Stores selling second-hand clothes have a large number of regular customers. The reason for this is the possibility of buying very bargain-priced clothes, as well as finding original items of clothing that cannot be bought anywhere else.
No wonder many entrepreneurs want to open their own second-hand clothing store. Here are some tips you might find helpful.
One of the most important issues when setting up a second hand shop is finding the right location. It is worth finding out where used clothing has a chance to find buyers. They are often premises in large housing estates, in city centers or near points where large groups of people often visit (such as a market, arcade, shopping mall, railway station, etc.).
The premises itself is also important – the used clothing store must have an appropriate size, adapted to the quantity of goods and customers as well as the entrepreneur’s financial capabilities. You also need to take care of its equipment – it is necessary to buy shelves, hangers, mirrors, decorative elements, as well as a sign and a banner. Second-hand clothing, which is only sold online, is a separate issue. An online store is definitely a lower cost, but you have to remember about the need for storage space.
Advice on setting up a second-hand clothes store cannot ignore formal issues. First of all, it is necessary to register a business in the Commune Office by completing the CEIDG application. The entrepreneur must indicate the relevant PKD related to retail sales (in this case it is 47.71.Z and 47.91.Z) and decide on the most favorable form of taxation. It is also necessary to report to ZUS. A good solution is to cooperate with an accountant or an accounting office who will provide guidance and help in settlements and keeping company records.
Speaking of formalities, one should mention the possibility of receiving EU subsidies or subsidies from the Labor Office for opening a shop. Many entrepreneurs use this option – the obtained money often covers almost the entire cost of starting a business. Each PA has its own rules for granting this type of funding, so it’s best to check this information in the selected institution or on its website.
Used clothes – but what?
When setting up a second hand, you should think about the type of assortment, choosing one that will attract customers. Most of the so-called second hand shops sell clothes from England, Italy, France and Germany. It is also necessary to choose between unsorted and segregated clothes. The second option, although more expensive, seems to be much more advantageous, safer, and does not require any permits. Purchase of sorted goods means receiving disinfected batches of clothes, the condition and quality of which is maintained at an appropriate level. In the case of the so-called unsorted, you can find ordinary waste that will only be suitable for the trash, which means financial losses for the store owner.