Gods Store House

Joseph in Charge of Egypt..

The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

Genesis 41:53-57


Consider creating a plan for a God Store House in your community in today's economic condition - thrift stores are in high demand, which means that your church will be helping low-income families and also helping to support the Church.

Step 1: A strong God driven plan
Through prayer and wisdom from the Lord just as Joseph received. You will Decide whether you will sell a variety of items, or focus on selling furniture, used clothing or other items. Visit or research other local thrift stores, determine how you are going to meet the needs of that market through your inventory or prices. Make a list of supplies and assess how much money you will need to get your store off the ground. Give your business a name that sends an attractive message to your target market and encourages them to shop with you. Incorporate what makes your store original into your name, such as God Store House.  Determine who will run the store and what they will be paid.

Step 2: License and insure your business
Apply for a business license at your city clerk's office. Insure your merchandise against theft and damage, and take out liability coverage in case customers sustain any injuries while in your store.

Step 3: Look for a great location
Search for rental spaces in areas that get a lot of car and foot traffic, especially those in areas where your target market is likely to live or shop. Look for a spot that has large display windows to display attractive items. Consider whether competing businesses are nearby. Many thrift shoppers like to shop at several stores per trip, but make sure your prices and offerings are in line with competitors if you open nearby.

Step 4: Gather merchandise
Here's where your congregation can get involved in donation. Clean out your drawers and closets and in no time you will have more than enough inventory.  Search online for wholesalers that may offer good deals on used clothing sold in bulk. Request donations and offer to pick them up from donors or create a donation drop-off at your store location if you've already moved in.

Step 5: Market your thrift store
Create flyers and business cards to distribute to potential customers you meet. Include the types of items you sell and emphasize what makes your store original. Tack up flyers on local bulletin boards near retailers where your target market is likely to shop. Plan a grand opening that will attract your clientele; a shop specializing in used children's clothing might have games for kids to play. Display a sign-up sheet where potential customers can sign up for your mailing list. Email customers on a regular basis with coupons or inventory updates.