May 23, 2017

Believe it or not there is a caste system among antique dealers. Now this is strictly old school thinking so don’t get mad at me. The list goes starting at the bottom; yard sales, flea markets, co-ops, antique stores. It’s a food chain of sorts and it omits all the online stuff or artisan or pop-up markets. Each level of the hierarchy has its positives and negatives. I’ve been involved in all levels but lets talk about the one I know best…co-ops.

The pros of being in a co-op:

  1. You don’t have to give up your weekends.

  2. ...

May 16, 2017

I saw a post on Facebook that said, “Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion, being alive is the special occasion.” It had a ton of likes and shares. It reminded me of how often I hear about people keeping items of Mom or Grandma for that special event and the rest of the year they pack it up, put it in storage and wait for another special occasion.

I have heard customers say, "that brings back happy memories" such as meals together, a birthday celebration or the item sparks a visual of the person who owned it. They...

May 9, 2017

In this digital advertising age, you would think everyone looks on their phone to see where the nearest antique shops are in their area. But the antique business is its own creature. One of the holdovers in this business is the rack card; it’s those cards you find in racks at the check out telling you where other shops are close by.

Once a quarter I drive around and refill my cards across Adamstown and Lancaster and I take theirs to refill the stand at my shop. It’s a lot of driving and, ok I admit it, a lot of shopping. Th...

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