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The Business of Consignment, Running a Resale Shop, Thrift Store How-to’s

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I want to be your friend, so tell me how, says TGtbT.blog… so tell me stuff I need to know to not be

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Are your regulars, well, not as regular as you’d like?

Could it be they’re passing your shop by when they just “don’t have the time

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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

take a second look.

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…

A swing shop can be an old armoire in your consignment, resale or thrift shop

More on swing shops and other sizzling ways to enhance your shop: just click or tap!

 

but it took a closer look at my photos before I noticed the really, really, really good idea (more…)

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Don't send out emails that don't SELL your consignment, resale or thrift shopThat 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.

Do you hesitate to ask customers in person, face-to-face, to join your shop’s e-mail list?

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.What kind of leader re you in your consignment shop?

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.

Team Work: Staffing your Store from Too Good to be Threw

Resalers' Resource List: Your Employee HandbookTeam Work: Staffing your Store

PLUS Resource List:
Your Employee Manual

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Kate Holmes, Consignment Guru, Resale Guru, Thrift ConsultantLet’s go to the mailbox! EM asked an interesting question recently:

How big a shop can one person run by themselves?

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…)

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