consignment shops http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10907/all en-US Things You Might Not Know About Your Local Thrift Store http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ThriftStore_VicDrive.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are looking to cut costs, you might want to consider either buying from or selling at a consignment or thrift store to make some extra income during these tough times. There are some tips to follow that may help you sell more on consignment or find <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stash-your-cash-how-to-have-cool-crap-for-less-money">better deals</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>IF YOU'RE BUYIN'</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Don't Shop On Saturdays</strong><br /> If you don't want to be elbow to elbow with pushy strangers, avoid the thrift stores on Saturday. It is the busiest day for both purchases and merchandise drop-offs. If you want time to browse, pick a weekday afternoon to visit. You'll have more time to find the best deals.</p> <p><strong>What Not to Buy</strong><br /> A big, thrifty no-no is child car seats. Because you never know where the car seat has been (ie: in a crash) or how much abuse it took in its lifetime. Other items such as cribs that may be missing important parts, lowing the safety of the product. </p> <p><strong>You're Not Alone</strong><br /> Since the economic crisis, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping">sales</a> at thrift stores are up 35% since this same time last year. </p> <p><em><strong>IF YOU'RE SELLIN'</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Clean Your Closets in Season</strong><br /> If you want to make faster cash on consignment sales, bring in summer clothing in the spring and winter clothing in the fall. People shop for the current or upcoming seasons. They rarely shop for what is already behind them. </p> <p><strong>Know That Bigger is Better</strong><br /> If all of your clothing sizes run about a 2, consider selling online. Bigger sizes sell much faster than smaller ones. If you have a good size wardrobe you want to get rid of, sell it on eBay as a lot and get a much better price at the same time you get rid of all your stuff at once.</p> <p><strong>Price It Right</strong><br /> When selling on consignment, consider not how much the item is worth but rather what someone would pay for it at a consignment shop. If you are no happy with the price reduction the shop owner recommends, sell it on your own.</p> <p><strong>Explore the Store Before Lugging Your Stuff</strong><br /> If you want to donate or sell items, be sure to visit the store first to be sure you will be able to unload that ping-pong table cluttering your basement. </p> <p><strong>What You Can't Consign, Yard Sale</strong><br /> If you are doing a major declutter, whatever you can't donate or sell on consignment, you might want to consider having a yard sale. If that doesn't work, donate what you can to community centers, crisis shelters, and other organizations rather than sending it <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-notturning-waste-into-savings">off to the dump</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-negotiation-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-deal">10 Negotiation Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-conquer-my-vanity-for-the-sake-of-my-sanity">Can I Conquer My Vanity for the Sake of My Sanity?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ready-for-extreme-saving-money-saving-advice-for-an-extreme-economy">Ready For Extreme Saving? Money Saving Advice For An Extreme Economy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping">6 C&#039;s to Keep You Frugal While Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living bargains consignment shops frugality saving money shopping thrift stores Fri, 29 May 2009 03:09:39 +0000 Tisha Tolar 3210 at http://www.wisebread.com Who Cares if there's a Recession? I just started a business http://www.wisebread.com/who-cares-if-theres-a-recession-i-just-started-a-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/who-cares-if-theres-a-recession-i-just-started-a-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Photo 23.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>About four months ago my best friend thought she&rsquo;d run a crazy idea by me. Want to open a shop together?</p> <p>No.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be fun....</p> <p>No.</p> <p>Come on we can do it together.</p> <p>No. Okay. Let me think about it. </p> <p>The only person I know busier than I am is my friend Kristy. A year ago a woman with a salon and boutique who did nails asked if Kristy would come back and do hair at her salon. Kristy had a good reputation in town and had made a little home salon and was getting by that way. She&rsquo;d put herself through college doing hair and a few years back had decided that doing hair fit better with the mom schedule than anything else.The original salon owner was leaving and offered Kristy the business. She was buying but there was a whole second room in the shop that didn&rsquo;t have much in it. The rent for that room would be about $100.00 a month. Was I interested?</p> <p>I did what any friend does. I went home and ran it by the family.</p> <p>Here are some factors we considered:</p> <p>Cheap overhead?<br /> Concept of the store?<br /> Location of the shop?<br /> Time to devote to it?</p> <p> The more I thought about it, the more the idea sounded intriguing.</p> <p>The overhead is $100 a month plus $60 in Internet expenses. I&rsquo;d been wanting to have an office in town so that I could stop working from home all the time. The salon is located caddy corner to my kids&rsquo; school. One was getting out at noon and the other at two so I was frantically driving back and forth or having to hang around to go home. With the Internet, I could still grade papers and work in a new place. Kristy is busy and so am I. She cuts hair in the morning; I&rsquo;m online&nbsp; in the afternoon. We could have a shop open all day and just overlap by about thirty minutes each day.</p> <p>Then it dawned on me. A couple of years ago I&rsquo;d started up a site on etsy.com for a bunch of women around here that made things but weren&rsquo;t very Internet savvy so that they could promote their wares online. I called a few of the ones that were around. If I open an artisan consignment shop , are you up for it?</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been up and running for two months. I&rsquo;ve got 15 local venders that&nbsp; make t-shirts, soap, lotions, bbq sauce, hot sauce, jewelry, bread mixes, rocking chairs, spin and dye their own yarn plus a few artists in the area that hang their photographs and paintings. In the corner of the shop I&rsquo;ve set up my desk with my wireless to grade papers and write. We put the waiting room for the salon in the room so that customers get an eye full of stuff to look at and browse through while they are waiting for hair cuts. We&rsquo;re the only place for Wi-fi on the way to three campgrounds. We have a huge porch out front for the kids to play on. We aren&rsquo;t making the big bucks but we don&rsquo;t owe anyone a dime either.&nbsp; We put together a small book exchange too.</p> <p>In a town with only 150 residents in a region with only 2000, having a place to hang out and to showcase local stuff for the tourists, having a little shop like this one can play a big role in the community. Once a month we have an &lsquo;event&rsquo; that helps us make rent---thus far we&rsquo;ve always cleared rent that one day for the whole month. Somedays we only make about $10 bucks. But I look at it this way---had I not moved my office into the shop , I&rsquo;d have been sitting there grading papers anyhow---now I&rsquo;ve got $10 extra.</p> <p>Local response has been great!&nbsp; Vendors are willing to &lsquo;babysit&rsquo; the store when I can&rsquo;t be there. There&rsquo;s nothing around here in the way of competition and people are happy to be supporting the local artisans before they go to other sources like the Internet or big box stores two hours away.</p> <p>The husbands helped us with building fixtures and set up. Kristy's given some free hair cuts in trade for banners for the store and advertising. Low and behold! Last week a restaurant opened across the street from us. What was a tiny deserted ghost of a town now has a full two blocks of commerce.</p> <p>So if you are sitting around working from home and you don&rsquo;t mind someone walking through every now and then walking through and buying a little one of a kind treasure, consider opening a little shop---you might just make yourself and your community smile.</p> <p>Long Live SierraMaid!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-cares-if-theres-a-recession-i-just-started-a-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-20"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-hacks-that-will-save-your-money-and-your-sanity">Gift Giving Hacks That Will Save Your Money and Your Sanity</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-on-the-bright-side-how-to-find-a-silver-lining-in-the-current-financial-crisis">Looking On The Bright Side: How to Find A Silver Lining In The Current Financial Crisis</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-reasons-why-im-in-love-with-thrift-shopping-and-you-should-be-too">31 Reasons Why I&#039;m in Love With Thrift Shopping (and You Should Be Too)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Lifestyle Shopping Art and Leisure consignment shops Making Extra Cash small business owner Sat, 23 May 2009 03:51:21 +0000 Maggie Wells 3193 at http://www.wisebread.com