Monday, December 29, 2008

plots for the new year....

i hope you all have a good junk/antique place to go to...if you cant come here to see us... JON AND I GOT 2 BOXTRUCK LOADS OF STUFF SATURDAY...COME SEE..
my business plot is to go back to our roots....im going to try and go to more sales and more of the places where i can get neat old stuff.....and not so much of the new things....im sick of trying to sell stuff thats in hobby lobby for half of what i need to sell it for....the whole gift world is a big mess...the companies want to sell to me and also to tjmaxx at a lower price and its not working out....

i think we all want to buy american but how can we afford to? also how can we afford not to?

so for me its back to more of the antique /used /recycled world...or in todays terms, the vintage shabby world...

the problem is the new buyers dont really care much about or want to pay for the good things that i would like to stock...like flow blue, good crocks, nippon, bisque dolls, name brand pottery ..i always say my new customers, who i dearly care about and need, dont know the difference between majolica and made in japan....meaning they dont want or understand or care about the stuff we used to sell so well....and of course most of my old customers dont need any more....so it leaves me in a wierd place where the things i know best are kind of irrelevant....

so it should be an interesting adventure trying to buy the right things....or make the right things.... i know our customers love to see lots of stuff and thats one thing i love to come up with...
one other small problem...the economy sucks so i am definitely going to try very hard to have cheaper prices this year!!!!
p.s. if you are so young that you dont recognize the guys pictured above , its sanford and son... old time fun tv junk dealers...

1 comment:

denise @ feather your nest said...

Oh Ann, I so agree, the customers seem to want and ask for the new but then we can't compete with the big box prices - I'm looking for ways to only have unique old (like shopping at GOak!) but we aren't all as talented as your crew...