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If you’re running a nonprofit thrift shop, and you would like to squelch the “can you take less for this?” shoppers, this sign from World’s Attic, run by the Mennonite Central Committee, might be just the thing.

Sign in a thrift shop, snapped by Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com

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Everyone is a winner with this consignment shop idea from TGtbT.comThere’s a “real” shop (you know, one which sells newly-manufactured stuff) that I really like. The owner doesn’t know from social media, she’s literally hidden on a street which is basically an alley, and I’ve never seen an ad for her shop.

But she makes a good go of it in her tiny shop. By making customers feel like they are

ALL WINNERS.

And how does she do that? Well, every time you come in, she asks you to add your name and phone number to her fishbowl. You could win twenty bucks store money! she says. So of course, I do. Every time.

Then what happens?

I win! Yes, I get a phone call from the shop, saying my name’s been drawn this week, and stop by soon to get your $20 store money!

So of course I do.

But you know her secret? She pulls multiple winners and phones them, whenever she needs some more traffic. I know because both my sister and myself have “won” multiple times.

Why not? It works. In fact, it works so well that I don’t even remember if the deal is $20 off a minimum $50 purchase, or off $100… because I always spend more than I would otherwise. After all, she’s made me a winner!

For more on the magical use of fishbowls, see this post.

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Visiting other shops is often like opening a little jewel box full of ideas.

Here’s some, from a furniture/ vintage/ antique resale shop, Perfect Pieces,  I visited recently:

Damaged table? Cut it in half and (more…)

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Fun idea for signage on your New Arrival rack, as seen in an outlet store near me. Remember, you can Learn A Lot when you’re out and about. (And it’s the perfect excuse to go shopping in stores other than your own!)


Great sign for your New Arrivals rack, suggests the TGtbT blog at TGtbT.blog

Don’t use a New Arrivals Rack (or area, if you deal in home decor) in your shop? Read about So many things in my life in consignment started out as a benefit to ME… and then I learned they were a BIGGER benefit to my customers.

And this reason why your loyal customers don’t stop in more often which I’m guessing has never occurred to you.

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Where do you find the best information about your resale business?

Well, in our Products for the Professional Resaler, of course. But there’s another source for great ideas you can adapt to your consignment, resale or thrift shop, and that’s (more…)

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Look closely at this photo. Pretty good disguise, huh?

This shop built a wall, creating much-needed storage space, without a carpenter and without cost. Simply by (more…)

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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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