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Guys, I tried, I really did.
I was contacted by Real Simple magazine re an article they wanted on buying and selling resale furniture online. (It’s on pages 87-90 in the August issue.)
I gave them ALL SORTS of reasons to look local, real-life, bricks-and-mortar first. But alas, I was left on the cutting-room floor*.
Not one to waste brain cells, I thought I’d share my reasons to shop real-life first, in case you could use them.
Kate’s Reasons Why You Should Shop In-Person, In Real Life, for Gently-used Furniture
- Well, the obvious first reason: ’cause you can see and smell it in real life. Computer monitors don’t show colors accurately and they haven’t perfected Smell-o-Vision yet. Who wants pumpkin when they thought it was coral?
- Touchy-feely is the way to go: Does the finish feel good? The upholstery feel sturdy? Is it weighty or flimsy? Cab you wiggle it to see if it wobbles? Can’t do that on a screen or monitor.
- Flip it over. Stained? Dust cover ripped or even non-existent? Is the little brass stud on the bottom missing… or replaced with a bottle cap?
- See it up next to other pieces that might inspire you. Resale furniture stores showcase goods in vignettes which might inspire you (or heck, you may like that armchair over there, better!)
- Have a shopping experience. I’ve known folks to make fast friends in resale shops, to decide to totally redo the den when they ere looking for a kitchen table to start, and to pick up the Best Ever Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce recipe. Not to mention, get bystander opinions, which I have always found helpful.
- Know who you’re dealing with. Have recourse if needed. Not dealing with strangers, who may be fly-by-night or even less than savory, online.
- Delivery? It’s cheaper to hire a local company, or even a guy with a pick-up, than shipping something from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Not to mention much more eco-friendly.
- The usual: Shop Local to keep your local economy going. Support your neighbors. Keep downtown alive.
* For digital natives, “The term cutting room floor is used in the film industry as a figure of speech referring to unused footage not included in the finished film. Outside of the film industry, it may refer to any creative work unused in the final product.” — Wikipedia
… but were embarrassed to ask? I know the feeling.
In this day and age, it’s downright laughable to not know how to shut your ringing iPhone off. Geez Louise, it isn’t even on, so why is it ringing?
I mean, there are things that everyone else seems to know. Where can I find answers (more…)
I don’t have statistics on this, but I strongly suspect that start-up consignment, resale and thrift stores which planned from the beginning to have funds available for support staff, have
fared better, grown faster, and profited sooner
than start-ups which relied solely on the owner working her or his butt off.
So tell us: did your shop open with just yourself working? Did you feel constrained in your operating hours?
When did you add staff, and what difference did it make in how your business operates and your bottom line?
If you are still, one or more years into your business, working by yourself and/or relying on temporary fill-in help from friends and family, what are your plans for increasing cash flow enough to add a staffer or two or twenty?
Or do you feel that you prefer to be the sole staffer in your shop?
I look forward to your comments!
Do you use Constant Contact to send emails to your customers and/or suppliers? This calendar template looks very handy. Search their templates for Calendar. (Yes, you can change those weird background colors.) Simple, simple to list upcoming events…
in fact, SO simple, you might be tempted to actually PLAN some little events.
You could, for example, have (more…)