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Believe it or not, there are some independent, talented resale shopkeepers who simply cannot bring themselves to brag on their businesses. (Drives me gaga, but it’s a fact of life.) I’ve tried to encourage these reticent entrepreneurs. Even given them reasons to put themselves forth. Yet still there’s some puritanical streak in themĀ that’s

holding them back from spectacular success.

If you’re a Shrinking Violet, here’s a technique that’s (more…)

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Computers can be a distraction, says http://TGtbT.blogCouldn’t have said it better myself.

A quote that could make all the difference in how you run your business… and how you manage your staff.

 

Twenty years ago, computersĀ were productivity tools. Now, they’re distraction tools that kill focus, kill creativity, and kill our ability to do good conceptual thinking by providing a never-ending stream of irrelevant interruptions.

When a computer task crosses your mind, add it to a paper “computer to do” list that you keep handy. At defined, scheduled times of day, walk over to your computer and go through your computer to-do list. Treat the computer as a tool that you use consciously, take out, and put back. Don’t use it as a default location to distract your mind and attention.http://www.steverrobbins.com/

(Emphasis mine. That list? The perfect accessory to any consignment, resale, or thrift shopkeeper’s outfit: a clip clothespin with your to-do list dangling from your designer outfit.)

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What elegant is, from www.TGtbT.blogThe statistics are endless: half of American women wear size 16 or above; the average dress size is 14; 45% of adult women are at least 30 pounds overweight.

So, are you getting your share of that business?

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I snapped this pic of the side window at Trader Joe’s. The only people who’d see this are those parked on that side of the building, like me.

But that doesn’t mean (more…)

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January is National Oatmeal Month! TGtbT.com's Auntie Kate tells you how to use this in your consignment or resale shopWho can resist the fact that January is Oatmeal Month?

The perfect month for something cozy.

And the perfect month for giving your customers an additional reason to get out of the house and into your consignment or resale shop. Not to mention some word-of-mouth (oatmeal, get it? Word of mouth? Ha. I’m so funny.)

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Are you like me? Whenever I go out gift shopping, I’m like

“One for you, one for me…”

Christmas gifts for your consignment or resale shopWell, I’m here to tell you that’s okay. IF the “one for me” is actually “one for my shop.”

In fact, it’s SO okay by me, that i have a gift suggestion list just for professional resalers. I think any… or all… of these gifts will make for a much happier and more effective shop, so go ahead, stuff Santa’s sack! (more…)

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You know how I’m always nagging you to make sure that pedestrians know whose window they’re looking at? If you’ve dithered over (more…)

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