Saturday, January 29, 2011
THIS IS FROM A FELLOW JUNKER OVER ON The JUNK REVOLUTION forum..... there is a lot of good friendly junk talk over there.... http://www.junkrevolution.com
SHE GOES BY Blossom and HER NAME IS GREta... AND THIS IS HER RECIPE FOR SUCCESS IN A MALL BOOTH........
.... I constantly am thinking of ways to sell/attract repeat buyers. Here are some quick tips; PLEASE take them with a grain of salt.
Stage your booth. Little vignettes here and there help folks visualize how your item(s) can be used in their home. I notice that most gift shops do this. Use your creativity to your advantage.
Buy cheap! You already know this...I read your Goodwill post!! Give yourself a little wiggle room when marking prices...people almost always ask for a discount.
Sell cheap! You will establish a reputation pretty quickly if your merchandise is appealing and affordable!! The silver-lining of our present economic state is that an antiquer can find items that are much more affordable than they were a few years ago.
Carry some unique pieces. You may have to invest a little more $, but the payoff will come when you attract customers to your booth.
Carry smalls. Too many large pieces with large prices can lead to large "outstanding-rent amounts" at the end of each month.
Pay attention to what sells. For instance, glassware does not sell too much in our mall. I stopped buying it.
Notice successful vendors booths-- and pay attention to their items, prices, arrangement of booth, etc.
Advertise. Right now I am advertising items from our storere on Craigslist. It's free. I advertise every few days by genre: Primitive items, shabby items, lamps, pottery etc. It REALLY works and has increased store traffic. You can take four pictures of items in YOUR booth and give your booth location and store location/ store phone numb.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
just s returned from chicago gift show where we bought and bought.... w e even did christmas ... poor chicago , its being usurped by atlanta.... the show at the merchandise mart gets smaller and smaller.... still i buy heavily from 4 companies who were still there.....
it was a ball!!!
but we will be pinching pennies till june.... the orders will start coming in this week....theres about 20 of them...