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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.)

treasure chest island arrangementI 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 more resale furniture/ home decor ideas and suggestions, visit TGtbT.com.

* 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

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160427 television pixabay… 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…)

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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.TGtbT.com says wouldn't it be nice if "working my butt off" was like, for real?

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!

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You know those folks who keep saying I really should clean out my closets and bring stuff in… ?

Well, here’s the perfect present to give them, that will get them actually doing so!

Many thanks to Dwight & Tara Lucky of Dazzle in Hayden ID, who allowed us to share this tidbit from their e-newsletter:

A consignment shop idea from the TGtbT.com blogDo you do something similar in your shop? Tell us about it, in the comments below!

 

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I was early this Saturday for a meeting, and decided to stop by a small consignment shop I’d visited before.

Theda Bara would have been the ideal consignment shop shopper!

Theda Bara, shown here in 1917, would have loved to see your Weird & Wonderful shop racks!

It’s a perfectly-fine shop, and I’ve bought here before, so I thought I might find a treasure or two.

What I found?

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I’m not easily freaked out, at least I don’t think I am. But some sights in resale and consignment shops make me shiver… or at least, look in another direction while swallowing hard.

First up, dress forms that imply someone’s been beheaded.
Decapitated children: Things that Freak Me Out by TGtbT/com's Kate Holmes

I’m okay with headless forms, even headless mannequins… but plop a hat on that neckblock or even worse, a big blood red blossom, and I can’t help think “gory movie” or “alien with tentacles instead of a face.” It’s probably just me.

Along the same lines, mannequins missing arms, hands, fingers.
Mannequins missing limbs don't do your consignment or resale image a lot of good, says TGtbT.com

War injuries? Amputation based on too-enthusiastic Black Friday early-bird shopping? Or just a “our merchandise doesn’t deserve a nice display”-itis?

Bins of hangers all tangled. I envision $15 an hour employees leisurely unraveling the mess, one hanger at at time.

Seriously, Kate of TGtbT.com has recurring nightmares about having to untangle hangers.

I spent far too many years of my life in a half-crotch, untangling the boogers. Use a hanger stacker, I want to scream!

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