Copyright 2018 by Bonnie Boerema
dad started dabbling in antiques in the 70ís, buying living
pieces that were beautiful. When he died in 1981, they were left
liked arts and crafts since the 60ís, being a creative woman,
to make things. In 2003, after my mom died, I got the antique bug
I loved going to all the antique stores in Branson and Ozark,
Itís a very popular business in that area. I loved browsing in
sorting out the quality from the junk. That same year I started
jewelry, mostly bracelets. I bought my beads and supplies at
shops and Hobby Lobby. The Swarovski crystal stones were my
in pinks and amethyst, also casual beads, and many turquoise.
started displaying them in my booth. They were a popular item with
and raised up my sales substantially.
Yesteryear Antique Mall, I filled out their contract to rent a booth
one year. It was a very large, two story store in Ozark, Missouri.
started shopping and planning for what Iíd put in my own booth.
month I made some money over my rent money, but still needed to
all the pieces I put in my booth. I decided to look for furniture
I started hitting many garage sales in Springfield, were I lived
the West By-Pass Highway from my addition was an upscale
Orchard Crest, with very nice homes. They were having
garage sales every weekend. Among my finds were wicker
dressers, also a retro 50ís high table and chairs. Each piece
in my booth within two days.
wasnít just a hobby, but my pleasure. I put lots of work and
into doing it. I was checking daily my sales on the Yesteryear
and this spurred me on. I relished adding new pieces to my
and seeing how fast they sold. You learn in a hurry what sells and
doesnít sell. Those items you want in there, to make a profit.
kept my booth in Yesteryear four years, then decided to move it to
Emporium in Ozark, behind Lambertís Restaurant, very popular
known nationwide for Bar-b-Que and throwing their rolls. It did a
business, and people had to wait one hour to get seated. The
was excellent. For all of my hard work, I wasnít thrilled with
sales at Yesteryear. In 2007, I moved it all to the Antique Emporium.
hit it off immediately with Norman, the owner. He was very nice and
and liked him right off. He did a huge business, and the
was always very, very busy. Right away I started noticing that my
from sales had gone up substantially from what I made at
It was more exciting from Spring through the holidays
of all the Branson tourists traveling through the area, and
themselves. Especially in July and October of 2007, my sales
through the roof.
my husband, Kenny and I married in 2008, he helped me move my
to Willough Springs, Missouri. It was ten miles from Birch Tree,
we were living. Because of the area, there wasnít nearly as
business going on in this area. Mostly the customers were coming
Highway 60, and just browsing. I held my own in sales there, and was
enjoying doing it. But when we bought a home, and moved to West
Missouri in 2012, I had to move my booth again to Heartland Mall
liked it there much more than the other place, and the owner, Perry.
we made plans to move to Southwest Florida in the summer of
I started looking for someone to buy my booth. In August 2014,
sold my booth to two other dealers we knew. They bought my booth
everything in it. We were moving to Florida in September. That was
timing, and worked out nice for us. That put an end to my antique
of the last eleven years.
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