Thrift Stores: Not your grandmother's
version any more!
Not-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
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
Pinterest accounts. Don't have as much time as you'd like?
Zero in on our
blog posts tagged "thrift."
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:
can direct shoppers' attention. Here's an illustration I created for
to help volunteers place incoming decor for best sales appeal.
Click it to see it on our TGtbT Pinterest!
Sizzle is 64 pages of inexpensive ideas to spruce up
your shop with little or no money. Get
Increase the value of your donations:
Many thrifts 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
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.
Highlight hidden attributes: Is that a
sleeper sofa? Do you have 6 of those bar stools available?
branded signage, laminate, and use over and over again to tempt
shoppers into investigating a little bit closer!
Another in a
free PDQ (What's a PDQ?):
NFPs Can Profit
by Reaching out to Resale Peers
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