Over the last year, I have noticed several trends that have jumped to life in our 55,000 sq ft antique mall. One of them, notably was vintage luggage. There were many weeks that I recall many, many pieces of luggage walking out the door.
The price was good; somewhere between $8 to $14. The items were not always perfect. I remember talking to customers that were using them in many different methods of decorating in their homes. Everything from four pieces of luggage stacked to make a nightstand; to cutting the luggage in half to make two cat beds.
This was during the late summer of 2012. I watch as the prices started to creep up. Soon, prices were in the upper teens to the mid twenties for the good pieces.
Sales slowed dramtically.
Did the price increase kill the trend?
Another trend I noticed was repainted vintage furniture. This trend jumped up quickly. Last year, dealers were selling the stuff like crazy. Yep, seems like the increasing price of the items slowed the sales.
Is this just the supply & demand theory? Or even the popularity theory?
Have you noticed other trends react like this?
What's your thoughts?
Are dealers killing trends?