It’s a tough world out there!!

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As you all know we are out and about as much as possible and we have found out one thing for sure, it’s a tough world out there!!

We came up with a few tips for shoppers and store owners or vendors we have found that we wanted to share. It’s hard to stay in business and that is evident by the stores leaving us this year. Some of them-Vintage California in Orange, Shabby Attic in Glendora are regrouping and starting new ventures. Some like Lloyd and Lane in Pasadena just can’t keep going. One reason is rents keep going up. Some of our favorites are moving or looking for places. So if you are a shopper, keep in mind, if you want that store to be there next time you decide to visit, you need to patronize them (that means buy from them), BUT, it also means, tell your friends, put them on your Facebook, go to classes there, and talk about them, take pictures and put them on your Instagram. We just ask nicely first and find that almost everyone wants you to share. It’s a huge help.

For store owners and vendors-blow your own horn!! Take business cards or flyers to all events and ask other vendors to exchange stacks with you. We all have to help each other. Go to the businesses around you and ask if you can leave a stack. That pizza place across from you that smells so good would like you to recommend them and might return the favor!! Maybe you can get a promotion going with them, like 10% off if you bring in a receipt from each other!!! Be sure and tell customers to check out other vintage stores around you. When we go to an area we are more likely to return if there are 3-4 shops to wander around and a place to have lunch. There’s room for everyone, and none of you carry exactly the same pieces. Be generous with your advice.

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Be nice!!! We have seen some stuff that is not so nice. Customers who are rude, vendors who snap back too quickly or are too sharp, people who steal-come on!!! We all have bad days but come on!!! We get our feelings hurt really fast and we bet you do too. Niceness, on the other hand, is contagious.

We love getting to know the vendors and store owners but a side of our instagram and blog we didn’t expect was getting to know other customers. We run into people all the time that go where we go. What fun that is. We may not know all your names but we recognize you!! There are so many people that love vintage, handmade, handcrafted and appreciate the time and talent put into it. And, of course, we love it when you know about us at We’re Mad About.

Every month we are putting out a list of all the events we know ahead of time. Help us by sending us your event and we’ll add it. We just had a business contact us today to check for conflicting events before they scheduled theirs-smart, huh? Love it when a vendor-example Ittybittyvintageshop-posts their upcoming events. Or when a vendor has a sign with their Instagram so you can look them up easily. We take a picture of those so we remember later to follow them, if we aren’t already. We want to go to everything we can and we know that’s true for a whole bunch of you. We have an email, weremadabout@gmail.com where you can send your listing too and any others you know about. Let’s all try to get the word out.

Looking forward to Feb/March and all the big shows coming. Hope to see you at some of them, it is going to be a great 2018!!!

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Thanks ladies great advice . Looking for a fabulously vintage 2018

  2. Heidi Preston says:

    It certainly is tough out there! Rising rents, Flea Markets, on line sales, and big box stores make it very difficult for brick and mortar store owners. We support and provide small business owners with brick and mortar options and nothing gives us greater pleasure!! Cheers, Steve & Heidi Relics Mall Paso Robles, Ca