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18-08-2006
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I guess if you want to open a shop a big factor depends on a good location!!

If you wanted to start a website, perhaps you could start it as an on the side thing and see how it goes!!!!!

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23-08-2006
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actually...i think you need both because it is sort of a different client base...but also...most of the high-end lines do not allow you to sell online.

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When I'm spending more than $50 on something I like to try it on first. Just my 2 cents.

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26-08-2006
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running an online boutique and a "real" store will almost put you in the same price range. Most people think running an online boutique is much cheaper but it isn't. There are many things people don't think about like the upkeep, the graphic designers, someone in accounts payable, photographers, models, the clothes obviously, the web space, people to ship etc. The only difference is you won't be paying rent but ultimately you may end up spending just as much.

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a lot of factors need to be think thoroughly..
for me, initial cost to set up a boutique is more expensive than online.
you may want to sell online, market it and build yr clientele.. before you set up a physical shop.
i do think lots of ppl buy via online, but then again, your clothes must be "easy" as it, the designs are easily wearable without knowing the exact size or u need to draw up a good T&C for exchanges etc...
hope this helps...

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28-08-2006
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I think opening a boutique is much better choice. Open it up in a good neighborhood & city and you could possibly have a lot of success (of course, depending on what you sell).

Opening an online "boutique" is pretty rare IMO. Like others have mentioned, people will only go to established sites for any designer-priced items. Plus, promoting the site will also take some money. It's going to be hard for people to suddenly "discover" a new brand of clothing and be convinced to purchase it through the net. How are any possible customers going to find the site? Starting out, you're not going to come out in the first page of a google search. So, there comes advertising... $$$

Running a business through a website isn't as easy as you think. You should create a very intriguing/creative design which if you can't, you're going to have to pay someone else to do it. Then, host it... Maintain it with pictures, product descriptions, then do the actual business transactions... If you create an actual boutique you also won't have to pay for any other special skills.

I'm not exactly saying that boutiques are actually going to make more money b/c unless you're extremely successful, it's going to be difficult to make any actual $$$... But, this is all just what I've thought about in a couple of minutes... and I'm not even familiar with creating websites. Good luck, though!

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13-09-2006
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i'm thinking to set up a online vintage boutique, and i have few questions conserning about it..
i do have a web-designer already and the whole desing thing is going to be free for me, so that doesn't take up any money. but should i get accountant? i mean of course i have to pay some taxes if i make the store as "real" with company name and everything.
what about shipping? can i make some sort of a deal with the postal services to ship with certain sum? at the moment i would only ship inside finland but still.. maybe later in the future i could ship also to abroad

i would like to hear everything there is with setting up an online store, pros and cons. is it the same as setting up a real boutique?

thanks in advance

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Originally Posted by *Happiness*
i have a question directed to the boutique owners here and those that are paying rent or lease for a commercial space....what is NNN or Triple Net....is this in addition to the monthly lease payment? And is this required for all commercial leases?
Happiness, as far as i know, there are three types: Double net which is NN , triple net which is NNN and bond type.

Double net means that you will pay for everything with the exception of structural repair. in the case of NNN, it means that you, the tenant, will be responsibile for everything including any structural repair which is the case with my shop and many shops here. in my case, i can do whatever i want with the shop and i have to repair everything but once i leave the shop i dont get anything back. BUT every lease is different, and you will have to see a copy of what your lease states. Many leases hold the landlord still responsible for roof repairs and some other repairs. since it is a commercial leasing, contracts and corporations are what you're basically dealing with.Bond lease is when the tenant pays on the lease no matter what even if the building burns down.

i hope this explains

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hi all, i'm wondering if anyone knows if what i plan to do is actually illegal?
haha...well, here goes, i'm planning to actually purchase different things i set my eyes on from different online shops, asos.com etc and then set up a boutique to sell them. in a way, i am making things alot more convenient for people who can't be bothered to go thru all the hassle of internet shopping...but i cant help but feel that it's sorta illegal?

and can some kind souls please provide me with advice on how to go about setting up a kinda boutique? i know it's not easy...sighs..but i really want to have something that i can call my own..and let my mum be proud of me for once..everyone around me's used to having the easy life, so i can't really turn to anyone for advice

thanks all in advance ...

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It's not illegal to buy things and then sell them yourselves. (I don't think you can do it with DVDs and music though.)

But you have to find reliable sites which WON'T SHARE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION(GOOGLE ADS ARE OFTEN SAFE AS WELL AS THE FIRST FEW ONE OR TWO PAGES YOU GOOGLE.) let's see: ebay.com is good for wholesale and past-season stuff, although you can get some current-season stuff sometimes.
saksfifthavenue.com - for the high end stores as well as neimanmarcus.com and shopbop.com. You might want to try eluxury.com and perhaps net-a-porter.com and fashionmonsters.com. For trendy/celebrity-stores, try: shopintuition.com and shopkitson.com

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It's not illegal to buy things and then sell them yourselves. (I don't think you can do it with DVDs and music though.)

But you have to find reliable sites which WON'T SHARE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION(GOOGLE ADS ARE OFTEN SAFE AS WELL AS THE FIRST FEW ONE OR TWO PAGES YOU GOOGLE.) let's see: ebay.com is good for wholesale and past-season stuff, although you can get some current-season stuff sometimes.
saksfifthavenue.com - for the high end stores as well as neimanmarcus.com and shopbop.com. You might want to try eluxury.com and perhaps net-a-porter.com and fashionmonsters.com. For trendy/celebrity-stores, try: shopintuition.com and shopkitson.com
REALLY?? it's NOT illegal?? hahaha. now i'm getting all excited,
and big big words have this strange effect of making me all hyped up...so..hahaha.. =D but thanks alot! now i'm wondering how do i make this work...so say i have a shop of my own name, but if i do not re-brand those things i bought from those sites, it's actually fine? but if i do not strike a deal with those sites, i will not be able to get them at a lower price, so i'm wondering if i will actually make money outta purchasing those beautiful pieces at such a high price and selling them at a even higher price(people might not pay that much! and there's really not much i can make from 1 piece)

i really need all the help and advice i can get....


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25-03-2007
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how to open a fashion boutique?
My passion has always been to open a fashion boutique selling anything from womens clothing to handbags. I have no idea where i would go about starting. I dont expect it to be a huge store just a small boutique. The store would contain some high-end items as well as affordable purchases. Does anyone know how I would go about starting all this? even a brief explanation would do

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25-03-2007
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Opening up a fashion boutique isn't any much different from opening up a corner store. A big difference though is that it could be a bit difficult to establish a relationship with high end brands like Bottega Venetta, Chanel and Mulberry since they don't let just anyone sell their bags.
Off course, running a high fashion boutique requires that you have a good fashion sense and know the market, or else you will end up closing within 2 years.

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Just merged this new thread into the existing thread already in progress. Please use the search function first to find applicable threads, before starting a new thread. This way we keep all the related information in one place and easy to find.

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14-04-2007
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Buying from overseas designers
Hi,

I'm thinking of opening a shop front here in Australia selling mid-range priced ($100-400) international designs. My question is, how does buying from overseas work? Would I need to travel to buy the designs or can I do it via the internet? How many times a year would I need to go? Because our seasons are opposite those of the Northern Hemisphere would I need to buy stock overseas at the beginning of their season and then stockpile it for 6 months until our season comes around?

I'm a bit mystified as to how this would work. Please help!

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