Friday, May 24, 2013

On Being a Reseller in an Antiques Mall

I retired from my life time job a few years ago, (I had started my small business as a reseller in an antiques mall 12 years before my official retirement)

In 1994 I began reselling as an extension of my collecting hobby (and it became a more than part time occupation). My late mother-in-law convinced DH and me to join her in renting a booth in an Antiques Mall and selling personal collectibles. Huge learning curve. HUGE.

I grew that very small beginning into my current business, reselling Vintage / Retro / MidCentury Modern Collectibles, at Village Antiques Mall). 

The now several booths are part of my business. DH is very involved in the collecting, appraising, cleaning, repairing, painting, hauling... the job list is long. The tasks of 'finding stock', preparing for resale, pricing, tagging, packing, hauling, adding to the booths are only part of the work involved.

Paperwork, inventory control, cleaning the booth - thousands of smalls to dust, shelves to clean, the flow of styles, colors, themes to adjust are all part of the job. 

In 2009 I started blogging about my deep interest in collectibles. My first post on December 3, 2009 was Remember the Beginnings of Collecting the Past

An early favorite: Revamping Is Such Hard Work brought back a sympathetic smile.

Since then I have written an eclectic array of 752 posts that range from how I view being a collector to upgrading my camera, my Village Antiques Mall Blogthrifted findspainted furniture and so much more.

Ok, that is TWO favorites this week, blogging and reselling collectibles.

Sharing with Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Diana Rambles


  1. This is so interesting! :) I went over to Brenda's for WW and your post caught my eye and I came here instead, lol

  2. I have thought about a booth but realize it is so much work. Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Dealers don't do well in my town unless they own their own shop as opposed to a booth. I've heard horror stories :( My gramma was a dealer of primitive antiques and did shows across the country. I am the lucky recipient of some of the inventory she gathered over the years! She also ran a shop out of her basement in the off-months and did handicrafts (mostly dried flower arranging). She's suffering dementia at 96 in a nursing home now, but one thing she always asks "are you selling my antiques?" They are beloved friends from her life. I will always hold them dear.

  4. It must be a tremendous amount of work and passion to take on a business venture.

  5. That's wonderful to have found something that brings you such delight. I always enjoy your posts, Joy! You always share with us something darling or lovely that I wish I could have. :)

    Happy weekend to you!

  6. Its fun to learn how it started for you! I love blogging and the hunt for junk, but I'm not so good on the selling.


  7. After decades of dealing in antiques I caution people who want to get into the business, "They are often heavy, they're dirty and they break" so be sure it's an obsession before you get into it. Lol

  8. Two of my likes are blogging and BUYING antiques. I have several friends in the antique business and it is indeed a lot of work yet they all enjoy it so. I think your second career is great!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. Oh you have the best booth! So much wonderful stuff...worth the hard work!

  10. Oh, I would love to shop at your booth! I am seriously pondering retiring from my nursing job and am scared to death. I know I would find plenty to keep me happy. I don't know why I am so scared.

  11. I found your site through the Mockingbird Hill party, and so glad I did! We have so much in common, I just started my first antique mall booth and my first blog (on "junkin") in the past month. I will definitely be reading probably your entire blog! I think I could learn a lot from you. Congrats on your success! My booth isn't doing well, but only 3 weeks old,so too soon to give up. I'm subscribing to you so I don't miss anything! Blessings to you - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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