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Links For Resale, Consignment, and Thrift
About resale, 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 Yellow Pages For Canadian listings, it's Canada411
Running your shop:
More 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 from Jim Horan and his books. Check out So You Wanna. The Small Business Administration on business plans.
Need an employee manual? Try Restaurant.org and Ehow.com, as well as MAP for Non-Profits... 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.")
Entrepreneur 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.
The Small Business Administration talks about business plans (and plenty more!)
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.
A Guide to Business Credit
Free enterprise sites:
Findlaw is a source for legal questions
Nolo has "do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses"
This site, For the Love of Business, is written for accountants who use QuickBooks.
Payroll-taxes.com for employee/payroll questions and links
Scads of info at Business Owners' Toolkit
Loads of informational links (magazines, newspapers, more) at CEO Express
A site developed for teens which has very good basic explanations: YoungBiz.
Feeling lonesome? Visit Working Solo.
Bulk mailing rates, how to use direct mail, and so on at Direct Mail Quotes.
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. Canada has Libertarians too!
|Resale shops of all types|
|Helpful Reference Links|
Learning about your
Apparelsearch.com has almost too much info. Examine their drop-down menus carefully: there's a glossary of fashion terms, size conversion charts, and much more.
For more fashion info, try Infomat.
Learn about plus sizing here.
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 Poupette.
Fashionphile shares lots on Vuittons and more.
Burberry info here.
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.
|Products and Services|
Peeps: The Computer Peeps provide help
& support for consignment software.
Store fixturing, displays, supplies:
Here's a just-for-fun link: Mannequin 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 sideline business!)
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
Need security tags? Try this
site. Always wondered how
anti-shoplifting devices work?
Some suggestions from readers:
sources for your consignment or resale shop:
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
My friend Molly suggests you take a look at Dollar Days "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 out!"
has sarongs, jewelry, and so on. This is their Canadian site,
but you can access their US site from here as well.
And, of course, KATE sells just about everything educational you need to make your shop a success. So hustle on over to our Products for the Professional Resaler Shop right now!
|Rainy Day Fun|
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.
Having 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.
Need a new bra? Make one yourself out of a plastic bag, courtesy of the BBC
The Red 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 Things.
Take a look at our resale cousins at YardSaleQueen.
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 6-year-old, too.
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 ascertain) Zefrank.com
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