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    • March 29, 2016 12:18 AM CDT
    • You also wanted to just be unique, make your ow brand. Brand name that is competitive and attractive among other players in the market.




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    • March 21, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
    • Pamela, you are correct about acquisition. Sales are extremely competitive, but the competition of acquisition is even more so. Just go to any auction with several dealers and you will see:)

    • March 21, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
    • Been in this business for over 20 years, 14 as a store owner, 16 years on eBay. I have found dealers will discuss the business with you as long as you don't act like a know it all, otherwise they turn you off. Listen, learn. I do not tell people where I get my mdse no more than you would tell someone where the fish are biting. I don't tell other dealers what to price their mdse. I will discuss the ins and outs of credit cards, checks, buying stolen items, how to deal with difficult and or crazy people, but I don't tell anyone how to run their business.

    • March 18, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
    • Hi Pamela,


      I totally agree with your take. Where dealers acquire their inventory is absolutely no body else's business, unless dealers can market merchandise more effectively by saying, for instance, this piece came from an old estate--ie. provide provenance. I did a show on iantique entitled, "Afraid to Give Away Your Secrets?" Its in the Videos section. If you have a chance to watch it, I'd appreciate any comments. Thanks.



    • March 18, 2013 12:10 AM CDT
    • Hello -- new member here.  I own Lamplight Antiques & Vintage in Springboro, Ohio, near Dayton.  We are currently moving to a bigger shop site, and a lady who has a booth at a nearby mall came in to visit and ask for advice, because she was interested in renting the building we're vacating.  She was rather shy at first, fearing my reaction.  Would I mind, she asked, if there was another antiques shop on the same street?  (We're only moving a block north.)  Of course not, I said.  More antiques shops in our little town center pulls in more shoppers, and besides, it's not like we all carry the same merchandise.  She's not going to focus on the same things I stock.  Every shop has its own personality. 


      No, I was happy to share -- business advice, knowledge about the items, etc. After all, we have good friends in the local antiques scene, other dealers who have taken us under their wings and helped us along the way.  You NEED networks like this, for many reasons.  One is to help you please clients, and another is to protect you against bad guys.  Some of these con artists seem to think antiques dealers never talk to each other.  Wrong!


      The only "secrets" I'm unwilling to give away are my sources.  Especially when I know someone is going after the same type of merchandise!  :) 


      Which says to me that in this industry, the sales part is not nearly as competitive as the acquisition.

    • January 12, 2013 2:31 PM CST
    • While Antiques Buying, Selliing and Collecting is fun, it is also a BUSINESS. "Secrets" you give away to competitors will probably take away from your own livelyhood and enhance theirs. I don't mind giving away tips and secrets to people far away that I will never cross paths with but it would be really dumb to give away secrets to someone who will hurt my hard earned income.  Been buying and selling and fixing Antiques furniture, lighting and jewelry and anything else of value in my own store for 30 yrs.  I have sold over 15,000 items on Ebay in 4 yrs too. 

    • January 8, 2013 12:41 PM CST
    • Morty & Patty, That's a great story & one where we can all learn (and remember) a very valuable lesson. It describes an approach that iantique has always embraced. I did a chat entitled "Antique Marketing Strategies & Your Secrets," in which I shared a few war stories of my own. If you're interested, it's in the Videos section. Gary

    • January 6, 2013 3:39 PM CST
    • Hi, we own a ceramic and sculpting school and studio and ceramic / china restoration lab for 12 years now. We made our mission to share all we know not only within the school's walls but in public through articles, videos and mainly, web tutorials and lessons (see links below). Many of our associates discouraged us from doing so revealing all the details of what makes us unique but we were determined to stay with our mission statement that includes "sharing". Today, we receive over 2,500 unique visitors daily to our web site due it’s “sharing” value” with many daily thank you's from ceramic art teachers, ceramic artists, collectors (ceramic repair tutorials) and school students. The frequent visits to our web site significantly added to our ceramic art student enrolment and our ceramic / china restoration projects which have a whole team working constantly catching up with restoration projects sent to us from the US and Canada. Some of the input we received from those who chose us for ceramic restoration projects felt that we can be trusted given the full disclosure of techniques, materials and instrumentation used.

      See some shared information below:

      Our conclusion is - sharing benefits all!

    • December 22, 2012 7:29 PM CST
    • I've started a G+ Community called "Selling Antiques and Collectibles" ,    

    • December 10, 2012 9:31 PM CST
    • Google+ recently added a COMMUNITIES system.


      Look for the new icon on the left menu of Google +

      Another attempt to compete with Facebook?


    • October 29, 2012 8:53 PM CDT
    • I've spent some time reading articles about how Facebook has started restricting your fans from seeing your posts.

      Your fan page has been a fancy and free marketing tool for you. Until now.

      One article: "Facebook. I Want My Friends Back", calls this 'THE BIGGEST BAIT N SWITCH IN HISTORY'.

      Fan pages now reach only a fraction of their fans. And, you can PROMOTE your post for $$, where it will be seen by more of your fans.

      The Promote feature was impletmented several months ago, but I understand that Facebook started throttling your fans sometime in September. If you're like us, we noticed a strange drop in Facebook traffic about that time.

      In another article, 'It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.'

      I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Big deal or no?

    • April 24, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
    • Gary & Carol Stover said:
      The News Hour on PBS just ran a segment on Pinterest. Unless you want your friends to think you've beeb living in a cave, you'd better check out Pamela's video in the archives before someone asks you about it. Some of the statistics discussed on PBS were: Pinterest grew 53% in February alone, 90%+ of the users are women, both the Obama & Romney campaigns are using it to great effect. Pamela's demonstration is probably the best presentation of Pinterest online. Gary
      Thank you Gary! I am truly flattered! ;)

    • April 21, 2012 10:41 PM CDT
    • Pinterest has become a great Promotional Tool for The Vintage Village. Plus it is very very addictive!!! :)

    • April 7, 2012 8:59 PM CDT
    • I know...that is why I jumped into Pinterest in the very beginning...I'm glad I recent sales are evidence of my connections with this online cannot sit still and sit on your must keep moving on...

    • April 7, 2012 8:41 PM CDT
    • Just read on a CBS blog that Pinterest is now the 3rd largest social networking site; knocking out LinkedIn and Tumblr.

    • April 5, 2012 8:12 PM CDT
    • The News Hour on PBS just ran a segment on Pinterest. Unless you want your friends to think you've beeb living in a cave, you'd better check out Pamela's video in the archives before someone asks you about it. Some of the statistics discussed on PBS were: Pinterest grew 53% in February alone, 90%+ of the users are women, both the Obama & Romney campaigns are using it to great effect. Pamela's demonstration is probably the best presentation of Pinterest online. Gary

    • March 30, 2012 7:30 PM CDT
    • None at all. But there's still a reason to be circumspect about making sure you have copyright over or permission to post that which you pin.

      That said, post away!

    • March 25, 2012 8:16 AM CDT
    • I rather figured the "uproar" over their terms of service would get straightened out and it looks like it has. ""Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.""

      In the meantime though a lot of traffic has been created and sales have increased through active participation. Is there any reason now to not use Pinterest?

    • February 25, 2012 8:41 PM CST
    • All very true, Carolyn, unless you *happen* to be the one picked for the legal eagles to make an example of - like that poor woman downloading the music from what's that company. Paying thousands of dollars in fines would break many of us. Hell, the legal fees alone would break most of us! For what it's worth, my bet is that Pinterest will fix the small print before it comes to that, but I wouldn't want to be the guinea pig, and I really wouldn't pooh-pooh it, either.

    • February 24, 2012 10:17 AM CST
    • Well said Carolyn! And I think if one is using it to sell their product, Carolyn's right. Now if you are using it for personal use - well, then that may be something entirely different. Just like I do not splash my personal life all over FB, I cerainly would not splash my life over Pinterest either.

    • February 23, 2012 7:41 PM CST
    • You know what...I'm not going to worry about this. I post 100's of items to Pinterest every week and I've had ONE person reproach me. And that reproach was on The Vintage Village...she was worried that her item price might change inbetween the time that I posted it and when someone, somewhere, in time might see it...let me tell you...Pinterest moves so fast..we do not have to worry about piddly little this. The people that need to read 20 pages of legal jargon concerning agreements with your cell phone provider, your internet provider, your car insurance company, your mortgage company and on and on and on...I tell go for it...while your busy reading the 2nd legal disclaimer, I've sold 3 pieces of my vintage items because someone on Pinterest happened to click onto my Ruby Lane shop and happened to find the perfect piece they were looking for...

    • February 23, 2012 7:17 PM CST
    • Now if we could get someone to decipher the legal jargon...

    • February 23, 2012 7:17 PM CST
    • Oh, well....

    • February 23, 2012 7:12 PM CST
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    • March 30, 2012 7:28 PM CDT
    • This is thought-provoking, and important for those of us who love Social Media and post frequently, without being gurus.


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