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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 15
Finding the Best Merchandise
In This Chapter
◆ Going to yard sales, estate sales, and swap meets
◆ Attending going-out-of-business sales
◆ Establishing residential pick-ups
◆ Acquiring contents from storage units
◆ Utilizing drop-off boxes
As a thrift store owner you will constantly be on the lookout for merchandise for your business. Even a nonprofit entity may occasionally have to seek out items from other sources when donations are slow or sparse. Customers don’t want to come into your shop and see empty shelves or racks.
While you may already have a list of places where resale items can be obtained, this chapter will give you some insights on getting the best deals and developing relationships that will make you a welcome visitor ...

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