In a professional grooming salon, I think my favorite tool is a humble towel. I just never have enough.
I love the big oversized bath sheets for monster dogs. Large, thick bath towels are great for moderate sized dogs. The large towels are also fabulous for wrapping a wet pet after the bath too. Smaller sized and towels are super for more delicate areas, toy dogs or puppies. And once a towel loses its moisture absorbing abilities -they earn a second life being rags. In most grooming salons, having an unlimited supply of cleaning rags is always useful!
With my upbringing, I was taught to be extremely conscience of budgets. I love having an abundance of thick terry towels at my fingertips when grooming dogs. During the years that we were the busiest at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming, we were grooming anywhere from 60 to 100 pets a day. That’s a lot of dogs. That’s a lot of towels. I had a huge dilemma. My thrifty side hated spending the money on quality towels.
With a last name like Verplank – it’s pretty clear that I’m a Dutch. In fact, much of West Michigan is influenced by the Dutch heritage. One of the common threads that run through the Dutch gene pool is that we are pretty frugal group. We’re also extremely creative when it comes to pinching pennies.
I came up with a plan. We posted a sign on our front counter at the school. The sign said, “$.50 Off Your Next Grooming for Every Towel You Bring to The Paragon School.” Oh my gosh… the sign worked like a charm!! Okay, I figured we get a few clients cleaning out their linen closet. I thought we’d get a handful of towels. Was I ever mistaken.
Not only were clients cleaning out their own personal linen closets, they were also on the hunt for old towels. Friends. Family members. Neighbors. Coworkers. They weren’t shy. They’d ask anybody. Once they exhausted their immediate sources, they hit the streets. Little did I know, our clientele were avid garage and estate sale junkies!!
Before long, our regular clients were working for us salvaging worn and tired towels from the entire west Michigan area. They didn’t come in with a small pile of towels. Oh no. They come with garbage sacks full! Beach towels, bath towels, hand towels — gorgeous towels, thick towels, tired towels. They came in all shapes and sizes. And the best part. We were NOT picky.
The dogs didn’t care what color their towel was or how fluffy it was. If it was an absorbing piece of terry, we honor the $.50 off per towel offer to our clients. We could certainly use them all.
Our clients got so good at keeping us supplied with towels, we could only post the sign once or twice a year. Heck, some of the towels were so nice, they rivaled what I had in my own bathroom!
Honestly, where can you find towels for your grooming salon at $.50 apiece? Even if the towel was threadbare, we never quibbled with the clients. It all averaged out. In the end, this resource has always worked for us. We’ve been using this trick for almost 20 years. It’s the most economical way to keep our grooming salon stocked with high quality towels. Hopefully it will work for you too!