I have always been one to support the venue I am on and even before I joined the first time at Ruby Lane I was a customer.
When I was a collector only back in the 1980s a very experienced dealer told me dealers supporting other dealers is practically the bread and butter of the Antiques business.
I have been very pleased with the service I have received from the purchases I have personally made at Ruby Lane. It is also fun to see each shop.
Each shop has terms they will use and most are posted on their home page. Quite interesting.
I appreciate all the hard work dealers do and understand how one item may differ on overhead.
I also like selling to other dealers and have my own terms.
Just want to remind the Ruby Lane dealers to consider shopping for Mothers Day or Fathers Day or any of the special days and support each other. Pretty amazing the things one can find on Ruby Lane and Ruby Plaza. I am always so grateful for how the dealers are willing to give discounts and such.
LOL! You don't have to remind me twice to check the Rubies first, Sandy! I have had excellent experiences with other dealers as well, both buying and selling.
It's funny you posted this today as I finally broke down and purchased something from one of the very few RL/RP dealers that I don't care for very much (no one on TVV), their communication is slow and poor, but it was for an item that I haven't been able to find anywhere else and I've had it in my Wish List for months now.
Besides RL dealer to dealer, I have had a couple successful partnerships with B & M shops. In each case, the B & M dealer just wasn't able to move a high end piece. Once listed in RL with its international exposure and reputation, the pieces sold for more than they had been asking in their stores and and some sales happened within a week. I think this works best for the truly rare and/or famous pieces - these sales included a Tortolani Zodiac bracelet, a Joseff bracelet/necklace set, a Hobe Bandora pin. Sometimes I will buy the piece outright, but in terms of cash flow it can be a real win-win to list on a consignment basis. My commission is very low on these dealer consignment sales, but I like having these great pieces in my shop and feel the traffic they bring is a definite benefit.
One time I had a real laugh when an EBay seller sent my purchase to me in the same box (I had glued two red hearts on it) as I had originally sent her when she had bought something from me. "What comes around, goes around" - as my grandmother always warned me.
D'Anne Brownell, 2Hearts Uptown
That is funny about the box. Recycling is always good.
OT: This business is so funny. I have raised prices on items before and sold right off.
Even though it is antiques we sell like in the real world online it is such a factor of search engines and such.
There really are different customers not only at different venues but times as well as age groups seeking different items.
I like to get a set number of sales and then treat myself as a collector sometimes as well.
You ever see the western movie with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall called Open Range?
The storekeeper was selling fine Chocolate but had never even tasted it. I often think of that guy.
How can you sell a product that you haven't tried or haven't loved yourself? Poor guy but I could never sell chocolate, I'd keep eating up the inventory.
I think that's why there are so many terrific AVC dealers, we all truly love what we sell and would keep it all if we could.
I do the same thing, Sandy. If I've had a good month or a big sale, I'll treat myself to something on my wish list. I was just able to buy my hubby a watch he wanted with some of my profit. It's a nice feeling!
I find it hard to work my shop when there are so many nice items to see from other dealers on Ruby Lane.
I have always been very happy with my purchases. Great reference books also I am seeing to add to a library for the collector of vintage and antiques.
Great time to stock up for the holidays without leaving the Ruby Lane site. teehee...