A well-decorated antique mall booth is organized, creatively arranged and attracts more customers. Each antique booth is unique and you will never see two booths decorated the same. The booth should be visually appealing with easy access to all of the merchandise. Moving the merchandise around in your booth on a monthly basis will keep it looking fresh. Be creative by combining items that display well together. For example, display old books under vases and knickknacks. Maintaining an antique booth is part hobby and part business.
Items you will need
- Shelf paper
- Peg board
- Lace table cloth
- Ribbon or raffia
- Small locked glass cabinet
Line the shelves of the booth with a decorative shelf paper or cloth. Coordinate the color of the shelf paper to match the theme of the booth.
Install peg board on the walls to hang and display items. Cover the peg board with a lace table cloth or other material that will allow pegs to poke through. Use pegs or hooks to hang items on the wall.
Organize the items that you are selling into groups. Use boxes or plastic tubs to sort the merchandise into categories, such as cloth items, small treasures, knickknacks, paper goods, lamps and toys.
Arrange furniture and other large pieces in layers on the floor space. Leave clear floor space or a mini aisle for customers to walk in the booth. After the large items are all placed, begin to fill the booth with the small collectible items. Layer your items on the shelves. Place taller items at the back of the shelves. Use old books or antique boxes as a base to give height to items that are set towards the back of a shelf.
Use a locked glass cabinet to display small expensive items or fragile items. Give a key to the mall manager, who will open the case as needed.
Place quantities of small similar items together in decorative bowls, vases or boxes. These items could be keys, jewelry, kitchen utensils or small toys.
Put price tags on all of the items. Write the word firm on the tags for items that are nonnegotiable. Use decorative paper or cardboard to create the tags. Handprint or use a computer to print the price tags. Tie the tags on the items with ribbon or raffia.
Decorate for the holiday seasons. Change the theme throughout the year to reflect the season.
Use binders to display paper memorabilia, such as post cards and sheet music. Visit antique malls and study which booths stand out. Note the details that make them unique.
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