Antique Mall Near Me

I guess I should have titled this, Antique Mall Near Me and Dear to My Heart”. Do you love to go antiquing? Or are you a minimalist that doesn’t shop much at all? Dear friend, I have always loved antique malls, but this one is most dear to my heart and not just because I rent a booth there. Here are 6 reasons you should visit our local antique mall, Southern Antiques & Accents. And if you are thinking of starting an antique business this is the place to be! (You may have to get on a waiting list, but it’s worth the wait!

Looking for an antique mall near you? Here’s the one I recommend in Fairhope, AL.

Antique Mall - Southern Antiques & Accents

 

1) Our Antique Mall Ladies-Night

First of all, I love walking into Southern Antiques & Accents on Ladies Night. It’s a jolly site, maybe something similar to Christmas morning with a 3 year old. Musicians are busy setting up instruments, preparing to entertain our loyal and new customers. Our staff sets up hors d’oeuvres, beverage tables, and we all do what I call fluffing our booths. It’s like company is coming for Christmas dinner and we want all the pillows plumped, decor dusted and front door sparkling clean. The food fills the mall with the smell of homemade goodies and like a trimmed tree that fills the hall, there are presents all over the floor.

Antique Microphone

 

2) Friendliness

People show up for ladies night with their friends and relatives. They look for a unique piece to mark off their wish list or to give to Aunt Jennifer on her birthday. Others shop to get a head start on Christmas shopping. And one of my personal favorites, they come for a little retail therapy. It’s a time to themselves. Time to recharge and refill their idea books for projects or decor or gift-giving. Some show up just to feel energized and part of the community.  Regardless of why they come, they are all welcome. It’s a monthly celebration like Christmas is a yearly reminder of love, sacrifice and gift-giving. Our friendliness shows up best on ladies night, when we have a mini-reunion with all our loved ones.

Uncle Sam 4th of July

 

3) Customers

So, I know this is gonna sound all commercial and maybe a bit mushy, but hear me out. We love our customers. We do! From the minute you open the sparkling clean door to the minute you exit, you are somebody special. And it’s not only… (I admit we love it when you buy something) …  but, we love hearing that little bell jingle.

Bracelets from Antique Mall

Looking up from whatever we are doing to see you, get to know you and learn your name is what keeps us going. It’s why we keep going to estate sales and auctions. We love helping you find just the right treasure. We enjoy the interaction of chatting about the newest flowers in Fairhope or how little Johnny made the All-Star team. Shopping local is something all merchants love. Not only because it affects the bottom line, but because it preserves relationships. It’s a face-to-face shopping experience. We work to preserve what I like to call, “the antiques of brick and mortar.”

4) Staff of the Antique Mall Near Me

Another thing I love about our staff is that they all operate a booth within the mall. They have something at stake, just like all the other dealers. They interact with other dealers and help however they can. Mostly because they are just good people, but also because they desire success for all of us. It’s a win-win when we all support each other and wish each other success. There has been no petty competitiveness that I’ve seen. We happily refer folks to other booths with happy customers as the main goal.

Welcome Friends

5) Dealers

We like each other in our not-so-little antique mall. We love seeing each other on Ladies Night and catching up on each other’s lives, seeing what is in each other’s booths, sharing what’s selling and what’s not. Of course, it’s an added bonus that our staff and our customers treat us like friends. Furthermore, we receive emails from Memorie sharing what is needed and tips on success.

tomato bucket

Recently I was working in my booth and stopped to fan myself on a hot summer day. A staff member happen to walk by and asked, “Do you want me to turn the air down a bit?”  What? You’ll spend money on my comfort?

Then I went shopping at a local mall and walked into a store that was sweltering! As I checked out, I felt so sorry for the cashier, who had beads of perspiration dotting her forehead. I asked, “I guess the air is not working, huh? I know you have to be so hot.” Her reply, “Yea, no matter how much we complain, it’s a corporate policy to keep the thermostat on a certain number.” It made me question whether I would continue shopping at a place where they care so little for their employees.

6) My Story

Last but not least, I began my antique business because I love decor. I love the thought that I am helping someone make their house a home. It does my heart good to know that a customer immediately thought of a loved one when they walked into my booth. I enjoy imagining an aunt or uncle, daughter or son opening a gift that their relative found in my booth. It’s a pleasure to provide treasures that make a total stranger smile and say thank you.  It’s a bonus that I work with others who have the same passion that I do.

Herbs Wall Art

Above all, I encourage you to shop at Southern Antiques & Accents on Greeno Road in Fairhope, AL. And for your added pleasure…. we are a chain! There’s another location in downtown Fairhope on Section Street. (My booth is on Greeno Rd.) Hehehehe! Seriously, shop both stores and do it often! We love seeing you.

Southern Antiques & Accents

CoziNest Antiques and Decor – We are Moving!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor has Moved

It is a bittersweet time at CoziNest Antiques and Decor. We are closing the “proverbial” doors to our booth at Daphne Antique Galleria. I’m sad to be leaving all the great people at the place I’ve lovingly called “DAG” for the last 3 years. I’ve had great times, made great friends and met so many wonderful customers. But, it is time to consolidate to one location instead of two, so I’m happy to announce my one and only shop. Please visit me at:

Southern Antiques & Accents

Booth #115

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

Our next Ladies Night Out, will be Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm. I hope you can stop by for a fun night with door prizes and a 10% discount throughout the mall.

Just so you know what you’ve missed at previous Ladies Nights:

One month in the Heart for Dixie booth, I served biscuits and gravy with sweet tea, y’all.

Last month in my new location, I served peach cobbler with whipped cream.

For March, how about mini cheesecakes with cherry topping? This will be delicious with a glass of wine while you shop!

CoziNest Antiques & Decor

Send me an email if you plan to visit soon and I’ll let them know how special you are! New friends who comment below or send an email will get 10% off any purchase over $100.

I will always cherish my days in Daphne. I’ve had great fun writing about the fabulous finds in this mall. You can read about them below. I encourage all my readers to stop by regularly. You will never be disappointed.

 

Don’t Forget the New Location!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor

Please stop by Booth #115 and say hello!

14 Tips on How to Open an Antique Booth

Do you think you might want to open an antique booth? Here are 14 tips on how to get started.

My love of antiques all started with one woman. My mother-in-love. She has been a collector her whole life and with two gifts from her early in my marriage, I was hooked.

Antique Gifts from my Mother-in-Love

gilded mirror

One from her…

Statue Named Wendy

And the other handpicked by her as a gift from 007.

face of wendy

How could you not be hooked by this face? Her name is Wendy and she is both young and old.

A Small Decorating Business

Years later, when Pinterest came about, my sister, Kiki (her childhood name) and I became addicts! We started a small decorating business, along with my youngest sister, Kellie, and were on the brink of opening a home staging business in our hometown, when Kiki’s husband was offered a job in another state. We loved shopping in antique stores, thrift stores and flea markets. I miss my sisters. I miss our shopping excursions and the thrill of finding something that we could transform into a gem.

sisters

So, I decided to open my own booth in an antique mall. It was a way to stay connected, in a sense, to my sisters and continue the fun of treasure hunting. I’ve learned a lot in the 3 years since I started, so I thought I’d share a few tips with those who might be thinking of opening their own booth.

14 Tips on How to Open an Antique Booth

         1. Go slow, start small.

One mistake I made was not planning the overall style of my booth ahead of time. I purchased items that I thought would sell without thought to any type of theme or style. Now 8 months later, I have items that haven’t sold and don’t really fit into the overall look I am going for. On the bright side, my customers get great prices as I work toward my new look.

Setting up an antique booth

 

          2. Investigate mall policies and amenities.  

If there are multiple locations for you to choose from in your area, be sure to investigate each mall and what all they have to offer. I now have two locations and love them both. One is open 7 days a week in a prime location not too far off the interstate. It has lots of booths with lots of choices in antiques and current trends. The other mall is open 6 days a week, and 30 minutes longer per day than the other. It also has lots to offer with creative, friendly booth owners, daily email with a list of items sold that day, and a monthly sales event with extended shopping hours.

          3. Buy smart.

Choose your display cases, shelving, and lighting, to fit into the overall look of your booth. Purchase items that offer beauty, style and function. I was so excited to get started, that I didn’t give a lot of thought to how I might display hanging items. I bought white pegboard and installed it right away.  Since then, I’ve fallen in love with booths using reclaimed wood, shiplap or lattice as their walls. At the very least, I wish I’d painted my pegboard and still plan to do that soon. When purchasing for your booth, shop estate sales, thrift stores, online resale sites like CraigsList, VarageSale and auctions. Make bi-annual trips to market, focusing on items that fit your style and aren’t sold in local big box stores. We can’t compete with Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.

gathering treasures

My booth, the first month.

Budgets, Projects and Style of the Booth

          4. Set a budget.

There are booth owners who start with as little $100, but honestly, I don’t see how. Pegboard or similar materials will cost that much. A more realistic number is between $500-$1000 to get started. That does not include rent, commission or advertising.

          5.  Avoid huge project pieces, unless it’s something you love to do.  

I originally bought several pieces that needed painting or updating in some way, just for the fun of it. I now recommend starting with pieces that need little-to-no work, so you can concentrate your energy and time on setting up your booth. Work on projects to fill in as you sell items.

          6.  Plan the style of your booth.

Use your own distinct personality and taste. The name of my blog, decorating style and stage of life have everything to do with the style of my booth. CoziNest was born out of a need to refill my empty nest with new loves. So, I wanted my booth to reflect this. The goal is to feel cozy, portray a sense of nesting and offer pieces that create a comfortable home with a mix of antiques and current trends. Birds gather twigs, strings, and feathers from other locations that make their nest uniquely theirs. An osprey nest is different from that of a seagull, yet they are both seabirds. To help you get started, scan booths you love and incorporate items that match your look or style, without encroaching on their personal style.

This was my pin-spiration. Click on the photo to visit Country Provenzale e Shabby Chic site. My goal is to create a booth that reflects the style of French Industrial who married Rustic Elegance. 😉

Price Tags, Inventory and Social Media

          7.  Design your price tags.

Purchase a die-cut, cardstock, ribbon or twine and a hole punch. Stay with a predetermined color scheme for a professional look. Or, you can order tags from someone like VistaPrint, or make your own on the computer. I do a combination of all three.

          8.  Decide on a price point for your merchandise.

Is your merchandise high end? Bargain-based? Or somewhere in the middle?  I want to pass my savings on to my customers, so they’ll come back again and again. There are some items over $300, but most are below $100.

          9.  Create a spreadsheet to keep up with cost and profit of merchandise. This helps keep track of what sells and what doesn’t.

          10.  Curate your social media pages.

Facebook/CoziNest

Pinterest

Instagram

Twitter

          11.  Restyle your booth at least once per month.

a view to a booth

July CoziNest Booth Photo

Table with Pumpkins

          12.  Keep it clean.

          13.  Items that sell: I’ve had success with storage items like baskets, canisters and tables with drawers. Greenery, footstools, vintage bottles, galvanized watering cans and farmhouse decor are all quick sellers.

          14.  Carefully choose these items that haven’t sold well: Upholstered furniture and mismatched dishes.

Do you love antiques? Was it due to a gift from a loved one? We are all on a path with a purpose. I found mine awfully late in life, but God’s timing is always perfect. I hope this has been helpful if your path leads you to open an antique booth.

Vintage Fall Table with Thrift Store Finds

I want to get a jump start on Fall to bring in the feel of the season long before the temperatures begin to drop. However…It’s expensive to decorate a different Fall table every year. Thrift store finds help the budget and make decorating fun!  I love having at least one new-to-me thing on every seasonal table.

One New Thing Every Season

I got really lucky (I think) for this year’s new addition to my table. This year, I’ve added these jewel-tone, autumn-leaves salad plates. The set of 4 plates were found at my local Goodwill Store several months ago. I saved them for such a time as this.

Autumn Leaves Salad Plates

 

I absolutely love finding another man’s trash and turning it into my own treasure. This table is not particularly elegant. It’s not filled with pumpkins (yet), or adorned with expensive napkins, rings or dishes.

fall table

 

It IS layered with some of my favorite finishing touches. There are ideas here from Pinterest, Fall magazines, actual displays in stores and some of my own.

 

Setting a Table with Thrift Store Finds

 

First, I began with a black tablecloth. Then I added orange, rectangle placemats, and topped them with large felt, green leaf placemats.

rust with green placemats

 

The dinner plates are last year’s new item. Square stoneware from Pier 1. Between the dinner and salad plate, I placed a medium-sized grapevine wreath to add some texture. The leaves on the salad plate mirror the felt placemats and keep the whole feel of the table seasonal.

gold and marble votives

The votives in the center were a fun find at a local flea market. The base is marble with gold filigree and crystal sitting on top. Green candles blend the fall colors together.

Wooden Leaf

I found this large wooden leaf a few years ago and use it for Fall and sometimes Christmas. Once pumpkins and gourds become plentiful in the produce section, I’ll add a few to the base with leaves, walnuts and pecans. This little bistro table is where 007 and I love to have Saturday brunch, so my centerpiece always sits to the side. His face is the real centerpiece.

grapevine napkin ring

A simple grapevine napkin ring matches the wreath beneath the salad plates.

leopard glassware

A little touch of animal print, brings a different element of nature to the table.

layered placemats

The green glass bowls have been part of several place settings over the years.

 

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our bistro table. If you like what you see, some of these items will be for sale in the booth, soon. I like using our home to display how you can use thrift store finds. Get the school year off to a good start with these teacher gifts, too.

Southern Antiques & Accents

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

 

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