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Advice for a Successful Thrift Store / Source of inventory
« Last post by moiwonderful on June 23, 2011, 10:31:33 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm new and researching opening a thrift store.  Where do you get inventory?  Which percent comes from where?  How much time/resources do you spend obtaining inventory?

Chris.
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There is nothing mentioned any contact details of yours. please post it?
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Advice for a Successful Thrift Store / Re: Hello from Greenville, SC
« Last post by accentsnmore on May 28, 2011, 11:30:10 AM »
We've had many days with no customers.  We have run the business with other sources of income and my partner (fiance) is working to cover our bills.  We are close to our 1 year mark for the store.

We have seen our average sale double or more, and have learned most of what sells.  Only Women's clothes and jewelry sell in our store.  Plus sizes are a hit, also we have pretty many thin 20 somethings that love to shop.  Rarley a guy will shop here.  Most of our first costomers are gone and now we have new ones.  It seems like a regular only stops in every month or 2, so really would need a lot and keep them.

I think we could be close to covering our rent this summer with store sales.  durring rain or cold weather, we have almost no sales. 

We started a punch card, and give out a certain amount of free stuff after they spend so much to get them to come back or spend at least $10.  Now I have to figure that in to each sale, because they still get a puch on sale items.  That can be a problem if you don't make a card with enough punches required.

We do craigslist 2x a week and try to put an add in each catagory.  We are on Google Places, so the customers can find us.  Those are free.  We mailed out 500 post cards the last 2 months with a coupon that expires in 3 days.  That was our first paid advertising, with only 3 people mentioning they got a post card.  Not good.  Not free. 

A huge mistake...We are not in the yellow pages yet, because we are always so poor and it was like $275 to get in there.  So that's next.

Hope everyone has great sales this summer!















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Advice for a Successful Thrift Store / Re: Hello from Greenville, SC
« Last post by roman50 on May 26, 2011, 08:53:49 AM »
Hi, I just opened recently but our hours are from 10-5pm Tues-Fri and Sat 9-6pm and also having the same issue and yes the rent is due soon, so far 3 customers and 2 were family members.  I would like advise also.
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Advice for a Successful Thrift Store / Hello from Greenville, SC
« Last post by Justwhatineed on May 11, 2011, 11:00:05 PM »
I opened my shop, Just What I Need Shop, last month.  I'm already getting frustrated and starting to feel like I made a mistake because I have not made money to cover rent.  How do I go about getting customers?  One thing that's hurting me is I have a full time job and work from 3 - 11 PM.  I'm at my shop from 10 am to 2 pm and sometimes have no customers.  I can demote myself and become a sub so I can work when I want to because I think my potential customers would come during the hours of 3-9 PM when I'm at work.
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I have a large supply of top-quality, current shoes and clothing in all sizes available for sale for someone looking to supplement their current stock or to start a new resale store.  If you're interested, please respond to this post for further details.

Hi, would you like to share a link of your website that can help us to choose our required product and designs.
Regards.
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Could you please let me know what items you have available?
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Welcome to TheThriftShopper.Com / Re: Hi! I'm new!
« Last post by karna on March 14, 2011, 02:25:35 PM »
Hello I'm Karna and my elder mother and i are wanting to open our own thrift. We haver spend many, many years shopping in them and now that mom  needs something to occupy her days without boredom we think this is a good idea.
What i don't know is...Charitable... Non-profit...Thrift that donates to a specialized charity?
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We have a policy for returns on electronics only, within 7 days. This is because we often don't have time to test everything. I like the idea of a sign about inspecting merchandise, though. But it is a good point that it's our job to make sure the items are good. But some items are worn and that's part of their charm.
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