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Racks getting full? Can’t squeeze another thing on them?

Here’s my favorite solution.

Go vertical.

That’s right: hang (more…)

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Kudos to Lina Beth in Ocala FL for saying a nice goodbye to her customers… and for

reinforcing the name of her shop

at the same time with this lovely sign above the shop door. THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT LINA BETH

Such a simple way to get your shop name out there while saying goodbye and thanking shoppers. She’s not taking a chance that her fans will have to say to their friends “oh you know, that nice shop down over there, it’s Linda’s or Beth Ann’s or some name like that?

Notice that the shop reinforces its name in the signage seen as customers leave the shop.

See more brilliant ideas from shops that have received a Kate’s Kudos.

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The Ohio State Fair is starting this week. So, if your shop is within the geographical circle that’s likely to be planning to go, the main thought in your customers’ minds might be

What am I gonna wear?

Your consignment customers will be needing the perfect outfit for the fair!

and of course

I need it NOW!

Using the unspoken immediate needs or wants of potential shoppers means (more…)

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The NARTS Conference Bus Tour is one of the most popular activities at Conference, and for good reason: you get to see, first-hand, the looks, layout, and operations of local shops, you get to ask nosey questions, and each shop generally has a few goodies for us!

Our third group of shops are all part of NTY Franchise. First up, Clothes Mentor. Their site says “Clothes Mentor pays CASH On-the-Spot or store credit for clothing in sizes 0 to 26 and maternity as well as shoes, handbags and other accessories.”

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Professionally designed dressing rooms with color-coordinated displays.

Dressing rooms in a typical Clthes Mentor, by TGtbT.com

Here, a first-time seller fills out her info electronically before showing staff her items. Saves staff time and makes the seller feel invested in the relationship from the start.

Preparing to sell her goods to Clothes Mentor. Photo by TGtbT.com

Clothes Mentor offers a variety of resale shops in their franchising. The next bus stop included Children’s Orchard, Device Pitstop, and NTY Clothing Exchange, as well as New Uses, a furniture, home decor, and everything-else-you-can-imagine shop. Barely one step up from the traditional merchandise mix of donation charity shops, I was fascinated by racks of CDs, Big Box “artwork”, and more. My favorite find?

Where else would you find a lamp like this?

Unique lamp at New Uses, as not bought by Kate Holmes... but I wish I had!

It’s the place to go for that electronic device no longer in production, beer steins, colored flood lamps…

Someone somewhere wants this!A treasure trove of stuff you can't resist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They made good use of space with this sturdy double-decker installation (note the cozies covering up sharp tops!)

Great way to show chairs and occasional tables. Photo by TGtbT.com of New Uses shop.s!

I’ve never seen shrink-wrapped mugs and glasses before… but why not?

Keeping individual mugs and glasses with their mates can be challenging. TGtbT.com saw this shrink-wrap solution on the NARTS Bus Tour

For the record, I regret not buying the Bedazzled Tiki lamp.

Buy it today, It may not be here tomorrow: the resale shopkeeper's best advice to shoppers

That’s the end of the official NARTS Conference Bus Tour, but stay tuned for a private tour of a phenomenal shop that has more square footage than there are souls in her town! Subscribe on our sidebar to get email whenever TGtbT.blog adds a new post.

Read Part I of our Bus Tour. And Part II.

Here’s NTY’s web site.

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One of the most fun parts of NARTS Conference is always the Resale Bus Tour, where we descend en masse at willing NARTS member shops, poking into back rooms, eating cupcakes, asking questions and shopping!

Come sit on my shoulder while

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TGtbT.com really thinks Conference is a good investment

I’m busy making lists, packing supplies, and practicing my workshop. Gathering resources I think the folks I meet and chat with and eat and drink with might like to have.

Hope you are too!

Don’t forget to check which Products for the Professional Resaler you already have. And download what looks interesting… that way, you’ll have a chance to read it before Conference and, if you need to, ask for clarification or for how you could adapt, say, a promotional idea that catches your eye, or a way of handling clearance sales or using your space better, to your specific shop situation!

PS: If we don’t happen to meet in the course of Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I’ll be in the front of SourceMart on Sunday just for the first hour, from noon to 1pm, signing the Manual. Brings yours if you’d like me to sign it, pick one up if you’ve never treated yourself to this business tool… or just come chat!

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You know those times when someone asks what you do, but you only have a limited time to intrigue them?

Like when you’re on an elevator with that person who holds the possible key to your potential future success?

Making your elevator speech: advice from TGtbT.blogThat’s why a 30-second distillation of “what you do” is called an elevator speech.”

I freely admit I have a hard time (more…)

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