Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the do it yourselfer…I have a little problem hobby. I like to buy old junk stuff treasures. I like it dirty and rusty vintage. I also really enjoy merchandising decorating telling a story by stacking and layering. I have a passion for vintage Americana.
The confessions of a junkaholic goes something like this…I
stalk follow Facebook pages, Pinterest Boards and Blogs of diy-ers and junk lovers. I covet admire their unique style. I also steal am inspired to copy emulate what has given them success.
In November I
jumped in carefully weighed my options. I purchased an e-book, Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide that provided great helpful information for junkaholics collectors looking to get into the game. I followed most some of the advice; chose a location and took up residence in an antique mall. Thus far, I have covered my first 6 months rent and I am half way to covering the next 6 months. Not too shabby for 4 1/2 months…especially since January was almost a total bust.
My space is relatively small, 10×9 but it is on a high traffic aisle. I do not have an obvious theme in my booth…I stock a wide range of
junktiques Americana. However, I would say that 95% of the items are “Made In America”. There is the odd piece of English Transferware and Record Albums that were pressed in the UK, the rest is American Made.
If you buy junk and resell antiques, love rust and you have an obsession for collecting other people’s discarded treasures please share a tip or two that helped you grow your vintage resale business.
I would like to know:
- How do you know what to buy?
- How do you determine the re-sale price?
- Where do you shop for your treasures?
- How often do you change your product mix?
- What’s the one thing you will always stock?
- What’s the one thing you will never stock…no matter what?
- What drives your purchasing decisions; price over product or vice versa?
One womans trash is her loss and this nolagirlatheart’s junk style treasure!
- The Next Generation of Vintage Shoppers (rubylane.com)
- Reyne Haines: Celebrity Collector: Rick Dale (huffingtonpost.com)
- I Admit I am a Pocillovist – an egg cup collector (rubylane.com)
- A Few Thrifted treasures to see me through a rainy day (Shabby Vintage Junk)
- More about You, Less about Everyone Else Trunk Show (Cottage Elements)
- Secrets to a Messy Bed (Funky Junk Interiors)
- Thank You! (Vintage Marketplace Style)
- Junque Magnet – Adventures in Yard Sales (junquemagnet.com)
- Vintage Marketplace…Nashville, TN (gathered comforts)