5 Halloween Costume Trends for Men 2015

Halloween 2015

Men are notorious for procrastinating and with Halloween quickly approaching and under a week away odds are a few of us are just now putting our costumes together. Luckily for you piecing together your costume at your local clothing exchange or thrift store is a fantastic way to put your costume together quickly and make sure you still look good enough to impress at your party come Saturday night. This is the finale of a two part series that will serve as the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your costume this year.

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When it comes to men’s Halloween costumes taking a topical or humorous approach usually pays off. Movies and TV shows provide great examples of where to look for costume inspiration.

With that in mind here are five simple, yet unique costume ideas that you can put together at your local exchange shop or thrift store:

1) Any male Star Wars character

You don’t need to be sensitive to the force to sense a pattern here. Star Wars is still all the rage after last week’s final trailer debut and ticket release so why not take advantage of that and go as one of the pantheon of characters from the Star Wars saga. From iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, to Obi Wan Kenobi, to Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Chewbacca your choices certainly won’t be limited.

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2) Owen Grady from Jurassic World

A character played by one of the world’s biggest stars in to the point the biggest movie of the year. If this isn’t a slam dunk I don’t know what is. With this easy to put together costume you’ll be a shoo-in to become the alpha of your raptor squad.

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3) Daredevil, the Netflix version of course

Earlier this year Netflix released their first show in conjunction with Marvel, Daredevil. Now not only was the show massive hit with fans and critics alike it helped bring a gritty, atmospheric tone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that fans had yet to see. With memorable characters and costumes that looked like they were ripped straight out of a comic book you’ll definitely look awesome as the devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

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4) The Flash

Right up there with Daredevil as one of the best superhero shows on television; the CW’s The Flash boasts heart, a diverse cast of characters, and special effects that are usually reserved for the big screen. Barry Allen won’t only inspire you to a better person, he’ll make you want to run your Halloween party in a flash.

Halloween Costumes for Men 2015 The Flash

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5) Jon Snow dead or alive

Arguably the most popular character on the most popular show currently on television a Jon Snow costume will definitely be a great conversation starter. I mean he’s definitely dead right? Or is he? You can never know for sure with Game of Thrones.

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Do you have any other great costume ideas? Leave a comment below! And be sure to have a fun and safe Halloween!

 

 

 

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5 Halloween Costume Trends for Women 2015

Halloween 2015

With Halloween 2015 just over a week away you may be feeling under the gun if you’ve yet to decide on a costume for this year’s celebrations. Luckily for you piecing together your costume at your local exchange or thrift shop is a fantastic way to make sure you’re the one with the costume everyone is talking about come November 1st. This is the first of a two part series that will serve as the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your costume this year.

Halloween 2015

It seems like every costume available for women today is a “slutty” something or other and it can be difficult for women to find something to stand out in that isn’t overtly sexual. If you seem to be finding yourself in this situation with pre-packaged costumes luckily for you your local exchange store or thrift shop can provide you with a fantastic costume that should also save you some cash.

With that in mind here are a five costume ideas you might be interested in:

1) Any female Star Wars character

With the release of the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and ticket presales on Monday night Star Wars has taken the world by storm once again making now the perfect time to capitalize on the fever with your costume. Boasting some of the most iconic female characters of all time in it’s cannon and a renewed dedication to female characters with the upcoming films your choices won’t be slim. From Princess Leia, to Padmé Amidala, to Ahsoka Tano, to Rey or Captain Phasma from the Force Awakens your choices are as endless as the Star Wars saga itself.

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2) #TheDress

Just like Star Wars is right now the dress took the internet by storm earlier this year, just like you will at your party if you choose to rock the dress as your costume. Is it black and blue or white and gold, I don’t know. You tell us. Just don’t blame us when your party turns into the next presidential debate.

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3) Katy Perry and Left Shark

One last internet phenomenon for this year’s list is Katy Perry and her unique Super Bowl backup dancer Left Shark. Perfect for a group costume or a solo outing with props this costume will be sure to make you stand out at your party. And maybe even allow you your own slice of internet fame after you wow the party with your left shark inspired dance moves.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, singer Katy Perry performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. The dancing sharks that stole some of the spotlight during Perry's Super Bowl halftime show have taken a bite out of an artist's bid to sell small figurines of them. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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4) Cookie from Empire

Empire became a cultural phenomenon in it’s own right when it debuted on Fox last year, all while introducing even more strong female characters to the pop culture lexicon. Cookie portrayed on the show by Taraji P Henson is at the top of that list and her flamboyant wardrobe will certainly help you steal the scene at your party.

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5) Joy from Inside Out

Hands down one of the standout movies of 2015 is Pixar’s newest classic, Inside Out. And one of the main reasons why was the depictions of emotions as characters. With both male and female emotions this is another option that would make for a great group costume or you can do one yourself by showing everyone at your party how joyful you are to be there.

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Do you have any other great costume ideas? Leave a comment below! And be sure to have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Fashion Trends to Look Forward to in 2015 for Men

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A new year means one thing when it comes to the world of fashion, new trends. From new clothes, to new brands, to new hats, men everywhere are eagerly anticipating how easy it will be to attract the ladies once they add the newest and hippest trends of 2015 to their closet. A new style is the perfect way for anyone to get the new year off on the right foot and more importantly get that fresh start we’re all looking for after a long year. After all the saying new year, new me hasn’t lasted this long for nothing. This piece will be concluding chapter in the two part series that identifies 5 of the top fashion trends to look forward to in 2015 for both men and women.

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When it comes to fashion it’s no secret that when we look good, we feel good, and when we feel good we do good, so without further adieu here’s 5 of the top fashion trends to look forward to in 2015 for men:

1) Studly Stripes

A staple of both the casual and more formal sides of any well dressed man’s wardrobe stripes are expected to again be a big trend in 2015. To put stripes in to use try pairing a simple striped tee with a pair of chino shorts and loafers for the perfect summer ready look or switch it up with pinstripe slacks, a white shirt and a navy blazer for the perfect look if you’re looking to enjoy a night on the town. You could also consider block stripes or boldly colored motifs in order to bring a modern twist to the striped pattern.

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2) Seriously Sporty

For men sports are always in. Whether it’s hat, a favorite team’s jersey or t-shirt, sports team apparel and even just sporting inspired looks will be popular once again in 2015. Hats in particular are surging in popularity as they no longer seem to be reserved for casual wear and offer the perfect cover for those less than stellar hair days.

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3) un-Familiar Floral

They say slow and steady wins the race and that’s definitely the case when it comes to mens floral patterns and designs. In fact floral is now a prevalent part of any stylish modern man’s wardrobe. Perfect for days at the beach and those summer holiday barbeques a floral shirt goes great with beige chinos and sandals.

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4) Durable Denim

Denim’s the perfect fabric for any occasion. If you’re looking to keep things casual or are looking for more formal attire denim’s always an option. Simply pair your favorite pair of jeans with a well-fitting t-shirt and some nikes for the perfect casual outfit or pair a weathered denim jacket with a cardigan, tie, and oxford shirt for the perfect formal outfit. Either way denim’s got you covered.

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5) Radical Red

Bold, dynamic, and sure to get you noticed red is the color of 2015. Often best kept to one statement making element red is sure to give the perfect kick to both casual and formal looks. Try a simple crimson v-neck or cherry chino shorts paired with neutral colors to make sure you stand out in 2015.

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Know of any other fashion trends men can look forward to in 2015? Leave a comment below!

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Fashion Trends to Look Forward to in 2015 for Women

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A new year means one thing when it comes to the world of fashion, new trends. From new clothes, to new brands, to new shoes, women everywhere are eagerly anticipating their first chance to begin adding the newest and hippest trends of 2015 to their closet. A new style is the perfect way for anyone to get the new year off on the right foot and more importantly get that fresh start we’re all looking for after a long year. After all the saying new year, new me hasn’t lasted this long for nothing. This piece will be the first part in a two part series that identifies 5 of the top fashion trends to look forward to in 2015 for both men and women.

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When it comes to fashion it’s no secret that when we look good, we feel good, and when we feel good we do good, so without further adieu here’s 5 of the top fashion trends to look forward to in 2015 for women:

1) Dashing Dots

Versatile enough to be perfect for a sophisticated and fancy occasion yet still perfect for casual Friday at the office polka dots are a big spring/summer fashion trend for 2015. The Daily Mail says, “At their most fun, they come as giant monochrome spots on girlish shift dresses…but the more wearable version by Ralph Lauren featured white dots on navy in a flawless bias-cut gown.” A bold polka print paired with a beautiful blouse makes the perfect eye-catching spring outfit.

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2) Gorgeous Gingham

Plaid prints have made a huge comeback in recent years and are especially popular during the spring season. Gingham in particular is the perfect plaid for spring/summer due to it’s roots in picnicware. Removing red in favor of black and baby blue gingham maintains the sweetness of a regular plaid design, while still keeping things a little spicy.

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3) Familiar Floral

Floral is a print that never seems to disappear or wane in popularity due to the uniqueness and possibilities that exist with each new design. This season stick to big, bold and bright, vivid, and oversized prints.

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4) Popping Polos

Normally we think of polo’s as a men’s fashion staple, but the polo is shaping up to be 2015’s new crop top.This button up has a devil-may-care approach that appeals to your “preppy” side. Surprisingly versatile the polo is sure to become a staple of your wardrobe especially in the upcoming spring/summer seasons.

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5) Killer Khaki

It’s no mystery that military style is in right now and one of the freshest, yet subtle way to invoke that in your style is by wearing khaki. It’s the perfect way to showcase a relaxed military style. Incorporate this trend into your wardrobe with cropped capris and pants, or a silky blouse.

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Can you think of any other fashion trends to look forward to in 2015? Leave a comment below!

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What to Wear to a Holiday Party for Men

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The Holidays are a time for a celebration as evidenced by all the partying we seem to do when they come around every year. The office Holiday party, the party with friends, the annual family celebration, the ugly sweater party, with so many parties and so little time, things are bound to get a little complicated. The more complicated the situation, the more questions that are bound to come up and the one we all have when it comes to Holiday parties is: what in the world am I going to wear? And unfortunately often times the answer isn’t as simple as putting on your party pants.


The issues facing men are a whole different ballgame than the issues facing women when it comes to what to wear to a Holiday party however. For examples it’s normally perfectly acceptable for men to wear variations of the same outfit all the time, the issue is that there aren’t enough festive variations that don’t reduce your outfit to equivalent of an overplayed ugly sweater or Clark Griswold’s house from the film Christmas Vacation.

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With that in mind this piece will be the conclusion to the two part series providing inspiration for both men and women on what to wear to Holiday parties this year. Here’s 5 perfect outfits you can rock at your Holiday parties this year:

1) The Casual Party Outfit

If the party is gonna be a laid back affair a casual outfit like this will enable you still look good while fitting right in with the rest of the crowd. After all the party will be all the more enjoyable when you’re looking good and feeling comfortable all at the same time. Pairing a stylish blazer, with a plaid shirt, flannel pants, and a nice pair of loafers is a great way to ensure you accomplish both of those goals.

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2) Cocktail Attire

Whether it’s an office party or just a formal family gathering there’s always the one Holiday party where you’ve got to be a little more dressed up than you are on a regular basis. For this occasion a stylish suit fits all the requirements on the checklist perfectly and will be sure to impress your boss or the family member that you need to convince you’re doing well even though you’re not dating someone at the moment.

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3) The Cardigan

2014 was a good year for cardigans. they’re back and in a big way. These aren’t your Grandpa’s cardigans anymore. If you feel like a blazer would be too much and it’s too warm for a full on sweater than a cardigan is your best bet. You can perfectly capture the festive feeling in the air by pairing a plaid shirt warm colored cardigan.

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4) Plaid, Plaid, Plaid

Plaid is in and it’s the perfect piece for you to wear to capture the laid back spirit of the night. A darker colored plaid will perfectly capture the spirit of a winter night while still appearing quite festive and might even go a long way toward impressing the cute girl by the punch bowl.

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5) The New Year’s Eve Black Tie

It’s the last day of the year so why not go all out. Look your absolute best to usher in that new year and you’ll definitely make a splash with the crowd and also look good enough to score a kiss at midnight as well.

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Do you have any ideas for styles men could wear to a Holiday party? Leave a comment below!

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What to Wear to a Holiday Party for Women

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The Holidays are a time for a celebration as evidenced by all the partying we seem to do when they come around every year. The office Holiday party, the party with friends, the annual family celebration, the ugly sweater party, with so many parties and so little time, things are bound to get a little complicated. The more complicated the situation, the more questions that are bound to come up and the one we all have when it comes to Holiday parties is: what in the world am I going to wear? And unfortunately often times the answer isn’t as simple as putting on your party pants.

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This is the first in a two part series identifying what both men and women should wear to look their best at Holiday parties this season.


With that in mind here are 5 perfect outfits for women to wear at their many festive gatherings this Holiday season:

1) The Dress

Wise women know that context is paramount when coming to a conclusion on what to wear. For the most part tight, black, and sparkly seem to be the theme most women opt for when it comes to Holiday party dresses, but that formula is a little played out by this point. Consider  changing it up and wearing something that pops, like winter white. Be strategic with your sparkles too, think metallic jewelry or an embellished handbag to achieve the desired effect of glistening snow fall.

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2) Tuxedo Pants

A great option for your office Holiday party, tuxedo pants are a perfect way to stand out from the typical corporate uniform of black slacks. The look significantly better when paired with heels so wear whatever height is comfortable for you and try to avoid flats at all costs. Top the ensemble off with silk or satin blouse with a bit of sheen to give the outfit life.

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3) The Non-Ugly Sweater + Skirt combo

In most instances a balance between cocktail attire and business attire is perfect for a Holiday party and a sweater/skirt combo can be like hitting a bullseye. A silk taffeta skirt looks appealing and is a major upgrade from your everyday fabrics and a leather skirt paired with a fitted cashmere sweater is a staple of every woman’s wardrobe. Tuck it in or pull it over the skirt and belt to accentuate your waist.

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4) Festive Patterned Pants with a Blazer

Most people don’t get the chance to wear crazy patterned pants on a regular basis or even pretty much ever at all for that matter. Every rule has an exception however and the Holidays are the exception for patterned pants. Ideally you’ll want to choose a high end fabric with a geometric or classic print. Paisley or diamonds often go well with the Holiday theme. Whatever pattern you end up choosing however be sure to keep the rest of the outfit minimalist, a solid colored blazer creates the perfect balance to the patterned pants.

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5) Be Bold

There’s no better way to make sure you stand out at a party than to go with a bold fashion choice. Plaid makes for a great Holiday print, so why not try out a festive plaid blazer or make an even bolder choice and go with plaid pants. Or a velvet dress can exude the elegance on a winter queen and when in doubt go for the sequins to give a dress or skirt that little something extra.

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Do you have any other ideas for outfits that would be perfect at this years Holiday parties? Leave a comment below!

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7 Ways to Acquire More Customers via Social Media for the Holidays

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The Holiday season will officially be upon us before you know it and the shoppers will be rolling in to capitalize on the deals and get their shopping done in time for all of their celebrations. With only a handful of days left until Black Friday and a reported 15.5 percent increase in online business at stake, retailers need to take advantage of every tool at their disposal, especially social media.

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Social media alone can help broaden the reach of your store, raise awareness for your sales and promotional efforts, help your overall sales numbers, and does all this at minimal to no expense to your business.

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With that in mind here’s 7 ways for you to acquire more customers via social media for the Holidays:

 

1) Give Your Content Visual Appeal

One of the biggest trends in the social media landscape at the moment is visual content. Whether it’s pictures, graphics, gifs, or infographics everything you post should include a visual element. This content will add some visual spice to all your holiday posts.

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2) Use Specific Holiday Themed Graphics

An easy and surefire way to put your customers in the Holiday shopping spirit is to update your profile picture, cover image, or background photos with some festive holiday fare. Websites like fcoverphotos.com or Canva offer plenty of ready made images perfect for small business owners to utilize.

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3) Post Customer Photos

Continuing with the visual trend posting photos is a great way to increase engagement amongst your followers and sharing authentic photos taken by your customers is even better. Offer some guidelines such as asking your followers to post a photo or selfie of them enjoying the Holidays with one of your products and offering a prize, like a gift card, to the person who posts the best photo.

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4) Use Testimonials

On their own testimonials are a great way to improve your marketing. Coupled with social media and they can help boost your marketing efforts by 19-25 percent. To collect video testimonials host a contest offering a gift card or even a cash prize to the customer who makes the best video detailing why they love your products or services. Promote the contest through all your social networks and websites and by the end of the contest you’ll handful of passionate customers preaching the benefits of your products to potential customers. There really isn’t a better marketing tool than that.

5) Promote Flash Sales

Use your social media accounts to promote special sales that will only be valid for a set period of time anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. These sales are particularly popular on Black Friday and serve as a great way to increase customer engagement and make your followers feel like there’s actually a benefit to having your business on their social media feeds.

6) Offer Exclusive Deals Behind a Like-Gated Facebook Page

Like-gating is a practice that allows you to restrict certain content for users who have liked your page. Spread some Holiday cheer by giving your followers an exclusive Holiday discount or access to exclusive prizes. This will not only help increase engagement amongst the people who follow you already, but encourage new potential customers to like your page as well. Don’t stop there however, this is a great way to keep the activity on your page going all year round.

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7) Support a Worthy Cause

More so than any other time of year people’s minds turn to giving during the Holidays and not just to friends, family, or loved ones, charitable giving rises as well. In this respect you can use social media to do good by raising money and awareness for a cause that hits close to home. Not only will you feel good about the good you’re doing, but the goodwill this will create with your customers will build stronger brand loyalty.

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Do you have more ideas to acquire more customers via social media for the Holidays? Leave a comment below!

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7 Tips for Preparing Your Retail Store for Black Friday

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Without fail every year the holiday shopping season seemingly sneaks up on shoppers around the world. While it may sneak up on shoppers, owners of retail stores, especially small businesses aren’t afforded the same luxury. In fact if your small business wants to compete with the big chain stores you’ll need to begin planning for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season months in advance like a musician who records a holiday album in the heat of summer.

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Last year brick and mortar stores took in an insane $12.3 billion on Black Friday alone, up an impressive 2.3% from 2012 according to CNN Money. An additional $1.964 billion was added in online sales on Black Friday, up an even more impressive 18.5% from 2012.

While most of that money is clearly going to the big chain stores, like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, there is still a large piece of the pie available to small business retail store owners.

Here’s 7 tips to help prepare your retail store to get your piece of this $14.3 billion pie:

1) Have a Plan for When to Open

Some stores can rack up as much as 50% of it’s annual sales during the holiday shopping season so going in to the unofficial start of that season with a plan to maximize your business hours will be crucial to success. This will ultimately depend on the location of your store and the merchandise you’re selling however. If your store is located in a mall then it may be beneficial for you to open when the big chains do to ensure the same amount of hours with access to customers and in the hope that when the crowds are done ravaging the chain stores they will stop at yours before giving in to the tryptophan. If your store isn’t located in a popular mall or sells high end or non limited quantity products feel free to open at your regular time on Friday morning and attract customers with your sales.

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2) Rearrange Your Store for Customer Convenience

To accommodate for bigger than usual crowds and the extra employees required to service those crowds odds are you’ll have to rearrange your store. For example the Gap Outlet in Ames Iowa rearranges their storefront to create a more spacious area in the event the checkout line extends to the doors. Moving merchandise that is on a special deal to the front of the store is also a great way to attract customer attention and make it easier for them to find the items they want. Ensuring the customers have an easy and enjoyable experience will be a key to your store’s success on Black Friday.

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3) Offer “flash sales” Throughout the Day

Flash sales, where items are discounted even more heavily for a set amount of time, are becoming increasingly popular on Black Friday and throughout the rest of the year as well. You can promote these special sales on social media and or have employees walk around the store toting cardboard signs detailing the promotion. These special sales can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, just make sure that you provide interested shoppers with a card guaranteeing the discount so no one ends up walking away disappointed. The promotions are invaluable when it comes to getting people excited about shopping.

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4) Price Match

While it may be impractical for you to price match everything offered by both you and the big chain stores, you may want to consider it for a few of the more popular items of the holiday season. You have to compete with the chains stores for every dollar you can and odds are once you get customers in the door they’ll end up buying more than just the item they came there for because of the price match.

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5) Offer Online Alternatives

With almost $2 billion coming in from online sales alone on Black Friday you need to offer online shopping if you want to be successful. Having a way for potential customers to order from the comfort of their own homes while simultaneously avoiding the crowds out on Black Friday will only help your business. With 21.8 % of all online sales coming from mobile devices, a mobile site wouldn’t hurt either. In today’s day and age being prepared for Black Friday is as much a digital venture as it is a brick and mortar one.

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6) Stay Social

Just like with offering online shopping and exclusive deals it is essential for any retail shop to have a social media presence in today’s day and age. It’s not just enough to have a Facebook page or a Twitter account though; they need to be updated regularly and used to engage with your customers and promote specials to be effective. Instagram would be a great tool as well for retailers to promote their flash sales on Black Friday. The more engaged you are with your customers the more likely you are to get them to spend money in your store.

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7) Expand Beyond Black Friday

With Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday following directly after Black Friday coupled with the extension of the Holiday season as a whole it makes no sense to limit yourself to only offering deals on Black Friday. With the right deal at the right time you’ll be making a steady stream of money all throughout the Holiday season.

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Do you have any additional tips for preparing for Black Friday? Leave a comment below!

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Men 2014

No one really, and even more so no one definitely wants to see another witch, vampire, cheap looking cardboard Iron Man, or a Scream mask around the neighborhood or at their annual Halloween party. Luckily for you there is a better way to make sure you stand out and save yourself some money. This is the third part of a three part series that will serve as the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your costume this year.

 

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When it comes to mens Halloween costumes taking a topical or humorous approach usually pays off. Movies and TV shows provide great examples of where to look for costume inspiration. Here are some simple, yet unique costume ideas that you can put together at your local exchange shop or thrift store:

Jake Peralta (Brooklynn Nine-Nine)

Fox’s emmy winning smash hit Brooklynn Nine-Nine features one of the most colorful casts on TV and Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta is the funniest of the bunch.

 

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What you’ll need

  • A button down collared shirt
  • Leather Jacket
  • A prop badge hanging around your neck

 

Quicksilver (X-Men Days of Future Past)

If you’ve seen X-Men Days of Future Past it’s impossible to forget the silver haired mutant who moves at speeds so fast time seems to come to a complete stop. Quicksilver absolutely stole the show in one of the biggest blockbuster movies of the summer which makes this costume an ideal one to help you steal the show at your Halloween party this year.

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What you’ll need

  • Black jeans
  • Brown leather belt
  • Pink Floyd T-shirt
  • Silver leather jacket
  • Goggles
  • A silver wig or silver hair dye

 

Agent Coulson (The Avengers/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

Agent Coulson is the glue that holds together the expansive Marvel cinematic universe. The odds are more than in your favor that everyone you know has seen at least one movie with Agent Coulson in it, making this costume a great conversation starter at your Halloween party.

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What you’ll need

  • A suit and tie
  • Aviators
  • A homemade S.H.I.E.L.D. ID card or lanyard

 

Schmidt and Jenko (21 and 22 Jump Street)

There’s been no bigger surprise comedy hits of the last several years than the 21 Jump Street franchise. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have never been bigger stars making it the perfect time for you to grab your best friend and become the life of your Halloween party.

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What you’ll need

  • A bicycle police uniform
  • Navy blue cargo shorts
  • Helmet and sunglasses
  • A water or plastic gun to complete the ensemble

 

Do you have any suggestions for costumes women can find at an exchange shop or thrift store? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Women 2014

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Piecing together your costume at your local exchange or thrift shop is a fantastic way to make sure you’re the one with the costume everyone is talking about come November 1st. This is the second part of a three part series that will serve as the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your costume this year.

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It seems like every costume available for women today is a “slutty” something or other and it can be difficult for women to find something to stand out in that isn’t overtly sexual. If you seem to be finding yourself in this situation with pre-packaged costumes luckily for you your local exchange store or thrift shop can provide you with a fantastic costume that should also save you some cash.

Here are a few costume ideas you might be interested in:

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

With a character like Olivia Pope from ABC’s smash hit Scandal you have many fashion choices to choose from when trying to emulate her look, but really that just gives you all the more options when looking through your local exchange store or thrift shop.

Halloween Costumes Olivia Pope

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What you’ll need

  • A business like pants suit
  • A fashionable blouse
  • Accessories: like a gold necklace and a nice watch
  • And if you really want to replicate the character a big white hat

 

Elsa (Frozen)

No character or movie for that matter has captured the attention of audiences quite like Disney’s Frozen. Now that seemingly everyone in the world has seen what is the highest grossing animated film of all time characters from the film will be quite popular this Halloween.

Halloween Costumes Elsa Frozen

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What you’ll need

  • A turquoise/aqua sleeved dress with a flowing back
  • White opera gloves
  • A blonde wig (if necessary) with a single braid

 

Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

There is arguably no more popular show on television at the moment then HBO’s Game of Thrones and as one of the most popular characters on the show Daenerys makes a perfect candidate for your costume this year.

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What you’ll need

  • A blue v-neck dress
  • Some jewelry made of steel (bracelets, rings, and a necklace)
  • A plush toy dragon
  • A white blonde wig (if necessary)

 

Piper (Orange is the New Black)

Orange is the New Black is a Netflix exclusive show that has taken the internet by storm in recent months. The show takes place in a women’s prison, which makes for a natural choice in a Halloween costume.

Halloween Costumes Piper Orange is the new Black

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What you’ll need

  • An orange track suit/homemade prison garb
  • A plain white t-shirt underneath
  • Absolutely no make-up

 

Stay tuned  for the next part of the Halloween costume series with some suggestions for men’s costumes.

Do you have any suggestions for costumes women can find at an exchange shop or thrift store? Leave a comment below!