Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Folks who know me, hear me say that a lot...."nothing ventured, nothing gained". I am not necessarily a risk taker. But I do take little tiny risks that won't screw me too bad if they don't work out.

So hubby (Greg) and I were just chit chatting about random stuff, and he mentioned if I ever thought of doing a space rental type of thing. (um...YEAH, I have, but I never, ever mentioned it, because I figured that he would never, ever go for it). So of course I told him that I would be interested in that. For many reasons:

1) Sometimes I pass up furniture and larger accessory items because they are not something I want to ship. This happens a lot.

2) I have many, many large dish sets, they do sell on occasion, but mostly people don't want to pay $75 to ship $30 of dishes. Nor do I particularly care for individually bubble wrapping each and every dish.

3) I do have several items currently that I never bothered to list because they are pretty large and shipping would be a beast, so they just sit in storage.

4) Every time I ship a breakable item, I hope that it will make it to its destination in one piece.

Several other reasons, but those are the main ones that come to mind.

Anyhow, since Greg mentioned it, I told him that I would call around and see what's out there and then we can plan on something during summer, so I can start shopping furniture and whatnot in my shopping trips.

So I called around. One lady, who was eating while talking to me, was rude and kept talking garbled and I had to keep asking her to repeat herself. Screw her... put down the burrito, bitch, when a potential customer calls!

The other places I called either had a two year wait, or had a closed waiting list.

I ended up calling one place that just so happened to have an open space (yay me), the owners were super duper nice too. So I decided to check it out. It was very clean and organized, and I had a good feeling about this place. EXCEPT I had to rent it NOW, because it is currently available. I knew from all my research that I had to jump on it.

So I broke the news to Greg. We do not have time to prepare. We are in now.

Scampered to find a bookcase for storage, and get things priced and inventoried. Unfortunately, we weren't as prepared as we needed to be, but we did move in and have started the process.


My kid is not for sale....

Heading back tomorrow with some more goodies. I am really hoping this works out. I have heard horror stories and I have heard success stories. The guy that was previously in our spot did so well that he ended up moving to a super large space in the front of the store. Fingers crossed!

So if you are in Florida, come check out Random Goods Vintage

 ******************LARGO ECLECTIC MALL*****************

I would love your support!

For those of you who have rented space at antique malls, Id love to hear some advice. I don't want to hear horror stories and what I mistake I made. (why ya wanna make me feel bad?) Just useful good advice is welcome:-)


  1. Good Luck! That is real close to my house. I will have to come check it out.

    1. Lots of fun goodies there, you would love it!

  2. Good luck - I'd love to do this. Please keep us updated on your progress.

  3. Good luck!! Keep updating about it. Honestly, if the rent is not too expensive and the traffic is good (and the owners are honest and organized)---then it seems like a winner! I see a lot of cute things!

    1. Hoping for the best, Becky. The owners are super nice, I even met a few of the other vendors and they were pretty cool. We will see....

  4. How neat - fingers and toes crossed for you!

  5. I would like to try it too for all the reasons you mentioned, but there is nothing near me at all. I don't wanna drive 45 minutes to maintain a booth. Best of luck!

    1. Yea...even this one is a bit of a drive for me...about 30 minutes. But that's okay, I pass a lot of thrift shops on the way, so I will make the most of that drive!