Got my booth set up! What I brought with me wasn't enough to make it look well-stocked, so I stopped (again) at the retirement village down the road, which was having the 2nd day of its rummage sale, and offered them $10 for all the books that looked resalable. I skipped the ones with the broken spines, and also got some CDs as well. I bought all their VHS tapes yesterday; they were priced at 10 cents.
The mall owner thought I priced my books a bit low, so the second crop got priced higher. I will go back there tomorrow and stock these too.
The booth came with a bookshelf that a previous renter left behind, and I brought other fixtures.
Thing is, both of the antique/craft malls in my city are booked solid (one has a waiting list 40 names long) and this one is the closest one I found....in a town 50 miles away. But this town gets people who come into town on chartered buses to do antique crawls, so I got in at the right time, for more reasons than one. The owners are running a special, so my August rent will be free. They also cut checks twice a month, just like a real job.
I'm sure that you spread those books out to make it look inviting, yet full.
Don't forget to make those signs, even if they are handwritten.
One cool thing that I saw in a book store once was the use of post-it notes on select books, and is something that we did too. For instance, I had a book called the Arms of Krupp. On the cover, I put a post-it note that read "The Arms of Krupp is one of my favorite books. If you've ever wondered about the German War Machine, this book is a must read~$8.00". On a vintage Betty Crocker Cookie book, "My wife's favorite cook book~$9.00" All the books that had post-it notes always sold!!!!
If you ever see Time-Life books: The Wild West, The Civil War, and WWII series always sell fast when priced at $5. I've only had one partial set of the Aviation series, and it sold well too. One of the best book scores that I've ever had was at a Half-Price Books. They had 45 volumes of the WWII series, marked $1 each, and I sold them for $5 each in my book booth.
I have found great deals at Half Price Books, also. Neat place.
Also, (I got this from my former horse trading days), we find out for what an item is selling and then price a bit under that. We check on ebay and amazon too. We don't try to make a killing on one great deal, but, make a bit on each sale. Works very well that way.
This morning, I was at the gas station and complimented a woman on her dress, and in the following conversation, she asked me if I was interested in antiques. It turned out she was on her way to work; she and her husband co-own an antique mall here in town that I didn't know about, and they even have an open booth with fixtures!
I'll probably go back tomorrow and fill out the paperwork to rent it too. I will keep the one in the other town as well; I should get my first check from them (I hope) any day now.
I have found that it takes time to build a following and a customer base.
From where I am sitting, I'm guessing that you need more stock. That booth needs to be very full, but not cluttered.
It is also going to take a little while to figure out what your customer base is looking for. Books about war, military, history, collector guides, woodworking, decor, cookbooks, old novels and classic lit is what I would use to stock an antique mall.
A flea market...at least what I've found, can be a totally different market. We do well with all of the above, but kids books and low priced paperback novels are probably our best sellers, mostly because they are cheap and plentiful.
I'm not sure any of this makes sense, or applies to you, but it works for us, and yes, I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express back in June.
Keep your chin up...trial and error is the norm for finding out what sells the best for you.
This particular mall has a mostly female clientele, and I do have a lot of "women's" books. I brought more today, along with a suitable shelf I acquired this weekend. The owner also suggested I use some shelves a previous client left behind, and they were much more useful than the ones I brought with me. The booth looked a LOT better when I was finished.
I don't sell books but I can say, if you put stuff in your booth, make sure everything can be seen and the customers don't have to climb (figuratively, maybe literally) over things to get what they'd like. Very full but not jam-packed. Since I look at stuff all the time, I can 'see' things but customers are sort of cruising through and go over the top till something catches their eye. I saw a shelf system today of another vendor and she had the books all facing outward, not side-by-side. Easier to see, I thought. Hope this helps!!
Market yourself and books through craigslist and Facebook, too.
Location: south central Kentucky(finally out of all the snow)
I don't have a booth(but have thought about it), but I do shop at the Peddler's Malls that are around here.
I buy a lot of books, as I'm an avid reader. If the books are sorted by author or type, I'm much more likely to spend more time looking and buying. My most recent purchase was 25 true crime books that were together and another 25 at a different booth that were sorted by author. I buy more when they're sorted. If I have to look through dozens of shelves and they're all mixed up, I'll keep walking if one doesn't catch my eye quickly. I hate having to look through hundreds of romance novels to try to find a good book.
Besides books, a couple of other things that I always look for is glass baskets and tupperware.
My books are shelved separately by genre, and further sub-classified in the author's alphabetical order, and the titles are alphabetized if I have more than one by a given author (John Grisham, Danielle Steel, Faye Kellerman, etc.). I also have the DVDs, VHS tapes, and CDs alphabetized by title or artist as well. Numbered romance series are filed accordingly too.
Now, if only I can get more people to buy my books!
So far, I've barely brought in enough money to pay for my gas, but with the mall owners' permission, I put ads on Craigslist and that's helped somewhat. One of the first garage sales I hit up had a motherlode of homeschooling supplies, and people have been coming in looking for those. And today, I was at the closer booth doing some rearranging and restocking, and a woman bought 5 of my DVDs while I was standing there.
The woman who bought the DVDs noticed that I charged $4, whereas the other vendors charged $2, but she had noticed that the other vendors' DVDs were often scratched or had other damage. I inspect EVERYTHING before I put it on the shelf.
I ended up not going to the craft fair. I woke up panic-stricken in the middle of the night beforehand, and the feeling was strong enough that I thought it would be best if I didn't go. No money lost, either because I would have paid when I got there. This fair's Facebook page later said that turnout was very poor, and implied that there were more vendors (about 40!) than customers. Because it was 30 miles away, I'm glad I didn't go.
I plan to not renew the first booth I rented when the lease comes due at the end of January, but the second booth is doing relatively well. I also started a half.com account last week; haven't sold anything yet but I know this takes time. I met someone last week who's done this for 12 years, and he told me I was doing everything right.
I started to not post on this subject but decided to share with you. In my area seems the ones that make the money is not the one that rented the booth but the owner that rents the booth out. I wanted to make some money so I started selling at a outdoor Flea market(FM) on the weekend when the weather was good---(yea had to set-up every weekend I sold). I learned the FM selling quick. I sold for a year and half and setting up about 2 to 3 times a month average and sold Mega Thousands of dollars of items. I then rented a 6000sqft building in what I thought would be a good location--rent was $1000/$1200 per month but no more setting up and if it rained it helped my business. We sold every weekend(fri, sat and sunday) as a HUGE INDOOR YARDSALE. No sign on the building until sale days. We sold $1000 and $1000 per Month. We had to buy trailer loads per week to resale when we had the store and we about sold out every weekend we sold at the FM and had to buy another trailer load for the next week.
I will say this---if you got the Right things on your tables/shelves and got it priced right---you should about sale out every week. When we were running the Store/indoor yardsale---there was 2 Huge indoor Flea Market with in 3 miles of our store in both directions and they were almost dead on the weekends hardly no customers and at the same time there were times we had to get someone to direct traffic at out store, with 3 head working at the counter sometimes we had customers waiting to check out in lines.
I just feel bad for some of you that go through time setting up your booth, spending your money on rent just to break even, go in the hole or make a few bucks. I know a Guy that just set-up a big consignment shop---had all the booths rented in the first month---only problem is He is the only one making any money. I have been in it twice and passed it many of times since it opened a few months ago and there is rarely any customers shopping there. It will fold too as soon as the People renting the spots/booths get tired of paying more rent than they are selling.
If you are going to spend your money on items to resale and pay rent, and spend your time, be """"different""""than most setup around you like we were. Take Items That The buyers Are Looking For then you will almost sell out every week. Why keep things on your shelves for weeks and weeks, and weeks, and weeks, and months and months etc, etc that are not selling??? Get rid of those things so you can free up space for items that will sell. What Items Do I Need to get---I am sure is a question in your mind---that would be your job to find out what will sell in your area. Example---In my area--I can load a big trailer load of antique horse drawn plows, old saws. old tools, antique tables and chairs, old dolls, cast iron items, single trees, nice old stuff, etc, etc and take that trailer load to the Flea Market this weekend and I will Bet you I will have to bring 90+% of it back home. I will also bet you that if I take that same trailer with some good used kitchen items like a microwave, coffee maker, towels, good clean sheets and spreads, a good selection of GOOD clean clothes etc, etc, etc that I will about sell out.
I want everyone of you that is reading what I have typed to understand I am in No way Bragging, I would from the bottom of my Heart Love to see/hear everyone of you that are selling----making good money for your time and My True Proven feeling on this is I know you can if you take/get the right items to sell. I wish all of you selling the very Best.
I met with an accountant yesterday, because we're going into a new quarter and he also does free consultations, and he also told me that I'm doing everything right and also do not have any unrealistic expectations. He told me to come back in early February and he would file my tax return.
I rented a table at my church bazaar this weekend. We'll see what happens!
We had the bazaar yesterday. Attendance was disappointing, and I made a total profit (after booth rental) of $2.75 but hey, at least I took home one box less than I brought with me. I found that the best sellers were children's books, so if I do this again next year, I will bring more with me.
I even sold two VHS tapes, which surprised even me. But the woman had a VCR and her preschool-aged grandson with her, and I had two tapes she knew he would enjoy. I also sold a complete box set of the "Little House" series to a woman who said she was purchasing it for her grandson, but told me that she hadn't read them herself and wanted to.