How to become an Ipswich Antique Centre Dealer
Are you interested in becoming a Dealer at IAC? Here are some guidelines to think about.
To be a dealer you will need to -
- Deal in the type of goods approved by the Centre. We seek to offer a wide and balanced range of representative antiques and collectables. Without being unduly restrictive, we may need to contain certain types of goods to maintain this balance. Please discuss this aspect with management.
- Ensure you have appropriate insurance cover. The Centre has no insurable interest in your goods and they cannot be covered in any way by our policies. In these litigious times, you should carefully consider appropriate Public Liability cover for your stall even if you decide to ‘self insure’ your goods.
You may also need to -
- Obtain a Second Hand Dealers Licence. We cannot give legal advice and you may need to discuss this aspect with your professional adviser. However, in general, if you routinely buy and sell used items, as distinct from merely wishing to sell off your own personal collection, you will likely need to be licenced. Full details are available from:
- Be registered for GST if your sales are likely to exceed the prescribed amount. Again, discuss with your professional adviser if in doubt. The Centre is able to accept both registered and unregistered dealers via its custom invoicing system.
- IAC offers both floor space and cabinets for rent. Cabinets start from $50 per week including GST. Floor space sizes are by negotiation. A typical stall is about 10m2 in area.
- Rent is payable two weeks in advance. There is no fixed term- just two weeks’ notice by either party.
- Unlike most Centres, we encourage dealers to optionally come in and staff their stalls themselves. This allows you to get to know your customers and get valuable feedback direct from them. To encourage the practice, we offer a reduced commission rate for sales made direct by dealers. Of course, if you do not wish to avail yourself of this facility, no problem- we will happily sell on your behalf.
- The Centre pays dealers for sales each week. The payout includes any deposits on layby sales.
- IAC uses a custom computer programme which provides dealers with a weekly report of Sales and Rent Paid and includes information required for Second Hand Dealer, GST and taxation purposes.
- Dealers have the ability to list their goods on this web site themselves thus reaching buyers far beyond the bounds achievable with personal shopping. As far as we know, this is a unique facility unavailable from any comparable local antique centre.
- There are no contracts to sign; just a simple agreement so both you and the Centre understand what has been agreed.
Mini Market -
Many people are, at present, seeking an economical way of disposing of unwanted private possessions of an antique, vintage or collectable nature or to find a market for their arts and crafts but do not have the quantity of goods or the time to become traditional dealers. IAC is therefore trialling a Mini Market concept. In essence, the Mini Market is an area of the Centre with smaller than usual stalls (as small as 1m2) which can be rented by private persons on a short term basis to sell their surplus personal goods.
For further information, please contact us.