We were talking about the pluses and minuses of consignment. One of the things that I find important about whether or not consignment shops are worth trying or not, is how the shop looks … how much care and concern the owner/manager/workers put into making the shop appealing. This new shop where we have recently put our work is well taken care of. The owner has invested a lot of herself into this shop, clearly wanting it to be successful.
When customers come in, she or her friend go up and offer to help them. But they do it in a non-intrusive way. Being helpful without stifling someone. She says that when someone comes in, she loves to show them around to see what is available. She has this gift shop section to service her (hopefully ours too!) customers to offer them more choices.
This store is very spacious and light and has a lot of nice touches such as pretty sashes on the clothes trying out rooms. It is obviously well cared for. So that makes me feel better to put in her care and trust a couple of thousand dollars worth of merchandise. Yes, you hear right, it all adds up quite quickly!
Today I made signs for the bins we have bought for our mats, prints and cards. We still haven’t exactly pinned down the % she will take for consignment. At this point she is planning to make her money off the clothes and sees the gifts as extra. So there are details to still be worked out … but the bottom line is I trust her. So much of what I do is based on trust .. and then backed up with paper afterwards.
By the way, I live in Mass (US) … I just came across the Black Beauty Ranch and thought that you would like it. Also, I believe the Lulu might be the same Lulu … but I am not sure.
Thank you for being in my life!!
~ Diane Clancy
p.s. These can be purchased at Diane’s CafePress Shop.