Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cram it in there

My current antique market has a more whimsical rather than upscale feel to it.  I have a few favorite booths and shelf spaces for sure (which I will show you in another post), but some booths are also crammed with things from the dollar store and drowning in Beanie babies.  How do they make money off this? And maybe equally important, how do they enjoy dealing in such merchandise?  One of the reasons I wanted to have a resell space was to be able to surround myself with more of the things I like and share them with the world (um, Maine and the current flood of Leaf Peepers that is).  Ok, so I judge - maybe some people really like Beanie babies and want to share those with the world too.

Anyway, I popped in yesterday to check on my booth, and my first impression of it was: It's too crammed!  It looks like an overpriced thrift store! I hate my booth and its tiny floor space.  Nobody can get to my awesome stuff that is just sitting there in the corners.  I am doomed.  When will my bigger booth be ready?

Then I walked around to look more closely at other vendors' booths.  And I feel better.  If I thought my booth seemed stuffed, look at these two booths.  I seriously want to know if they are successful.  Maybe they have found that the more stuff, the more sales? Or maybe they use their booths as some sort of storage space and they are actually reselling their stuff elsewhere?  I really want to know.

I could not reach anything on the shelves - maybe I need to buy my way through

Could not reach stuff on these shelves either.  What do they know that I don't?

Then you have this booth - I swear I have never seen it fuller than this.  Does the merchandise just fly out the door on a daily basis?

Minimalist booth

Have you found a balance when it comes to the amount of stuff in your booth?  The fuller, the better?  Or the more sparse and staged, the better?

PS:  While I was there browsing in the store, two of my German fruit plates sold (I love spying on my own customers from a safe distance, don't you?)  At least cute little old ladies know how to step over stuff to get to the deepest, darkest corners of antique booths.  They have more guts than me.


  1. So I have wondered the same thing. Are people using booths as some sort of storage unit? This theory is further strengthened by the fact that in my experience, some of the prices in these booths are nuts! Is this just a case of hoarders spreading their hoard around? I don't know, but I do know that I really dislike going to these booths. I always feel like I'm going to break something. But mostly it bugs me that they don't care enough about their items or their customers to take better care of their stuff. End rant!

  2. What an interesting question, first I have to say the owner of the mall I am in, would never tolerate that stuffed booth you pictured! I had decided that my booth was too crowed, so I made it look like a show room and guess what my sales were not as good last month, so I filled it back up. There is a fine line between full and cluttered!


  3. I agree with Carol on that fine line. You need a lot of merchandise, but your customers also need to be able to get at it.

    You should take pictures of the booths in the first two pictures everytime you go to the mall and post them up. We will see if any merchandise is moving for these people.

  4. I don't get it either. I've never had a space in a mall, but I sell at antique shows. I think it's more about the way your merchandise is displayed. A lot of merchandise very well displayed doesn't look crowded...only tempting.