Too Good to be Threw
The Complete Operations
Manual for Resale & Consignment Shops
investment you can make
in your business.
readers have nicknamed it "the resale bible".
Too Good to be Threw has
everything you need to succeed. Kate Holmes has focused on real-life
budgets, real-life situations, and realistic solutions and specific
down-to-earth advice on opening and operating your own resale and/or
consignment shop, no matter what merchandise you plan to carry.
The definitive how-to for the resale, consignment, and thrift
industry. Used by thousands of successful shops in North America,
Australia, and Europe. Written by double-award winning consignment
expert Kate Holmes, this is the "industry bible."
Specific information on setting up, developing guidelines, shop layout,
display, advertising and promotion, selling, bookkeeping.
Discussions on buyers' fees, Preferred Consignor Clubs, Switching
seasons, and more.
Good to be Threw
for true success!
* Easy Instructions for Beginners
* Wise Planning for Growing
* Continued Profit for Proven
Do I have what it takes? And what does
Choosing a location, lease, name:
Some hidden pitfalls
Your consignment agreement
and the important "How-to" handout
Arranging your layout so customers see and want it all!
Keeping track of
whether consignments or store-purchased
Promos, advertising, marketing and selling:
Financial bookwork: Easier than you think
Finding and training staff
to enhance your shop
Clearance sales, pakaways, and more!
Income sources to explore
See the Complete Table of Contents
Read the Introduction
Too Good to be Threw, The
Complete Operations Manual for Resale & Consignment Shops,
2011 edition, 8-1/4 x 11",
200+ pages, appendix, index, spiral-bound for easy reference on your
sales desk. $76.95 plus shipping. Shipping
with the Beginner's Luck Package:
Get all 3: the Manual
in hard copy, plus the 2 PDQ files Shop
Sizzle and Secrets, in the Beginner's
Luck Package. The Manual will arrive by Priority Mail (first
class air for Canadian and other foreign addresses) while the
PDQ files will arrive, pdq, by email.
"No matter what
type of shop you yearn to have, Kate can help you achieve it
quickly, easily and profitably."
200+ fact-filled pages
including the Resalers' Financial Survey, the 9 Necessities of
Customer Service, and guidance every step of the way. See
our Table of Contents.
if the manual is for you?
be misled by books that only present you with bland generalities.
books that claim to tell all but never tell you what knowledge the author
has. Written by a dedicated career resaler, this is the definitive manual to succeeding in this
growing industry. Kate's qualifications.
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I am a successful
shop owner because of you! Marianne E, owner, Your Best Friend's
I could not have
opened my store without this manual. This
manual had an answer for every question I had! Believe
me, buying this manual will save you money, time and
heartache. I pull mine out almost weekly. --Julie, GA
Have you gotten Kate's "Too Good to
Be Threw" manual yet? After 12 years in business, I
finally bought a copy and I wish I'd gotten it a decade
a lot of great information. It's invaluable- I recommend it highly.
Very informative and helpful...I
call it my consignment bible...Well worth the money.
You have provided so much information.
I'm convinced that all you have contributed has helped to make
consignment shops what they are today. ---Nona
Get the inside
scoop ...all the crucial details with plenty of sound advice and
creative ideas...Kate Holmes is fantastic and considered THE
GURU in resale circles! –Teresa, CA
I refer back to your
book often for ideas and guidance. I would recommend your manual
without hesitation to anyone who had an interest in the consignment
business-from would-be entrepreneurs to multiple store owners. It
is that comprehensive and that good. ---Robert
What a wealth of
information! I have been in the retail business for near to twenty
years and found your book to be so "right on the money". So
well organized and outlined step by step.
Worth every penny!
I had previously bought 5 other retail "how to" books. But
not one came
close to having all of this information.
I hate to promote this book too much because I don’t want more
competition out there. –Ingrid, CA
I'm positive that Kate's advice saved me from
making lots of mistakes. –Malissa
all the practical advice that others neglect, Kate takes you step by
step. No detail is overlooked, you'll get "real world"
advice. You'll find yourself referring back to this manual again and
will be the smartest money you'll spend for your business.
Not only will it help
you EARN money, but it will also SAVE you money. All this and an
easy read, too. Not dry and mechanical like some. Opened without it?
It's not too late. Get it now. And you
definitely want to have it before your competition gets it!
I keep it on my bedside table. I
don't know how anyone could open or run a consignment shop without
this book! I refer to it almost every day. –Patricia,
A must if you
are planning to open a Shop or already own one and need to put some
spark back into the business. It has everything
you need to know.
A have to, and
worth every penny. It contains basic idea and ways to make the plan
fit any scale of business. After
8 years of business I still pick up the book as reference and for
A few months into this business, my mother
visited a shop and asked for any helpful information. The owner gave
her your address and I am so glad she did. I appreciate your help
more than you can imagine. ---Marcy
I bought the book
open for 5 years. Well worth the money. If it saves you only 1
mistake it will more than pay for itself.
It’s better than
learning the hard way. ---Suzanne
I bought the book before opening
can't imagine being able to open my store without the
book. It answered questions I would have never thought of. I
think it is the best investment you will make. ---Carroll
I am so glad that one of the first things I did was to buy and
read every page of
this book. I highly recommend it and in fact just did again today
to a tourist who has a friend wanting to open a store in her hometown.
I wish I had bought the
book before I bought my store.
You'll gain more in sales
implementing the suggestions in the book than you'll spend. ---Carol
to think of running my biz w/o all the info in the TGTBT manual. I
used nearly all of the forms etc. Order
it before you do anything else!
I just signed a lease for my
shop-to-be. ...the owner was so impressed w/ Kate's (oops I mean my)
business plan, that he gave me a break.
He said it was the first time he's ever lowered the price but that he
wants to see me succeed because I had done all my homework. Which was
all because of "Too Good To Be Threw". I could never have
done it without that book, and it only took a
week or so to get it all together, that is how organized and
crystal clear the book is. Thank you so much, I can't
find the words to say how important this book is! From the bottom of
my heart thank you. ---Cathy
Kate, I see you have revised the manual
again. We bought a manual when we opened in 1997. YES, was the best
investment we ever made!!! We have 2 stores now. It was our BIBLE when
we opened and even now you will hear my partner and I
say.........Kate says to do it this way or that.
I am the research specialist a non-profit government agency which assists start-up
businesses. You have a WONDERFUL web site. It is so rare to find
a site that is so comprehensive in its answers to a
You saved my life. I purchased your Too Good
To Be Threw manual. My store is now going to be just what I
dreamed. I am so glad I found your book, it has helped me more
than you could know. Such great ideas. I have also recommended your
book to a friend who has recently opened a shop. ---Stacy
I loved getting my
products. I curled up at home with a cup of tea and read every piece
of info Kate had sent....Then I put it away and got on to business and
have been completely buried ever since. Well last week I pulled out
some of my TGTBT literature and realized that
my employees have never seen them! I left "Windows That
Sell" on the counter with a note "Please Read &
Initial" on Saturday. When I came in on Monday, they had all read
their favorite info to our shop, they loved it! (And the store looks
I bought a consignment shop
2 years ago. The sale included Kate’s manual. I was so
busy that I skimmed through it and didn’t read the whole book. Big
mistake! The store wasn’t making enough
for a decent salary. I finally determined to make as much
money as I could. I read and studied "Too Good To Be
Threw". Well, this past Saturday was the best day that I have
ever had and this past week was the best week ever. I
just want to thank you. I strongly recommend to anyone to read and
re-read "To Good To Be Threw" and do what the book says. We made our changes only a month ago and had our
best sales in two years. ---Wanda
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