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If you sell women's designer or couture clothing, deal with upscale resale, specialize in designer consignment or better-quality resale fashions for women, here are some tips from Too Good to be Threw, The Premier Site for Professional Resalers. Make your resale, consignment, or thrift shop more profitable with these womenswear ideas and sources.
* Interesting. In my word-processing program, womenswear is flagged as a misspelling. Suggested change? "Women swear". To make sure your women don't swear, some ideas for your shop.
Confused about haute couture, better, moderate, bridge designations in women's fashion? A quick explanation.
Stylish living? Trends, fads and ideas on Fashion Net and cutting edge designers and their ideas on Atelier Designers
Online Fashion Resources (great
for your blog or social media) include:
Ask Auntie Kate:
Q: A very good consignor just brought in a turquoise lambskin skirt. The care tags and size are on it. But the label is just a thick green leaf sewn on the tag. Anyone know the designer? --Stephanie
A: All clothing
originally has a tag (not saying it hasn't been removed!) that
includes the RN (for American companies) or CA (Canadian) number
which identifies the manufacturer. These numbers are usually on
the small, simply printed black-and-white garment care
what's in, before you buy:
York: Wikipedia on the NYC
Shows and Marts:
Plus Size Info:
Plus Sizes are a sorely under-served market. I don't know
why. Some sites to research the new-merchandise area:
Want to capture the teen market?
File (Canada) and Teen Vogue
Learn about your merchandise:
Clothing! Even includes a history of underpants...
ABOUT: Style Great for gathering "chat topics" to use with customers
Designer got you confuzzled? Net-a-Porter's directory of hundreds of fashion houses. Also great to check your spelling.
Fabrics: What is Tencel, anyway? And more here.
What size are those foreign shoes you just got in? What size hat would your husband wear in Japan? Check here for US, UK, European and Japanese sizes.
Know your furs
Love vintage jewelry? Learn more here. Vintage clothing, labels, hats, furs and more on Vintage Fashion Guild.
Make your shop worthy of word-of-mouth:
Make sure your jewelry
cards enhance your selection. And
here's the adhesive
earring card hangers you need, if you print your own
cards. More unusual
jewelry display props. And some
Supply ResourcesThose little colored markers that go on the hanger neck (great for indicating petites, talls...)
Colored dots to use for shoe sizes
Finders Key Purse is a funny name for an old idea, revived...and ripe for selling in your shop!
Want to learn about designer, and non, handbags... the real ones? This site will send you off in the right direction.If you'd like to really upscale your shop, these hygienic liners will do it.
Scads more helpful links on our Links Page.
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use Too Good to be Threw. As a consignment consultant and two-award winner
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