Starting a Bric-a-brac Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Bric-a-brac shops retail a selection of second-hand furniture, curios and retro and vintage items. Objects retailed include collectibles such as ceramics and glass, memorabilia, books and militaria. Bric-a-brac shops differ from antique shops in that they typically stock high volumes of low-priced items. As well as trading from traditional shop premises, bric-a-brac shop proprietors often also trade from local market stalls, at car boot sales and online.

Some bric-a-brac shops supply commercial buyers such as pubs, restaurants and guest house proprietors who require larger quantities of bric-a-brac for interior d├ęcor, 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.

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