I've had some readers asking about reselling and my antique mall booth. It's been a few months since I've gone on extended hunts for merchandise or talked extensively on the subject! Here's what I've been doing with it all lately:
Taking a Long Break From the Antique Mall: Moving merchandise around in my new larger booth was starting to frustrate me so I stepped away for a couple of months. With everything else going on it was just a final straw type of situation. When I went back to it, I felt refreshed and creative again. My plan's to make unique merchandise for it into the future. Yes, sales suffered on the break but it was well worth it to get my mojo back.
Yep, Thoughts of Quitting Cold Turkey Still Ebb and Flow: It's the acquisition and storage that just kills me with this business, so let again, I stopped buying new merchandise for the most part and I'm actively working on clearancing out as much merchandise as possible. Sometimes I want to completely leave this all in the dust but I think it will always be here, if not as a full time income source than as a side passion project.
Changing it Up: I'm switching things up, selling off the harder to store items, plotting the next type of merchandise I'll sell. You have to keep it fresh to keep from getting bored with any business!
Making My Own: I want to craft up a storm on making art, lines, and writing again as a focus and I'm excited to keep moving in that direction. I'm consulting with pros and getting the ball moving there.
Getting Outside: I really miss the interaction with customers with outdoor markets, and hell, just interacting with other creatives and artists. E-mail me if you want to collaborate for real, this is something I'm excited to get back into. I've definitely, against my resolutions and wishes, isolated myself again.
Getting Cleared Out and Crazy Organized: I can't wait to have less merchandise (help me out and buy it while it's cheap online or in the antique mall!) and to dig in and get as crazy organized as possible so knocking out future projects will be easier. That's my next priority #1!
How Are The Sales, You Ask? Slow at my antique mall booth BUT not bad considering I didn't touch it or promote it for a couple of months! When I looked back at my online numbers they were much higher the past couple of months than I thought they were, too. Funny how that works. Sometimes you work your ass off to the point of tears and get nothing, then walk away and the sales come. (Granted, I realize I'm coaxing off the working-til-proverbial-tears of past months, but still.) I am not some kind of gangbusters earner or anything, but I'm confident I can do even better when actually applying myself as hard as possible!
So that's the scoop with my booth and reselling in general, yep, I stepped back and took a long break and it's paid off. I'm feeling inspired again, overwhelmed and plagued with decision paralysis still, but eager to shake off the past and move forward into the future. Improving as much as possible along the way.
How's reselling/writing/business/etc going for you? Any frustrations to vent on in the comments along with me?