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!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Can I buy the stuff that is not for sale, please?

This wooden hand just sold in my booth.  I did not intend to sell it - I picked it up simply because I thought it would look cool to display some retro jewelery on it, which is how I staged it (and now I regret not taking a picture of it).  However, the customer wanted the hand.  So I gave in and sold the hand. 

Rather beat-up little table with a cracked back leg used to display my lovely typewriter.  But the customer did not want the typewriter, retro planter or vintage playing cards that it displayed, just the table.  So, I let it go.
Just the other day when I stopped by to rearrange a bit, a customer asked if the rack I just found to display linens was for sale.  I said unfortunately not.  She asked what price I would want to let it go.  I said $100 and watched her walk away.  I did NOT want to sell it and then have to find another display solution.  Was that bad?
Finally, several people have wanted to buy my booth sign.  I have declined.  The antique market owners have put a Not for Sale sign on it, which looks a little hostile perhaps. But it took me a while to make, and I am not a happy crafty person with paper and scissors.  Seeing how in demand it has been though,  maybe I should make some smaller versions using cool thrifted frames?

Is EVERYTHING in your antique booth for sale, or do you keep certain items just because they work so well displaying other stuff that you are *actually* trying to sell?


  1. Still laughing. " I said $100 and watched her walk away ". Too funny.

    No, you are not bad. It's not like you kicked her in the tush and hollered, "get out of here"!

    Marking your displays NFS is a must. We tend to find groovy stuff that other people want and have a need for, so naturally they will try to buy if they can.

    1. Kicked her in the tush - now THAT would have been rude, ha!

  2. I just laughed out loud.

    So much goodness here.

    I have a "NFS" tag on two of my shelves WHICH HOLD MERCHANDISE which people are always trying to buy. WHERE would I put my stuff in my booth then? I quoted $100 also to someone once.

    Yes, make some more of those signs!!!!! SELL EM!

    1. I am thinking about making some small Mad Maine signs. It would be like a souvenir from my shop ;-)

  3. I have things like a set of shutters I use to hang things on that are not for sale, I usually do just what you did...I mark it at a ridiculous price...See, if the lady wanted to give you $100 you would have sold it!! We have an antiques mall in town that does not allow their vendors to have anything that is not for sale in their booth...YIKKES! That hand was pretty cool


    1. Yes, it was cool and who knows how long it will be until I happen upon another one. If I do, it will be one expensive hand :-)

  4. You definitely need to make more signs, as close to that original one as you can (not smaller) and sell them for a good price! They might become your cash cow! So often, we are guessing about what might sell but here are customers with cash in hand wanting to buy your sign so listen to your customer and give them what they want. You will only be the richer for it!

    I love your blog, found it through Apron Thrift Girl, and am now subscribed. Would love to visit your booth on my next trip to Maine!