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Thinking of getting a resale map together?

If your shop has similar neighbors (and by neighbors, we mean in driving distance!) a simple handout could draw traffic to your business.

Such a handout needn’t be elaborate nor expensive to produce. Here’s an example that looks to be a third-sheet, heavy-stock paper. This is the type of brochure that could be easily printed and even replicated as needed by each shop:

Resale shops can band together to increase exposure

Click to enlarge. Photos courtesy of sonomanews.com

 

And don’t think you’ll simply be siphoning off the other businesses’ traffic. A concerted effort like this will find all of you new customers and draw new folks nto resale-fandom. Not to mention press and blogger attention.

All a map like this requires is someone to contact participants and set a budget for participation, someone with minimal computer skills to do the layout, and someone to deliver and store the finished product. That should be three different folks; but if it’s all one person, this could even be a paying job. (That’s how my local map is produced, as a profit-making production.)

I suggest adding one thing to this layout. A spot for each shop to stamp/ print “Courtesy of [MyShop]” so the recipient feels especially warm to the shop that gave it to her/him!

 

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Bummer, right? No matter how cute and interesting and vital your page is, very few of those who follow you will ever be offered the choice to read it. Is there a solution? YES. (Well, MAYBE. Read on…)  (more…)

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Can your shop provide a photo opp for your customers to use and post on their social media?

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Avocado tattoos, the perfect holiday gift in your consignment shop.Need some appealing and profitable gift items for the holiday season? I’m sure you have your favorite suppliers, but

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What’s the most important thing people need to know about your B&M shop before they come visit?

That will help them come visit?

Where you are, of course. And what to look for when they get near… and what to look for is… what your shop looks like from the road/ sidewalk!

Bonus points if you show a bit of what’s inside, your phone number, and a nice welcoming OPEN sign, and open DOOR!

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Videos, getting so much love on Facebook. Consignment and resale shops, uncovering the power of video in social media. It’s a moving feast of opportunity, and I’m sure you’ve been giving a lot of thought to making your shop videos real reputation-enhancers and money-makers.

Too Good to be Threw's Youtube suggestions for resale shopsOkay, now that you’re a bit more comfortable on camera, it’s time to add 

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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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