Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Update: Marietta Booth

This was a get-back-to-work week for us! We hadn't been to Marietta for a month--the time slipped by so quickly, and then it turned so cold I didn't want to be away from home that long. So we had lots of catch-up work to do.

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.

This corner cabinet isn't nearly as wide as the photo makes it look!

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.
That's bit of what we did, anyway. I packed up quite a few things to be stored or gotten rid of--sometimes that has to happen too, if something's just not moving and taking up a lot of shelf space. So today I have some sorting and packing to do as we unload the van. It's a stuff in, stuff out business for sure.

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Mac n' Janet said...

it doesn't seem like the time of year for shopping. Staying in, crafting, using up what we have. Hope things pick up for you.

Charlotte Spears said...

I love the chrome table and chairs, Susanna! You have such a knack for creating lovely vignettes in your retail spaces! We are going to have to make it a point to visit them during our drives out this year. Hope that business picks up again real soon for you. (((Hugs)))

Brig said...

Thanks for the update!

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