Resale, Consignment & Thrift Shop Links
by Too Good to be Threw
resale, retailing, small business
Products and services
For Canadian resources look for:
retailing, small business
Places to locate
How To Consign is about all
forms of resale, and its Directory and Zoomable Map sends shoppers and
suppliers directly to full information about each shop.
The National Association
of Resale and Thrift Shops lists member shops.
For phone-book-type listings, some with maps and reviews and the
ability to add or enhance your shop listing, try GTE's
For Canadian listings, it's Canada411
Running your shop:
Business has useful small-business info
The Idea Cafe is good too.
Despite typos and bad spelling, Small
Business Opportunities has some straightforward articles.
About has a
retail industry area.
Trying to get a business plan together? This
PDF contains it all in one page. Thanks, Oprah! Her info comes
Horan and his books. Check out So
You Wanna. The Small
Business Administration on business plans.
Need an employee manual? Try Ehow.com
to get an overview,
then grab a little from Econosystems.
Too Good to be
Threw: The Complete Operations Manual. Of course. You could
run your shop without this manual, but why handicap yourself?
Articles about retail and small biz in general: Baby
Shop Magazine (Loyal Reader Goodie: "not just for baby
shops, a lot of the info can be used for any resale shop.")
Magazine collects up their retail articles. Rather basic info,
but useful for beginners.
Canadian resources here.
Your tax dollars at work!
Firstgov is "The US Govt’s Web Portal" with
connections to just about everything on the books.
Wondering what legalities your business must satisfy?
Business.gov will direct you.
Business Administration provides information, of course.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small
Business Development Center Program to provide management
assistance to current and prospective small business owners.
If you’re a woman in business, check out the SBA’s Office
of Women’s Business Ownership.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired
Executives) offers free in-person or e-mail counseling.
Guide to Business Credit
Free enterprise sites:
Findlaw is a source for legal questions
has "do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small
This site, For the Love of Business,
is written for accountants who use QuickBooks.
Payroll-taxes.com for employee/payroll questions and
Scads of info at Business Owners'
Loads of informational links (magazines, newspapers, more) at CEO
A site developed for teens which has very good basic
Feeling lonesome? Visit Working
Bulk mailing rates, how to use direct
mail, and so on at Direct
Or try the U.S.
Postal Service site.
For those who agree with me that less government
is what we need/must have, visit the Libertarian Party.
has Libertarians too!
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shops of all types
safety recalls, check out Consumer
Product Safety Commission.
This site might be easier to use: www.recalls.gov
Learning about your
has almost too much info. Examine their drop-down menus carefully:
there's a glossary of fashion terms, size conversion charts, and much
fashion info, try Infomat.
Learn about plus
More links are on our kidswear, designer, furniture and thrift
specialty pages here at TGtbT.com. You can access these, and lots more
info, from the TGtbT Messy Back Room.
Fakes. They are theft. Read this NARTS article "The Facts on Fakes!"
Adele, NARTS honcho, adds:
"The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition has added a form to
their Web site that allows people to report a person or/and store that
sells fakes. They also added a Counterfeit Gallery. www.iacc.org "
Fake Vuittons, and so much more, at My
shares lots on Vuittons and more.
How to spot a fake Hermes Birkin | Bag Bible
How to spot a fake chanel | Bag Bible
eBay Guides - How to SPOT fake LV LOUIS VUITTON
and How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton Bag
How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton | Bag Bible
eBay Guides - How to spot a fake COACH bag
and How to spot a fake coach | Bag Bible
How to Spot a Fake Coach Handbag | Bag Bliss
and How to Spot a Fake Coach Purse - YouTube
Thanks to the many hard-at-work vendors such as http://ihatecounterfeitbags.info/ (go to her "Menu" for other designers besides Kate Spade)
Learning about your clientele
Think cheap. Find great ideas to share with your customers and use
yourself at Debt-Proof Living (formerly Cheapskate Monthly).
If you are designing your exterior signage, this
chart will help you determine visibility, colors, and so on
Did you sleep through math class? Apparel
Search has easy explanations and formulas for finding the business
figures that are necessary for tracking your progress.
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is web-based consignment POS... and they are a Sponsor of this page,
too! (See ad, right.)
Consign Pro Software
markets software for the industry.
does as well.
ConsignmentTill is a
Liberty Software is
another resale market software provider.
SBS Solutions has
"The Consignment Shop" software.
SimpleConsign is web-based
Workplace Software has
several software programs.
(Note from Kate: The
above software programs are companies which are known to me. If a company
you are considering is not here, it could be because they have not
made a showing in our industry, they have not told me about their
product(s), or they have received glaringly-negative reviews from
shopkeepers. The companies above are not guaranteed or warrantied by
TGtbT.com of course; this listing is simply here as a courtesy. Make your
own choice by trying their demos and following my guidelines in the Manual;
I cannot and will not "recommend" one over the
Peeps: The Computer Peeps provide help
& support for consignment software.
Store fixturing, displays, supplies:
Even if you never buy "new", these
sites have on-line catalogs to
browse. Use these to do research on how much things should cost, explore
your fixturing options, and more. If you are buying new, compare prices
with shipping added!
InStore Design Display
offers anything you might need... and they are a Sponsor of this page,
too! (See ad, right.)
Store Supply Warehouse says they "reach
98% of the U.S. in two days or
National Store Supply
is in Vermont
Achieve Display is in Alabama
Naythons Display in Philly is
also a good reference
Gershel sells new and used
Here's a just-for-fun link:
Madness sells and rents mannequins in the SF area; even if you have
no interest in that, see wonderful ways to paint and decorate mannequins
(once you see the creations and $$, you may be inspired to start a
Price tags to use with your software are
available from the software vendors, and an independent supplier is Tags
by Markat CC in NC. Another popular company for price tags is Forms
VA Aardvark is a company that sells quilting supplies, but they
have an interesting selection of things useful for your shop, and in
small quantities, no minimum orders and reasonable shipping. Plus,
they have a how-to page on loading your tagging gun and changing the
needle: How's THAT for customer service!
Need security tags? Try this
site. Always wondered how
anti-shoplifting devices work?
The custom cloth bags that NARTS uses for Conference, and that so many
shops use as an eco-tool? They're from Anchor
Packaging.Tell 'em Kate sent you, maybe he'll give me a deal ;-)
Some suggestions from readers:
for almost-free business
design, proof, pay online. Another resource would be Overnight
Custompostcards.com and Postcardmania
for postcards. Also Vertical
Broadcast, graphical email programs.
I use Constant Contact (sign up for a free
trial here and you get $30 credit if you decide you like it.)
Easy-to-order, easy-to-use, easy-to-pay-for
vinyl lettering (as you
know from reading the Manual, a MUST for your shop windows) at Stickerz
DesignOutpost is a site where
you post a "prize" for designing a logo, then
view/ discuss participating artists' work: Recommended by Adele Meyer of
many, many of our Sharers have happily had their logos designed
by Brody USA
Kwikticket, rumour has it, is still
selling the electric tagging guns so many shopkeepers swear by.
get organized? Mary loves these see-thru,
stack-em shoe boxes.
An eBay seller who sells small quantities of printed plastic bags: Speedgift.
on our merchandise-specific pages, such as our Kidswear
Page and our Womenswear and Furniture
sources for your consignment or resale shop:
most unique item for your shop, whether you sell
it, use it as a premium with purchase or as a door prize, is one that
you can ONLY buy here, from Kate.
About the following listings: I haven't dealt with all these companies, so use your best
judgment. Our resale peers often mention sites where they have found
items to resell in their shops.
silver jewelry, saris, and so on
EZ has a listing of all sorts of wholesalers. Wholesale Central does, too.
Roden Imports in Alabama
has some unusual items for selling or gift giveaways
Apparel has kids' undies, sox, more
Simon & Simon, an
offprice apparel seller, might have what you need.
Wholesale Sterling for
just what their name says. Another silver-jewelry company some Sharers have liked: Silvex.
Charles Albert has sterling/ natural stone
Jenny's Place is
a favorite of many Sharers as is Jeannie's
My friend Molly
suggests you take a look at Dollar
"especially some of the QVC rings and such that are
really nice quality" and Cheap
Wholesale Jewelry "some good deals and pretty
nice 'box lots' that are sometimes a roll of the dice, but I have been
pleased every time" and Her
Station has "great western inspired items including sunglasses,
belts and thick sole flip flops that are seriously blinged
has sarongs, jewelry, and so on. This is their Canadian site,
but you can access their US site from here as well.
Other sites readers have recommended: Fancyimport.com, Jewelry
Max and Goldenstella.com
as well as JGoodin and Best
Wholesale accessories suggested by readers: Youngstrading.com,
Designs, NCE for gift items. Watchus.com, even products
for curly hair at Jessicurl and bath
products, wholesale, at ScrubYourButt.com.
My absolute favorite
(could be yours if you adore Tiki mugs, hula girl dusters, boxing
nuns etc) is Accoutrements.
Hair Bows for children's bows, headbands, and boas for the kid in
you and Eastern Off Price
sells kids' and adult clothing and accessories on line. Scarves, wraps: Amazing
Wholesale Scarves, FashionUnic
and add-on items, perhaps, depending on your marketplace: Fashion
Tape; Oriental Trading has great
giveaways, POP merchandise. Body jewelry: JSW and
And, of course,
Kate provides the resources you need to make
your shop a success. So hustle on over to our Products for the Professional Resaler
Shop right now!
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Hey, we're not just Resale
Goddesses. Sometimes, we just wanna have fun. Here's some sites I like. You may
too. . . or you may not. Such is life.
a bad day, feeling low about the rest of the people on this planet? Do
You Realize will make you glad to be alive. Again.
a new bra? Make one yourself out of a plastic bag, courtesy of the BBC
Block Game, otherwise known as the Ultimate Time Waster.
So you wanna has everything from
hosting a bridal shower to speaking Swahili. And well-written, too!
Silly clothing questions (alas, no answers) at Gadzillion
Take a look at our resale cousins at
The Straight Dope is a fun
site, especially if you've ever wondered just what a mojo really
is. And take a gander at their tag line/ mission statement.
Need bubbles that glow in UV? A rhinestone bra? (And these
are just the things listed before they get to the category
"weird stuff"!) Take a gander at Costumer's
Manifesto. PS: Great place to find fairy wings for your romantic
Play dress-up furreal at The
French Toast Girl.
Fly Lady is always full of fun stuff
Here's a site
that not only can teach you to dance, but
even how to do collage. It's called (for no reason I can
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