I visit a lot of antique malls and indoor flea markets and it seems like the ONE item I want to see a little closer is always locked up in a glass cabinet. These places don’t have the shop owner in the booths so if you want to see something, or even just know the price of an item, you have to go all the way to the front of the store (because the case I am interested in opening, is of course, always at the furthest corner of the store) and ask the manager to crack the case.
This is the point when said manager, usually a pleasant 80-something, busts out a ring of no fewer than 38,000 keys and has to find the right one. The two of you trek back to the locked case and you ask to see the Homer Simpson Pez dispenser at the very back. Three bucks! Whoa. No thanks.
Seriously, it’s gotten to the point where I will pass on an item just because it’s in a case. This is especially true if an item is not a pricey one. It’s just not worth the trouble. So to all you vendors out there, ditch the Fort Knox approach. You are not in the business of selling gold bullion, and people who visit antique malls probably aren’t looking to steal you blind. If you do have items in a case, attach a price sheet or make sure the price tags for the items are clearly visible.