Occasional Shop SOS!

November 11th, 2009 in member junk     
bensonstreet bensonstreet, member
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I am thoroughly resigned to opening my very own Occasional Shop in mid-2010. I REALLY need some input and words of wisdom from those of you who have delved into this adventure. A bit about my set-up: I own a storefront on a main highway and it has an off-street parking lot. The building is located smack dab at a red light - awesome traffic stop and go! I have two Friends that are interested in joining me. We are in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and our area has recently started several art-inspired programs.

The main goal of our Occasional Shop is to showcase what we love, while still being able to love it. I am not ready for full-time committment, but I want to start something. (My garage cannot hold much more..) Please give me some input!

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RedShedBohemian writes: Just found this, I too am planning on opening an occasional market here in Northwest Arkansas and need help. I want a market that is stage monthly, no booths, so trying to figure out how to work with vendors, commissions, What is a good point of sale system to use, how to keep my store fresh and inviting, where is the best place to find inventory...... so any suggestions anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. Posted: 8:59 am on July 4th
PrimroseOccasionals writes: Hi, I saw your post and thought I would respond. My partner and I run an Occasional Shop named Primrose in Wisconsin. We live in a very rural area, and at first we were reluctant to take the plunge however after months of deliberating, we opened last year.

We open the third weekend of every month and must say IT HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS! The key is finding your niche... and keeping a mind on realistic prices for your customers and keeping regular hours/dates. If you are open the third weekend of the month ~ do not change it midstream. People will tire of trying to keep track of you.

We "flip" our shop every month, meaning, we always have a new and exciting "feature" ... however our regular lines~ scarves, jewelry, purses, potpourri, etc all remain. (we just change up the designs, fragrance, etc to keep it new)

My best advice is to have fun! Our tag line is: Primrose~ The Fun Place to Shop and it truly is! People come to have fun... and my partner and I make sure that every person who walks in that door will leave with a smile on their face.

I will end with saying that this is the BEST job in the world! We get to shop for a living, and make people's day with the fun trinkets, baubles, etc that we provide them every month!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me at bittersweetivy@gmail.com.

Best of Luck!
Laura Posted: 12:33 pm on December 7th
suewannabeinkc writes: I so wish we were in the same area, because I want to sell too! I'm on a waiting list for a booth at one here. Someday I'll have my own...
Like you, my house is overflowing!
Good luck with this new project. I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress!
Joanne Posted: 1:15 pm on November 12th
suewhitney writes: Hi Benson Street,

Please feel free to email your contact info at junk.junkmarket @gmail.com and I would be happy to speak with you about starting an occasional sale. I look forward to hearing from you.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:04 am on November 12th
CottageElements writes: I'd love to help you!! Why don't you e-mail me and I can get you some info. I'm in two occasional sales currently, and have been in two other ones so I have a little knowledge :) My e-mail is Lani4157@aol.com. Wishing you the best in your new venture!!!

Lani Posted: 11:53 pm on November 11th
alicemom writes: Sounds like you have a great set-up and well on your way! Good luck! The professionals of JMS will come to the recue!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:32 pm on November 11th
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