Walkabout 9 – Trading Adventures – less is more

 

We  learn something all the time… and this time it is that – less is more!

We had a third less space at Laurieton and filled it attractively and sold a bit, enough to make us feel that we are doing the right thing after two other dud markets.  So this is the new resolution… 2 X 3 metre gazebos and 10 tables, simple set up, not many extra stands on the tables, none extra today, so less setting up work,  and easy packing up.  We are going to sell off stock without replenishing much, before we go to South Africa so that we have more space in the van and also more money in the bank to buy a bit in SA.  Also much less exhausted than usual because much  less stress and physical work, easier to smile and banter with customers because the body is not groaning and sore!

We are also going to try to change our stock to smaller and higher value items, mine that is… we need to have less stress around fragility of stuff…  I wish we could learn about stamps and coins real quick!!  Anyway linen and books are good, although books are fragile and some of my linen fell in the muddy grass yesterday so will have to be washed!!   Still, properly presented it is a good thing as are handbags… and other small items that can be displayed in and transported the table cases – we are looking at making our trading lives easier!

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About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.
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