|Wed Dec 16 2015 19:54:13|
Veteran Antiques Dealer Gives In after 30 Years on the Road
I'm one of the few roadies left roaming around the country. Been living in my vans selling at antique shows and flea markets last 30 years. Very few people that I knew when I started are still around or even still in the business.
It's a dying business. The next generation only wants what they like cheap and the rest of the dealers want to gut you before they will buy anything. They want it for less then you paid so they can make all the money.
I'm a purest, by that I mean I would never sell a repro. If I bought one not knowing I would take the loss and throw it away. But as my markets are drying up to non existent customers and my dealers stopped buying, I have to rethink what I am doing.
This last summer was my worse selling summer ever. I barely survived and I lived mostly at a Walmart or flea market free. After this year I will be buying new stuff to sell as that is where the market has gone.
Never did I think I would be doing that. But I lost my pride last summer trying to sell antiques and collectibles. There still might be antique buyers but they want odd or high end stuff. Ir crap for 1.00.
The only thing I've seen in recent years that has helped the business is the steampunk craze. But I also create steampunk art and jewelry and mostly the steampunkers want parts to create their own styles. So that only helped to a small degree.
Unless you're giving your stuff away at a very low profit or selling new stuff, it would be advised to stay away from the resale markets.
Just my opinion
God help us all