The best part about operating a used clothing business is the relatively low startup costs.
You can easily purchase large, bulk stocks of clothing at online sites, yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, and then sift through those collections to find the items that suit your intended customer base.
A traditional thrift store serves a purpose for the local community, offering decent merchandise to those with limited budgets. If you're going for a trendy, fashionable used clothing, it goes without saying that you'll want to set up shop in the hip part of town.
Do some research and see if there are any spots available in the parts of town with popular bars or coffee shops, places where a lot of young people hang out
To run a hip style shop, keep an eye on fashion trends and pay attention to what people are wearing, especially what the people who come in to browse are wearing.
Some shoppers love to search for bargains and vintage clothing in second-hand shops. For budget conscious individuals, buying clothing second-hand may be a necessity. During any type of economy, a second-hand clothing business may do well, but it may really thrive during bad economic times.
If you wish, you can also setup online. This is a great way to start if you have limited funds and would rather not look into securing loans.
To begin this way, you need only the fashion sense requisite to build up an impressive collection of popular items, and plenty of boxes. Prices vary, but domain names can be surprisingly cheap. If you'd rather not set up a website though, you can do just fine by catering to the fashion-loving eBayers of the world.
One big plus of online business is that your market isn't just the local community, but the entire world. By offering unique and rare clothing and, you can easily build up a strong base of loyal customers.
If your online, it can be a 24/7 operation. Brick and mortar outlets generally have retail store hours. Flea markets and other used clothing sale outlets are typically open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
If you shop at yard sales and flea markets, the startup costs for merchandise can be as little as a few hundred dollars. Hangers can be purchased at discount stores. A label maker can be used for racks, but a fine tip marker and paper tags work well for pricing.
Low income families, and bargain-hunters. This is why you will find the bulk of your customers online (such as eBay) and at flea markets or other venues where bargain-hunters shop.
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