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If I were starting a consignment or resale shop today, I'd start a furniture/ household accessories shop. Why?
Everyone's loving their homes right now. And people are much more attuned to changing and modifying their decor today.
Besides, there are so many resources to make a shop like this truly "stand out from the crowd": a local crafter who does wonders with silk flowers, an artist with an eye for embellishing abandoned items, a sculptor who does truly original works worthy of an art gallery.
I'd have a whole address book full of upholstery resources, picture framers, refinishers, and help my clientele have homes that go so far beyond the standard "furniture-store look."
If you are ready to go whole-hog
into household, or just want to dabble a bit with a decorative
accents area in your clothing shop, read on.
The Manual: Can household decor/ furniture/ hard goods shops get something out of it?
Too Good to be Threw, The Complete Operations Manual for Resale & Consignment Shops, has over 200 pages of information about the industry. Yes, much of it is written from the standpoint of clothing resale. But if you can, as you read, think "dresser" instead of dress, or "sofa" instead of suit, you'll have it made!
Dealing with suppliers, store layout, advertising, tracking sales, setting procedures, location, and all the other points are the same, whether you sell coats or
cupboards, paintings or panties. See the Table of Contents
Kate's Tip: The One Best Thing
Use this 1940's enamel-top table in your kitchen to hold cookbooks, in the front hall to highlight your Fiesta, or in a kid's room for crafts (it cleans up in a snap!)
Idea: this ornate plaster frame would make a terrific decoupage tray if you're crafty, or use it to put your grandparents' photo in for instant ancestry!
If you have assistants/ helpers who come up with good ideas, include their names on these signs/ tags: Susie thinks this tiny table would be adorable in a hallway, holding family photos. You are giving your shop a personality the public can identify with, and giving Susie credit for adding to your success as well.
The Ideas you NEED TO SUCCEED
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The same... but different. Some furniture resale shops feel their issues are not the same as wardrobe resalers. While sometimes this is true, you can still learn a lot from your industry cousins. Following our blog, our Facebook and Pinterest accounts, can be helpful. Not as much time as you'd like? Zero in on our blog posts tagged "home decor." And while all our Pinterest Boards are fascinating, there's one which focuses on furniture.
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