Visited my favorite consignment store today and had my suspicions confirmed. The prices of the items at this store have taken a drastic leap over the summer.
What originally drew me to this store? Slightly higher than yard sale pricing on most items...sans ultra antiquities. Now, the prices are climbing higher for "lesser" items. Our antique mall items are priced more reasonably.
I will stop lamenting. I did buy a few reasonable items. Also found some this past weekend... at a local flea market.
Found: Primitive angel picture/ cottage-style floral portrait---I painted frame white/ chandelier I painted black (looking for 25 watt faux wax bulbs), oak shelf with silver racks/ vintage biscuit canisters with wooden tops/French soap dispenser and tumbler/three tin and glass door knob hangers/ pair of green embroidered pillow cases/ green embroidered dresser set/beautiful crystal bowl with silverplate rim/ plastic Indian corn, gourds, and pumpkins/white mail organizer with drawer/primitive bumble bee rag doll with dress and tulle wings.
Finding items that you think (no way to be sure in this business) will sell has become very gratifying. I think I've been bit by the "thrill of the hunt" bug.
I resisted buying half a dozen items that were wonderful but left me very little room for any profit margin. Rats!
Learning the ins and outs of the resale business is somewhat challenging. It is also interesting and even enjoyable...as long as I stay in the black! ; )