We often get questions from folks wanting to know what they should have in their dealer toolbox. So this post is directed more towards the newbie. Every dealer is different and so will be his or her individual needs. Most antique stores offer your basic tools. However, if you happen to be visiting when other dealers are working… said items may be in use which means you will have to wait your turn. It is best to just have your own tools and supplies. We have compiled a list of the most commonly used items.
First, you are going to need a bag or toolbox. For many years I just used an old vintage train case. Then as my needs changed I switched and started using one of these bags. I bought it here. I have seen all kinds of different totes and bags used. Some dealers use the totes by Thirty-One. Other dealers have used a vintage toolbox. This is going to be personal preference.
This bag has lots of storage pockets on the inside. Of course, I love it because it’s pink. There are all kinds of options out there. If you need something less girly you could go with something more like this one. It is on Amazon’s bestseller list and a steal at $12.48 with free shipping for Prime members. Click here to see more details.
Once you have your bag you are going to need some basic items like scissors, pens, sharpie markers, pencils, scotch tape, price tags, twine or ribbon for your price tags a hole punch. It’s also good to have picture frame wire and wire cutters in your toolbox. You will also need tools like a hammer, screwdrivers, nails, screws, box cutters, and a tape measure.
If you have pegboard walls you will need pegboard hooks. You can find assortments pack here.
Make sure you have some Mr. Eraser Pads. These are great for removing those stubborn marked-on prices from the GoodWill. Go ahead and grab you a pack of felt pads for furniture. I never kept power strips in my toolbox, but I did keep them in a larger toolbox in my SUV.
There are a few larger things you may need. The first one is a folding step ladder. Before you rush out and buy one check with your store. Most stores have them available. If you are in a larger store with lots of dealers you may have to wait to use one. Without fail when I needed one they were in use. So I finally just purchased my own. Amazon has a three-step ladder like the one below for $49.
Another larger item to have on hand is a furniture dolly.
These are truly lifesavers and back savers too. It makes moving dressers and bigger pieces so much easier. Again, most stores have these in a storage room. Remember in this game… time is money and you need to save time wherever you can. Well, this just about covers everything you might need to get started. If you are new to our page, welcome. We offer lots of freebies which include printable price tags. Just click here to check out our freebies.
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