Antique Booth: January Sales

While January is typically a slow time of year for most antique booth dealers, this January was actually the best month I have had since opening my booth over a year-and-a-half ago.

As I mentioned in my last post,  I opened a new booth at Ben’s Furniture and Antiques in Douglasville, Georgia during the middle of January. It is more expensive than my other booth but it is in a great location in the store. This was in addition to the double booth I already have there. I had to sign a three-month contract on the new booth. Sales are good so far, but it will be interestng to see how it does in comparison to my other booth.

I decided to close half of my double booth and gave notice last week to the store manager. I really liked the large space but I didn’t want the expense of paying for three booths!

Typically I sell a lot of smalls in my booth. While I have some really nice larger pieces, they take a long time to sell. That is, until this month. Here are a few of the things I sold in January.

I have had a gorgeous china cabinet in my booth for over a year. It was in excellent condition. It was made by Hannover, probably in the 1930s. It sold early in the month. (Sorry I can’t seem to find a picture of it.)

I originally bought it with matching table and chairs and they sold a few months ago. A buffet came with the set too and I kept that piece. It is in my foyer and goes perfectly with the mirror I bought a couple of years ago.

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These Thomasville dining chairs sat in my basement for more than a year. I put them in my booth and they sold in less than a week. That almost never happens.

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And this next piece is absolutely gorgeous. My husband and I went back and forth about keeping this one. It was just so pretty and in amazing condition. It was a Henredon Aston Court wardrobe. The top half was divided into cubbies for organizing your clothes or the cubbies could be removed and it could be used for a television. We finally decided that it just didn’t go with the furniture we have in our bedroom so we decided to sell it and it sold on the last day of the month. Yay.

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I have had this cool old trunk for a while. It was handmade and in great shape. It was made from old boards from a shipping box from Wilson’s Shoes for girls. It was the first piece that I sold in my new booth and it sold very quickly when I moved it to my new booth.

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I also had a good month in my booth and on ebay selling some smalls. I will detail some of those things in a future post.

As I mentioned before, this is a slow time of year to be finding treasures to sell. I will be going to the auction this Friday but it will probably be crowded and that typically drives up the prices. Good for the sellers and auctioneers, but not so good for the antique booth dealers. I will let you know how it goes.

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