MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consignment shopping has become increasingly popular due to cautious shoppers who want to save as much money as possible during uncertain economic times. However, "upscale" and "high-quality" are not words that people commonly associate with a consignment store's products. A recent article from The Wall Street Journal reveals that California-based Hilton House is changing those perceptions by offering higher-end, brand name items at reduced costs. The enterprise has proven not only to be a successful business for the owners, but a great option for buyers and sellers. The makers of ConsignPro, popular software used by consignment stores, are glad to see a wider array of resellers and agree that businesses like Hilton House are a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Ten years ago, Cyndi Hilton took her MBA and high-tech executive experience to make the decision to try a new venture – upscale consignment. The article notes that the decision was a wise one, as Hilton's success has allowed the company to redesign and expand its two showrooms to offer more options for male consumers. Shoppers can visit the Orinda-located store to select from a wide range of fine jewelry, brand name furniture and unique decor bargains. Likewise, the store gives people an easy way to exchange their unwanted items for extra money.
For Brian Wilson, designer of ConsignPro software, these types of businesses used to be a rare find. He explains, "ConsignPro's seen a growing trend in the industry toward higher-end stores such as Hilton House. Ten years ago, about 1 in 10 resale stores would have earned the title as 'upscale,' now that number is closer to half with home decor and furniture leading the way." From the consumer's perspective, the concept is a solid one. One Hilton House shopper notes, "There is no reason to buy new. I find the best stuff at Hilton House, help the planet, save money, and get money back by letting Hilton House resell items I no longer need."
The "green" element of consignment shopping is one that is especially important to Cyndi Hilton. She notes, "Every time a beautiful piece finds its second life in another home, it saves resources, energy and space in a landfill." The environmental impact of consignment stores is also one that is valued by the ConsignPro team.
The staff works to continuously develop new applications so that consignment shopping is made easier for both the owner and the shopper, which in turn should attract more and more recycle-savvy customers. Not only do they help stores attract more business, but they reduce a lot of the unnecessary waste associated with accounting books. They even provide thermal printing solutions for those who want to cut back on purchasing expensive ink.
Designed in 1996 by Brian Wilson, ConsignPro has since grown to become a solid resource for over 3,000 consignment shops in America. The software application has allowed storeowners to achieve more flexibility when it comes to point-of-sales procedures. ConsignPro also provides services for online stores and tools that simplify business procedures, such as scanning guns and thermal ink price tag makers. ConsignPro is dedicated to maintaining a product that is current with changes in business and technological trends. The team is also committed to sustaining an environmentally-friendly solution for stores that promote re-use.
Visit www.consignpro.com to learn how the software can help your business.