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Here again is how you do it in a nut shell.

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Usually Some Industry With Merchandise Piled Up and Need Out of There, You Move it.

Formula, Pay 700 or less for Closed Store for one Month or two. Landlord will Often Let You Pay From Sales.


Merchandise supplied on pay as you sell it, return any unsold.

Learn Selling Unsold Merchandise With No Fixtures Big Selling Point, Great prices, buy now, not here next week.


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In the 70's I Had as many as 3 Christmas Stores At same time. Open Most Oct 1, One pop up Christmas store opened in July. Actually I kept that store for left overs, using it as a warehouse...staging area, after several years.

Example, your first store could be a common book pop up, store , a book Remainder Store. That's a 30 day store that sells "remainder" Books. All publishers have warehouses of books not sold they want to get the hell out of there and will ship a ton of books to you on open credit, for like as little as 50 cents a book. You pay the freight over and back, if there is any back, and if you can get anther town or place for another month opening, you just ship em over there.

Actually they all sell remainders. There is even a "Remainder book convention" show, or show where all the pulishers have their remainder inventory up for sale... (problem for them) Unbelievable, i went to one in Chicago... Was considering doing a pop up book store...actual books that pop up...They sell 5 to 60 bucks and are fascinating to people who have never had one or ever really seen them...buy em say in quantity for 2 bucks and sell em for 8 that normally sold for 18 etc. Got busy with other things....

Never did open it but bought some inventory which i still have and will sell online someday if ever have time... Some of these may become collectors items.. I used to collect pop up books. Still have over 1,000 mostly different, some even from 1800. Anyway, skies the limit...In close outs... was in Goodwill one day and saw a whole case of the little plastic 1 week of your presciption pills, fill each day of the week compartment ahead of time... Great little device Walgreens sells them for 7 bucks...

Here they had a case of them for sale at Goodwill for 50 cents...Each. I said how many of these have you got in the back room... said 500... Company that makes them in town needed room and gave them to Goodwill. Said I will give you 40 cents a piece for them. Got em all. Gave them out with subscriptions for a year to my diabetes newspaper... ran out...and have had to pay a lot more then that for them now...but was great premium. But always considered that was a good example of a close out... if i had not been in publishing business I would have bought em and sold them for a buck or two each to someone who was, to use as a premium to a customer that did whatever they were selling related to that.

Would have gotten manager of Goodwill or whoever had the close out to hold them for me for 48 hours and will take the whole works...then would have gone out and sold them, got an advance check and then came back and picked them up ...this way you are never stuck or store anything. Need a store? nope? need a ware house Nope? need a truck Nope... you hire all that when you have the sale and cash. An inventory of 50K of merchandise often the seller will hold for you if think you are serious and are going to sell it..go find the customer, .get the sale, collect part of the sale money in advance, more then enough to cover your cost and you have never had a dime invested or risked. This whole thinking is different. You do not really need money to do this,....just enthusiasm, get go and the seller will bet on you... that you are going to get that dam problem stuff out of here.

Never put out money on close outs and how can you lose money? Hell, you can even do rent that way....pay you when it sells. This is really hard to change entrepreneurs thinking.... all think you need to raise money to go in business....you really are better off going in without money... You can turn on a dime....

When you have money tied up in inventory, store fixtures etc etc you are screwed...You can not make a move when it hits you are tied down...with no money in anything but your bank, you can turn in a minute to take advantage of opportunity no one else can take cause they are tied down...

Dam, I wish I had learned all this when I was young....i was tied down and spent years trying to come out even on losers... I had borrowed money from friends etc to keep things going...now i was really stuck for life... I lost miserable no hope years, of my life, trying to save a dead horse,, kept beating on it....well maybe you are learning from this...

We should run a school on this....



Rule of thumb they say now when renting an empty store is offer and never pay more then 700 a month for a huge store. One of the reminder stores did so well in Mesa Az. Years later still operating doing close out books... and non close out now..

Landlord knows you are not going to kill a potential rental cause they can see you are temporary and may even get prospects come in and look at it since open as a potential store and besides that 700 is better then nothing...

I can show you how to do a lot of bins and almost free fixtures that no one realizes cost you almost nothing.... maybe i'll do a drawing ...one of the most ingenious make shift things i ever did and worked perfect...

Lot of guys have run tent businesses over the summer, example a lot of Asian tools you buy for peanuts and undersell took stores by 50% you can undersell harbor freight with low over head.... and everyone sees you are a bargain place here only temp...so better stop now... you can do this and move towns and be a sensation for a month or two best is a month do teaser signs everywhere (mostly illegal temps) \ that opening in 3 days etc. Feb. 1 opening March One Closing...

Actually if going good extend a month, New truck load arrived extended untill April 1. Not going into how to find close outs...That's a profession all its own...and a book. buy stuff 20% on a dollar, often they will loan it to you to sell (this is really close out stuff they need out of there... getting in the way etc...and you pay for as much as you sell and.... bring back the unsold and you never had dime in it or risk a dime... and if not have too much left over and you make a buck they just may sell the rest of it fro 10 cents on the dollar and may every finance that...pay them when you can.

This is a fascinating business.... maybe i have already done the story of the ca guy who bought Christmas decor close outs for ten cents on the dollar.. opened his Christmas store one month a year and kept the building a warehouse along the freeway..advertised hung out Hugh Christmas Store, sign all year open thanks giving untill Christmas.

Most pop ups now are one month, even major stores like Target doing Pop up stores one month some where great shopping location usually a great store empty for some time..has foot traffic etc, you can get these stores in malls etc. Actually a mall losing stores will practically pay you to come in and open a closed store if you can show you will generate people coming to the mall for the other mall stores benefits.. Our store at Christmas generated a lot of traffic that really made the other stores in the mall happy.... That's part of you rent to us for practically nothing pitch...your store will generate excitement and traffic... what a dying mall needs.... if spending huge ad budget to generate traffic and can show em that ...you very well may pitch free rent.

Course i wasn't that smart yet when i did mall pop ups...

Now here is one crazy thing.....after a couple of years i got on to that wholesalers would give me 10% extra discount if i would take my inventory order in July. (this was not close outs) and give me terms of pay Jan. 10..They were tough on big dept stores.l.take merchandise in Oct., bill due Nov. But here was their problem...all the department stores etc wanted their stuff Oct. employees sat around rest of year...so anyone taking big order early was worth anything to them...Big relief to get some of it taken care of.

Read up on the net there are pages and pages of stories on pop up stores all over the world on various things you never thought of...




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