Make a list of supplies and assess how much money you will need to get your store off the ground. Give your business a name that sends an attractive message to your target market and encourages them to shop with you. Incorporate what makes your store original into your name. For example, if you will specialize in name-brand used clothing for less, try to get this idea into your business name. License and insure your business.
Insure your merchandise against theft and damage, and take out liability coverage in case customers sustain any injuries while in your store. Look for a great location. Search for rental spaces in areas that get a lot of car and foot traffic, especially those in areas where your target market is likely to live or shop.
Look for a spot that has large display windows to display attractive items. Consider whether competing businesses are nearby: locating your business near competitors can be a pro or a con. Many thrift shoppers like to shop at several stores per trip, but make sure your prices and offerings are in line with competitors if you open nearby. Gather merchandise. Frequent yard sales, cheap thrift shops and estate sales to look for good deals on used items.
The veneer is awful on the table top but the base of the table is amazing. It looks like the table top should have an extra leaf to it and the base is like two separate bases for two tables. Strange but beautiful. We are going to peel off the veneer and turn it into two tables. The table sat outside in the rain. We will paint with chalk paint and try to sell two tables. What have I got to lose. I love painting furniture. Thanks for the tips. I wish I had read this before I peeled off the veneer. Maybe I could have saved it. It sounds really unique! I would probably try to split it into two tables too.
Hi Amy, Speaking of veneer repair, the top of my bombe chest is almost totally lifted. So as not to damage the veneer, what do I need to do and use to glue it back down? Hi Brenda! I know they make glue specifically for veneer, and if doing an entire top like yours I would research those products before deciding what to use. Good luck! Amazing what people have done with old furniture. Hope practice makes perfect!! Great tips, Amy! I so easily do that but good thing my husband sees potential more than I do!
I love your furniture makeovers! I purchased a hideous dresser for pennies because no one wo5buy it.
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I feel it needs a new full make over. So one question about the hardware that are these round porcelain hardware with rounded plates and I notices a crack on its surroundings plate. Do you have any thought on that type of repair? Also I spent two days in my neighborhood due to a schedule larg ed furniture pick up and scored free items one a dresser that is solid, dovetailed and,simple.
I never started my projects because I became injured, but I really want get going. I can email you a picture of piece and your design advise would be great. I love shabby chic and all but this one I feel needs modena clearness durability. So painting I was thinking enamel with poly? Hey Gina! Hideous dressers make the best makeovers :. Email me at canarystreetcrafts gmail. Thanks so much for this list!
Thanks Ashley! Great tips! I am definitely watching for a post from you on how to repair veneer. These are awesome tips and I agree totally with them. I have found some great unwanted pieces with the veneer damaged or peeling and turned them into wonderful and usable pieces. I still try to learn new tips and I am running away with a couple of new things from you ladies. Thanks so much, Tracy!! I think a lot of people are afraid of veneer damage but you really can fix them up with just a little work.
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This is a fantastic post Amy! Hugs, Coco. Thanks CoCo! I always appreciate your comments and sound advice! I have always wanted to do this, but I never knew where to start. We have an old end table that my grandmother gave me.
I have been planning on painting it and putting some new hardware on it for a while now. Hey Emily! If you need help you can email me and even send me a couple pictures if you need to. So I appreciate this tip to be a little less OCD about the actual table or piece and focus on what you can do with it.
I actually tried this before and it worked for me. I bought an old drawer and paint it. It turned out better. My wife has been talking about getting into the custom of buying used furniture and fixing it up to sell at a better price. Some of your pieces are so gorgeous and make us feel like this is something that we can achieve. I love that drawer that sort of looks like a puzzle piece. Hi Bryan! You and your wife should try it! I had zero experience with painting furniture when I started. We rent space in a store to sell our furniture, but selling your first few pieces on Craigslist is a great way to dip your toe in with very little cost and commitment to see if you like it.
I wish you the best of luck and feel free to message me if you have any questions getting started. Hi Jessie!
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Love the tips. License and insure your business. Insure your merchandise against theft and damage, and take out liability coverage in case customers sustain any injuries while in your store. Look for a great location. Search for rental spaces in areas that get a lot of car and foot traffic, especially those in areas where your target market is likely to live or shop. Look for a spot that has large display windows to display attractive items. Consider whether competing businesses are nearby: locating your business near competitors can be a pro or a con. Many thrift shoppers like to shop at several stores per trip, but make sure your prices and offerings are in line with competitors if you open nearby.
Gather merchandise. Frequent yard sales, cheap thrift shops and estate sales to look for good deals on used items.
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Collect undamaged items from alleys and curbsides and fix them up before sale. Search online for wholesalers that may offer good deals on used clothing sold in bulk. Market your thrift store. Create fliers and business cards to distribute to potential customers you meet.