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Asking your community to #shoplocal is not enough. You need to show them What’s in It for Me?

Tell them WHY shopping local is good for THEM, says TGtbT.com

They don’t care that you’re the “lifeblood of our community”. They’re looking for the why’s, the how-come’s, what they will get out of shopping local.

Why are you asking your community to #shoplocal? Here’s a dozen reasons, designed to (more…)

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Added this pin to my “Increase the Value of Your Donations”  Pinterest board, which is generally aimed at NFP thrifts, as a way to use up unsaleable jeans and create something new. But also… this would make an AWESOME (more…)

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Need a quick, inexpensive, community-minded holiday event in your shop?  How about

Cookies & Cans

Here’s how our local private museum publicizes (more…)

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Tape a sign like this to your counter/ dressing room walls/ front window… and watch as your customers do just what you asked them too!

Then they have


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Is your consignment web site doing its job?I just visited several dozen consignment, resale, and thrift store web sites. You know what I found?

A big ZERO.

For those shops who had (more…)

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If you’re planning your October promotions, it’s a great month for two things: Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness. Or, as this delightful pumpkin decor suggests, you could combine the two!

Suggestions re Halloween:

Why it’s the most important holiday for resalers

Promote pre-cycling by putting together some of these ideas from your stock  for a whole RACK of eco-friendly costumes. You’re welcome to print this HowToConsign booklet out to have in your shop for customers to read!

Learn to make both Halloween and Christmas money-making seasons in your business

Suggestions re Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

See if you can schedule the mobile mammogram unit in your parking lot. There may be a lot of demand that month, though, so be prepared for some sort of Plan B to benefit your clientele and the less-fortunate in your community.

Bling your Bra is fun, but you need to start working on it now. You can award a prize by getting your customers to vote on their favorites, charging $1 a vote to go to your choice of cancer charity. The winner(s) get shop gift certificates. Google for how others have organized their events fr some great ideas you can adapt.

Collecting bras for the homeless is a simple, reputation-enhancing event. And believe it or not, bras are one of the most-requested clothing items at shelters. Talk to local homeless charities about being a collecting point and find out how they can help you publicize that.



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Loving all the freshly-minted live videos so many front-runner consignment and resale shops are popping up with!

Fun to watch and shop with. Brave pioneers, I salute you. Here’s my wishlist for the second generation of this concept as owners and managers see what a great and fun way it is to sell this way!

Tips for producing a wonderful live FB selling video* Make sure we can hear you. More on this here.

* Don’t make your viewer seasick. Even the steadiest hand in your shop will quiver after a while. Use a tripod.

* Repeat repeat repeat. Item number? Price? Beginning and end of item presentation .
* Repeat HOW to buy and shop name as often as you can without being obnoxious (Even better: Create a backdrop for your “set” with this info. Or print up a poster for an easel next to the presenter.)
* Cue cards: If you are getting serious, make cue cards a third person can hold up off camera so the presenter doesn’t skip a great selling point. Like this maybe:
 Burberry trench, size 6, $239, item #34
* Perfect neutral color “Biscuit”
* Perfect 3/4 length: no catch in car door
* Zip lining for 3 season    
* Signature plaid
* Buckle belt or tie for casual flair
Burberry trench, size 6, $239, item #34
Keep your naturalness and spontaneity. We trust a “real” person more than a rigid news-reader type presentation. But be aware that some folks will be hearing your name, location and how to participate for the first time even if it’s 10 minutes into your video, so speak clearly.
Let folks know what’s coming up next time, and, if applicable, that there are a few items left from last live session, and tell them where they can see all your online offerings (better yet, have the URL on a card you can grab at the end of your video.) Sign off with a well-spoken reminder of who, where, when your shop is open! And of course a thank-you and a reminder that:
Thanks for watching MyShop’s live feed of this week’s E-Shopping Spree!
Get first choice on our group at [URL]
And remember, we have shown you a tiny fraction of the thousands of great items waiting for you at MyShop!
MyShop is located at […] and we’re open […]
Our next E-Shopping Spree will be on [day] [date] at [time] and we’ll be featuring [whatever!]
So join MyShop at [URL] and grab that stunning item before someone else does!


Lots more questions, so I hope some of our pioneering peers will answer in the comments below. Linking to other social media? Bookkeeping tips? What sells best? Can I rerun a live video that evening? Can I create this video offline then run as a regular video? Hope that some of you will share your experiences for other resale shopkeepers below! Feel free to add your URL to your helpful comments so we can shop with you, too!

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