This time of year, when the good junking is sparse and flea markets and fairs are non-existent 'round these parts, it's easy to lapse into the winter junk blues. Said blues are compounded by sloooow sales in the antique malls.
I have a hard time getting stoked to re-stock/re-foof when I'm not scoring new junk, and when the weather is cold, and (for what it's worth, honestly) when sales are slow. As Snis is quick to remind me, this time of year is ALWAYS slow, so we can't take it personally. It's hard not to, however.
What's the solution? Stock the etsy shop!
I've employed some creative mind-tricks (well, reality-based sensibilities). But, if I remind myself that VRS has many presences, and it's not about "covering the rent/expenses", then I can see my business (once again) in a successful light. Yeah, sales in the uber-expensive booth are down, and sales in the new booth are just now coming to fruition, but with etsy's super-low overhead and reliable sales, it all evens out.
What do you do to weather the fallow months? When you stare at the hoard in your home? I'm redoubling efforts on all fronts this month—not necessarily for the income (I'm fortunate in that I don't rely on VRS' success), but to make way for MORE JUNK!