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Your consignment shop staff wants to learn!

They want to learn… and you can learn how to manage staff too! Click for TGtbT’s best advice on that.

Let us all pause here and have a moment of appreciation for the people who work in consignment, resale, and thrift shops.

Not only do they have all the duties of a “real store” employee: helping customers, keeping stock neat, chasing down those dust bunnies and clearing our messy dressing rooms…

…but they also must


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Too Good to be Threw's Motivating quoteYou don’t gotta be an Einstein to make your consignment, resale or thrift shop operate smoother, make more money, or simply be more fun and less work to run.

But it doesn’t hurt.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

So, if you were thinking (more…)

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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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In between seasons, your shop can look a little, well, empty. And we can’t have THAT. After all, you don’t want customers asking

“Are you going out of business?”

One solution is to remove racks from the sales floor, but that’s a pain and where will you store them and anyway (more…)

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What do you think of when you think “aisles”?

Definition: A passage between shelves of goods. A longitudinal division of an interior area. A long narrow gap that people can walk along. “There is no sitting allowed in the aisle.”

In other words, some pretty (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, computers 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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Tired of the 9-to-5? (or really, the 8 to 11, 7 days a week!) Consider these variations on the resale theme….

Maybe you saw (more…)

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