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Gathering up your consignment shop figures: PayPalIf you, like me, are starting to collect up all those facts and figures for your tax filing, here’s a simple way to get the annual totals of the amounts you collected, refunds you sent, and payment fees from your interactions with PayPal.

Bookmark this! It’s IMPOSSIBLE to find on PP (could it be they’re afraid you’ll freak?) and it’s

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Still think Facebook and Google are the end-all and be-all?

What social media gets

Learn more about using Pinterest to build traffic to your shop web site (and dollars to your bottom line in your consignment, resale or thrift shop) on my Pinterest board and the posts about Pinterest here on Auntie Kate’s blog!

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Why are we resalers such a tight bunch?

Well sure, we believe in the sanctity of a bargain, and nothing delights us more than beating the trash pick-up guys to a terrific display piece sitting out on someone’s curb (I once rescued a no-seat rattan princess chair that became my favorite window prop for years!) or finding a store going out of business with hangers for a penny apiece. And yes, most of us opened our shops on a shoestring and are leery of overspending.

But darn it all, there are

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“Shop with Google open on your phone.”

Do your resale shoppers look everything up on Google before they buy? TGtbT.com suggests ways to be so remarkable, they won't.That’s the advice in a video I just watched called “How to Consignment Shop.” The young lady insisted that it was crucial to check prices so “I’m not getting ripped off.” She even went so far as to (more…)

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Recently, I ran across what I thought was a friend’s hijacked shop site (first clue: it was in Japanese!) and learned that she no longer has a web site, period.

As “old school” as you might think a simple web site for your consignment, resale, or thrift shop might be, it’s not. There are

3 big reasons your web site must shine

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Armloads of incoming consignments!An interesting approach from this consignment shop owner:

I received this near the end of July from someone who had a concern:

I had a lady who is not a consignor yet but said that she wants to become one and that she has a lot of [fill in whatever fall goods your shop could sell the heck out of.] She was very insistent on getting to bring her fall items in now. We would like to give our current consignors dibs on what floor space we have. We told her (more…)

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Trust is vital to establish, and easily lost… even when it’s not your fault.

Consignment chain makes a big black eye on the entire industry.

The blow-back from the (more…)

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