I was perusing the site, "Worthpoint", last evening and came upon Harry Rinker's cogent three part article concerning starting an antiques and collectibles business in 2010. http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/tips-starting-antiques-collect.... The first article contains links to the others.
In the first of the three articles, Mr. Rinker discusses "...the need of the 21st century dealer to specialize and to understand the potential customer base." Part II discusses "adopting a business approach, whether full- or part-time, and how to acquire merchandise.", and the final installment--"Deciding where to sell is the final step in creating the business plan."
I found the articles contained some valuable information, and thought they would be of interest to the Vintage Village!