The Business of Consignment, Running a Resale Shop, Thrift Store How-to’s
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I love snapping quick photos to share with you in my Learn a Lot series. There’s so much imagination out there to inspire us all… but sometimes, even The Resale Guru needs to
I saw this wonderful little swing shop armoire in a vintage market and loved the signage, the tulle on the top of the (really, an old TV armoire….) and the lace and beads to emphasize the merchandise…
but it took a closer look at my photos before I noticed the really, really, really good idea (more…)
That would be your broadcast email. It can work wonders, getting folks in to shop. But so many shops don’t promote this wonderful customer benefit as much as they could.
Would you like a template for a script you (and your staff!) can use? Here’s one.
Or you could have a prize drawing with winner(s) announced via email. Or get their email when you make customers a valued member of your FBC rewards program. Or bribe ’em: send them a coupon as their first email from you.
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“Being the leader” is the hardest part of the job to many, if not most, resale shopkeepers. We may be self-motivating…. but when it comes to motivating others, we have a lot to learn.
But that’s the thing: being a boss is a learn-able skill! I love this break-down of leadership styles. Each of us needs to be each of these, at different times and even, sometimes, with a different support staff.
Graphic from Billzipponbusiness.com
There are thousands of blogs and web sites about being the best possible leader of your crew; I suggest you start your education with this resale industry-specific Double Product for the Professional Resaler.
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Answer: That depends. (Don’t you love answers like that?) On three things:
1. The actual square footage of the selling space of your shop. Up to 750 square feet, usually, can be adequately staffed, at least in the beginning, with a single person. That’s the size of my first shop, and just one person was usually plenty.
2. The arrangement of the space. That 750-sqare-foot (more…)