Task 9 of the #aprilget2knowavintagedealer
hosted by @wishvintage
and nominated by the lovely @the_hoolala_circus....
Where I like to buy... I don't seem to have a photo of where we buy to hand, so you'll have to make do with a picture of me at a recent stall.
We buy stock from all sorts of places, occasionally at auction, although not so much these days. I did enjoy auction days, but they can be long days, with little to no return.
Car boots can be fun, and we pick some of our stock up here, but the great finds are few and few between really.
Other dealers, I like buying from other dealers, you often have to pay a bit more, although you can sometimes do a nice swap deal. This can be beneficial to both dealers, giving both stalls new stock, but also maybe making sure stock is on a more appropriate stall.
My real favourite is private sellers though, we often get people coming to the stall who want to sell things, and when we arrive we often have little idea of what we'll find. A recent trip saw us going to collect some garden stoneware, we came away with old tables, leather satchels, engineers drawers and a plough!
It's this completely unexpected nature to private sales which makes it so exciting.
We turned up to collect a mannequin once, and they opened the doors to a warehouse full of just about everything you can imagine.
Most dealers have their own private places to pick up a few bits too, and we're no exception. With have one place, we like to visit every so often, usually for a few key items to top the stall up. These are usually closely guarded secrets though.
Wherever you buy though, be friendly and be fair, we all want to buy for as little as possible, but it pays to be polite, and to ensure everyone leaves the negotiations happy.
Until tomorrow... #Vintage #VintageWhatnots #Signs #Advertising #Antiques #Antique #Quirky #Lights #Lighting #Fairground #Eclectic #InteriorDesign #Industrial #Carboot #Auction #Sale