Saturday, March 26, 2011

My First Step

What, you ask, was my first step towards opening an antique mall booth? Why googling "how to run an antique booth" of course! There is a wealth of information on this topic on the internet.

I also purchased the e-book "Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner's Guide" which I thought was an excellent value for the $9.95 cost. This book contains information from how to select the right antique mall to how to set-up your business.

What have I accomplished so far?
  • I have created an Excel inventory tracking system
  • I have created a system for photographing items
  • I have begun to build an inventory of items by pulling things from my cupboards 
  • I have created the booth's social media presence (Twitter, Facebook and this blog)
What am I planning to do next?
  • Obtain my Tax id
  • Continue adding to inventory
  • Identify antique malls to visit 
  • Develop list of questions to ask mall operators 
  • Review merchandise price points when visiting malls 
  • Create a mock booth in the basement and practice styling it with merchandise
I'm approaching setting up this business in a very methodical manner. Hopefully this approach will minimize any stress associated with starting a new business and ensure its success! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Let Me Introduce Myself

Hello. My name is Cindy. I'm a collector of things. Dishes, linens, glassware, decorative items, holiday items, books, jewelry, you name it.

I use everything I own by decorating my home to reflect the current seasons or holidays and creating lovely tablescapes. My motto is "There is no reason to own it, if you don't use it!" However, I have recently decided it's time for me to let some of my lovely things go to other homes.

This blog will document my journey of preparing to open an antique mall booth and the operation of said booth.

I hope you will join me on this trip!