Ultimate List of Smalls to Sell in Your Vintage Booth

Are you a vintage booth business owner looking to stock your shelves with the most intriguing, potentially profitable items?

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Best Smalls to Sell in Vintage Booth Space

The best smalls to sell in your vintage booth will be completely based on your buyer persona. Your buyer persona will help you identify your ideal customer profile (ICP) and will lead you down the right track to finding the perfect smalls for your booth.

Learn more about discovering your buyer person here: https://vintageboothpro.com/antique-booth-marketing-increase-sales-by-creating-buyer-personas/

Once you have determined your buyer persona, take a look at the following list of smalls and test out items that may fit your market.

What are Smalls?

“Smalls” is a term that describes something you sell in your vintage booth regularly that is under a certain price. Not only is the item small, but the asking price for the item determines it. I typically say the smalls in my booth are $20 or less.

When you set up your booth, the best way to balance your space is 25% large, 25% medium, and 50% small items. This is why antique booth owners often say “Smalls make rent.” That’s because larger and medium items have a slower sales cycle.

By filling your empty table space with smalls that appeal to your buyer persona, you are almost guaranteed to make your monthly booth rent completely by selling small items!

How to Price Smalls For Your Booth

Pricing is one of the most complex pieces to get right! I speak in detail about pricing in this video over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/e_pTU2ZH89k?si=WXofwBurIQa3KuAh

As a general rule, you can price your smalls at a minimum of 3X what you paid for them. For example, if you paid $2, you can price it $6. The most important thing to do is to research your item and make sure you price items comparably to what you find that has sold online.

Click here to read The 5 Rules of Pricing for more information.

Best Selling Smalls

Here’s your comprehensive list of smalls — those delightful, often impulse-buy treasures — that are sure to attract customers and perhaps even become the talk of your local vintage scene.

If available, I have included an affiliate link to Amazon or Temu, so if you buy something I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

My Favorites

Art Cards

These are fun postcard-size items that can be framed, hung on the wall, or used as a postcard.

Stickers

I purchase these in bulk on Amazon or Temu, and mark them from $.25 – $1.00 each. Here are some of my favorites:

Pins

Help your customers tell their stories! Here are some fun pins I have sold before:

Keychains

These make fun gifts!

Croc Charms

These are a hit with kids and teens! They are the little decorative items that fit in the holes of Crocs shoes. Here are some fun options:

Patches

These are fun items that can be sewn onto denim jackets, purses, etc. Here are my favorites.

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards at traditional retailers have gotten so expensive! This is a great opportunity to save buyers time and money.

Magnets

This is an easy impulse item for people to grab as they are buying greeting cards!

Stanley Accessories

Stanley cups are all the rage! Here are some fun accessories that have been very popular:

Craft Items

Vintage craft items can inspire a customer’s next project or add a distinct retro flair to a contemporary DIY masterpiece.

  • Sewing Notions: From buttons to bobbins, and even fabric patches every sewist appreciates a well-stocked collection of sewing supplies.
  • Embroidery Transfers: Nostalgic patterns for embroiderers can be conversation starters and ensure your patrons leave with a unique touch of the past.
  • Yarn and Crochet Supplies: Whether it’s a rare yarn or a unique hook, craft enthusiasts love to find tools of their trade that are no longer in production. Knitting Needles, and yarn skeins, are all great smalls as well.
  • Stamps, and Scrapbooking Supplies: Help your customers tell their stories with unique vintage embellishments for scrapbooks or journals.
  • Paint-by-Number Kits: These kits have made a comeback in recent years and can be a fun addition to any collection.
  • Corks
  • Sewing patterns
  • Cross stitch patterns
  • Handmade bookmarks
  • Beads and Charms
  • Mini terrariums
  • Knobs/Drawer Pulls
  • Keys
  • Small boxes
  • Bottles
  • Vintage buttons
  • Scrabble tiles

Paper ephemera

Paper ephemera encompasses a wide range of printed or written items that were originally intended to be used once and then discarded. This category includes items like vintage postcards, tickets, brochures, greeting cards, and advertising leaflets.

Collectors and crafters treasure paper ephemera for its historical value, aesthetic appeal, and the unique stories each piece can tell.

Whether it is vintage children’s books repurposed into art collages, used as bookmarks, or collected for display, ephemera offers a tangible connection to the past and a source of inspiration for creative expressions.

  • Vintage postcards
  • Vintage photos or prints
  • Stationery sets
  • Old calendars
  • Magazine clippings or advertisements
  • Vintage stamps or envelopes
salt and pepper shakers

Housewares

Housewares are everyday items used in the home, and vintage pieces can add a touch of nostalgia to any space. From kitchen gadgets to decor, here are some popular housewares that customers may be looking for:

  • Kitchen Tools and Gadgets: Consider items that have a specific use or forgotten twist, such as egg beaters or butter cutters.
  • Linens and Textiles: Tablecloths, napkins, aprons, tea towels, hankies, and doilies with intricate designs and fine fabrics add an elegant, retro touch to any dining experience.
  • Barware: Vintage glasses, cocktail shakers, and decanters can enhance the ambiance of a stylish home bar and are often sought after for their historical appeal.
  • Teacups and saucers
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Tin and porcelain trinket boxes
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Vintage kitchenware
  • Faux plants and greenery
  • Coasters
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Serving dishes and platters
  • Cutting boards and utensils
  • Cookbooks
  • Ashtrays
  • Garden items
  • Mason Jars
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3. Collectibles

Collectors will flock to your booth for these rare and sought-after memorabilia.

  • Sports Memorabilia: Cards and other athletic items can be a profitable niche for the right collector or sports enthusiast.
  • Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Iconic series and rare editions for those into pop culture and the art of storytelling in a visual medium.
  • Stamps and Coins: The historical fascination and varied designs make for an enduring allure that collectors of all ages appreciate.
  • Small antiques like knickknacks or curiosities
  • Toys and dolls
  • Figurines
  • Trinket boxes
  • Marbles or mason jars full of marbles
  • Old books
  • Collectible cups, plates, etc.
  • Souvenir Spoons
souviner spoons

4. Home Decor

Small vintage home decor items are perfect for adding unique touches to any living space.

  • Picture Frames: Ornate frames can become integral parts of artwork purchases or be standalone pieces.
  • Pottery and Glassware: Vases, bowls, and collectible glass make for timeless decorative elements with a touch of vintage class.
  • Candles and Candle Holders: Intriguing designs and materials can transform even the most basic candle into a statement piece.
  • Vintage signs
  • Vases
  • Candles
  • Lamps
  • Small mirrors and frames
  • Alarm clocks
  • Framed and unframed prints
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5. Miscellaneous Items

Sometimes, it’s the most unexpected items that draw the most attention.

  • Oddities and Curiosities: Unique or strange objects often become topics of conversation or focal points in eclectic home decor.
  • Technology Relics: Vintage tech, like old cameras, radios, or even typewriters, appeals to the tech-savvy history buff.
  • Hats and caps
  • Books and magazines
  • Old coins and currency
  • Toys and games
  • Vintage kitchen items
  • Small trinkets souvenirs.
scarves

6. Clothing

Vintage clothing items can jazz up any wardrobe.

  • Accessories: Hats, scarves, gloves, belts, and more — the right accessory can set off an outfit and present a fun, unique challenge for the fashion-forward.
  • Workwear and Uniforms: From military jackets to vintage overalls, these items are not only fashionable but also carry a piece of historical narrative.
  • Nightwear and Lingerie: Treasures in these categories offer not only style but also an intimate connection to the more private aspects of past eras.
  • Bandanas
  • Scarves
  • Belts
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Ties and bowties
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7. Accessories

Complement an outfit or add a touch of yesteryear with these small adornments.

  • Jewelry: Vintage jewelry offers a one-of-a-kind touch with pieces ranging from opulent antiques to quirky costume articles.
  • Handbags and Purses: The styles of bygone eras often feature craftsmanship and unique design elements that have found their way back into the mainstream fashion lexicon.
  • Eyewear: Whether it’s prescription lenses or stylish frames, eyewear can be a statement piece with a fashionable or historical interest.
  • Jewelry
  • Rings
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair accessories
  • Totes and bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Wallets
  • Watches
vintage glasses

8. Other Items

These smalls are must-haves for any vintage booth looking to draw a diverse crowd.

  • Toys and Games: Both for collectors and children at heart, vintage toys and games can add a playful or nostalgic element to any home.
  • Musical Instruments and Records: Instruments and vinyl records can cater to audiophiles and musically inclined individuals looking for a touch of vintage resonance.
  • Artwork and Posters: Original paintings, prints, and vintage posters offer an aesthetic focal point or a historical artifact, adding color and narrative to living spaces.
  • Posters or wall art
  • Calendars
  • Tapestries
  • Stuffed animals
  • Flasks
  • Books
vintage booth

In general, the best smalls for your booth will be determined by what you can source locally at estate sales and thrift stores. While buying in bulk on Amazon or Temu is allowed in many antique stores, some stores want to keep their items strictly vintage.

While this list is a great start, consider continuing the conversation in our Facebook group. What other smalls are working for you? Let us know!

In your efforts to curate a stand brimming with the enchantments of a bygone era, remember to combine your passion for history with an astute business sense.

Keep your display inviting, your prices fair, your displays full and your knowledge vast, and your vintage booth will quickly become the go-to destination for aficionados of all things classic. Go ahead and venture into the world of smalls to find hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

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Who knows, you may just uncover a rare gem that becomes a cherished addition to someone’s collection or style statement. With endless possibilities and the thrill of the hunt, smalls are every antique booth owner’s best friend.

So don’t overlook these little gems and add them to your booth’s inventory for a unique and diverse selection that will attract customers and keep them coming back for more.

Happy selling, and don’t be surprised if your little booth turns out to be a small piece of local legend.

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Crystal

Founder of Vintage Booth Pro and Vintage booth owner since 2021.

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