Open for business

The Antique market has now been open for business for a few months.  Here are a few things that I have learned along the way.

  1. Rearrange: Rearrange your booth often. Whether you change the way something is hanging or add seasonal decor, it has always improved my sales when I go and spruce up and add a few new items.
  2. Too Crowded: Try not to over stack tables. I have found this out the hard way. If you have a lot of items on a table and it sales, well now you have a bunch of items in the floor and nowhere to put them. Also customers are more likely to purchase a big item like that if it’s not covered with stuff they have to move.
  3.  Experiment: If it’s not selling, its ok to take it out and replace it with something else. Add the item back in later.  Try to get a feel for what items are selling.
  4.  History: Attach any history that you have on an item. When out looking and purchasing, always ask do you know anything about this piece, always fun to learn more about your finds.

Opening a Booth at the Alabama Antique Market

I’ve always had a passion for old rusty signs, wire baskets, chippy paint and those one of a kind items.

I recently started my first booth as a vintage collector at the Alabama Antique Market in Tuscaloosa, AL. When the news broke about the Antique Market opening a second location, I was in!!! Lucky for me the new location is just right down the street from my work.

My booth setup is a combination of galvanized metal and peg board. Right away, I wanted to make the overall feel of my space bright, warm and inviting, so I decided to paint the peg board to give it more of a finished look.

When choosing a color, I decided on a neutral that would allow for anything I hung up to stand out. I love to decorate with greenery and wreaths, so I chose a middle shade of grey. Creating a palette of similar shades helps make the space more cohesive to where my items would still be the focal point.

Now to start searching for treasures…..