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ConsignPro Elevates Nature of Consignment Business, Encourages Designer Resale

As 'Designer Resale' Becomes All the Rage in Fashion Circles, as Well as in the Resale Industry, Programs Like ConsignPro Are Becoming More Important Than Ever Before (May 15, 2012)

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For some consumers, the notions of high fashion and thrift-store shopping experiences seem almost like polar opposites. Designer fashion is expensive and refined, whereas thrift stores offer their products at much lower prices, but seldom with designer labels attached. According to a new report from Forbes, however, the two concepts do not have to be mutually exclusive. The article highlights a New York store called Designer Resale, which was founded in 1990 and offers designer fashions for thrift-store prices. This store is leading a trend of affordable, fashion-forward retail, and it is taking the resale industry by storm, while also underscoring the need for programs like ConsignPro.

In fact, the Forbes report caught the eye of Brian Wilson, the designer of the ConsignPro software system that is used in many of the nation's thrift stores. In a statement to the press, Wilson says that the marriage between designer fashion and consignment shop prices makes perfect sense. "The high-end market for designer labels on consignment is a perfect fit for those who want to look great, spend less, and help the environment in the process," comments Wilson. "Whether it's a designer bag or a floor lamp from a well known designer, it often looks brand-new at 25-30% of the original price."

The ConsignPro founder says that this new trend ultimately points the way forward for the resale industry. "These are not your mother's thrift stores, these are high-end boutiques that deal exclusively in quality," offers Wilson. Indeed, the Forbes report makes clear that while a store like Designer Resale offers budget prices, its eye for detail and for quality is unerring, and its appeal to fashion lovers impossible to ignore.

Forbes goes on to note that this new trend in retail is finding success precisely because it fills a very real void, and addresses very potent consumer needs. The article notes that name brands are what many consumers are after, but they are unable to pay the high prices that are often charged in boutique stores. The consignment shop model provides a way to get these name brands for a fraction of the cost, but at roughly the same high level of quality.

Stores like Designer Resale, meanwhile, benefit from the use of ConsignPro, a software system that dramatically increases efficiency and allows consignment shops to do their work as effectively as possible.


Visual Horizons Software owner Brian Wilson, founder of ConsignPro, launched this resale software program in 1996. Developed as an operational solution for his mother, who ran a resale organization, ConsignPro was a success and, in 1997, was offered for sale to other resale professionals. Currently, over 3,000 business owners rely upon the software to manage their resale inventory and operations.

Visual Horizons Software has become a leader in the resale software field, and as a result is a member of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops. Wilson and the rest of the Visual Horizons Software team look forward to continually adapting, evolving, and improving the software in an effort to meet the changing needs of today's business owners.

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