FCSTORES is focused solely on the upscale furniture consignment industry providing you with the most in-depth specific information, resources, and support. FCSTORES is available to help both new and established business owners alike.
You might think of FCSTORES as similar to belonging to a franchise of a large corporation, but without paying franchise fees or giving up a substantial portion of your profits. You get the advantage of proven, specific and detailed information, processes, procedures, and documentation that will enable you to start and run your furniture consignment business, while avoiding the implementation of processes that others have already found to be inefficient or wasteful.
We are Ken and Judy Gulledge, the creators of the FCSTORES training program and active furniture consignment store owners. We opened our store, Upscale Consignment Furniture & Décor in 2002. Over the years, we have broadened our consignment services to include interior re-design, home staging, and jewelry consignment. In 2011, just as the ‘great recession’ was waning, we doubled our size at the existing location from 10,500 sq. ft. to over 22,000 sq. ft.
We are here to help you succeed.
It is our goal to assist others in opening and operating successful and profitable furniture consignment businesses, using proven methods and processes, and avoiding the significant and financially draining learning curve and costly mistakes that many storeowners make.
The furniture consignment business is a growing business opportunity with relatively low start-up costs compared to most other startups. But there is a lot to learn about the business. And now you don’t have to go it alone. FCSTORES will provide you the expertise, processes, documentation, marketing and advertising strategies, and much more that will help put you on the path to success.
Why we created FCSTORES
When we began our research on the furniture consignment business, what we found was that while there is a good deal of information on clothing consignment stores, thrift stores, and antique stores, there’s been very little written about opening and operating a high-volume furniture consignment store.
Because there is so little information available about furniture consignment, we decided to take everything that we have learned since opening our store in 2002, and make that information available to people like you who have an interest in owning and operating their own furniture consignment store.
A furniture consignment store is a great business with lots of opportunity for growth. With your entrepreneurial spirit, drive for success, and ambition to build your own business, plus the FCSTORES network providing you with invaluable specific details and proven methods, you will be well on your way to owning your own successful furniture consignment store!
We invite you to share your comments, suggestions and ideas as we move forward into a very dynamic time in our industry. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ken worked for a large multi-national electronics manufacturing company as an Offshore Commodity Manager. His area of expertise was to implement the necessary logistics for large-scale production at various overseas manufacturing facilities, to oversee process and quality control, and to meet cost projections and customer expectations and deadlines.
He is an expert at taking a business idea from conception to completion with an eye toward maximizing efficiency through documentation and process control, standardizing procedures and increasing the overall customer experience.
In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the consignment store and its finances, he also manages major projects related to the business such as handling large commercial accounts and developing and implementing marketing and advertising strategies and campaigns.
Like many entrepreneurs, Ken wears many hats.
Judy came to the furniture consignment business with over 10 years experience as a successful, independent consultant for the printed circuit board industry. She worked with numerous companies to assist and develop circuit board prototypes to ensure that they met stringent criteria for performance and quality control.
A few years after opening the furniture consignment store and after completing the curriculum from two national home staging training programs, Judy started her own successful home staging business . She earned her ASP certification through Staged Homes, Inc. and is a graduate of The Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program.
She has also earned her credentials as a Diamonds Graduate through the Gemological Institute of America in order to gain the comprehensive knowledge needed for the expansion of the consignment business to include fine jewelry.