Sales were good in December but they're in the toilet so far this month, worst we've ever seen. We assumed the lower sales in October and November were election-related but now I am not so sure. Other friends with retail businesses tell me that they're having the same issue--people are coming and looking but not spending. And restaurants are seeing lower than usual traffic too. So we'll see what happens the rest of the month. I'm running a sale for the rest of the month and probably into February, so we'll see if that helps.
Meanwhile, here's a bit of what we did:
We found this table last weekend and the yellow chairs about a month ago. The table needed only a little cleaning up to be ready. We have had the red chair for a while and decided to just put it in the booth, and priced all pieces separately so people can mix and matcg as they choose. The big silver tray was badly tarnished but cleaned up nicely.
Lots of shiny chrome appliances!
Changed up the display on this table to include silverplate, and some candleholders. Sometimes just moving things around helps them sell.
Looking into one of our booths.
Again, changed up the items on display. Next trip we'll be doing some major changes to this area, moving the Hoosier, etc. to give this booth a fresh look.
I love this Hoosier. It has a fantastic capacity, can hold all kinds of stuff.
Peeking inside the Hoosier--nifty cup rack, isn't it? There are two of them. Quite a few Swanky Swigs have gathered in this booth, so I got them all together.
Afghans, quilts and books on this tall shelf because the floor is shaky in this area and it's not a safe place for glass. It's not unsafe, just, you know...old.
I gathered up barware for display on the porcelain-topped table.
The old phonograph is still here. I set it up so people could see inside.--and put a 25% off sticker on it.
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