Starting a Bric-a-brac Shop
- Price: £5.99
- Published: August 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Bric-a-brac shops stock a wide range of second-hand curios and retro and vintage items, including collectibles such as ceramics and glass, memorabilia, books and militaria. Many also stock small items of furniture. Bric-a-brac shops differ from antique shops in that they typically stock high volumes of low-value items. As well as trading from traditional shop premises, many bric-a-brac shops also trade from local market stalls, at car boot sales and online.
Customers of bric-a-brac shops include people looking for unusual gifts, home décor or items to restore or upcycle. They may also include owners of local pubs, restaurants and guest houses who require larger quantities of bric-a-brac for interior décor, as well as theatre and TV production companies seeking items as props.
This profile provides information about starting up and running a bric-a-brac shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.