How to make a second-hand store attractive

Second-hand shops are a valuable community resource, providing affordable clothing, accessories and furniture for those on a tight budget who can not afford to spend a lot of money. Thrift stores are often associated with having a dirty or messy appearance. With a little attention to detail and maintenance, you can make your store look good, and customers come back many more times.

You will need to:
  • Liquid soap for dishes
  • Ammonia
  • Product to clean glasses
  • Broom
  • Picker
  • Antibacterial cleaning products
  • Painting
Steps to follow:


Clean all the windows of second-hand stores inside and out. Before washing, check the peeling paint frames and clean cobwebs or debris around the edges. Use a commercial glass cleaner or make your own high strength solution by combining 2 liters of warm water with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1/2 cup of ammonia.


Keep the outside of the store in good condition. Sweep the sidewalk and make sure there are no boxes for donations or bags in sight. If the store sign is discolored or looks obsolete, replace it with a new one.


Make sure that all surfaces of the premises and floors are always bright and free of dust. Antibacterial cleaning products will keep odors under control.


Replace burned light bulbs If your store seems dirty due to lack of light, use more powerful light bulbs or invest in new lights.


Update the tired look or peeling paint walls with a new coat of neutral color paint.


Place second-hand books away from the store entrance to prevent the musty smell from receiving customers. Use air fresheners that smell like clean clothes or fresh rain throughout the store, but stay away from floral air fresheners.


Organize the items for sale, grouping them into appropriate areas, including home decoration, kitchen and bathroom, tools, books and audio, accessories and separate clothing in styles for babies, boys, girls, men and women.


It shows attractive and high-quality elements on mannequins or hangers and in shop windows.


Keep curtains or wardrobe doors very clean and in good condition. Provide mirrors for customers in the locker room and throughout the store, so they can see what hats, clothes or shoes look like on them.


If the room allows it, arrange the furniture and decoration in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Organize dining tables and chairs with matching cutlery, plates and cups, so that buyers have a better idea of ​​what their home will look like. Hang pictures framed on the wall in an orderly manner.


Place items on shelves in a practical way. Higher items towards the back and shorter items near the front. Check shelves often, as buyers move items frequently. Do not overfill or clients will not be able to see without fear of breaking the fragile elements.


You have to be exacting with the elements you accept from the donors and limit the number you show at a time. Nine or ten wicker baskets at once is enough, and a large number of enmacramé plant suspensions and black and white televisions will make your store look old and full of garbage.

  • Donate items that have been on display for months to a nearby shelter instead of accumulating an excess of products that are not sold.