Tips for Successful Trading at Twice As Nice

Annie Kipnis
Tips for Successful Trading at Twice As Nice

Buyers who review your items want to buy as much as they can from you. Here are some things to make it easier for Twice As Nice Buyers to add trade to your card:

• Bring clothing items fresh, clean and folded so we can see how great they are!

• Focus on the current or upcoming season when deciding what to bring in.

• Sort, sort, sort. Buyers are open-minded and do not mind looking for the good stuff, but they are human too. When they see that most of your stuff is fashionable and in good condition, they ride that feeling and tend to find more to purchase. Conversely, if they are looking through lots of damaged or faded items, they may feel discouraged about finding something to purchase from you. So, if you have items that are a little grubby, or have holes or stains, remove those from your trade stack before bringing them in for review and you may have more success.

• Bring your items in manageable sized bags so they are easy to review. We love large orders, but stuffing Hefty bags full will wrinkle up your stuff and make it harder to look through. Bring us more bags that are reasonably full.

• Separate shoes from clothing so the shoe soles do not leave dirt on your great items.

• Bring jewelry in sealed bags. That way it is easy to review separately and nothing will get lost or tangled in your clothing.

• Call ahead to find out what your neighborhood Twice As Nice is especially looking for. Sometimes we may surprise you by needing solid colored tank tops in Winter.

• If your bags of clothing for trade will be in the trunk for a few days while you find time to drop by, consider placing a couple of dryer sheets in the bags to keep them smelling fresh.

• We consider the condition of the insides of purses as well as the outside, so remove gum wrappers and keep lids on your pens and lipstick for more success.

• Clean up baby furniture and equipment before bringing it in. It makes a difference in the size of your offer.

• Ask questions. Buyers are happy to let you know what they are looking for and often will offer great advice for getting more trade added to your card on your next visit.

Good luck and happy trading! –Annie Kipnis

I Work At Twice As Nice And I Want To Buy Your Stuff.

I Work At Twice As Nice And I Want To Buy Your Stuff.

I like the word YES. And, I’m a resale fanatic. Do I love consignment boutiques, trendy resale, vintage stores, thrift shops and even yard sales? YES. Heck, my sister-in-law and I used to road trip to Willcox to go to this lady’s dilapidated back yard shack stocked with boxes and barrels full of fun cast-offs for 25 cents each. When I lived in Los Angeles I loved Aardvark’s and Penny Lane. Now I love ebay too…and Craig’s List…and Bookman’s.

I remember when I discovered trade. I traded in a few things at Buffalo Exchange, received store credit and went shopping. They passed on most of my stuff. Being the counter-culture egomaniac that I was at that time of my life, I just figured, “Their loss. They have NO idea what’s cool if they passed on this leather embossed cowboy shirt.” Ha ha! Then, I applied. That was my first trendy resale job after working with collectibles and vintage clothing on 4th Avenue in Tucson. I learned a lot. I learned that solid Marketing theory dictates that, to be successful, a business should try to be all things to a focused group of customers. I stayed there for seven years and kept learning, even became Manager.

Do you know what I loved about the job? Buying clothing from people. Selecting it, pricing it, creating a store’s inventory and leading a team to sell it. And I followed the solid Marketing model of being everything to a very few, which leads me to what I did not like…saying, “No.” I was rejecting lots of great clothing. I understood why. I’d done the same as a vintage Buyer on 4th Avenue. But I wanted to say YES, so I found a job at Twice As Nice.

I am a happy camper. I say YES more often than not. I’ve worked for Twice As Nice (I am even a franchise owner now) for 9 years. We bypass traditional Marketing theory in favor of having something for everyone in our stores. I still cannot buy everything from our sellers. But I try very hard to be able to say to every seller, “Yes, I’d love to make you an offer for your clothing!” And, do you know what? It works. The stores thrive. The shoppers are happy, the sellers refresh their wardrobes and get trade for their items. The inventory is trendy, exciting and eclectic. And, the Store Buyers are like me. They love to say, “Yes.”

With Love,
Annie Kipnis, resale fanatic

P.S. I am going to write more soon, giving you tips on selling and trading your clothing at Twice As Nice. Because the more you know, the more I will be able to buy from you. And that is what makes my job fun.