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Do you find yourself saying a tacit “yes’… because you can’t bring yourself to say NO?

Whether it’s declining a mediocre consignment, answering a staffer’s inconvenient request for a schedule change, or committing your business’s resources to an issue or event that doesn’t feel like the right path to take…

Ya gotta learn to say NO. Here’s

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Too Good to be Threw's Motivating quoteYou don’t gotta be an Einstein to make your consignment, resale or thrift shop operate smoother, make more money, or simply be more fun and less work to run.

But it doesn’t hurt.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

So, if you were thinking (more…)

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A grocer put up a sign that read “Eggplants, 25ยข each — three for a dollar.”

How to sell. Not just eggplants, says TGtbT.blogAll day long, customers exclaimed: “Don’t be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!”

Meekly the grocer capitulated and accepted $1 and gave them four eggplants. All day long.

The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, “Aren’t you going to fix the mistake on your sign?”

“What mistake?” the grocer asked. “Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant.”

With a hat tip to Rick Segel, I believe.

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If you’ve been following me on Facebook the last couple of days, you know my town is in the midst of a giant charity-donation vent, the Giving Challenge. And the creativity is flowing from Main Street to the Gulf of Mexico… ideas that could be tweaked just a bit and become

terrific inventive promo events for YOUR shop.

For example: did you know that the dogs that are least likely to be adopted from shelters are black? One of our shelters here in Sarasota is having a Blackout Event to show folks how adoptable these canines are.

That got me thinking.

Many shelters have the ability to come to your place of business with potential fur buddies; check whether yours do. Pick a date and get started helping match up customers and canines!

Help shelters find homes for black dogs. A promo idea from TGtbT.comWhat could your promotion’s name and theme be? If your shop sells furniture and home furnishings, you could use the catchphrase Adoption is the new black and feature, oh maybe leather couches that don’t show dog hair on the cushions?

If you sell kidswear in your consignment shop, how about Dogs that don’t show handprints… only lots of love? You could have a make it/ take it event for kids involving cutting hands out of paper and gluing on hearts…

But I think the promotion that will elicit the most smiles… and maybe even a spot on the evening news… is They go so well with your outfit: Chic Black Companions. Do a photo shoot (find a photographer that will donate her/his services!) of models wearing black outfits from your place with black dogs, and offer a free chic dog collar or leash for every adopted dog.

Resale's BEST Promotions from TGtbT.comFor more promotional ideas developed especially for our industry, grab a copy of Resale’s BEST Promos from the Too Good to be Threw Products for the Professional Resaler shop.

 

Shelter pet photo from Flickr

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I love this (lightly-edited) quote from Shauna Niequist and I should have posted it here on my birthday. But it was International Resale Day, and I was busy doing my bit for the industry by shopping my little heart out. Sad to say, I didn’t find any pink shoes, but that’s okay. It gives me a chance to keep shopping, and to keep making God laugh.
Make God belly laugh

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As consignment, resale, and thrift shopkeepers, we have lots and lots of people to interact with and a zillion things to do.

And sometimes, just sometimes, we can all get a bit too, shall we say, focused?

Maybe this graphic will make you smile or will relieve a bit of stress.

Don't take yourself too seriously, says TGtbT.com

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Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful of your life.{Source}

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