With all of the newscasters saying "Our economy is in the worst shape since 1932/1934/1931" (you fill in the Depression year), it is a worrying time to be in what is basically a luxury business. I dislike being the gloom and doom voice on this wonderful blog, but will people shell out for vintage goods during this time?
I had a booth at the Manhattan Vintage Show a few weeks ago, and did quite well...but it was by selling dozens of smaller items and a few dresses. The so-called "big ticket" items sat looking gorgeous on the racks. Those same "big ticket" items fill up my apartment, so I sure would like to sell them!
Unlike my alter-ego on my blog, I've been, shall we say, financially limited for many years, so I'm used to doing without, reducing, reusing, recycling, etc. So I cannot afford storage space.
I am planning to do the New York Pier Show in a few weeks, but I woke up to more bad Wall Street news, including circuit breakers tripping on the big board to keep it from plunging any more! (If that sentence makes no sense to you, I just wrote it down from MSNBC.) There is a world-wide panic as I write this, and the circuit breakers keep the board from having a "waterfall effect."
Let's hear from other sellers on this blog (yes, I know it's public, but you can post anonymously) what impact the recession has had, if any, on your business. Any cockeyed optimists out there?