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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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NARTS Conference is the eagerly-anticipated annual gathering of resale shop owners and managers, but many folks worry if they have to close, they will miss business and offend shoppers. Here’s our Too Good to be Threw Best Advice (more…)

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… who are on their way to NARTS Conference 2014, a big hug and this wish for you:


Have a wonderful time, and come back and tell us all about it!

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TGtbT.com helps you have a great meetingThere’s “social media”… and then there’s real, face-to-face social meetings.

Like your local merchants’ association or your national association. Will you get every benefit out of the time and expense that you can? If you belong to, or simply attend, professional meetings, there’s a wealth of information and profitable connections to make. But you do have to be proactive.  Here’s (more…)

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There is always a plethora of things to see and think about on the NARTS Conference Consignment, Resale, and Thrift Shop Bus Tour. So many, that I have to break them up into several entries here on Auntie Kate the Blog for you.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

This is exceptionally true for retail stores, and doubly exception of resale shops, when we have to attract attention to a business that many potential shoppers are not yet enthusiastic about. So the exterior appearance (more…)

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I'm on fire to see my consignment, resale, thrift peers!One of my most-favored views of life.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on the future generations.     –George Bernard Shaw

(of course being a procrastinator just before conference and a would-be perfectionist makes for a big big conflagration around here. Just ask DuH.)

New Product to be introduced at NARTS Conference: Blogging for Resale Shops. And maybe another if I can just let go of that perfectionist thingie. They’ll be in our TGtbT shop soonest. Meanwhile, go visit the seasonal blog, KateAtNARTS now and throughout Conference.

Photo from Natl Fatherhood Initiative, which is fitting since tomorrow’s Father’s Day.

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A non-profit thrift store? Yes!

One of the most beloved parts of NARTS Conference every year is the Friday Resale Shop Bus Tours. Just which shops (more…)

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