Naysayers claim that brick-and-mortar stores are nothing more than museums, where tech-savvy customers go to touch, feel and test products before buying them online (a practice called “showrooming”). That's bullhockey.
The Antique Trader staff is currently gathering information from antiques and collectibles (and related) businesses for inclusion in the 4th annual industry directory of antiques and collectibles. Antiques and collectibles businesses can get listed in the directory free of charge.
For the 45th year, the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hillsville, Va., (population 2,600) was engulfed by a half-million visitors to the annual Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show to peruse the wares of more than 2,000 flea market vendors.
As promised in Wayne Jordan's last column, which defined "dead inventory," here are four easy ways to dispose of dead antiques inventory that don't involve giving it away to the local thrift shop or carrying it to a flea market.
When most of one’s inventory is unsalable, profits plummet and customers begin to shop elsewhere. Unless a quick remedy is found, such shops face inevitable bankruptcy.
The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention reports that more than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last five years. Inventory shrinkage becomes a very big expense for antiques dealers. Here's what dealers can do to protect themselves from becoming a theft victim.
In almost every market, the number of traditional antiques stores continues to dwindle while other marketing channels — estate sale companies, auction companies, consignment stores and online venues — continue to grow.
In our information-heavy, digitally-driven world of antiques, dealers have learned to choose their words wisely. But you may not know as much as you think you do; clinging to outdated words and definitions may be hurting your business.
Antiques dealers want to find the best merchandise and negotiate a good price before their competitors show up. Browsing probate records could help a family in need and help you score some valuable inventory.
Why do shows and shops tell dealers they are selling space when they are really selling traffic? Antique malls (and antique shows) that rent space based solely on booth size are cheating themselves and their dealers.