My First Day Working At An Antique Store


    This blog is special to me. I took a huge step in taking control of my life, and doing something I want to do. I got a part time job at an antique store. I know all of the employees, because I’ve been a customer there. I won’t get into the specifics, but there was an opening,  and I put my name in the hat. 

    This was an opportunity not only for me to get my toes wet in the selling in person, but, to see how a real small business operates. Since graduating high school I’ve only worked in corporate jobs. There was a huge difference between working in a corporation, and a small business. 

    I would like to say I wasn’t nervous at all, I mean, I know the employees so what was there to be nervous about? Well, it’s different when you’re on the other side of the counter.

    I got exactly what I was hoping for. The experience was so amazing, and I was really grateful for it. I wanted to make a good impression, and having sales experience, I feel like I took to it pretty well. This particular place is an antique mall, so there are dealers. I wasn’t bashful about making phone calls for customers. I felt like I was doing something that I was meant to do.

    I have felt for a long while that antiques is what I really want to do. It was also an opportunity to see how a small business operates. The ultimate goal, is to one day open my own antique store. Getting this experience is going to be invaluable! I’ve only worked in corporations, so a lot of the in’s and out’s I don’t ever do. 

    It was an interesting experience, and honestly, the hardest part is going to be remembering where the 500 light switches are. It’s an old building with lots of built in parts, there’s a lot of light switches. 

    This is my to way to get my toes wet” so to speak. If you’d like to gain a base of knowledge yourself, I suggest doing some reading. So, if you check the reading list, there are some titles there that you might find helpful. Two titles in particular I recommend you read, “How To Be Successful In The Antiques Business” and "Business Success Tips: Make More Money From Garage sales, Junking, Antiques, Collectables, and Your Own Business.”

    Those two titles are specifically about running businesses, and you’ll want to get the highlighter out because both of these titles have lots of good advice.

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Brooke Gilbert