I had an internet based New Age/Pagan shop for a few years. I sold retail and wholesale, mostly Items I hand made: altars, wands, engraved runes, herbal soaps, candles etc. etc. I did pretty well and it would have done better if at the time I had the ambition to take it further, look for a loan, get space and hire employees. But I didn't and sold off the pieces of the business. But at the time I had retail stores as far away as Japan and the UK selling my items.
Between store space, store fixtures, utilities, merchant account and equipment, cash register, products, bags, etc etc you'll probably need anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 to get up and running.
The first step is to do research and write a professional business plan and take it to a few banks and look into a loan. Getting a DBA and tax ID and making it happen
at 11:15 AM on Nov. 10, 2010