Thursday, March 28, 2013
Antique Booth versus ebay or Both
As much as I like my antique booth, there are some times where certain items just don't seem to belong there, even though they are old, vintage, retro or whatever else you want to call it. In my space, it seems like some merchandise will sit and attract dust even though I know from online blogs that they are popular items - anywhere outside of Maine, that is. Lately I have put some of them on ebay instead (mostly unbreakable stuff since I hate shipping delicates), and they sell! For a lot more than I priced them in my booth. Case in point, a very small Jens Quistgaard iron candle holder sat untouched in my booth for $15 for a month, then sold for twice the amount on ebay in a week. But why does it feel like I am cheating?
I used to sell a lot of stuff on ebay during my college years, mostly books since I lived in a college town and also close to an amazing thriftshop that had a ton of books for low prices. I often picked up books for 50 cents and resold them on ebay (and amazon) for $40 or more, especially textbooks and reference books. Those were the days! And there were so few people who did what I did, and there were no phone apps to help you out. You had to go with your guts and knowledge, and I thrived. Of course, I read way too many books myself and have almost 3,000 in my house (I counted once while moving). They are nicely arranged on bookcases everywhere, but people with libraries such as mine are really just incurable book hoarders. But I digress.
My point is that I am now trying to combine selling stuff in my antique booth with selling on ebay without getting distracted or overextended (I do still have my regular day job, so this is not my full-time endeavour). I should of course be selling on etsy and keep my bonafide vintage label intact, but ebay and I go ways back, and I love the ease and exposure. My new rule seem to be that if it is Scandinavian teak, collectable, small stuff, easy to ship and not breakable, it will go on ebay. Breakables, large items, kitschy items, wall art, furniture, etc. will go to my booth.
Do you sell both online and in an antique booth? Do you spend a lot of time deciding what goes where? Can a happy medium be reached?