Vintage Dealer interview. If you missed the first two, just scroll down our page to see them.
We hope this will become a weekly Sunday event. We love doing these. So far they seem to
be a hit. If are a dealer that’s been at this for over a year with successful monthly sales please
email us. We would love to talk to you. Be sure to check back next Sunday we have a
special interview we are doing with an Antique shop. So we will get to hear facts from a shop
owner’s perspective. Today we are talking with, Geniece from Funky Junk in the County.
at the boutique/vintage store.
pink & green depression glass, garden items, luggage, lots of luggage, doileys, beaded purses,
vintage frames, mirrors, chalkboards, ball jars, anything unusual!
because it’s different.
some weeks even more. Stocking your booth with unusual vintage finds, don’t be afraid to be
different. Ask other dealers what is selling in their booths, I’m not afraid to network. Also keep
up on trends, what’s popular on Facebook & Pinterest.
in, on average twice a week to restock, rearrange and stage items.
beginning, but we have that under control now. Certain pieces I will mark as “firm”, not willing to
budge on price. Other items the Antique Mall calls me and I can accept a lower price or
counteroffer! The right will come along, for the right price!
it is going to take time. If you have one bad month, don’t give up. You will have good and bad
months, so stick with it. I track my monthly sales on a log book, so I know to save for the lower
sales months and spend wisely. Also know your customers, if they want shabby chic, don’t stock
your booth with primitives. I have completely different customers for both locations, and I stock it
Pricing and giving up to soon.
every waking moment working on my business. My plan is to retire in two years and be a full
then I add furniture or glass in pops of color!
personal pages, Instagram, Pinterest, a website and a blog. Instagram is my favorite! I really
appreciate all the encouragement I receive. When using social media I use my own photos,
I like to keep it real. Again, it takes time to build a following on social media. It doesn’t happen
total, for all four (4) booths.
(3) times what we paid for them. Larger furniture pieces are priced based on original cost of
piece, time spent on piece and cost of extras, i.e., handles.
Do you have anything further to add to this interview? Make sure you enjoy spending
your time finding antiques & vintage items, then haul them home, clean them up, paint them,
if need be, price them, haul them back to the antique mall, unpack them yet again, stage
them and finally…………..wait for them to sell! I think you are getting the point, it is a lot of work!
As you have heard from a lot of dealers, if you are looking to get rich quick? You had better find a different line of business. It takes time, so keep your chin up so can see all that great junk and love what you do!
To find out more about Funky Junk from the County check out these links.