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Topic: How much do you pay for booth space in antique mall?

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    decodiva
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    I am thinking of getting a space in my local (small town) antique store - they want 1.25 sq. ft. + 10% of sales. Does this sound reasonable? I have not done this before, so I have no idea whether or not I will be successful in selling but, I'm thinking of giving it a try - it will help reduce my clutter and garage stash of furniture and "stuff".

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. Wow, that sounds pricey to me, but then again - I've never had a booth... so what do I know?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. Hi Deco!

    That's a good question! I hope someone answers it!

    Chic - if you ever do open up a booth space i'm there 'cause I bet it would be a fun place to loiter!!!

    Now, back to the question at hand! I pay .95 cents a square foot, plus I loose 10% of my sale...it has taken me a couple of months to come out ahead, but here soon I am going to have to figure out if I am making something, or just paying my booth space and eeking out a little bit of profit! I do have some repeat customers in my booth though - so that is exciting, and it keeps me busy changing things around so that they WANT to come look every couple of weeks! I will be watching this thread though to see what others are paying!!!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. I too am thinking about a booth at an antique mall, will be interesting to find out the prices. The one I am interested in is not that close to where I live. Do not know what they charge but I will be going there in two weeks.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. I pay 97.50 for about 10x10 sq ft. I have to work 1 day per month. The mall get's no percentage. If I don't work I pay an extra $35

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. I've been thinking about the same thing in a town about 20 min. away. Looking forward to hearing from you experienced sellers. I also wonder how often you need to stop in yourself? Is once a week enough?

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    decodiva
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    I am still considering it - - seems like quite a bit of $$ to me. I don't want to add to my budget - - what if nothing sells - - you know.. Hopefully, we'll get more input for those who do this regularly.

    Thanks!

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    decodiva
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    Robolady - -that seems a little more affordable - -I would have to pay the $35 each time - I don't have time to work - and that wasn't an option. Maybe I should just start with a small booth - - but, I have several pieces of furniture to sell - I could start small tho, and just as one piece sells, bring in a different one.

    I'm still thinking about it.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. We pay $145 a month for an 8x10 booth PLUS 10% commission, PLUS credit card fees!(If someone pays for our items with a credit card, we pay up to 7% of the credit card company fee's!) We also pay $75 a month for a 2x10 booth, same commission/credit fee's apply.

    We have an option of "walking" which means you come in for 4 hours and walk the mall to assist customers and watch for theft. You get a $15 credit on your rent each shift you walk.

    We both work regular full-time jobs, so we can't walk.

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  10. I pay $40/month for a small (maybe 8x8?) booth. That's it. No commission or other charges. I think it is a great deal.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. $125 for 10x10-no other fees

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    SecondHandRosie
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    $40 for about the same sized booth as VanessaKae's. One problem is that they're only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week and that sure makes a difference in sales, I would imagine.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  13. I have a 10 x 18 and pay $ 170.00 and no other fees. My booth is in the same mall as NiftyVintage and VanessaKae is just across town. Both have wonderful items too and it is fun to shop in their booths. Mine is rather cluttered at the moment and I am on my way to fluff it for the weekend. Been out of town for 2 days. Jan

    Posted 5 years ago #
  14. Chiming in...I pay $1.00 a square foot and do cover the credit card charge - about 5% when a customer buys with a credit or debit card (this generally does not amount to more than $5.00 a month -- not a lot of credit card use). No work or commission required. In addition I purchase a case for $50 and my husband has a smaller case at $35. Our lease can be ended with a 30 day notice ---- important to know how this works in a mall - some require a six month lease - which I think is risky...would hate to be stuck paying in with limited sales for 1/2 a year.

    I "work" my booth every week - straightening, changing a display or two. I try to "touch" everything every other month with a bigger booth redo. We do work at the mall - and that goes towards reducing our rent.

    I began as a hobby, then used my sales to support my antiquing habit...now I look at it as a true second source of income.

    Kari

    Posted 5 years ago #
  15. I think I found a place to set up a booth, A place near where I work has junk and they do some repurposing. Nothing fancy and I stopped in for a visit and just asked them if they rented space, cause it never really reminded me of a booth type place, she said she does rent space and has one other person right now. It is just a large first floor on a house. She wants me to tell her how big a space I will need, then will come up for a price, so I will see how it goes. Thanks to this post I will have an idea, I think I will be able to negotiate if its to high or just do a smaller space.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  16. Deb that's so exciting...I wish you the best...Remember...Pic's...

    Posted 4 years ago #
  17. Blossom Lane

    Blossom Lane
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    I pay $110 for a 8x10 space plus 10%. There is a lot of work that goes into maintaining a booth. You need a lot of "up front" money for inventory that you might not see any return on immediately. I think it is wise to add, revamp, and replace items with regularity. I have always been a frequent flier as a buyer, and I know stagnation when I see it.

    I wish I had one of you with which to share a booth. Less risk involved.I have managed to cover booth rent thus far but am hoping for more profit from July. I get paid and am expected to pay the first day of each month. I must say that little profit is, in reality, no profit.

    I would ask if there is any vendor who will let you place a few items in their booth. I did this at first for my larger items while I rented a showcase for my smaller items. The vendor took a 25% cut on the items I sold from his booth.

    Deb--I would start small. I wanted a much smaller space--but I was given no option. How much traffic does the place get? Location is everything. Remember that many antiquers do what they do as hobbyists and for the love of the hunt. I would venture a guess that it is a viable second household income for only a SMALL percentage of folks in this business. More antique businesses are folding than thriving in our present economic climate. A sad reality.

    I don't want to douse anyone's dream with a wet blanket, but there are many factors to consider before signing any binding lease contracts that may put you in arrears at the end of six months. An antique booth is a gamble. You just need to make sure you have enough money in your pocket to buy your fare home-- if, in the end, you wind up with only a few chips to cash in.

    Blessings,

    Greta

    Posted 4 years ago #
  18. lovecrafting

    lovecrafting
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    I pay 1$ per square foot plus 10% but have discovered after a short lease that the mall I am in is in a bad location so I may very well be shutting it down as I am making no profit after I buy to stock my booth and take into consideration my gas to go back and forth. Also the mall I am in is a new family run operation and they are not organized at all. One month my money is ready for me on the 2nd or 3rd and then the next month it may not be until the 14th or 15th. Also have driven out there once or twice when they were supposed to be open only to discover that they had a school event or something and decided to close. But it has given me a good chance to get my feet wet without spending huge amounts of money and I have been their top seller so I will probably open a new booth at a mall that is better organized and in a better location. GOOD LUCK with your booth!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  19. I wish I lived in an area that had booths!!!! The only place within a 45 min radius is closing at the end of August. Wonder how much of an undertaking it would be to find my own spot and have consigners... probably not a good idea in this market... just wish there were more outlets where I live. Good luck with all your booths and maybe someday I'll find a spot around here...

    Posted 4 years ago #
  20. Hillbilly what about your place??(did we go here before)...

    Posted 4 years ago #
  21. yes we did... and I'm still thinking about it... just need to figure out insurance costs, city fees, if I build a building and turn it into a business I think I'll have more difficulties. But if I put up a building and have a 'tag' sale once a month I might get by with it. I'd love to go big and bad to help other people out like myself who don't have an outlet, but may have to be selfish.

    So I'm thinking about it, but first have 3 rooms to remodel!!! Ugh- why can't I play instead of work?!?!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  22. Do you have a barn or outbuildings??

    Posted 4 years ago #
  23. Kim - When I had my antiques shop a few years ago I was able to get a liability policy through my insurance company for $ 250 a year. Since we have the autos/boat/house with them they were able to work up a small policy coverage for contents/liability for us. Also our city permits were $ 15.00 back then too.
    Greta - I pay $ 110 a month right now for a 10 x 11 booth but I am closing it the end of August to do Etsy full time for less money. I love to work from home and began to lose interest in the booth in May with slow sales and making more in my Etsy store for less money. Your booth is a killer and I could spend hours in there not to mention lots of money. You have a wonderful knack for decorating and presenting your items. Good luck! Jan

    Posted 4 years ago #
  24. Leveta- I have a small garden shed inside my fence I could turn into, or thought about building an outbuilding... I have those 2x4s and got an offer to help tear an old barn down...

    Jan- thanks for the info... I wondered what my insurance would be, but like I said, haven't gotten that far because of other projects.

    BTW- Did talk to the lady I was consigning with- she is only going to be open seasonally and will consider keeping her orginal consigners (me being one). Does not want to get out of the business, just turn it into more of a hobby for herself, which is why she was going to turn consigners away, she was going to stock the store with her own things...

    Posted 4 years ago #
  25. Blossom Lane

    Blossom Lane
    Member

    Jan,

    I just toured your website. Saw your wonderful booth items. Also noticed the great eye you possess from what you gleaned on your antique outings! Oh, that birdcage! The most ornate I have laid eyes on! Your pottery (love the turtle planter), beautiful plates, stools, the enamel-top table, beehive shaped green vases, beautiful deck of cards, Paris tour book, tablecloths...so many treasures.

    It is truly a shame that you are closing! But I fully understand. My opinion? I believe that business-minded mall owners would take the economy into account and reduce rent-- for say a six month period of time--to entice their vendors to stay.

    An empty booth equals no money. Better to give temporary reduced rates...especially to people who have had a good selling history...than to have empty space. Empty spaces are noticed by buyers. Empty gives the impression of uncertainty.

    And the next person who rents your former booth may sell fuzzy Elvis posters and macrame plant hangers!

    Blessings,

    Greta

    Posted 4 years ago #
  26. Thanks so much for your comments on my booth. I enjoyed having a booth in better times but I honestly will enjoy selling from home in my Etsy store and not have to worry about making rent and trying to pay for what I sell in the booth. The profits for me are much better on Etsy too! I would imagine an Avon booth moving in and they will be plagued by empty boxes as shop lifters only want the contents! Boxes take up too much room in their purses. Some of the items I will bring home to use on the patio...the enamel top table, the bird cage, red ladder, and the stool. The cloches and such will go in my Etsy store and the rest will go to the charity thrift store next door. Funny thing is some of it will wind up back in the mall as we all frequent the thrift store! Thanks again!
    Jan

    Posted 4 years ago #
  27. Callef

    Callef
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    Wow - I'm kind of shocked. My booth rent works out to $3.00 a square foot, PLUS 10% commission, PLUS 4% on credit card purchases. This in in Jenks, OK (suburb of Tulsa). However, the mall where I am is very large (old grocery store building) and it is an extremely good location. I have been there 3 years and have never had to pay rent. I figured out, after rent and commissions, I have earned an average of $185 a month over the past year and a half. Not bad for a 4X6 space, and I have a lot of fun doing it. The mall is fully rented - there haven't been any empty booths for months, and there's a waiting list. So I guess everything is relative.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  28. Blossom Lane

    Blossom Lane
    Member

    Callef,

    One hundred eighty-five dollars on 4'x 6'. That's great! Outside of Tulsa! Location, location, location!

    You are right; success is often relative and something you can't use a blanket clause to cover or a spread-sheet to explain.

    I read a quote from one of the junkster's websites and am using it here:

    "Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." --Bruce Barton

    Posted 4 years ago #
  29. Just a thought. For those of you just starting out, What about just having occasional sales from your home. I know lots of dealers who sell once or twice a year from their garage. i had a successful barn sale for 2 years, but it was a lot of work. Then you can accumulate some cash to put into mall inventory. I haven't paid a single penny out of family money since I got started. I'm sure I used some family money at first, I sold on ebay only for years, paid the family money back and used the extra money to buy up for the barn sales and then on to a mall space. I don't dip into family money for anything now.
    Margo

    Posted 4 years ago #
  30. Blossom Lane

    Blossom Lane
    Member

    Margo,

    Your thought is a great one!

    Is the occasional sale advertised as a yard sale or is it advertised as an antiques or vintage finds sale? I really like the idea. Though I would worry about people who look for yard sale prices getting the wrong idea about an upgraded type of sale.

    Greta

    Posted 4 years ago #
  31. lovecrafting

    lovecrafting
    Member

    I wish I could do the yard sale idea but we live so far away from town that the few yard sales we have had have not done very well.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  32. Just a note...if you do an occasional sale from your home -- do check your local and/or state ordinance regarding garage/thrift sales. Those ordinances specify how often you can have a home sale -- yes, there truly are these regulations in most localities. I know of someone who had fairly frequent sales (monthly) at her home -- and somehow was reported.

    As I think about opening our barn for occasional sales, I will certainly check my local/state ordinance to make sure I am on the up & up.
    Kari

    Posted 4 years ago #
  33. Did you know according to the IRS you are suppose to pay income tax on what you make on a yard sale... Boulderdash I say!!!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  34. momlvcntrt

    momlvcntrt
    Member

    i would love to sell some small jewerly thing i make in a nice shop but around here there is nothin i mean nothing. considered consignment but they want to much. so dont know what i am going to do any suggestions wont seel on etsy. husband has a big phobia about anything over the internet and does not like to put owr personal finanes at risk as we really have to be careful with things until i get the call for my new liver. hey just thought of something if someone has one that they are not using put it in the 'sisterhood of traveling junk' i will take it......lol lol lol. not this round though. i will have to enroll in the next one.............lol

    Posted 4 years ago #
  35. Callef

    Callef
    Member

    To Momlvcntrt, I wish we could all send you a little snip of our livers and you could put them all together! My hairdresser, who's also been a friend for years, had a liver transplant several years ago and she's done extremely well. I will pray for you!

    Carol

    Posted 4 years ago #
  36. Callef

    Callef
    Member

    Back to the booth rent topic...I was all set to have a 2nd booth in a new small antique mall that was supposed to open here in Tulsa in the fall, but the deal fell through. The guy who has an antique shop and was going to take over the space next to him for the mall had a dispute with the landlord and decided to close his store and just get out altogether! I'm so disappointed, but I know it wasn't meant to be.

    I went out to my booth today and asked about getting a larger space. I think I would like to take the risk with paying more rent to get more square footage. I had the opportunity to move to a 6x6, which the current occupant was moving out of today into a larger space. That would have given me 12 more square feet, but I would have to vacate my current space this weekend. After discussing with my husband, I took his advice that it was not the right timing. I'm going out of town next week and it would be too hectic to try to do that before I leave.

    Anyway (sorry to blather on), one of the guys who works at the mall and has a booth there himself took me around and showed me the booths that have the best sales month after month. All but one are larger than mine. He said if you have a space that people can actually "step into" it tends to be much more inviting. With a small space that is very full, they tend to glance and go on by. Makes sense.

    I always have a lot more stuff than I have room for, so I've decided to ask to be put on the waiting list for a larger space. I was told they have a ten-month waiting list! (But I guess that's for new vendors - since I was apparently they give preference to current dealers who want to move to a different space when one becomes available). I have a particularly fabulous old birdcage I got at a yard sale for ten dollars that I'm going to have a hard time displaying where I am now because of its size.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  37. I plan to do the occasional sale when I get enough repurposed items ready. I have a garage we closed when when we needed the room but now it's just full of my "stuff" that I've collected. I think I'll post a picture of how bad it looks now with all my "stuff". I'm going to clean it out and turn it into a small shop. Someone gave me a french door that was on their sunroom (so I know it's weatherable.) I'm going to hire someone to cut a doorway to the outside and install the door so people won't be coming into my house. It's longrange plans but I'm still developing ideas. I'll retire next year and have much more time to spend on it.
    I've also thought what if people come in expecting garage sale prices. I've decided that I will advertise it as a vintage sale probably on Craig's list and put in the comment that "My prices are competitive". It may scare some people off but it's better than having people complain that they are not getting yard sale prices.
    Dianne.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  38. Callef

    Callef
    Member

    Dianne, that sounds like a terrific plan! I wish you were closer to Oklahoma - I'd come to your sale!!!

    Carol

    Posted 4 years ago #
  39. I noticed today that the place we go the most, the sign said for a 8x12 space it's 130.00 a month, no com.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  40. Thank you Carol. It's a long range plan because I don't retire until next year, but I've been thinking about it for a long time. I've had the idea of starting my own business for several years but wasn't sure what kind of business. Then I got a computer and started researching antiques because that is my passion. When I saw the trash to treasure sites I knew that was for me!!!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  41. The best advice I've ever gotten business-wise was, "Don't go into business, grow a business". This came from a friend who knew someone who took out a $20,000 loan to open a small antique store, only go out a business in a matter of months and ended up more in the hole than when she started.
    I always wanted a shop of my own, but didn't want to have to be there everyday eight hours a day and didn't want to worry about making enough money to pay for overhead....so I opened an etsy shop and I feel I have the best of two worlds. I have a place to sell my handmade things and the cost is very low. I have been open for five months and LOVE it. There was a big learning curve for me with all the computer stuff, pictures, shipping etc., but my kids have been a great help and the esty community is also very helpful.
    I would look into etsy.com and see if it would be a good fit for you. The cost is .20 per item listed and etsy gets 3.5% of the sale. There are paypal fees too, but they aren't bad.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  42. I run across chairs and small farm tables etc. that I buy if they are a good deal. I may try those in my occasional sale and put the smaller items on Etsy because they require shipping.
    I work in Savannah and on my lunch hour I frequently go to the antique shops. I pretty much know what they sell and how much they ask. When I'm out on my road trips I visit the small towns I often run across the same or similiar items for a fraction of the price. The small out of the way towns that people bypass when they are on the interstates are great for finding low prices. The only problem is that those places are only open maybe three days a week so I have to get lucky and find them on the right days.
    I asked the man in one of the shops if he would take things on consignment. He said yes and he would make 60% and I would make 40%. I decided I'll try it first on my own. lol!!!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  43. Etsy is wonderful with their fees and exposure to their site. I honestly love it and have actually made some great friends whom we all keep in touch. I had to close my Paypal account when I sold on Ebay due to hackers and still do great accepting checks and money orders. The profit on their vs my booth is unreal. I am so glad I moved over from Ebay too. Just remember certain furniture can be shipped via Greyhound as long as it will fit in the luggage booth and their rates are really good. I shipped a set of 4 modern chairs a few years back and they made it just fine. Jan

    Posted 4 years ago #

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