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5 Great Reasons to Open a Resale Business

Opening a resale shop or business can be challenging yet rewarding. Most people are familiar with the standard thrift store, but there are many other resale shop options. Shop ideas can include bicycles, vehicles and sporting goods. Really, anything that is in demand, preferably higher-end items, can be resold. There are many reasons opening a resale shop is beneficial.

Higher Margins

Since you will be dealing in used items, you can get product for vastly reduced prices. It is possible, and should be your goal, to have margins in excess of 50 percent. With thrift stores, you can accept donations and sell items that you got for free. There is work associated with fixing and finding used items to resell. However, the more time you spend, the greater the deals you can find.

Saving the Planet

Since you will be selling pre-owned and used items, those items will escape the landfill, at least for a little while longer. More and more items are thrown away every year. Instead they can be donated or sold on to others. That is where you come in!

Low Start-Up Costs

One major advantage to opening a resale shop is low start-up costs. A thrift store can be opened with as little as $5,000. Start by seeking donations one to six months in advance. You can get racks and shelving for free or inexpensively from liquidations or other thrift stores. The main start-up costs would include rent and a contingency fund to cover a few months if business is slow.

You Can Help a Charity

Many for-profit resale shops partner with charities, a portion of sales to a charity. There are many reasons to do so. You get to help a charity that is important to you. You get to interact on a deeper level with your community. This opens new doors and opportunities for you and you will be more in touch with your customer base. More people are going to donate items to you if you partner with a charity. It also has good marketing potential.

Sell Online

If you are still nervous about opening a resale business, you can start out online. This will allow you to test the waters, especially if you are uncertain about what will and won’t sell. Also, use this time to learn about profit margins, and how much money you need to succeed. You can continue selling online even after you open a physical store if it is something that interests you.

A resale shop can be hard work, but it is also rewarding. There are many factors to consider before taking the plunge. However, if you are willing to do the work, you can be successful.

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5 Benefits of Creating Custom T-Shirts

It seems a lot of people wear shirts; in fact, the t-shirt business has helped some businesses make over $100 million a year, which is not surprising since the custom t-shirt business is booming. It is clear to see that people want custom-made shirts, and the following are just five reasons these shirts are desirable.

1. Choosing the Desired Material

One benefit that is worth noting is the fact that custom t-shirts can be modified to fit the needs of the wearer. This means that you can choose to order shirts made with just fleece if you prefer the breathability and durability of this material. Others can simply opt for 100 percent cotton due to its breathability and stretchability.

2. Brand Recognition

Another great thing about custom t-shirts is that you will have the ability to promote and increase a particular brand or concept. A t-shirt is great advertising that is basically free after the initial investment. The reason that a shirt is such a good advertising tool is simply because t-shirts are very popular amongst all ages.

3. Proselytizing is Easier

People love to share who they are, and custom t-shirts provide that opportunity to those who decide to opt for these types of shirts. It is an easy way to proselytize a political position or belief. A person might have a hard time raising awareness about something, but with a shirt, all one has to do is walk down the street.

4. A Unique Shirt

There are many designs out there, and most people will agree that some designs look similar. This might make someone feel unoriginal if the shirt he or she is wearing looks like any other. A custom t-shirt can be stamped with interesting colors or patterns that are not sold anywhere. This is a great way to create your own custom style, especially for those who have an artistic eye.

5. Relatively Affordable

Shirts made with high quality materials are usually quite expensive, but this is something that one does not have to worry about with custom t-shirts. The middle man is eliminated. The material and printing is usually quite inexpensive. You will probably be given the opportunity to buy these in bulk, which will save you additional cash.

As you can see, there are a few reasons why a custom t-shirt may be the right choice for you.

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What is Hybrid Marijuana

Historically, cannabis has been separated into two species, cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. This distinction was first made in 1785 by French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. He noted that the cannabis plants he had found in India (indica) were intoxicating, while the cannabis plants grown for hemp in Europe (sativa) were not. But it’s not really as simple as that.

In appearance, sativa has narrow leaves, grows about twice as tall as an indica plant, and is less bushy than indica. The two species are thought to have different intoxicating effects, in general.

Cannabis Sativa


  • euphoric and energetic
  • contemplative and cerebral
  • best for daytime use

Cannabis Indica


  • relaxing and calming
  • physically inert, or ‘couch lock’
  • best suited for nighttime use

There are enough exceptions to this general rule to prevent simplicity in this, too.

Active Ingredients and Medical Properties

Of the 112+ cannabinoids (psychoactive compounds) in cannabis, the two that get the most attention are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is largely used to treat nausea, and CBD is thought to be an anti-seizure medicine, and both show a wide spectrum of other medical uses.

Generally, sativa plants have higher CBD:THC ratios while indica plants have higher THC:CBD ratios. What complicates this general division is the wide variety of strains available in each species, and the variety between those strains. Some sativa strains have more THC than some indica strains, and production of CBD is just as varied.

Professional and amateur growers have been very busy breeding new strains. Leafly currently lists 423 sativa strains, 646 indica strains, and 1109 hybrid strains. They don’t try to include all strains that exist.

What Hybrid Marijuana Is

Most growers who are developing new strains are trying to enhance a particular set of qualities that the parent strains possess, or combine one strain’s qualities with another’s. If one strain is indica and the other is sativa, the result is a hybrid.

This gets more convoluted yet. If a breeder crosses a sativa strain with a hybrid, the result is still a hybrid, but with stronger sativa influence. Some breeders are creating hybrids with cannabis ruderalis, a short, low-THC species that starts flowering without a change in light-hours. There are hundreds of new strains every year.

For consumers, it doesn’t really matter. Decide which effects you want to achieve with cannabis consumption, and search one of the many online databases for a strain that delivers the results you want. The odds are good that the strains that suit your purposes will be available in sativa, indica, or hybrid varieties.

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3 Safety Features to Check in a Smartphone

Today’s smart phones offer a number of different safety features that help you protect everything from the phone itself to your home and your family. Here are three of the most important safety features to check on before buying your next cell phone.

1. Can it help you find itself, protect your information and/ or erase itself if lost or stolen?

While features like “find my iPhone” are nothing new, they have not been quite as useful in the past as it might appear. For one thing, most “find my phone” features only work if the device is powered up and hooked up to an active network. If the phone is turned off or the battery is dead, you may never find it even with a “find my phone” feature.

Newer smart phones, however, offer a “pinging” feature where the phone can still be located even when turned off, as long as there is still power. Additionally, make sure your phone can be remotely erased in case it is ever lost or stolen. Security features like encryption, fingerprint scanners and soon iris scanners, can help keep your personal information safe from hackers and thieves.

2. Can it help you keep your home safe?

There are a number of different smart home products on the market that can help you monitor and secure your home while you are away – and even allow access to people remotely. From smart doorbells with motion sensors that stream video right to your phone wherever you are (regardless of whether they actually rang the doorbell or not) to door locks that can be paired with smart phones to give – or deny – access, smart home features are becoming more readily available to even apartment dwellers.

While all of these products offer individual apps, it can be hugely inconvenient to clog up your phone with a bunch of different apps for all of your smart home devices. Newer operating systems offer a single app that all of your devices can be connected to for one streamlined interface. Turn on your sprinklers, turn down your heat and see who is at the door, all from one convenient app.

3. Can it keep you safe while driving?

While hands free options are nothing new, many new cars on the market are developing Teen Driver options that sends information about your Teen’s driving habits right to your smart phone. An onscreen data report will give you information like how far they’ve driven and what the maximum speed they reached was. While this is a great perk for parents, it doesn’t do any good if your cell phone is not compatible with the latest tech.

With more and more companies offering cell phones that offer apps from different marketplaces, before you buy a new smart phone, it’s important to be sure you have access to the apps you need to match with all your safety tech.

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