Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tips About Buying A Glass Showcase For Your Antique Booth

Displaying Your Collectibles In A Glass Showcase

Many Multi-Dealer Antique Shops offers both booth space and Glass showcase space for lease monthly. The question for many dealers is whether to take a booth or to take a showcase or both? Another option to consider is to add your own Glass showcase to your booth space. In this way you get the best of both worlds, display space for smalls and jewelry as well as flexible booth space for other items that you are selling. I paid $225.00 for the showcase shown.

Tips About Buying Your Own Showcase

!. Door should open from front.
2.You want the showcase lighted and mirrored.
3. Try to find as many glass shelves as you can.
4. Is it attractive? Jewelry will look better in a good case.
5. Does it lock? (You can always add your own lock. In the case above, I added a small chain with a lock to the knobs.

Be sure to check all the dimensions: height, depth, width

Where To Find Glass Showcases

I found my showcase on Here are some useful terms to search within Craigslist or other online classifieds: "Store fixtures", "Glass showcase". "Curio Cabinet". You can also network among dealers in your Antique co-op and get the word out that you are looking for a showcase.

Another great way to find a showcase is when another Antique store or even Jewelry Shop is going out of business.

Price Tags On Showcase Items

Try to mark your price tags clearly so that shoppers can see the price without opening the case or fussing with items too much.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. and remember the prime selling space is from your knees to your eyelevel,

    Craig Phillips

  2. Great advice! I always get so frustrated when I'm shopping and you can't see the price tag. It's like they intentionally turn them all over so you can't see the price. I have to want something awfully bad to bother with getting them to open the case. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  3. WOW your posts. I'm with Twyla about cases in the antique malls. So hard to see and they jam pack some to the point where you can't distinquish what's inside. We, sadly, usually pass em up. But displaying ..visual my love. At the flower shop we mix everything together for enticing vignettes.