How we Price Items
Pricing items can seem arbitrary - as a professional in retail, there are a gazillion reasons that prices get set - fabrication and transportation costs, materials, marketing...etc.
In a store like ours, when an item is sourced / donated, I often research similar items in online marketplaces (Ebay, Poshmark, etc) and price it LOWER than online in the store. I always want there to be incentive to visiting in-person! And when looking online, one must remember that shipping is a baked-in expense that can't be overlooked.
Having a store like the ETC Shop in town can lead people to believe that used clothing is only worth $1-$5... HOWEVER, the market for high quality clothing is usually much higher! I have been amazed by how the clothing market actually can sometimes hold value, even APPRECIATE and increase in value! In the early 2000's, I resold vintage exclusively online. I would definitely prefer to focus on blessing, serving, and developing ministry with local folks rather than just selling clothes in online markets.
We are VERY aware of Eureka economics, however, and have CHOSEN to primarily function out of our local storefront. And in Eureka, we have as many people think seriously about whether to purchase a $5 or $10 item, as we have refresh their wardrobe for $80 -$200 a visit... BOTH are representative of our area, and I am choosing to serve both.
So I am working hard to offer a wonderful experience for our area patrons. We have crafted this place for anyone that wants to have some time to relax, edify and encourage themselves and one another, and find a piece that feels like a garment of praise!
We have a sale room now full of pieces at or below $5, and we brought in tons of $5 costume jewelry. And I will continue to bring in exceptional pieces, artisan made, and vintage (including even fur coats that will run well over $100 each). I think it's a very fun blend (and a strategy I saw very successful in Chicago-land boutiques.)
AND of course - if you ever have any questions or think something is meant for you but at a different price point, you can always contact me! My number is posted in the store. My goal is to bless.
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