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Sites about resale, retailing, small business

Resale shop Directory

Reference links

Products and services 

Wholesale sources 

Rainy-Day Fun

For Canadian resources look for:

About resale, retailing, small business

Places to locate shops 
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 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.")
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 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.
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!

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Resale shops of all types

 

Helpful Reference Links

Consumer safety
For safety recalls, check out Consumer Product Safety Commission.  
This site might be easier to use: www.recalls.gov  

Learning about your merchandise
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).

Learning about your business
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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Products and Services

Software: In alphabetical order
Consign Pro Software markets software for the industry.
Consignment SuCCEss does as well.
 ConsignmentTill is a Canadian developer..
Liberty Software is another resale market software provider.
SBS Solutions has "The Consignment Shop" software.
SimpleConsign is web-based software.
Workplace Software has several software programs.

(Note from Kate: The above software programs are companies which are known to me and which have a proven track record as reported shopkeepers. 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 other.)

The Computer 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 less"
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: 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 Plus
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:
Vistaprint for almost-free business cards: design, proof, pay online. Another resource would be Overnight Prints
Custompostcards.com and Postcardmania for postcards.  Also Vertical Response
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 NARTS
And 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.
Need to get organized? Mary loves these see-thru, stack-em shoe boxes.
An eBay seller who sells small quantities of printed plastic bags: Speedgift
More links on our merchandise-specific pages, such as our Kidswear Page and our Womenswear and Furniture Pages.

Wholesale sources for your consignment or resale shop: 
The 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.

Whirled Planet: silver jewelry, saris, and so on
Wholesale 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
Banian 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 jewelry
Jenny's Place is a favorite of many Sharers as is Jeannie's and UREternity.

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!"

Wholesalewholesale 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 Imports 
Wholesale accessories suggested by readers: Youngstrading.com, Juwa, Diva 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.
There's Best 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 Blue Bell
Unusual POP and add-on items, perhaps, depending on your marketplace: Fashion Tape; Oriental Trading has great giveaways, POP merchandise. Body jewelry: JSW and 99Cent. Sunglasses: Olympic

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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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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