Hi everyone! Sad to say, I had another abysmal month selling from my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center. When I started sharing my monthly sales with you all, I had had a very consistent year and a half at the Gristmill Antique Center (and 15 previously consistent years at another center). I’m being humbled before my sweet blog audience. Fortunately, I had a good month selling via my blog shop, so that balanced things out a bit, but nonetheless, if things don’t turn around with my booth, I’m going to have to rethink things. So my sales for May were $178.50. Stinko, I know. Thank goodness it covered my rent ($130/month). Over the years, other dealers have mentioned not making rent on occasion; fortunately, I’ve never experienced that, but this month I came pretty darn close. Just to put things in perspective, my personal goal is to make three times my rent, or $420. Yeah, not this month. Here are eight of the 19 items that did sell.
Some of you may remember this large, McCoy basket weave planter from a few weeks ago; it sold for $18.00 the day I brought it into the shop.
A cute little bird house sold for $15.00.
A pair of shoe last sold for $25.00.
A cement tile sold for $10.00.
A 1965 World’s Fair guide sold for $10.00.
A small German mug sold for $10.00.
A Sears chrome flashlight (far right) sold for $4.00 (half off of $8.00).
This metal folding ruler sold for $12.00.
As you can see I sold a number of what I call “piddly” items, despite having a booth filled with items priced from $5.00 to $200.00. I made sure during my last visit to the shop to do a lot of reorganization. I took out a number of items that just were not selling and improved the overall look of my booth. During my next trip I’m going to give it a real overhaul and see if that helps. I’ll let you know how things progress.
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Bye for now,
Always adding new merchandise!