Hi everyone! March failed to bring in big returns for me at my antique booth, I’m afraid, but I suspect you all will stick with me through the good months and the bad months. As a dealer, I’ve come to expect certain times of the year to perform more poorly than others. February, for example, with only 28 days to sell, tends to have slow sales, but this year I had an unexpectedly excellent February (see here). However, in March, I sold just $237.70 worth of merchandise (well below my target of $400.00). My cost of goods sold, $26.00, amounted to 11.2%, just slightly over my target of 10%. If you ever find yourself in the same boat, keep in mind that [thankfully] the good and bad months tend to balance each other out(!). Why don’t we take a look at what actually sold in March.
When I have them in stock, I often sell old clothespins in sets of five, tied with a scrap of country fabric (sold: $3.50).
A nice, large wicker basket (cost: $1.00, sold: $24.00).
The whisk broom in the rear sold (cost: $1.00, sold $10.00).
A Kraft cheese box (cost: $1.00, sold: $6.00)
A pair of leather work gloves (cost: $1.00, sold: $10.00).
An antique grater (cost: $3.00, sold: $18.00). The beater sold several months ago (cost: $3.00, sold: $22.00).
A Better Homes & Garden Cook Book, in rough shape (cost: $1.00, sold: $8.00).
A vintage firkin, which I recently painted, sold almost immediately (cost: $4.00, sold: $35.00).
A pink, milk glass dish (cost: $1.00, sold: $5.00).
Of course, I sold many other items in March, but I’m discovering that I don’t take pictures of every single thing I buy. For example, I sold a small bench that I recently painted (taupe, my go to color) for $28.00 and a copy of the coffee table book, The Hudson River and It’s Painters, for $20.00. But I think you get the idea of the sorts of vintage merchandise that’s selling in my area and at what price. What’s selling in your neck of the woods?
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