Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I posted here and I don’t have a good reason. Life is busy and life gets in the way. We’ve been through house repairs, family visits and health issues. We haven’t gone to as many auctions as usual and weeks have gone by before we were able to work in our booths.
Something else happened a few months ago as well and has carried into this Christmas season. Our customers disappeared. That doesn’t mean people stopped coming to the store. We still get a lot of people coming in and looking around. But that seems to be all they’re doing. Aside from beanie babies, comic books and dvds, we don’t sell much anymore. Where did our vintage-loving customers go? Many weeks, we don’t sell anything over five or ten bucks. Selling small stuff is great, but it doesn’t make a business great. We’re not making money and barely making rent.
I’m not sure what happened to our amazing customers that couldn’t wait to see what we put on the shelves. And I miss finding new, unique treasures and seeing them find new homes. The joy isn’t there for us when all these new customers buy is a paperback or comic book for a couple of dollars. And we’re not alone. Many other dealers are having the same problem.
I know antique malls are slowly becoming extinct. Online retailers are killing it and even some of them are having problems. Too much competition? Too many choices? Too many cheap customers? Whatever it is, it’s here and we have to figure out how to go on or if we do at all.
I love this business and I want to find a way to continue it. We will most likely downsize to one booth and see how that goes. Should we try online selling? Maybe. Aside from Marketplace, I don’t do it but I’m open to something new.
In the meantime, we’re still here and I snapped these photos of our booths last Friday during the town’s Midnight Madness.
When you shop this season, don’t forget to shop small business and buy vintage! Thank you and Merry Christmas! 🙂