Quote:Keep in mind, companies have minimums to order. You might only want 5 pieces but you'll probably need to place a minimum order unless it is a very small company with lower ordering standards. Figure at least $10k at minimum. Companies don't want you to buy just one thing in their line. They want you to buy several if not the whole line. You can haggle a bit but it may be difficult.
Considering this, it would also be possible to have a small scale online store to accompany your additional stoce, if you are buying more stock for a lower price.
I think also, if you do not have a large following currently or group of people you know will be there, supporting you, advertising initially is not an expense. I wouldnt look at it as an expense, it is more of a profit..based on people in your store and amount of sales.
Owning a clothing store can be pretty cutthroat, as owning any business you will more than likely struggle at first, so have yourself a backup. Offering something other stores do not at first (whether that be better service prices, catering to desired items of clothing...etc).
Regaring your sale system...If you can find someone locally, or a friend that is good with computer systems and networking, there would be no need to spend a rediculous amount. Just make sure everything is on a secure line and you should be fine.
Shit, you could even do it all by hand and just log it on the computer if it will be that small of a business.