Today, I was reading an article about how antique malls and stores are becoming more collectibles than antiques.
The article (Collectibles Differ From Antiques, Nancy Russell) offers this explanation: "Because it’s getting harder to find real antiques these days. Sellers want to sell what the public is looking to buy. The majority of shoppers in the nation’s mega antique malls are attracted to the items they loved as kids".
We see that in our mall also. Collectibles, including "new" collectibles are more apparent in many booths and cases. 'New collectibles' might have many definitions. I don't consider reproductions to fall into that category. I think it's more like an item such as a comic book, that is released in limited editions - that become instantly collectible.
Nancy's article also talks about how shoppers are attracted "to the items they loved as kids". Which makes a good point. As we are seeing the age of our shopper decline, they are looking for items that are less than 30 years old.
We're continuing to good sales of furniture and decorator items from the 70's and 80's.
Wouldn't it be interesting to discuss the purchase habits in antique stores/malls between guys and gals? Who buys more? In our mall, the girls may have a slight lead, but the sales of "mantiques" to guys is also strong.