you love it)

    #2 - Be nice (this goes for buying and selling). You're more likely to get better deals if you're buying, and you're more likely to get repeat customers is you're selling.

    #3 - Keep your prices reasonable. I always say it's better to keep items coming in and out, versus have them just sit there and eventually sell for a higher price. Freeing up the space allows you to put more items in to sell, keeping your prices reasonable keeps people coming back for more, and constantly bringing in new items assures people will check back regularly.

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    1. These are EXCELLENT! I struggle with #1 all the time and leave a lot of things I really love behind. Need to follow up with a "Things I Left Behind" post soon! Thanks so much for sharing your insights.

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  2. Looks like a nice booth. I like the color coordinated displays. I agree with the above comment too. I think keeping prices reasonable keeps shoppers coming back.

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    1. I'm going the higher-priced route with my online shop. For the antique mall and my blog I stay as reasonable as possible. I do throw in higher-priced extremely nice items for a price mix. Food for thought: the expensive stuff almost always sells. Mixing it up and offering smalls is always a safe bet.

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    2. That's really interesting (maybe I'm just cheap! Ha, ha...).

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    3. It's all about branding and perceived value for setting a price point. I love to study it from an anthropological perspective, always keeps me engaged!

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  3. Van, thanks so much for featuring my booth and my tips!! It's an honor!! :)

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    1. Oh, I forgot to add that I've bought and sold multiple pieces that you have in your booth more than once before. Great minds think alike!

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  4. OMG! I have that exact chair in turquoise! I wish you were closer...I would definitely buy it!

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    1. That's the trouble with selling furniture :p it's a beautiful chair!

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  5. This booth looks so fun and cozy! There is so much stuff that I would gravitate toward, especially the bags and canisters. That sunburst clock is great!

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    1. Same here, the clock is the stuff of legends. On the rare chance I encounter them they're around $60.00. Every. Time.

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  6. For me, the one thing that has even made it possible to keep the booth has been to have a piece or two of furniture for sale at all times. These 'higher' priced (not so high when you think about the retail cost people pay for things all the time, but, whatever!) items have helped me make my rent on several occasions.
    I alos think completely rearranging about once every three months is key. People just stop 'seeing' things if the staging stays the same for too long, even if items are actually rotating in/out.
    I agree with decorating as if you would your own home (or the store version of your home).
    I have a love/hate relationship with my boot... Especially in the summer.
    Becky

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    1. I've been able to manage without big furniture pieces, but damn, they do help. I just got back from getting some furniture pieces for the booth and Craigslist that should turn quickly for a nice profit. Summer's hard, but I'm incredibly inspired to get the sales way up this time. I'll share what works! Good luck to you Becky, it's a tough season.

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  7. As a buyer I do in deed look for booths that are "freshened up" each month. I do not buy furniture or pillows because of the bed bug issues around the country. And I know many pieces for sale are in deed "freebies" or from sales that may not be the cleanest...just saying...as a buyer..furniture is not something I would consider..

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    1. Thanks for the honest feedback. I freshen up my booth ounce monthly. I wish we had more buyers like you because as much as a I personally love furniture it's hard for me to get it in and out of the store. Furniture is one of the store's biggest sellers.

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  8. I'm not that familiar with vintage sales booths, but I can definitely say that the shops (thrift, antique, etc.) that I keep returning to have a combination of great deals and great service. But I think the service trumps everything. I've been to two local thrift shops (both benefiting charities) with good deals, but were staffed by these suspicious, sour-faced old bee-yotches that would follow my every move, as if I were about to steal something! I felt like a bag lady who stepped into Barney's! It was so bad I wanted to say something. But I just gave them bad reviews on Yelp and don't ever plan on returning.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your honest opinions and experiences, service is definitely important. I won't be returning to a junk shop I went to this weekend for similar reasons.

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  9. What I love to see when shopping secondhand are baskets and/or trays with a hodge-podge of small, inexpensive, miscellaneous items that invite you to dig through them. It's like a treasure hunt.

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    1. That does remind me to put out random small again at all times.

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