Thursday, October 3, 2013

Antique Booth - September Recap

I really should take an updated picture...

Remember my antique booth recap last month, when I said I hoped this month would be better?

It wasn't.

It was worse.

I had hoped that it was true that summer was a slow time, and things would pick up in the fall. Maybe September doesn't count as fall down here. Hopefully that's it!

Let's break it down...


At first glance, it doesn't look too horrible. After I take out the $90 for rent, I'm at almost $30.

But things aren't always what they seem. 

Half of my profit came from selling two Fenton birds and a compote dish for my mom's husband. So once I remove that, I'm at $63.48. Take away my $90 rent, and I'm in the hole almost $30. And that doesn't even take into consideration what I spent on the items. Add that in, and I lost about $50 this month. And if anyone mentions the gas money I spent driving to thrift stores and antique malls, I might cry.

It's super discouraging. I've put so much effort into this, read so many tips and tricks, rearranged, cleaned, added new, took away old. I don't know what else I can do. I think my items are priced reasonably, not too high or low, so I'm just stuck.

I'm hoping and praying that things pick up soon. I'm stuck in my contract until January, so I've got four more months to try and turn things around. 

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated (and needed!). Encouragement couldn't hurt either. I'm feeling down today.

Linking up with Thrifty Thursday

10 comments :

  1. I don't have a booth so I can't offer any advice there except to keep trying different things. Place an add on craigslist, have a sale, offer a give away entry with purchase- trying anything new in a tricky situation gives us hope!


    Also, think about some of the things that *are* going smooth in your life right now- things to be glad about. Even little things like a good hair day can perk me up if I really think about them. (That's NOT today!) My van is running today though and not in the shop. That's a positive. Magnify the positive and the negatives shrink in size. :)

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  2. I don't have a booth so I can't offer any advice there except to keep trying different things. Place an add on craigslist, have a sale, offer a give away entry with purchase- trying anything new in a tricky situation gives us hope!


    Also, think about some of the things that *are* going smooth in your life right now- things to be glad about. Even little things like a good hair day can perk me up if I really think about them. (That's NOT today!) My van is running today though and not in the shop. That's a positive. Magnify the positive and the negatives shrink in size. :)

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    1. Holly, thank you so much for this! It's far too easy to let the negative weigh you down. I have a lot that's going well in my life, and I needed a reminder to focus on that!
      I'll definitely be implementing some of your tips for the booth soon!
      Thank you again!

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  3. I'm sorry about your sales! I run an Etsy shop as well and it's definitely come and go - I know the winter is my favorite time, as I sell crocheted goodies. I don't have any rent though, that would be harder if I was losing money. I would just keep chugging along - depending on when you started your business, it could take a while to take off.

    Blessings,
    Nicole @ WKH

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I'll definitely keep chugging along until January is over, then I'll probably take my stuff and run. I already yanked out a good amount of goods this week to hopefully start a second Etsy shop for vintage, so fingers crossed that I do better online!
      Hope you sell a lot this winter!

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  4. I had a booth at an antique mall and although it was a "popular" booth that sold many items, it was never enough to pay the monthly rent and make a good profit from.

    I posted a lot on Craigslist and was able to get sales, it just wasn't enough to cover everything and pay me for my time and investments. I make more at garage sales selling the same items than I ever did at my booth. Hope you outcome is different and that you will get more sales.

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    1. I have a feeling it's probably going to be the same for me. Even if it starts doing a lot better, I don't think I'll ever make enough profit to make it worthwhile. But you never know until you try!

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  5. print coupons to your store and have a drawing to attack traffic its much like trying to get traffic to your blog think of it like that and you'll come up with something

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  6. print coupons to your store and have a drawing to attack traffic its much like trying to get traffic to your blog think of it like that and you'll come up with something

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    1. That's a really great idea to compare it to bringing traffic to a blog! I'll definitely be implementing some of your suggestions - thanks, Robin!

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