Discover the joy of starting and running an antique or vintage booth business and bring your passion for thrifting to life. Here are tips and tricks for starting and thriving, along with what I have learned along the way.

Are you passionate about vintage decor?

Window shopping

Vintage shopping



Flea Markets

Yard Sales

Antique Shops

Thrift Stores

Estate Sales

I love it all, how about you?

Manchester Country Store & Deli Vermont.

And after a whirlwind year of Thrifting with the Gals, a favorite blog series I host here on the third Thursday of every month, I was craving just a little more.

After all, I really thrifted a lot last year…

So, the next natural step in setting my 4 top thrifting goals for 2022 was to find a vintage booth where I could begin reselling and flipping some of those vintage finds in an antique store.

Vintage Decor in Vintage Booth.  Bottles, Terracotta, and more.

What is a vintage booth?

A vintage booth is a small space or area set up to showcase and sell vintage or antique items. It can be found at flea markets, antique fairs, antique stores, or dedicated vintage shops.

*Truth be told, this vintage booth window is a creative outlet and hobby for me, not a primary means of income. I love collecting and decorating and am so excited about this next adventure. So, if this is you, these antique booth tips and tricks are for you.

To learn more about the business side of a successful vintage booth, visit my friend Joanna over at the Antique Startup, who teaches the skills, tricks, and strategies needed to start and run a profitable first time antique booth business.

vintage Johnson and Johnson Brothers Dishware in Vintage Booth.

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Vintage Booth?

3 Key Elements to Look For When Choosing a Vintage Booth

  • Convenient Location | If a vintage booth is inconvenient, you can quickly lose interest, and it becomes a nuisance. How far away is it from where you live? Are you willing to drive that distance once or twice a week?
  • Significant Foot Traffic | Not all antique mall booth attract good potential customers, so do your homework! Check in with some of the other vendors, and if there are many vintage booth spaces available, that is a clear warning sign.
  • Personable Staff / Store Owners: You will want to like the people who work at the antique mall, including the staff and other vendors.

It’s essential to look at the contracts and monthly charges, of course, but it is all worth it if the traffic is there, you enjoy the people, and it’s all convenient for you to make it worthwhile!

Manchester Country Store & Deli Antique Booth

I looked at just one other location before finding this vintage booth space in the Manchester Country Store & Deli window in downtown Manchester, Vermont. Just the right location.

Empty Vintage Booth in the Window

The other antique store in our local area that I looked into had at least a year’s wait and a very long waiting list. This vintage booth window space at The Manchester Country Store immediately stole my heart. It is one mile from our own home and in the heart of our four-season resort town in the mountains of Vermont.

This small booth space suited me perfectly.

It’s open, airy, and bright.

Vintage Booth Space in the window of The Manchester Country Store & Deli.

To say I got a tad lucky is an understatement. I was prepared to wait up to a year or so for my own booth space to open up.

It’s been an absolute whirlwind and much fun getting my first booth ready, but I couldn’t be more excited!

You may also enjoy Thrifting with the Gal’s monthly round-up Spring Thrifty and Things post.

Check out this 11 Creative Ideas to Display Your Vintage Collections post, too.

What Do Customers Look for in a Vintage Booth?

I spent this entire week bringing in just the right new items I believed our seasonal Vermont shoppers would enjoy. Every town and customer can be unique. And I already have quite a collection of treasures from a year of Thrifting with the Gals.

12 Vintage Booth Tips & Tricks:

  1. Choose a theme: Decide on your vintage booth’s specific theme or style. This could be anything from mid-century modern, retro, farmhouse, or bohemian.
  2. Curate your collection: Select vintage items that fit your chosen theme. This could include large pieces of furniture, home decor, clothing, handmade items, accessories, vinyl records, books, or collectibles.
  3. Choose 3 or 4 oversized ticket items: Make up the rest with small items.
  4. Display your items creatively: Arrange your vintage items in an eye-catching and organized manner. Use shelves, racks, tables, and other display props as a focal point. Consider grouping items by color, style, or era to create visual interest. Display each piece as it could be used in one’s home.
  5. Don’t clutter your vintage booth, but have plenty of merchandise available.
  6. Make it all accessible so the customer can walk around and touch it.
  7. Supply a stack of business cards so the customer can reach you with any questions. This is a great way to add a personal touch and for loyal customers to learn more about you.
  8. Vintage booth shoppers are not like those of us who like to pick. This is important to remember. They want a pleasant shopping experience and want to be sold.
  9. The entire booth should be aesthetically pleasing and have vintage charm.
  10. Plan on fluffing and restocking with new inventory at least every 1-2 weeks.
  11. Using risers, like stools, to stack up and heighten your merchandise is a good idea.
Vintage Booth display

12. Create a visually appealing booth: Pay attention to the overall aesthetic of your vintage booth. Use vintage-inspired decorations, such as old suitcases, vintage signage, or antique frames, to enhance the visual appeal. Keep your booth clean, organized, and visually appealing to attract customers.

Remember to regularly rotate and refresh your inventory to keep your vintage booth interesting and enticing to customers. Stay up to date with current trends in the vintage market and consider attending vintage trade shows or networking with other vintage sellers to expand your knowledge and customer base.

How to Start Selling in an Antique Booth

First, I ordered these adorable custom price tags with my logo on one side and this blue jute twine to tie the tags onto the merchandise.

Custom Price Tags

Custom price tags are a charming way to show how much you care for the items you sell, adding value to your brand. Small price stickers work best for small, hard-to-tag items.

Custom Price Tags for vintage booth business.
Photo Credit: Dina Paola Designs

Vintage Booth Logo Sign

Next, I ordered this custom sign for my first vintage booth to hang proudly with my Dabbling & Decorating logo.


Do you have a partner, spouse, or friend who uses your tools and never puts them back where they belong? My third suggestion is a Bag of Lady’s Tools. I swear by these ever since my girlfriend introduced me to them! I always know where they are, and since they’re pink, nobody feels the urge to steal them…

They are perfect to have on hand to hang that valuable picture, fix broken merchandise, touch up dings and dents, etc… Helping to keep your vintage booth in tip-top shape.

Pink bag of tools

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The first day setting up was a very long day for sure…

However, the owner, Lisa, couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. And her nickname is MacGyver!

She nicely offered me price tags and a non-smudge pen to use until my new price tags arrived. She even fixed a broken wheel on a French market basket that I wanted to display in my booth.

She has the best candy treats, too, with an old-fashioned candy counter available in the store!

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I love the beautiful flower touches she added to my booth, too.

Purple flowers in vintage booth

As this week ends, my vintage booth window is all set up at the Manchester Country Store & Deli. Next week, I’ll add all my custom price tags and signs, and then it’s time to head back out for some Thrifting with the Gals.

Vintage booth with dishes, lamps, and more.

And if you’re ever in the Manchester, Vermont area, stop in and say hello at the shop. You will find all my vintage affairs in the window. Yeah!

Vintage Booth Winter Window Display

You may also enjoy the posts, Vintage Booth Winter Window Display and Dress Form Mannequin: In Home Decor.

For this antique booth wall display, you may also enjoy the post, Let’s Make a Homespun Vintage Booth Wall Display.

antique dish hook wall display

What I Have Learned From 2 Years Having a Vintage Booth Business

I can hardly believe it will be two years in March of 2024 that I have had this vintage booth in the window. I’ve learned so much since first writing this blog post. The biggest takeaway is knowing and understanding what your customers are looking for and want to purchase. It’s not the same for everyone. Here’s what I have learned:

  • Vintage plates, dishes, and platters don’t sell well. This may simply be because our area is a four-season tourist resort town.
  • Large price tags make a statement. The bigger and bolder, the better. I now use these Hang Ties.
  • Signage with sales and pricing is vital to inform and sell customers on specific items.
  • Refresh what doesn’t sell, mark it down, and move it out.
  • Have small, easily sellable items that catch a customer’s eye, like bouquets of dried hydrangeas or a basket of inexpensive Christmas ornaments.
  • Monthly revenues can fluctuate significantly. Don’t take it to heart.

Most of all, have fun!

Antique store display with Glasswares

Best wishes with your antique business!

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at

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  1. These are such great tips. I ran a vintage booth for a while after I closed my boutique. It was so much fun. Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you Renae, aren’t they so much fun to have? Happy holidays to you, I’m so glad you joined us this year.

  2. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I wish you had written this a few years ago when I had a booth. It was so beautiful and fun to play with as I displayed everything so perfectly. My problem was I hadn’t researched foot traffic. Even though I found it, no one else did and eventually the building was closed and sold. All that said, this was a fantastic post and makes me wish I could do it again. My life long dream is to have my own store. Sell homemade pies, repurposed finds and antiques with a place in the back for classes or tea parties.
    Loved being with y’all this year and following along with what you found. Y’all have the best stuff up north. Seems like most of it is so different from our things. Cheers to another year of thrifting and best wishes on the booth. To have a window is awesome!!!

    1. Thank you Cindy, yes foot traffic is everything really. It’s funny because I want the window to look so nice too, but you have to actually sell things to stay there, haha. So it may not always look the way I want it to but it’s been loads of fun. Happy Holidays Cindy!

  3. Your booth looks so good Ann! The locals are going to love your spot!😊 Pinned!

    1. So sweet of you to say. I’m always so happy to see you stop by🤗

  4. Stephanie says:

    You have done a really nice display. It looks fantastic!! I have a collection of vintage/ antique items. I love to shop for them. It is my addiction!! I have always wanted to do a booth. How do you decide how to price your items? This is my main issue- that’s holding me back. Thank you

    1. Hi Stephanie. I agree with you it can be a challenge. I decide based upon the customer base of the shop and the value an item sells for online. And I am always open to offers too😃

  5. Kathy Munday says:

    This is so exciting Ann. I’m thrilled for you and your new adventure and can’t wait to take a ride to see it in person. We used to drive through Manchester when bringing our son to college in Poultney. We always stopped on our way back just to enjoy the wonderful area shops. Wishing you lots of fun and luck!!!! Awesome!!!!!

    1. Wow Kathy, Poultney? I went to GMC🙌🏻

  6. This is so exciting Ann! Before I started gardening, I had always wanted to have a booth at a vintage shop. I will just live through you. Love all your vintage goodies.

    1. Thank you Kim it’s really been a lot of fun💃💃

  7. Hi Ann. Fellow thrifter here! Your booth sounds so exciting! Wishing you tons of success!
    I hope to start a little vintage business of my own. Maybe online or as pop up barn sales. Or maybe a combination of both? My collections are boardering on a hoard! Lol!! But thrifting is my thing, so I don’t see myself stopping any time soon!

    1. I’m with you Donna. Good luck to you in starting up a vintage business💃

  8. Crushing on your vintage blackboards! I’ll be in Vermont this summer and stopping by!

    1. Aren’t those so cute. They’re children’s learning slates😃

  9. MaryAnn Merrell says:

    Ann I am not local but my friend is often shopping in Manchester.

    1. Can you send me an email? I can’t send you one directly from here I’m afraid🙈

  10. Congratulations, Ann! I know you will have roaring success! You’re observation about the wide range of differences in antique malls, booths and thrift stores is so true. I am thrilled to watch the evolution of your booth business!

    1. Thank you so much Kristine. It’s going to be so much fun😃

  11. MaryAnn Merrell says:

    Hi Ann! Love your new shop! Are you selling your Autumn’s Delight dishes? I would love to buy them. Can you email me?
    TY! And good luck with your new venture!

    1. Hi MaryAnn yes I am. Are you local to the area?

  12. Ann, this is so exciting!! Perfect next step for you…and a great excuse to have to keep thrifting!! Congrats!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer been so much fun💃🏼

  13. Ann,
    I’m so excited for you and your new venture. I’ll share a link to your post. on Sunday.