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Friday, October 28, 2016

SELLING ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE

In my last post, which you can read here, I talked about needing to make changes to supplement my income. 

Like many older women, I have found that because I spent much of my adult life as a caretaker for my children my Social Security is not nearly enough to support me. 

I have sold antiques and vintage on Etsy for almost nine years, but Etsy has changed dramatically in that time, and I find it to not be nearly as seller friendly. I am also not enamored with Ebay.

So I have been dipping my toes into selling locally. 



In September I opened a booth in Nicholasville Kentucky, a small town nearby. 

So far it has been very slow, and I am not making a profit. I will give it until the end of the year to see if things pick up there, but I can't afford to lose money, so if it doesn't work I will have to look for a new place.



I am not looking forward to having to move it as I purchased three large shelves and they are very heavy.



This is a small booth, so my rent is only $75 dollars a month, but I also have to pay 10% of all my sales. 

I am hoping things will pick up over the holidays. 



I also have another larger booth here in Lexington. I am making a small profit from that booth, but I want to do better there. 

I have been trying different things and I am actually moving that booth the first of November to a more central location in the mall. 

I will be painting walls and moving shelves and inventory myself. I guess it keeps me in shape. 

Another thing I am contemplating is adding a shop to my blog. I will have to move some things around if I do that, but as I am closing my Etsy shop at the end of this month for at least three months I will have to make a decision soon I guess. 

Lots to do and think about, but I do like to keep busy. 

Do you need some extra income? If so, what are you doing?

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14 comments:

  1. I hope you can make a profit from your booths. I just can't do reselling but love to shop them. Good Luck with all of it and maybe a shop attached to your blog would be good. I know a few others who do that.

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    1. Thank you. I am definitely considering adding a shock to my blog .

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  2. Oh, I always need extra income. Right now, as the dogs are aging, I'm being hit with a lot of vet bills. I'm not to social security age yet, but I'm scared what I'll end up with. We women who are divorced or widowed and stayed home with our kids get hit hard, huh?
    Brenda

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    1. We do get hit hard, Brenda. The Social Security system program for women is really unfair. We should not be penalized for choosing to stay home and take care of our children.

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  3. I am just getting ready to open an Etsy shop ...lol... I will see how it goes. If you were married for a period of time you know you are eligible to receive social security benefits from him, right? Whoever thought about all that stuff when we were young and raising our families?

    Good luck to you on your new endeavors. xo Diana

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    1. Good luck with your new Etsy shop, Diana. I hope you do well. Yes I do receive Social Security benefits from my husband, but as it's only a percentage it is not very much. No, when I was young and chose to stay home and be with my children I didn't realize how it would negatively affect me later in life.

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  4. Hi Laura....I know very few people who couldn't use extra income. I write periodically for a weekly newspaper, work part-time with teenagers and take care of children six hours a week. Every little bit helps. However, I relish quiet nights at home, just relaxing, and cherish making my own schedule. I will never return to a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job again, for as long as I live. Susan p.s. I think selling items, like you are doing, is a great idea and fun! I'd add white lights to the booths. Enjoy the upcoming holidays. Hope you make a wad.

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    1. I wish I could add white lights to my booth, Susan, but they don't give us access to electricity. Sounds like you're doing a lot to supplement your income. It is really hard to find ways to do that when we get older. I really enjoy my quiet time at home too.

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  5. I have thought about opening an Etsy shop to sell some items I no longer want or need. Extra money is always welcome. I have heard that you are entitled to half of your ex-hubby's social security if you were married for at least 10 years and of course if he is drawing his SS. It's worth looking into if you haven't already. I wish you much success in your business, Laura. It looks like you have many nice things in your booth.
    xo Cheryl

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    1. I do get money from his SS, but it is very little. Thanks for your supportive words.

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  6. I also get a small ss. check and am thinking of ways to supplement my income as well. I'm 67 years young and a widow for the past almost 4 years.

    My husband and I had a booth many, many years ago, and never really made a profit. It was good at first, then things petered out, the place ended up closing. There aren't places like that around here anymore.

    I'd like to have a shop on my blog. Where do you learn about doing that?

    Have a lovely weekend. ~ FlowerLady

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  7. Happy Halloween Weekend Laura. Ohhhhhh love that manequin and it's beautiful stand. Oh la la!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  8. Hubby and I NEED extra income. we don't just "want" it! He vows he won't work again, but I keep trying to figure out ways to earn. I have an Etsy shop but don't make much from it.. maybe $20 or $30 a month, but every little bit helps. I have mostly small handmade items. I also put out a resume this last spring to work part-time at lawfirms (I worked 40+ years in the legal field) and did get one, but now I realize how much I hated working full days! I woked a two week stint and hated it.. it was horrible! Maybe a day here and there would be OK, but they mostly want long stints like that and I won't do it again. Was way too stressful for me at age 69... can't take it anymore. I can and do work hard, but it has to be at home or my own hours. I've tried a few craft fairs but those don't produce much income. I think Etsy is a good venue, but you need alot of items in your shop, and higher priced items would generate more income. I found Ebay too hard to deal with. Selling via Amazon Marketplace might be a good bet, but large items would be hard and expensive to ship. It's tough.

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  9. I just love that mannequin♥

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