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Taking down the decor in your consignment or resale shop? Don’t be TOO ready to store everything away! Here’s how to


use those twinkle lights year-round.

Twinkle lights under the swing-shop skirted table

Stringing twinkle lights under a skirted table will highlight items in your swing shop.


Make a window backdrop with twinkle lights in your consignment shop

A screen as a backdrop in your resale shop display windows? Eye-catching!


Twinkle lights in Mason jars would make a terrific "camping" display this summer says Kate Holmes of Too Good to be Threw

Don’t these lights in Mason jars make you think of catching fireflies? A great accent to your display windows this summer!


These ideas (and thousands more!)  are on the TGtbT Pinterest Boards which you can follow.


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Lots of consignment and resale shopkeepers would love to touch up their merchandise photos before they post them on social media, but don’t because they’re busy and it seems overwhelming to work with photo-editing software.

So I did an example or two while chowing down on a curry chicken wrap (yum). Got this entire process done before half the sandwich was eaten.

Note: You don’t have to be eating to do this.

I started out with this photo of a dining room set from a resale shop. Nice photo, but all that stuff in the background is distracting:

Mid-century dining room furniture in a consignment or resale shop on TGtbT.com's blog.

Here’s the background, softened up a bit.

Blurring the background makes this resale shop's merchandise show up so much better, says TGtbT.com

I just saved the photo, then blurred it again, to show another effect.

Turn a cluttered background into a subtle watercolor effect on AuntieKate.wordpress.com

How did I do this so easily and quickly? Thanks to this Youtube video and Laura Buzzell! First, I used Picmonkey‘s Effects tool to soften the entire photo, then painted over the furniture to, in effect, remove the softening as needed. It’s a subtle effect, so even though I was guiding my mouse and munching at the same time, it turned out perfectly acceptable for a short-term photo, don’t you think?

To answer a question a shop posed on a closed discussion group about making her already-white background crisper and, well, whiter, I found this user’s trick to lighten up a background.  My example is much busier, of course, than a imperfectly-white background, but it shows how much difference you can make.

Original photo:

In 1975, these were the fashions my consignment shop was selling!

“Blush-boosted” result. Not perfect, but my sandwich was down to the last bite.:

Washing out a background with picmonkey's blush boost touch-up set to white.

(Wondering why I chose that specific 1975 fashion photo? ‘Cause soon, the consignment shop I founded in 1975 will be having its 40th anniversary! Those were the types of styles I was looking for, back then 🙂 )

(Many thanks to the shop whose dining room set photo I used to illustrate this post. I’m sorry, I neglected to note your shop when I saved it. If it’s you, please let us know in the comments!)


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I find TV set decor fascinating, and I’m guessing that if you have a home-furnishings consignment or resale shop, you and your customers do too.

Here’s an in-depth article on the design choices made for the TV series The Good Wife.Set design for Justified

Prefer Justified? Maybe Castle? Me too.

Actually, the whole site of Set Decorators is fascinating. Even if, like my honey, all you know about furniture is whether the couch’s comfy enough for a catnap.

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The Resaler's Guide to Furniture & Home Goods

Sell more, to more people, more easily with this Resaler’s Guide

Ideally, the household items brought into your store are in perfect shape and ready to sell.

But we have all seen some great items that could use a little loving care to make them worth much more. With these quick cleanup tips, you can make more (more…)

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Wire drapery hangers can be purchased at dry=-cleaner supply houses, says TGtbT.com The Premier Site for Professional ResalersOne of the hardest items to display in your home goods/ furniture consignment or resale shop is bedspreads, heavy drapes, blankets. You want to hang them so people can see them… but they are way too heavy to use standard hangers, even if you double or triple a heavy-gauge drapery hanger.

Here’s an idea some volunteer came up with at a local thrift I visit. Yes, it’s bulky… but so are those bedspreads. I’m betting these PVC pipe hangers result in much-faster sell-thru for these home textiles… which is what we all want!

DIY household textile hangers of PVC pipe, photographed for consignment & resale shops by TGtbT.com

Here’s hoping there’s a handy-person in your life to make some of these for your shop!



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