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Start Your Own Second Hand Store
Open a Consignment Shop or Resale Shop

If you love hunting for treasures and are looking for a retail business that is rewarding and inexpensive to start, then starting a second hand store is for you. 


"The most rewarding thing about running the shop is the total autonomy and control of the business and the ability to tailor it to my lifestyle. And it is such a creative outlet!"
     - Barbara Belhumeur, Owner
         The Next Best Thing
         Johnston, Rhode Island

As a second hand store owner you will have the freedom to make your own decisions and express your own creative spirit through your store. You have the luxury of selling the types of items you want to sell. As a second hand store owner you could sell:
  • Antiques and Collectibles
  • Books
  • Baby Equipment
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Clothing
    • Bridal
    • Business
    • Children's
    • Maternity
    • High Fashion
    • Plus Size
    • Vintage
    • Women's
  • Computers
  • Furniture
  • Housewares
  • Garden Equipment
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Anything else that can be resold 
When you start a secondhand store business, you can choose to open either a consignment shop or a resale shop: 
Consignment shops get items from clients and sell them for a percentage of the profits. If you open a consignment shop, you will have less risk because you can fill your store with merchandise without paying until it's sold.

Resale shops typically buy used items outright and resell them. If you open a resale shop you will have more of an investment up front, but you could earn higher profits because you don't have to share profits with clients.

If owning either a consignment shop or resale shop sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Second Hand Store Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in the consignment shop or resale shop business. 
Guide author Lori Soard is a veteran bargain hunter who has shopped in dozens of consignment shops and resale shops around the country. Author of more than 1,000 articles and short stories for magazines such as Woman's World, Lori has a Ph.D. in journalism and creative writing. To write this e-book, she interviewed more than 100 second hand store owners who share insider advice in this powerful how-to guide.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a consignment shop or resale shop in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for opening a secondhand store in any country. It includes:

How to Start a Second Hand Store Business

  • How to create a business plan for your second hand store
  • Deciding what kind of second hand store to open
  • An overview of options for your second hand business:
    • Buying an existing second hand store (including how to find second hand stores for sale) 
    • Buying a second hand store franchise 
    • Opening a new second hand store 
  • Tips on choosing a name and signage for your second hand store 
  • Where to get start-up financing for your second hand store business
  • What to consider when choosing a location for your second hand shop, including information about permits and leases
  • Interior design of your second hand store with tips on how to display items to increase sales
  • Equipment and supplies you need to open a consignment shop or resale shop (e.g. shelves and display fixtures, shopping bags, cash registers, etc.) and where to get them
  • How to get inventory for your second hand store including information on:
    • the best places to find used merchandise
    • how much to pay for used items
    • what to include in a consignment policy
    • where to find wholesalers
    • how to get discounts on new merchandise
Managing Your Second Hand Store
  • How to develop effective systems for operating your consignment shop or resale shop on a daily basis
  • How to find and hire great second hand store employees
  • How to organize inventory in your second hand store
  • Setting your prices
  • Computer software that can help you manage your inventory
  • Accepting payments from customers
  • How to deal with unsold consignment items
  • Creating a website to sell items locally and online
  • Ways to attract customers to your consignment shop or resale shop through advertising and free publicity
  • Increasing sales with effective customer relations 
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • Links to the best free resources for starting your second hand store business
  • Part-time jobs that give you a chance to "earn while you learn" about the business
  • Valuable samples and checklists for starting your second hand store, including:
    • sample business plan
    • sample floor plans
    • sample start-up expenses
    • store operations checklist
    • supplies checklist
    • sample consignment policy
    • sample consignment card
    • sample inventory tag
    • sample lease
    • sample pricing formula
    • sample appraisal
    • sample press releases
  • A bonus chapter on buying and selling antiques, with advice on:
    • Assessing a piece before you buy (including how to evaluate and negotiate the price and how to spot fakes)
    • Tricks of the trade for restoring and repairing antiques
    • How to find clients to sell to (including private collectors, interior designers, and museums)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about opening a consignment shop or resale shop. The FabJob Guide to Become a Second Hand Store Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some common mistakes, and give you information you need to start your own second hand store.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER # 1: If you buy the e-book today, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97.

SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  Although this guide has previously only been available as an e-book you can now get a print copy together with a CD-ROM that includes sample forms, budgets, checklists and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

NOTE: Only a very limited number of copies of the latest edition of this popular guide have been published in print, and are available on a first come first served basis. Most FabJob print books sell out, so if you would like to have a print copy, we strongly suggest that you purchase it immediately.

You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a second hand store much more quickly and profitably.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to open a consignment shop or resale shop and become a successful second hand store owner.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Secondhand Store Owner takes you step-by-step through the basics you need to open and operate your own secondhand store. You'll learn the ins and outs of running a secondhand shop and be ready to get started in a new and exciting career as a second hand store owner."
- Lori Soard


"My customers are very enthusiastic about it all - how my store looks, the quality, the prices, and the 'treasures' they find at my store. I love hearing how people appreciate my work."
- MarKay Appel
PB&J Classics for Kids
Marietta, Georgia

"It is a win-win for everyone.  First, you are helping the community and the environment by offering a means to recycle.  Second, you are helping the pocketbooks of your customers.  Finally, you are helping your clients turn unwanted [items] into cash."
- Shelly Newman
Play It Again Mam
Nashville, Tennessee

"Owning a second hand store has been wonderful for my self esteem.  It is great to meet all kinds of people and provide a service to the community."
- Linda Newell
Simply Linda's
Indianola, Iowa

"I have many repeat customers who stop in because this is their favorite store." 
- Connie Smith
Home 2 Home Furnishings
Tampa, Florida

"We all want to look our best, to feel pretty and confident. I love helping women realize their full potential."
- Wanda Laing
Sarah Jean's Boutique
Uxbridge, Ontario



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