If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I gave my official 30-day notice at the antique mall last week and will be closing up shop in mid-February. The truth is, I had higher hopes for the booth and the antique mall as a whole, but it just doesn’t seem like the right fit for me. I opened it, considering it an extension of my blog and as a fun hobby on the side, but my enthusiasm has fizzled—for several reasons. As a last resort, I even moved my booth to another spot in the middle of the building, but I think I was already over it by that point.
When I started the booth, I had high hopes of styling it in lots of different fun ways and going on all kinds of shopping excursions for new treasures. But, it’s hard to justify buying more when things aren’t selling all that quickly. I won’t blame it totally on the venue, but I’m not sure the shoppers who would love my finds are the same shoppers that are coming to the mall on a regular basis. Side note: My blog readers have been great supporters—thank you! I would say that for 95% of the things I sold, I would get an email from one of you afterwards telling me that you bought it. ;)
Okay, so a few thoughts/observations for those of you considering opening a booth:
- The right venue is key. The convenience of the antique mall being 10 minutes from my house was a huge draw. But, the overall style of the mall probably wasn’t a good fit for me.
- Talk to other vendors first. This will give you a good idea of the overall feel of the place where you’ll be. Most are happy to share their experience with the venue—and even their sales figures. . .
- Ask about the venue’s marketing plan. What are they doing to draw in more traffic? Are there special events? How do they advertise and utilize social media? Is there an application/screening process for new vendors?
I also wrote a 6-month update here, sharing more of my experience.
I had considered an Etsy shop, but I just don’t think I have the time to get into the shipping business at this point. . . So, for now, I’m taking the last of my loot up to the booth—and pricing it really well. I’ve sold most of the furniture, but there are still several small things, in case you have time to visit before Feb.16th. (As I mentioned earlier, I’m now on the main floor. Just ask at the front desk, and they’ll point you in the right direction.)