How to Set Up a Resale Shop Cash Register

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Speedy checkout adds to the pleasure of shopping
Speedy checkout adds to the pleasure of shopping (Image: shopping_girl image by Mitarart from Fotolia.com)

The cash register at a resale store should be set up in way that it ensures easy and organized checking out. Low prices at a thrift store prompt shoppers to buy large piles of items and so the register area becomes very busy and crowded. To manage this rush the register area should have enough space for a long line, a storage area and a cash drawer with ready small change.

Things You'll Need

  • Cash register
  • 6-foot counter space with underneath storage
  • Telephone
  • 3-foot heavy duty clear plastic sheet as wide as the counter
  • Storage for bags
  • Storage for hangers
  • Petty cash
  • Notebook
  • Bell

The Counter Space

Situate your counter in a direction that it faces the door. This will help you acknowledge incoming customers every once in a while. Allocate a 3-foot area for the check-out register and another 3-foot area for customers to rest their purchases on. Have telephone and electrical utilities handy in the area. Also leave enough room for a couple of employees behind the counter.

Greet incoming shoppers from the counter with a smile.
Greet incoming shoppers from the counter with a smile. (Image: Shopping in Honolulu Tourist Store image by DesertDeville from Fotolia.com)

Place a storage container, like a tall trash can, to the right of the counter for holding bags.

Diferent kind of bags can be collected and used for carrying purchases.
Diferent kind of bags can be collected and used for carrying purchases. (Image: beauty girl shopping with colored bags over white background image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Place a bin or rolling bar near your bag storage area for holding used hangers temporarily. Locate a larger storage area in a stock room away from the register to stow away excess hangers from the bin as they can really get unmanageable.

Organize piled hangers to avoid mess.
Organize piled hangers to avoid mess. (Image: clothes hangers image by Edward White from Fotolia.com)

Cover the check-out area of the counter with a piece of clear plastic. Slide posters detailing check writing policies and store hours under the plastic for quick reference. Post important policies in writing as a ready guide to the waiting customers.

Post store policies on the counter to avoid customer confusion.
Post store policies on the counter to avoid customer confusion. (Image: confused image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

The Cash Register

Place the cash register towards the left end of the counter. The counter space to the right of the register is the only area available for checkout

Make the check-out area obvious to customers.
Make the check-out area obvious to customers. (Image: pay here sign. spending money. money concept image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Keep a consistent amount of petty cash in the register. Remove the profit daily for deposit. The petty cash, or float, can be left in the locked register drawer and used each day for change. Keep around $60 made up mostly of quarters, dollars and five dollar bills.

Hold a floating amount in the register drawer.
Hold a floating amount in the register drawer. (Image: register with cash image by elke peterson from Fotolia.com)

Store extra register tapes, pens, scissors, a notebook and a calculator in a cabinet or drawer below the register.

Keep general office supplies handy at the register.
Keep general office supplies handy at the register. (Image: Calculator image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Plant a bell next to the register for a customer to give you a quick call for service when you are away from the register.

A bell can help customers draw your attention easily.
A bell can help customers draw your attention easily. (Image: Reception bell image by Sergii Shalimov from Fotolia.com)

Keep a telephone next to the register for customer use. Tape a list of emergency numbers to the handset.

A hard wired telephone can come handy.
A hard wired telephone can come handy. (Image: customer service image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

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