Setting up a Vintage Reselling Business: It Starts with Passion
Many people ask me about setting up their own reselling business. They’re a lot like you, obsessed with thrifting; always finding amazing vintage items, and eager to start their own Etsy or eBay shops to sell their finds.
I’ll be writing tips about setting up your own thrift blog, reselling business, or renting space to sell your wares here on Handmade Success. This first post is about what you’ll need to realize before you maniacally plot to set up your own shop!
I know you’re tempted to act now, but let’s look at the reality of setting up a shop before you set up that Etsy account! It’s not all cute owls, mushrooms, and groovy records. Here’s the real deal…
1. PASSION: You Need a Vintage OBSESSION to Succeed
You will not succeed as a reseller without passion for what you’re selling. This line of work is overwhelming at times, but passion gets you through the hard times. Passion shines through in your work and earns you buyers and supporters.
Take-Away: Reselling requires a lot of energy. You will crash and burn without a flaming passion for vintage and hunting for vintage.
2. Endless Hunt: You Can’t Stop Thrifting
If you’re already an estate sale, craigslist hunting, flea market and thrift store extraordinaire, you might be ready, young grasshopper. Your casual thrifting may seem fun now, but you’ll have to amp up your efforts when you start your business. Your casual, relaxing thrift shopping will morph into a business effort. This may ruin the magic for you.
Take-Away: Before you get started as a reseller, realize you must continue to thrift and hunt for vintage every single week to stay relevant in the market and keep making profit.
3. Vintage Overflow: You’ll Need Storage /AKA/ Be Prepared for Overflow
There will be times when your car is filled with boxes of vintage treasures and your closets will literally combust if you add just one tiny owl figurine to the inundated shelves. Vintage items will overflow into your living room; boxes will clutter your kitchen. Just ask any reseller, this is the reality of the business.
Take-Away: Be prepared, you’ll need storage boxes and storage space for all of your finds. You may even need to rent storage space. Even with all of these precautions, overflow is common.
When it comes to my vintage business I write, photograph, plot and plan for it daily. I thrift for it every week without fail. It takes serious dedication, but I do it because I’m passionate about sharing beautiful vintage items with my customers. It’s art to me, another form of expression. If you have the same feelings about thrifting, vintage, and handmade, you’ll succeed.
Vanessa is a fulltime copywriter and webmarketer with a passion for art, creativity, and thrift. She writes about thrifting, creating, and saving money every weekday on her blog, Thrift Core. She’s plotting with artist friends to open a combination Cafe and Vintage Shop in Jacksonville, Florida. Robots, dinosaurs, and kitsch send her into a sublime vintage seizure of joy. (A vintage-gasm.)Share on Facebook