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The Complete Idiot's Guides to Starting and Running a Thrift Store by Ravel Buckley, Carol Costa

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Chapter 3
Assess the Needs of Your Community
In This Chapter
◆ Helping your community
◆ Learning from established nonprofits
◆ Finding a cause to support
Whether you are planning to support a charity with your thrift store profits or yourself and your family, you need to assess the needs in your community. This will tell you where to locate your store and what kind of merchandise to stock in it. It will also be helpful to study the operations of thrift stores connected to national organizations. There may be a number of differences in the operating procedures of a nonprofit store that supports a charity and one that will support you, but those differences do not alter the fact that all thrift stores must be well managed.
You must also decide how ...

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