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Thrift Stores: Not your grandmother's version any more!

Thrist is not an affair of the pocket but an affair of the heart. Graphic from HowToConsign.comNot-for-profit shops nowadays can be large or small, focused or generalists. Shoppers seeking exceptional bargains love NFP stores because the unusual, the exceptional, and the just-plain BUYS are often found here, thanks to operating costs kept low with careful budgeting and cherished volunteers. 

And it used to be that non-profit thrift stores sold used merchandise that was donated only. No more! Now, some thrift shops accept consignments, some buy wholesale to fulfill a need in their marketplace, and some solicit brand-new merchandise from manufacturers and retailers.

The same... but different. Some thrift store staff feel that their issues are not the same as for-profit resalers. While sometimes this is true, you can still learn a lot from your for-profit peers. Follow our blog, our Facebook and Pinterest accounts. Don't have as much time as you'd like? Zero in on our blog posts tagged "thrift."

Send this page to a coworker, your Board of Directors, or the shop down the road.

How to display the wide variety of goods your shop offers: 

Gondolas, the multi-tiered shelving units used in many thrifts to display household items, can actually focus shoppers' attention. Here's an illustration I created for a  thrift to help their volunteers place incoming for maximum sales. Feel free to use this in your Volunteer Manual in your NFP thrift store!

Social Media:

No time to think up posts that will get shared? Blog entries to polish your shop's image?

Too Good to be Threw has created share-able articles, blog posts, and Pins for your free use!

 HowToConsign has customer-oriented articles and our consumer blog has timely posts.

HTC on Facebook and on Pinterest.

Simply choose which messages your potential customers, suppliers, and supporters will appreciate, and link/ share/ repin! (Be kind, and do not remove any HTC/ TGtbT references to their creator. Share, don't swipe.)


Kate discusses

How NFPs Can Profit

by Reaching out to Resale Peers

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Increase the value of your donations:

Many thrift stores have volunteers with talents, but who cannot work on the sales floor. These wonderful folks can put their talents to use increasing the value of your donations! 

On our TGtbT Pinterest board for shopkeepers, we've collected up saleable projects. Lots of these ideas would also make a fun Volunteers' Social Evening in the shop, where volunteers can socialize as they create.


A Thrifty Tip:

Highlight hidden attributes: Is that a sleeper sofa? Do you have 6 of those bar stools available? 

Create branded signage, laminate, and use over and over again to tempt shoppers into investigating a little bit closer!

More tips on TGtbT.com's

Furniture/ Home Goods page

Womenswear page

Kidstuff page


TGtbT.com is the premier web site for professional resalers. Start a consignment, resale or thrift store with free articles and Products for the Professional Resaler here on Too Good to be Threw. Want to know how to open a consignment shop, do a business plan, operate your shop, consignment software and selling secondhand clothes, upscale designer fashions, children's gear or used furniture? Consignment shops, resale stores, thrift stores & consignment sales use Too Good to be Threw. As a consignment consultant and two-award winner and lifelong member of NARTS, Kate Holmes creates all information and Products 
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