At Bench Accounting, we understand the unique bookkeeping needs of Antique Stores. We'll maintain regular contact to provide you with up-to-date bookkeeping reports. Got urgent queries that just can't hold? Rest assured, our prompt response time ensures we'll get back to you within a business day or less.
Bench Accounting is the platform that permits you to automate data inputs from a majority of significant providers to dodge typical errors. We collaborate with merchants including Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square, ensuring your antique store's financial records are always precise and dependable.
Wave goodbye to heaps of outdated financial records and time-intensive manual tallies—our automation syncs directly with your linked accounts. With Bench Accounting, antique store owners can gain access to comprehensive insights from one unified dashboard. This allows you to effortlessly understand the financial health of your store and make strategic decisions with ease.
DR. BUKKY KOLAWOLE
Antique store owners need to pay special attention to several key accounting considerations. The first and foremost is inventory valuation. The nature of antiques requires a different methodology as compared to regular retail product, potentially requiring you to assess each item's cost individually.
Next, the cost of acquiring, restoring (if any), and maintaining these pieces until they are sold needs to be duly recorded. In many cases, the cost of restoration could be significant and they could greatly impact how you value your inventory.
Also, because these items are unique and there is no standard pricing, the pricing strategy itself is an accounting consideration. You may need to adjust the price frequently which can impact your profit margins.
Further, regulatory considerations such as estate taxes or import/export duties may also apply. In these scenarios, it is always a good idea to enlist the help of professional bookkeepers who specialize in this industry.
Lastly, possible insurance matters on your merchandise should also be considered as part of your accounting needs.
Inventory management for antique items in bookkeeping involves tracking each antique item individually from its purchase through to its eventual sale. These items are typically recorded as fixed assets on the balance sheet, given the unique, often appreciating value of each item. As these items can fluctuate in value, appraisals are usually carried out regularly to determine their fair market value.
In terms of inventory valuation, antique items are often valued using the specific identification method where each item is individually accounted for and valued. This method allows the bookkeeper to track the actual cost of each specific item, reflecting a more accurate cost of goods sold and ending inventory. This meticulous approach to valuation is particularly important in the antiques industry given the potential value swings and uniqueness of the items concerned.
Yes, there can be unique tax deductions and regulations for antique stores. These can involve aspects like capital gains tax, inventory valuation, sales tax, estate inheritance, and more. However, the specifics can vary based on federal, state, regional, and local tax laws. Therefore, it's crucial for antique store owners to work with a knowledgeable bookkeeper or accountant who can help navigate these intricate details and ensure compliance with all relevant tax laws.
Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.
Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.
We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.