We had a theme of "General Store" at the Antiques at Kimberton show, inspired by my obsession with vintage price tags. You may have noticed that I like to buy cool stuff in bulk (like the lamp parts). So, we piled the bulk junk into planters, enamel bowls and wooden cheese boxes. I made tags for each group and sold them for one or two dollars each, with a discount if you bought in multiples. We were joking around with other dealers that we were the dollar store of antiques.
We didn't have walls around our 9' by 13' space, so it is difficult to distinguish our stuff from our neighbors' in these photos. We're going to re-think the wall situation next time.
We had a dealer on one side who only sold glass and flow blue dishes. Erin and I pretty much neglected that side of our booth because we were afraid of knocking something over and causing a domino-effect throughout our neighbor's booth.
I decorated a little Christmas tree with all of the "dollar store" items that we were selling, like vintage price tags, stencils, chandelier crystals, tin christmas tree light reflectors and silver Shiny Brite balls.
Erin was really annoyed that I brought my homeless-lady dressform to the show. I dressed her up with various items throughout the show, including a religious sign and a fancy rhinestone pin. No one was able to appreciate her beauty, so she came home with me. Maybe if I tell people that she isn't for sale, then everyone will want to buy her.
I made bunting out of pages from a decrepit 1890 dictionary and black rick-rack. It took about 20 minutes to make, just using a hole punch and pinking shears. Try it! It was so easy. We used chenille bedspreads as the tablecloths.
I didn't even sell one of these cool old receipt books. I think they made great notepads. And they were only two bucks! Oh, well. Maybe next time I'll make a sign that says "They make great notepads!". Duh.
Here are some highlights of what sold well and what didn't.
What Sold Well
Chandelier crystals ($2 each)
Lamp parts ($2 each)
Vintage price sign bundles (25 little signs for $3)
Books (between $1 and $10)
We sold all of our very old books with fancy covers (like the kind on Bricolage yesterday).
Postcards ($2 each or 6 for $10)
Green-lidded cracker jars ($12-$14 each)
Ice cream scoops ($6-$10 each)
I had four of these, and they all sold.
Floral frogs ($4-$6 each)
Especially the green ones.
What Didn't Sell
Green shabby table/server ($165)
I know - what the hell? How could that not sell?
Country cupboard ($425)
Erin is happy. She is going to keep it for herself.
Picnic Baskets ($18 - probably better for the spring show in March)
Linens (also better for the spring show in March)
Christmas balls ($2 each/6 for $10)
This was a surprise - I thought everyone would be down with the balls at this time of year, but maybe they didn't like our selection of balls. The dealer across the aisle, Cathy, loved our balls and told us that she loved our balls. Loudly.
Erin's primitive dovetailed toolboxes ($45-$50)
I thought these would have been the first to go, especially since this show is known for country primitives. And everyone else was selling them for $100+.
Do you see a trend here? People were looking for small, inexpensive things. We're okay with that. As I've said in the past, we are all about volume. Mostly because it gives us an excuse to buy lots and lots of stuff.