Thriftstoreology - the study of all things thrift store.
Whose the Women Now?
I am a thriftstoreologist.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Mary and I've spent the last 15 years in retail management. 6 of those year were spent in managing thrift stores.
Up until this point my husband and I have had flea market booths in two states and attended more auctions then I care to admit.
My earliest thrifting memory is spending summer watching the front porch because mom and dad had a yard sale going. There's where I come from.
Since that point I've outfitted two kids with yard sale and thrift store finds.
My first foray into being paid to do what I loved was the Rescue Mission Thrifts Stores that I was assistant manager and then manager for in Syracuse. I'd just got that store to the point where the district manager didn't have to spend much time in my store because "it was finally being taken care" (his words when I gave my notice) when husband got a better job opportunity in Virginia.
My proudest accomplishment - Hope's Treasures Ashburn Va
Virginia The Good Shepherd Alliance ~Hopes Treasures
From there it was on to Virginia and a homeless shelter and it's thrift store. It had one when I got there. Four years later I would leave as their Director of Retail Operations and now the store had 2 1/2 stores.
Florida 2009 - I took the helm of The Children's Home first thrift store. I outfitted the entire store with all it's fixtures and misc stuff. We got this store up and running. Unfortunately this store was in the middle of one of the more depressed neighborhoods and never took off the way it should. Store changed hands to a for profit entity in Dec of 2010.
Florida 2014 after spending 4 years working once again for corporate retail I found a job back in the non profit thrift store industry. I started as a processor and was promoted to Team Lead in 4 months time. Another store that was a success story.
Now the one thing not mention, in all the stores except for the Rescue Mission I started eBay programs and ran them successfully before leaving their employment. This last store is still benefiting from my hard work because the listing I had running are still selling.
My point to all this. I know thrift stores. I've ran them thru three states. I've got a background in antiques and what is hot on eBay. I've got a Bachelor's degrees in Interior Design which helps me to identify good furniture when it comes in. I'm not some little pumpkin that fell off the turnip truck yesterday. If I don't know what something is or what it's value is I know where to find the answers.