Thursday, June 6, 2013
Learn How to Earn $1K Per Month From Your Antique Mall Booth with Jay
I've admired Jay's clean reselling style for years now, we're kindred dino-loving spirits! When he revealed that he's making over $1,000 per month from his antique mall booth in Arizona these days I had chat with him about his success and get a look at his inevitably spectacular booth:
1. Hey Jay, could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself and your resale shops?
My name is Jeremiah and I have a resale booth in the Cortez Street Emporium Mall in downtown Prescott, Arizona. I resell mostly retro or vintage mid century items with a focus on housewares, toys, and some military items. I also have an Etsy shop, Vintique Homes and I occasionally sell on eBay as well. I have a day job, so I resell as a weekend warrior.
2. Between reselling on Etsy and reselling in an antique mall booth, which do you like best?
I enjoy reselling in the antique mall booth over Etsy. It's easier.
3. I go back and forth with that myself. Hard to choose! You recently revealed you were able to get your sales up to over $1,000, what tactics do you feel help you get the sales up?
The main tactic is simply having more stuff to sell. I've moved into a larger booth and have been able to fill it up with plenty of merchandise to offer.
4. You do have a nice, roomy space, I'm a tad envious! What's your audience like at this antique mall, what do the people here normally buy?
For the most part, it's mainly touristy, a lot of people visit our town from Phoenix, California or the Midwest. There's some local shoppers, but most of my sales come during weekends and holidays, when the antique mall is filled with travelers.
5. What's hunt for merchandise like in AZ?
It's great, I live in a somewhat retirement community so there's a good selection of estate sales and thrift stores. There's not usually a lot of high end items in my area but there's plenty of supply overall.
6. What's the local reselling market like in AZ?
I've only been reselling locally for about two years and it has picked up since I started in 2011. Mid century modern is slowly picking up, but the farm, rustic, and western cowboy look is definitely a trend around here.
7. What's your favorite part of the reselling process?
My favorite part about the reselling process would be the hunt for new items. I can go into a thrift store, flea market, or an estate sale and just get lost with nothing else to think about except finding that one item. It's an affordable therapy session.
8. I think your reselling aesthetic and branding is admirable, how do you keep it cohesive? Tips to share?
I spend a lot of time looking at pinterest, or online for mid century modern decor, or even store websites like Anthropolgie for inspiration. I have favorites stores on Etsy that I constantly visit and certain local resale shops that I peruse frequently. I then try to emulate what I'd like from all those sources into the booth or in the Etsy shop.
9. What's are some challenges you've had to overcome selling in your antique mall?
The hardest part is the beginning. Sales can be slow and it's difficult to find a niche at first. Also, it takes a lot of inventory to really make it worthwhile and to have consistent sales on a monthly basis.
10. Dinosaurs vs. robots, there can be only one! Who will win?
Dinosaurs hands down!
I love a good success story! Chatting with Jay and looking at his selling space has me even more inspired to revamp my own space. Let's get busy and make those sales!
Tell me, what's reselling like where YOU live? What are the challenges you're facing with your antique mall booth, vintage shop, etc?