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I could wax eloquent about how valuable a blog is to your consignment, thrift, or resale shop… but you already know how great it is to communicate with your customers and potential customers on social media. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, instead of shouting at them across a crowded cocktail party (which is Facebook, Instagram, and the like), you could invite them to join you for a moment on that comfy loveseat over in a quiet corner so your two can talk, really talk? (That’s what a blog is.) And then use that “invite” and that one-on-one talk over and over again (more…)

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When that lottery prize gets big enough that even people who don’t buy lottery tickets are, and everyone’s talking about it

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In Case You Missed It…. ICYMI, we ran a series of Facebook posts yesterday to gather resources to help you make your website be a major part of your online presence. After all, your consignment, resale or thrift shop deserves every ounce of attention it can get, right?

In case you missed our day-long “webinar” or if you (more…)

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We all know the 3 R’s of education. But I ‘d like to coin

the 4 D’s of Resale Shopkeeping.

Desire, Determination, Diligence, Dollars

Of course Desire, Determination, Diligence, Dollars applies to (more…)

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Is TGtbT the Waze of the resale industry?

Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com shows the waze to consignment successIf so, here you go (see what I did there?)

3 Ways to prepare for success
1- Keep your

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A great question in Auntie Kate’s email box recently. T. H. asks:

Why do customers and consignors give me a hard time? They always argue with me (My things are more in style than what they have out here or They priced this too high, you need to mark it down) and that “they” really irks me. I’m “they” for heaven’s sake! Even my employees are always picking on me: they rearranged my work area last week when I was off! I won’t even tell you how service providers and salesmen treat me.

I’m the boss. How come they don’t treat me like I am?

Auntie Kate answers: A boss needs to look and act the part.

Perhaps your boss-persona needs some polishing. What type of impression do you make on people? When a stranger walks into the shop, can she tell you’re the boss by your charming inviting manner? Or are you often mistaken for the cleaning lady because you have your head down and barely mutter Hi?

Do you dress professionally? It’s hard for a client to respect you and your wonderful store if you are wearing (more…)

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The benefits of “knowing people” are very real, in personal and business settings. And that, really, is all that networking is: putting yourself out there, making contacts, working with others who have something in common with you. If you’re not comfortable reaching out to make strangers part of your network, here are eight ways to get started:

1- Keep this first and foremost in mind: you’re 

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