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ConsignPro Thrives as Resale Stores Make Retail Comeback

As Many Industries Continue to Battle Against a Tumultuous Economy, the Secondhand and Resale Industries Are Thriving Like Never Before -- and So Is ConsignPro, a Software System Implemented by Many Consignment Shops Across the Nation (April 11, 2012)

MIAMI BEACH, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 04/11/12 -- In the midst of a downward economy, it is hardly unusual for many industries to struggle. Certainly, this has proven true over the last several years; while the struggles of the banking and real estate industries have received the most media attention, the negative effects have trickled down to a variety of other markets across the spectrum. One industry is thriving, however, not just in spite of the economic downturn but because of it. CBS draws attention to the fact that the resale industry is prospering like never before -- and with it, the makers of consignment store software program ConsignPro.

According to the CBS report, the state of the resale industry is almost the exact opposite of most other industries. Brand-name clothing companies, for example, have struggled in the midst of economic uncertainty, and many of them have been forced to downsize. But that's not the case with secondhand shops and consignment stores. In fact, many of these businesses are actually expanding, not shrinking.

It is not difficult to understand why this particular industry might be finding such unexpected success. The CBS report indicates that it has a great deal to do with consumer needs and attitudes. Simply put, many shoppers do not have the resources they once did to purchase new, brand-name clothes. As a result, they are turning, more and more, to the low prices available from secondhand shops.

But the resale stores themselves are not the only businesses to have benefited. So, too, have the makers of ConsignPro, an innovative software program used to process items in consignment stores across the country. According to ConsignPro's creator, Brian Wilson, the upswing in resale shops has been nothing if not great for his own business.

"We've seen a tremendous increase in new store openings in each year since 2009; resale is here to stay and most towns now have several shops for customers to choose from," enthuses Wilson. "ConsignPro Software seems to be the favorite software choice for new shop owners, due to our user-friendly design and many Internet-enabled features. In the words of one customer, 'ConsignPro has made opening our resale shop fun!'"

And the success currently enjoyed by resale stores -- and by ConsignPro -- may not end anytime soon. CBS reports that many consumers are developing a real liking of the secondhand process. They can sell their old, unwanted clothing and receive either cash or store credits. In uncertain economic times, this is an appealing setup to consumers all over the country.


ConsignPro is a product of Visual Horizons Software, a company founded by Brian Wilson in 1996. Wilson first developed the ConsignPro software for use in his mother's consignment store, located in central Connecticut. In 1997, the program was sold to its first "real" customer, and it has proven highly popular among resale store owners ever since. The program is currently used in more than 3,000 resale shops across North America. Wilson's company is a proud member of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops. More information about the software can be located at

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