From the AT Staff: Resolve to find success in 2009

Let’s see… This year I want to lose 15 pounds… This year I am going to get organized… This year…

Don’t you just love New Year’s resolutions? Not me. There is always so much to do, so much I want to do, I am never sure where to start.
It seems each January 1st we use the New Year as an opportunity to examine our lives and determine what steps we should take to make them better. This turns into a list, often a lengthy, overzealous one, called resolutions. I wholeheartedly support the notion, but know the reality for many of us is a lack of follow-through and lasting commitment beyond 30, 60 or 90 days.

Maybe the easy route for me this year is to lower my expectations – not resolve to change anything. Trust me, that is a very appealing option. I think what scares me is the word “change.” I deal with so much change the way it is, personally and professionally, do I want to facilitate even more? And what about the risks of trying something different?

Do you think about resolutions for your antiques business? You probably do, but just call them “goals” instead. That’s a good starting point. We should be looking ahead – but must learn from the past.

2008 was a tough year for a lot of us, whether we are shop owners, dealers or collectors. What can we learn from it? Was there something we could have done differently to change the outcome? Do we know people who had a positive year financially? How did they make that happen? Is it something we could try, too?

Sometimes the word “change” is intimidating. Maybe we should use the word “improve” instead. I resolve to improve my business this year … but may have to make some changes to reach my goals. Do I need to exhibit at more shows this year? Less shows? Do I need to add an online component to my business? Or do more with what I have?

A quote that inspires me to action is this: “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” What do you want to get in 2009? What are you willing to do to get it?

Antique Trader would like to hear about your New Year’s resolutions for your antiques businesses and collecting activity in 2009. Drop me a letter, an email at, or share your thoughts in our forums at

Let’s make 2009 the year we make our resolutions and actually keep them! Happy New Year!