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Such a great idea! Let me write that down….

Have you ever had the experience of going over your scribbled notes later, only to wonder what the heck you meant by that? I have.

How to take notes that will actually HELP your resale business

Want to know more about getting the most out of NARTS Conference? Click or tap the notebook!

After all, you don’t want to let a good idea slip away!

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The NARTS Conference Bus Tour is one of the most popular activities at Conference, and for good reason: you get to see, first-hand, the looks, layout, and operations of local shops, you get to ask nosey questions, and each shop generally has a few goodies for us!

Our third group of shops are all part of NTY Franchise. First up, Clothes Mentor. Their site says “Clothes Mentor pays CASH On-the-Spot or store credit for clothing in sizes 0 to 26 and maternity as well as shoes, handbags and other accessories.”

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Professionally designed dressing rooms with color-coordinated displays.

Dressing rooms in a typical Clthes Mentor, by TGtbT.com

Here, a first-time seller fills out her info electronically before showing staff her items. Saves staff time and makes the seller feel invested in the relationship from the start.

Preparing to sell her goods to Clothes Mentor. Photo by TGtbT.com

Clothes Mentor offers a variety of resale shops in their franchising. The next bus stop included Children’s Orchard, Device Pitstop, and NTY Clothing Exchange, as well as New Uses, a furniture, home decor, and everything-else-you-can-imagine shop. Barely one step up from the traditional merchandise mix of donation charity shops, I was fascinated by racks of CDs, Big Box “artwork”, and more. My favorite find?

Where else would you find a lamp like this?

Unique lamp at New Uses, as not bought by Kate Holmes... but I wish I had!

It’s the place to go for that electronic device no longer in production, beer steins, colored flood lamps…

Someone somewhere wants this!A treasure trove of stuff you can't resist









They made good use of space with this sturdy double-decker installation (note the cozies covering up sharp tops!)

Great way to show chairs and occasional tables. Photo by TGtbT.com of New Uses shop.s!

I’ve never seen shrink-wrapped mugs and glasses before… but why not?

Keeping individual mugs and glasses with their mates can be challenging. TGtbT.com saw this shrink-wrap solution on the NARTS Bus Tour

For the record, I regret not buying the Bedazzled Tiki lamp.

Buy it today, It may not be here tomorrow: the resale shopkeeper's best advice to shoppers

That’s the end of the official NARTS Conference Bus Tour, but stay tuned for a private tour of a phenomenal shop that has more square footage than there are souls in her town! Subscribe on our sidebar to get email whenever TGtbT.blog adds a new post.

Read Part I of our Bus Tour. And Part II.

Here’s NTY’s web site.

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The next stop on our NARTS Conference Bus Tour was a bonanza of ideas from two shops owned by the same company, Turnstyle.

First, their clothing shop. It’s on the inside elbow of an L-shaped center, within 100 feet of their home furnishings store. Although there is excellent overhead signage for motorists, pedestrian-level signage is missing in both cases, and I did actually hear some of my bus companions exclaim that they totally missed the tucked-away clothing store.

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A whole wall of accessories, neatly arranged. Notice the narrow mirror, hung sideways above the jewelry.

Wall of accessories in Turnstyle, photographed by Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com

Notice that scarves and jewelry are hung not on straight arm slatwall fixtures, but on waterfall faceouts for easier browsing.

Scarf rings on a waterfall arm. More on TGtbT.blog Brand-imprinted jewelry cards on a waterfall fixture, as seen on TGtbT.blog

I loved their devotion to colorizing. Don’t the belts look great… and colorizing shoes is something I seldom see!

Colorizing anything, even shoes, makes the selection look more appealing. Turnstyle's take on this as reported in the TGtbT.com blog

A rainbow of belts on an end cap is a marvelous touch, says Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com

The shop does carry a selection of childrenswear, sizes 2T and up, and some menswear as well. Plus size womenswear has its own floor space as well.

Periodic markdowns are done by hand, in red marker, as prescribed by the Manual ♥ (or maybe they just realized this was best practices on their own ♥ )

The cleverest idea I picked up at the clothing store was this: Spring-summer clothing is tagged with green tags, fall-winter with red tags. This makes it simple, at seasonal clearance time, to simply say “50% off all green ticket items”, without having to rearrange the shop or put stamps, stickers, or hole punches on each tag.

Here’s the shop’s post-dated consignment goods awaiting the seasonal switch. Note they have red tags, allowing the shop to intersperse some transitional goods into stock without affecting the green-ticket clearance event.

Back room stock awaiting its season, as snapped by TGtbT.com

Next door to the clothing shop is the home furnishings store. Here, colorizing makes the assortment of knick knacks look so much more appealing:

Smalls are more attractive when arranged by color, says Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com

What to do with too much wall decor? I’ve seen plenty of solutions, but these carpet-covered, stepped units are elegant in looks and function!

Handling more wall decor than wall space is a perrenial problem for consignment and resale shops. Kate Holmes loves this idea!

Soft goods get their own department, The area rugs are displayed on a large sturdy table for easy browing (and a bit of undercover storage as well.)

Area rugs elevated on a sturdy table make browsing easier. Photo by Kate Holmes, TGtbT.com


Stay tuned to our blog… Part III of the Resale Bus Tour at NARTS Conference coming up soon… and another shop a few of us were thrilled to visit on our free evening!

See Part I of the Resale Bus Tour.

Visit turnstyleconsign.com for more on this company.

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One of the most fun parts of NARTS Conference is always the Resale Bus Tour, where we descend en masse at willing NARTS member shops, poking into back rooms, eating cupcakes, asking questions and shopping!

Come sit on my shoulder while


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TGtbT.com really thinks Conference is a good investment

I’m busy making lists, packing supplies, and practicing my workshop. Gathering resources I think the folks I meet and chat with and eat and drink with might like to have.

Hope you are too!

Don’t forget to check which Products for the Professional Resaler you already have. And download what looks interesting… that way, you’ll have a chance to read it before Conference and, if you need to, ask for clarification or for how you could adapt, say, a promotional idea that catches your eye, or a way of handling clearance sales or using your space better, to your specific shop situation!

PS: If we don’t happen to meet in the course of Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I’ll be in the front of SourceMart on Sunday just for the first hour, from noon to 1pm, signing the Manual. Brings yours if you’d like me to sign it, pick one up if you’ve never treated yourself to this business tool… or just come chat!

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Every Conference that I can attend, we have a TGtbT meetup in the lobby bar on Thursday at 6pm. As we (more…)

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Mentoring someone can help YOU succeed, says Kate Holmes of TGtbT.comA gentle suggestion for those shopkeepers who will be attending NARTS Conference this week: Aim to return home with both a MENTOR and a MENTEE.

One person with whom you have a relationship that will encourage you,

help you make decisions, guide you, share their wisdom and experiences…

and one person for whom you can do the same.

When you meet fellow shopkeepers, explore: are they willing to share their  expertise in a way you can tap, or are they looking to explore your experiences in a way that can help their businesses grow and thrive. Either way, as mentor or mentee,

you will continue learning even long after Conference.

Even if you do not find a given acquaintance to fit either of these categories, chances are that, using this goal, you’ll interact in ways that benefit you both.

And by benefiting you both, you will also be benefiting the industry as a whole. The better we each are at resale, the better reputation the resale industry will have as a whole!

Now THAT’S a goal!

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