If I had to name just one person who taught me about selling antiques and maintaining a booth, it would be my friend, Claudia of Claudia Camp Antiques. I met Claudia in the summer of 2011, when I moved into a 9’ x 10’ booth to sell my painted furniture in a local home décor/antique shop. I was transitioning from painting faux finishes on walls and cabinets to selling my own product. Needless to say, I was very green and trying to figure out this new business venture!
I really started to learn about being an antiques dealer when Claudia asked me to share a booth with her in a new European/French antique shop in Houston. For two years, I discovered where to go to find unique items and more importantly, how to display a booth. (A side note, a ‘booth’ is a spot a dealer rents out in a store and stocks and maintains as their own shop.)
This is the booth Claudia and I shared in the winter of 2011.
What made Claudia a good mentor for me? It was her generosity sharing 30 years experience being an antiques dealer with me. Claudia is well known in the Houston area, from her years of owning her own antique mall years ago, to being a vendor at the Big Red Barn in Round Top, Texas and Urban Market in Houston.If you are in the area, you can shop in person, Claudia's antiques at the Modern Farmhouse, located at 14356 Liberty, Montgomery, TX. Let's take a peek inside!
Just look at that ceiling and the old counter! Claudia's spot is on the right along the wall.
So much to see...
You can also find Claudia online at Chairish, Etsy, Omero Home, Houzz, and Facebook. If you see something you like and want to ask a question, feel free to contact her through whatever online site you are on. Claudia will be happy to help!
Till next time!