Over the past week, I’ve wrote several times about my vintage booth. Since I absolutely love my job, I’m extremely passionate about the subject. 😊 Several readers have expressed interest in opening an antique booth in the future. I wanted to share 5 tips on starting your own antique booth.
I never want to discourage any of you but I must give you a warning.. 🤚🏻 If you think picking is easy money, it’s not. It’s fun money but it requires work!! Having an antique booth is easy but making actual money from it will require work. I work well over full time between my blog and booth. 👩🏼💻 🏃🏼♀️
It’s also physical. Two weeks ago I could barely move because I had lifted a crazy amount of furniture. 🏋🏼♀️ Also, I’m running from place to place on my “picking days”. 🏃🏼♀️ It’s physical and dirty but goodness is it fun!!
Here’s a few tips you need to know!
1 – Research a Good Antique Mall
This tip is number one! ☝🏻 You need to find a quality antique mall/store! Do your homework on that store. Find out if they have steady traffic during the week and if they’re busy on the weekend. (Be a creepy spy. 🙄)
Find out your booth limitations. For instance – Structure wise, I can do just about anything in my booth space so long as it’s not permanent and no more than 2 feet above the dividing wall.
In other word, I have complete freedom to display how I wish!
2 – Begin a Stock Pile
You need a large amount of inventory. Like I said in a previous blog, space is money. 👉🏻 5 Mistakes I Made During the First Year of my Antique Booth. Buy as much as you can with as little as you have. 🤑 On a side note – Don’t buy it if you can’t double your money. Your booth needs to be full on opening day because first impressions are everything! (Warning- I’m about to sound like a creeper again 🙄 🤡) Also, I’ve observed “new booths” sell more during their first two weeks!! It’s odd but people are curious about new booths so they pay closer attention.
3 – Design a Beautiful Space
The primary goal is to grab the attention of shoppers as they walk by your space! Add some florals, lace, signs or wood to make your booth pretty. I made several trips to Hobby Lobby (😍) before opening day.
4 – Begin Social Media Page for Your Booth
You have to connect with customers! Post pictures of your pretty items. 😍 You would be shocked the number of sales I’ve made because of Facebook. I try my best to keep the Classics of Opelika Page current!
Be sure to invite all your friends to “like” it!! 😉
5 – Find Your Style and Stick With It
My advice is to use the style you love! For instance – my booth style is french country farmhouse. Also, my home is mostly french farmhouse. (You can click HERE to see more of my home.) I use that style because I love it. 😍
Eventually your customers will recognize a style as yours, and they will begin expecting you to always have it!
When determining the style for your booth, go with the one you’re totally are passionate about. 👍🏻 All in all, those pieces will stick out to you while you’re “picking”. Example – If I see an old wooden table, I’m immediately in love. However, if my husband spots a midcentury shelf, he’s going to start reaching for his wallet.
Hope this blog helps you in your vintage booth adventure!! 😘
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