My wife (to be) recently suggested something to me that to be honest has crossed my mind several times. And that is why not I start my own bundle or used clothing store. Hmm…I actually had a ‘kedai bundle’ before but I have to say it didn’t do all that well.
My first shop was about 500 square feet in Sungai Petani, Kedah. It’s in a shopping mall call SP Plaza. The mall is still there. My shop was called Seconds Bundle. I would say that it was a really nice looking store. Bright colored walls (orang to be exact) and nice layout. Had the store for about a year. That time I was working in a factory in Penang and though perhaps having a shop in my hometown with my dad looking after it would be a good idea. What a bad idea it turned out to be.
Business initially was okay. But having to pay rent of RM700/ month, almost all my profit went into the rent. Thank God it was my dad taking care of the shop, otherwise I’d be paying salaries as well. There was little left after every month. After a year, I would say that I barely break even. There were tones of goods and equipment left. Most of the clothing leftovers are not able to be sold. They were either given away or turned into rags.
Anyway…coming back to my wife’s suggestion. Perhaps now I am more matured and perhaps I can plan and execute better if I do decide to open a kedai bundle. Perhaps I should use this opportunity to talk myself through and see where I end up with this longing idea of owning my own shop again.