I just wanted to share my input into sales with the current economic conditions. We have actually noticed an increase this quarter compared to last year, especially in the ephemera portion of our shoppe. We have also seen an increase in new clients. One of the things we hear from regular clients and our new clients is the long term value of items. People seem to feel that vintage items will not loose value like new items. Consumers in this goegraphic area seem to be looking for more thoughtful ways to approach gift giving and home decorating. Our average sale (of ephemera) is approximately $26.00, which by today's standard is good when you consider the price of new items even at discount stores. The little advertising that we do now includes these benefits of "investment". We have very limited hours, mostly by appointment.
It would be nice to hear from others on how sales are doing in this economy.