Thursday afternoon we set up the tent and loaded the big items in. I priced them and before I knew it, I had to go to bed to get up for my day job. Friday, I paid someone to staff my booth so I could do the work that lets me afford to start this little business. Friday is dealer day and nothing sold until I got there.
I spent a couple of hours after the show closed changing my prices to be competitive with others in the show. I went to be at 8 pm, exhausted. Now I'm writing my personal list for the next one [in no particular order]. Maybe it will help you too.
- Measure out the floor area of your tent [I bought one for the price of a rental last time and can use it over and over] and plan where your tables will go.
- Decide which big pieces you'll take and how to showcase them. Draw your placements out on your floor plan.
- Do some online comparison of prices before you price items.
- Leave a list of exact instructions and information if you need to have help and can't be there.
- Remember to get change if you spent all if it at the last show you went to [don't ask why this one is on the list.]
- Pack your smalls in advance pre-priced.
- Bring one and five dollar bills for change. Always try to get exact change if possible.
- Remember to bring a small cooler with drinks and a sandwich.
- Thanks to antique appraiser Kenneth Bremmer for this one: the best buying times are also the best selling times, so stay in your booth and sell even if your end of the market isn't busy yet [opps.]
- Don't be the first to pack up. Many days I sell after many of the other dealers are gone.
- Write measurements of large pieces on the tags and have a tape measure handy.
- Bring a flashlight, hammer, sandpaper, tags, string, tags etc for a multiple day event [you'd be surprised how much you'll need stuff your forgot to bring.]
- I always have baby wipes for cleaning my hands when I can't wash them.
I'm sure I'll add to this tonight. Right now I'm off to get dressed and to look for my camera bag I know I had it last night. it's got to be here somewhere!