I wanted to share an update on my booth at the Pickers Market because I know there are many of you that are traveling out of town for the long holiday weekend. We’re knee deep in a busy tourist season and some of my favorite finds have come while I’ve been on vacation. I love to go to other antique malls and flea markets while I’m away because it always gives me inspiration when I get home. I love to see how other vendors have styled their spaces and what goodies they’re passionate about bringing in.
Make no mistake having a strong base of local loyal customers is vital but it’s equally as important to embrace those customers that are looking for a little something to take home after spending a week at the beach or in the mountains. If you’re a vendor make sure to keep lots of smalls in stock and even if you’re not moving a lot of furniture right now be sure to have plenty of unique items for both local and seasonal customers to choose from.
If you’ve been in your local craft supply store lately you know that most big box stores are getting ready for the fall and Christmas holidays. On a personal note, it feels way too early to be putting these seasonal items on the shelves but from a business stand point this is all part of being a vendor. All most all of my prices have been discounted in an effort to make room for new merchandise.
Depending on your area this may be a great time to find furniture for a good deal as some vendors may be more willing to negotiate the price depending on what they have in stock or in storage.
Of course, you always want to be respectful and ask what the vendor’s best price is. If you see a dough bowl for $125 offering $75 or less can be seen as insulting.
The summer season usually suggests a high inventory turnover so make sure you keep the entire booth space clean and fresh. Move items around. If there’s something you really don’t want to sell, bring it home. Donate items that have not moved in the past 6 months if you have any. We all make impulsive decisions at times when choosing merchandise.
Finally, summer is a time for making memories. Remember to make some with your own family. Slow down and enjoy eating dinner outside or having breakfast at the beach. Being a vendor is so much fun and at the same time can be all consuming and exhausting especially during busy seasons. Take some time to enjoy the small moments that make each day amazing.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing my recipe for Watermelon Basil Popsicles.