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 Hey there, fellow vintage and antique enthusiasts!

So, you’re gearing up to set up your booth at a vendor market or antique mall, and you’ve got a ton of amazing items ready to find new homes. But before you start displaying your treasures, let’s chat about some tips to  organizing your booth biz. Trust me, a little organization goes a long way in making your booth not only look fabulous but also increases your productivity.

First things first, let’s talk storage. Bins are your best friend when it comes to keeping your items sorted. Clear bins are my favorite so I can see what’s in it.  I like to organize my bins by season and color. For example, all the  Holiday items go in their own bin, and sorting by theme or color not only does this make it easier to find what you need, but it also helps you rotate your inventory with the changing seasons.  

Now, when it comes some great tools for organizing your booth biz and being more efficient, a price gun is a game-changer. It’s easy, and you can quickly label your items without any hassle. We recommend one with 2 lines so you can put your vendor number on the top and price below. We have 2 of these at our shop.  Beware though-there is no room for descriptions. One tip is to use the price gun on a business card and include description there. The less writing allows less room for mistakes and saves time. For clothing and fabric items, a clothing tagging gun is essential and very inexpensive tool for staying efficient and organizing your booth biz. It makes tagging items a breeze, and you can be sure prices stay attached to those delicate vintage fabrics.

Shelving is another crucial element. Sturdy, adjustable shelves can help you maximize your space while it waits to go to your booth. Sorting larger items with the bins on each shelf makes it super easy to grab what you need to make that booth re-do go quickly.

And don’t forget, clean items before you store them! And keep some basic cleaning supplies on hand when restocking to give your items a quick once-over before they go on display. A little elbow grease can make a world of difference. Here is one of my favorites!

Creating an inventory list is essential for organizing your booth biz and keeping track of what you have and what you’ve sold. I recommend using products like QuickBooks or BookKeeper, which is great for managing your finances and inventory. You can easily input the price you paid for each item and set your selling price goals. This way, you’ll always know your profit margins and can adjust prices if needed. Don’t forget to include your expenses such as travel, gas, credit card fees, commission fees, rent!

Standard office supplies in a fun tote like pens, notepads, and labels are also a must. Having these on hand ensures you can jot down any important notes or make quick adjustments to your inventory list. And let’s not forget technology – an iPad is super handy for researching and keeping track of your inventory on the go. It fits easily in your bag and can be a lifesaver when you need to update something quickly.

Lastly, a friendly tip: enjoy the process! Setting up your booth should be fun and a reflection of your unique style. By staying organized, you’ll not only make the process smoother but also have more time to interact with customers and share the stories behind your amazing finds.

Happy selling, and may your booth be the talk of the town!

Happy Pickin’!
Picker Sisters

Cindi and Trish

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