Change is afoot at the Staunton Antiques Center and that might be just the news you’ve been waiting for!
As it happens a couple of our longtime vendors are retiring and while it may be their time to kick back and sip mojitos in the Florida sun it just might mean that it’s your time to finally make that leap into the antique and vintage business.
Or…maybe you’re already in the biz and you’ve just been itching for some booth space in bustling downtown Staunton, Virginia, a town consistently named one of America’s best small cities with one of the most picturesque and charming downtowns. Travel + Leisure call us “one of America’s favorite mountain towns” and one of America’s best Main Streets!
Or…maybe you’re dealing in antiques over in Charlottesville and you’d like to expand your fabulous antiques empire to this side of the mountain.
Whatever angle you’re coming from those retirements here means we’ve got space for rent right now and one of the spaces just might have your name written all over it! Maybe even more than one space!
Of course, I’d want to talk to you in person first, so if you want to contact me, my email link is at the bottom of this post. But in the meantime, I’ll share a quick overview of what we offer as you consider the prospect of setting up shop here.
Clean, Vibrant, Engaging
One of the things I’m most proud of is that we’re an established community of premier vendors. Staunton Antiques Center sells quality antiques, vintage items, and collectibles along with some custom made items and artwork. Our vendors have great eyes for fabulous finds across the eras, some specializing in particular arenas and others offering a range of periods and styles.
One of the things that really sets us apart is that our presentation is clean and accessible — most vendors highly curate their offerings and make excellent and eye-catching displays.
A small set of vendors offers a more…well, let’s say a “dig for buried treasure” kind of approach, but always with the ability to move easily within the booth to discover what’s in the nooks and crannies. Together, our various styles emit a creative and unique vibe.
What’s more, we’re open seven days a week year ’round — none of this wimpy closing on a Monday or because it’s the dog days of August or because it’s a cold winter day. Nope, hip and happening downtown Staunton bustles daily and so we bustle right along with it, meaning your booth is open to locals and tourists on a very consistent and reliable basis.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 11am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 6pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm, with additional hours during our upstairs art openings at the Artisans Loft and during the holidays.
Your vendor fees go towards a fully staffed register operation, guaranteeing that someone is always here to check out your customers.
We offer different display spaces varying in size, shape, and location within our two-level, 8,000 square feet antiques and vintage sales floor, which is one of those things we’d discuss after you apply. (Our Artisans Loft on the upper floor is another 4,000 square feet of retail space, but for contemporary, Virginia-based art and artisan work.)
Nuts and Bolts
With the high standards we model and expect from our vendors, you are, of course, responsible for replenishing and rotating your merchandise, keeping your inventory and space clean, rearranging it regularly, and having on each item a removable label or tag showing your Vendor ID code, the item description, and price. This allows the Register Gals to quickly identify your items at check-out so we can track sales on our point of sale software and provide you with a detailed description of your transactions each month.
We’re flexible, too — all of our leases are month-to-month and can be cancelled or terms changed with one full calendar month’s notice. However, we do ask brand new vendors for a six-month initial commitment because we want to give it time to work for you.
We also are members of the Staunton Downtown Development Association, an organization devoted to promoting the aim to “shop Staunton first.” As part of the SDDA, we’re vital participants with other downtown merchants in key events in the Staunton business calendar, including monthly events like Fourth Fridays, Shop Staunton Second Saturdays, holiday events like the Christmas Parade and Sparkles and Sweets, Staunton Jams, Halloween Downtown Trick-or-Treating, the annual Harry Potter-inspired Wizards party, and much more.
At the same time, we’re a business so, as you can imagine, we’ve also got to go by the book — that is, have a business structure, rules, and policies. If you’re interested in learning more, you can contact me to discuss:
- Other charges/sales commissions.
- Credit/debit card fees.
- Sales policies including vendor-to-vendor sales and our discounts policy.
- Consequences for violations of our policies.
- Yearly administrative fees.
You can see these issues covered in more detail in our 2018 Contract and Rules. I’m available by e-mail for an initial inquiry, and if you’re serious about learning more and coming by to check out the space with me, we can make an appointment to discuss it.
And with business matters in hand, you’ll see that we’re a fun-loving bunch of vendors that form a warm and friendly community. If it’s a good fit, we’d love you to come on board!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center