Following the loss of her sales job recently, Lisa Hogan decided to start her own vintage furniture business in Fayetteville, New York. Shabby Chic Boutique is a mixture of furniture which has been refurbished by Hogan and old and new items, including antique furniture.
The items sold in the store are usually found in antique stores and yard sales. Hogan has spent the last 30 years developing her interest in antiques. However, she discovered that items are often disorganised and cluttered, which makes it difficult for a customer to decide whether the pieces would look good in their home. Her own store, which is 1,000 sq ft, has been organised so that customers can see how individual pieces would look in a home setting, perhaps in the dining or living room. In addition to selling items in her store, Hogan will search for items on behalf of customers using a detailed description.
For people in the UK, a reputable antiques dealer will always have an orderly display of antique furniture so that clients can take their time and browse. If a specific item is wanted, like an antique bookcase, a Lancashire dealer will be able to show the client a selection of pieces.
Hogan will search for items on behalf of customers, but they aren’t obligated to purchase the piece. If this happens, the item is then displayed in her store. In addition to antiques, Hogan also sells work created by local artisans, including repurposed jewellery, crocheted items and bags.
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