Antiques stores are often “mom and pop” businesses by necessity. But during spring and summer, a very active season for antiquing, extra help is necessary too.
Giving other search engines badly needed competition, online juggernaut Amazon.com is moving into the collectibles world to take dealers’ inventory out of the labyrinth that is Google search and away from eBay’s costly listing fees.
Two simple tips can give antiques retail store owners an edge in improving a customer's retail shopping experience. Columnist Wayne Jordan says antiques dealers must make shopping in your store a fun experience. Here are two techniques (one hi-tech, one low-tech) that other retailers use to ensure their customers enjoy shopping in their stores.
What's a shop owner to do when kooky customers ask for the impossible? Grin and bear it and take a tip from these funny stories of Customers Gone Wild by shop owner Melanie Thomas.
Finding a hidden treasure at a yard sale or antiques show is always memorable but why are we haunted by the antiques we pass up, overlook or leave behind? Columnist Melaine Thomas shares her greatest hits (of mistakes) and the lessons she learned passing up a $25 Georg Jensen bowl.
Wayne Jordan says to avoid overpaying or underpaying your taxes, you need to control and track your antiques shop inventory. Since the IRS doesn’t accept Victorian rockers or Depression glass as payment for tax bills, here’s a look at how inventory and taxes are related.
The summer of 2011 marked 40 years in business for Banowetz Antiques of Maquoketa, Iowa, which is entering a new phase and is planning a grand re-opening in 2012.
The forecast for Tri-State Antique Market's 27th season is looking up: both indoor antiques shows and multi-dealer shops are reporting strong sales for the first few months of 2012.
Antiques dealer Melanie Thomas makes the case for transforming our trade into one children dream about. It’s time to replace the stereotypical ‘little old man on the corner’ with ‘the entrepreneur’ who is tall, dark and handsome (or at least middle aged with a full head of hair) and rich.
Sure you can read what’s hot and what’s not, but what if you could learn exactly what the collectors who live near your store search for online? Indeed you can with Google Insights for Search, a powerful new tool you can use to create your own “hot list.”