This month's Employee Spotlight features the ladies of the marketing team here at Southport Antique Mall. Piper and Jessica are the voice of our social media and are responsible for all of the marketing and advertising. They also write this newsletter! You can find them in their office in the back of the mall Mon-Fri 10-1pm, if you have any marketing or social media questions, want to know more about the mall's marketing strategy or just want to say hi stop by and see them.
Favorite Word: Synergy
Collects: Star Trek Collectibles (Original Series)
Favorite spot in the mall: Because I grew up in the mall, my favorite spot would have to be the "secret passage way" in section one. When I was a little kid I thought it was awesome that I could cut through the middle of the section!
Years at Southport Antique Mall: 19 years. The first seven I spent pestering the staff, the next seven I worked in the mall, and the last five I have been running the marketing.
Best antiquing tip: Turn things over. Always look at the bottom of things because people often forget to look for cracks there.
Favorite things about working at SAM: They are my family. Going there is like going home.
Favorite Word: Epic.
Collects: I don't really have an antique collection yet, but I do have an obsession with the color magenta to the point where it could be considered a collection.
Favorite spot in the mall: I have two. My first is section three. When you are working, you get to see a lot of the people roaming around. My second favorite is the back room because it's comfy.
Years at Southport Antique Mall: Well, Piper has been dragging me along since college, but technically about three years.
Best antiquing tip: You don't have to take antiques as they are. You can put a fresh coat of paint on something and transform it!
Favorite things about working at SAM: It's been said before, but it is definitely the people. They are fun and whacky and really kind hearted. Also, the opportunity to be a co-marketing director has been an invaluable experience.
This month's featured dealer is Tammy Wilson of booth 305. We just love Tammy not only does she maintain a beautiful booth but she also is always pitching in around the mall! She is always willing to help out when we are busy and is always their to participate in our events! Thanks Tammy for all you do!
1. How long have you been an antique dealer, both here in the mall and overall?
Dealer for 12 years, but set up at Flea Markets for a couple of years in the 70's.
2. What do you collect? I collect powder tins, high top baby shoes and vintage holiday decorations.
3. Star Wars or Star Trek? Not really a Sci-fi person.
4. How did you first get interested in antiques? My Grandmother, she had such a great eye for what would be collectable.
5. What types of things do you sell? I like primitives and most things from the 40's and then mix them together.
6. A little bit country or a little bit rock and roll? I'm all rock and roll. My husband and I went to a Guess Who concert for our first date.
7. What's your best antiquing tip? Collect what makes you smile.
8. What is the weirdest item you have bought? I bought this padded object that I thought was for sewing, I still don't know what it is or why I bought.
9. Marvel or DC? I liked Archie as a kid, No super hero interest.
10. Where's the best place to buy antiques in Indiana (hint hint)? SAM !! I'm so happy that I chose SAM 12 years ago, It is truly a pleasure being part of the SAM family. Thanks for all your help and support.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. We are so happy to announce that our
Semi-Annual Storewide sale in November was a huge success. You all sold over $20,000.00
worth of treasures. Our guests had a great time and seemed to really enjoy our new additions
to the sale including, Throwback Threads (our in-house roving fashion show) and our food
trucks. Thank you so much for all your hard work and support! We would also like to thank our
hard working and dedicated staff for being so flexible and open to these new ideas. Without
them, none of this would be possible.
*IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE MAKE NOTE:
When you pick up your December Settlements (January 5
and after) we are asking that all dealers sign and update new contracts. Please allow time for
this. We will have staff available for any questions you may have. Thank you so much!
*Notes from the desk:
If you make a “deal” with a customer on an item that is located in our store, either through
Facebook, craigslist, twitter etc., please let the front desk know. Please call them with the
name and phone number of the individual you expect to purchase the item and the amount
agreed upon. Unfortunately, we are not able to take the customers word for it. We have to
hear it from you. If we are not able to reach you when the customer comes to buy the item,
you may lose the sale. No one wants that! So please take the extra step so that we are able to
provide the best possible service to our customers and our dealers. Thank you!
*Notes from the floor:
When you bring inventory to the store and use one of our loading doors, please do your best
to load your items quickly. Our staff is instructed to not leave unlocked doors unattended and
they are always needed on the floor to help guests. If you would please be mindful of that, as
well as our escaping heat, it would be appreciated more than you know.
When furniture sells but is not being delivered the same day, we do our best to move that
furniture out of the space whenever possible. However, our storage space is very limited. If
you have items you would like removed from your booth until they are picked up, please ask.
Many times we can accommodate your request but, it is up to our staff if we have the space or
not. Do not take it upon yourself to move items into the garage or empty booths. I apologize
for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Thank you so much for a wonderful November. Everyone here at Southport Antique Mall
would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday season. Let the peace of this time be with you
and your families as we welcome a new year. I am so thankful to begin another year with
Southport Antique Mall.
“Welcome Christmas as we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand.”-Dr. Suess
We were guests on IndyStyle! We talked about buying Christmas gifts for collectors and gifting collectables. If you didn't get to see the spot you can watch it below!
In our hurried world it is easy for gift buying to feel like just another mundane task. But by making your gift a part of your holiday tradition, you can turn the mundane into a cherished memory. A lovely way to do this is by helping a loved one start a collection by creating a gifting tradition. Purchasing a compact for your niece or buying your nephew a different pocket knife every year for the holidays are just two examples of gifting traditions. To choose which collection to begin for your loved ones consider the things they find joy in or begin a collection with something that represents an interest or a special memory that you both share. Are they a fashionista? Perhaps, beginning a hat collection would be the solution. Or is your tradition to always cook together? Maybe an apron collection would be the perfect gifting tradition. It's the tiny traditions that keep us close during the holidays so begin a new one this season and start meaningful collections for the ones you hold dear.
It gets harder and harder every year to come up with creative stocking stuffers for the adults in your life. We tend to always have the same things; tiny mass produced gadgets, jewelry, and candy that everyone grabs at the counter as they check out. (But don't worry we would never suggest you leave out the candy.) But wouldn't you like the stockings to be an adorable surprise that would cause that special adult in your life to smile like a kid on Christmas morning? It's simple! Consider shopping antiques! With a similar price point, antique stocking stuffers are the way to go! Find those items that brought joy to that adult as a child or, even better, get them something they always wanted as a child, but never received. When buying vintage and antiques you don't only give the present, but also you pass along joyful holiday nostalgia.