Who is Kate Holmes
and how does she know all
leading expert in the resale, consignment, and thrift store industry,
Kate Holmes tells you how to open a resale shop or start a consignment
shop and be your own boss. Charitable groups whose thrift shop is a
successful fund raiser use Kate as a resource as well. She can tell you
how to write a consignment contract, how to advertise and promote your
shop, and most of all, how to make your shop profitable. Interested in
opening a children's
resale shop, a designer consignment shop, or a furniture shop? Kate's
the professional expert when you want resale education and free reports
as well as Products for the Professional Resaler. The only real-life
consignment shop owner and complete operations manual author, Kate is
committed to helping store owners and managers succeed.
Kate Holmes, author of
Good to be Threw: The Complete Operations Manual for Resale & Consignment Shops,
founded One More Time, a consignment shop in Columbus Ohio, in 1975.
Now, through Too Good to be Threw, Kate continues to market a wide
variety of booklets, pamphlets, and store selling aids.
One More Time, Kate's
shop, was an immediate and consistent success. Having grown up in the
consignment business, Kate used her experience to start her shop with
less than $1000. One More Time was profitable within six weeks of
opening. From its first day's sales of $31.90, the shop grew from 750
square feet to 3200, adding 1,000 consignors each and every year. OMT
now continues its growth under the watchful eyes of a Too
Good to be Threw-trained owner.
The original edition of Too
Good to be Threw: The Complete Operations Manual for Consignment Shops
was published over 20 years ago. Continually revised and updated,
information and resources constantly updated, Kate is proud to offer the
most complete revision ever of Too
Good to be Threw, The Complete Operations Manual for Resale &
Consignment Shops. TGtbT is
the only operations manual written by a real-life resale
Kate is always busy,
writing and blogging, creating new and helpful Products
for the Professional Resaler,
speaking to resale groups and serving as an industry consultant. In
addition, she is closely involved, and has been for over 20 years, in
the success of the National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops.
Kate is a past Education Chair, director, and fervent supporter of that
Association. She was awarded their first-ever Educational Service Award
in recognition of significant commitment to enhance and enrich industry
education. She has also been presented with the industry's highest
honor, the Renee River Award, for outstanding service. Most recently she
was honored with a lifetime membership.
Kate writes a monthly column, Growing your Business with
Kate, in the NARTS member newsletter.
Kate appears frequently in the
media as an expert on resale, small business, and retail. She provides
consultation for consignment, resale and thrift stores as well as managing the
Family of Sites for Professional Resalers. She is also active in historic
preservation efforts. Kate's free time is taken up with watercolor painting and
fiction writing. She's the author of The Picker Who
Perished/ A Too Good to be Threw Consignment Shop Mystery.
an autographed copy for yourself or
a batch of books wholesale to sell in your shop here!
Reach Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com by
email, by phone 941-922-5902, or by mail at 4736 Meadowview Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34233. Our Privacy
Thanks to the Angels of Too Good to
supporters of the Resale Industry
TGtbT.com has had the help, over many years, of some wonderful, giving,
kind people. It has been thanks to their professional help that I have
been able to keep TGtbT commercial-free, and they deserve all the
acclaim I can heap upon them! Here's
few of them:
Broockman of The
White Elephant: Cynthia (on the right) and her sister Leslie
own and operate two consignment shops and a charitable shop in Virginia.
Cynthia talking about our consumer-oriented site, HowToConsign.com:
"There IS no other place to get your name out
there in front of the public. [We're] a Treasured Sponsor at How to
Consign and frequent user of TGTBT's site. We get lots of new
subscribers every month and hits on our website are way up.
"For all those shopkeepers out there
who wonder whether your products are really necessary or listing
their business on How To Consign is really worth it, please
tell them YES from us! In fact, your manual, products and creation/
maintenance of these two sites and the Sharing forum is responsible,
in large part, for our business being what it is today. Almost
20 years from when we learned of you and what you are doing - we're
"In fact, my sister and I are so grateful and feel so strongly
about supporting what you have been trying to do, we'd like to put our
money where our mouths (and eyeballs on the net) are. Is it
possible for us to sponsor..."
Meyer, Executive Director of NARTS:
Adele and I have been friends for over 20 years, dating back to when we
both had our consignment shops. As you know, I've "retired"
into being the "Resale Guru" here on the web, and Adele has
"retired" into the Executive Directorship of the National
Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, our industry's association that
I had the pleasure of serving for many years. Adele and I together and
separately strive to improve every resale/ consignment/ thrift shop
everywhere, believing that
the better each shop is, the better we all do!
A big shout-out, as well, to the
Sponsors over at
HowToConsign.com, participants on the blog,
fellow NARTS members, and the Flamingoettes Past & Future. And I
would be remiss not to thank these invaluable Internet resources:
grsites.com, Dynamicdrive.com, 2createawebsite.com,
w3schools.com, and (really!) 171 other sites who've helped me with this