As the majority of you know, Re-Tail is a new store in Animal Crossing New Leaf, and is open within the hours of 6am - 11pm (times can change depending on town law). It functions much like both the Auction House and Flea Market from City Folk, in that you can put your items up for sale (you chose the price) and villagers and visitors can buy them.
The store is run by two alpacas, Reese, the pink alpaca who is in charge of the main shop, and Cyrus, the blue aplaca who is in charge of customization.
Firstly, we’ll discuss Reese’s part of the store. In Reese’s thrift store, you can set a price for your items and put them for sale. Villagers will randomly walk in and wonder if they should buy the items you have set for sale. You can either convince them to buy the item (which will sometimes work), or tell them not to buy the item (which will sometimes work, too). Reese does not gain any profit from this, and you gain all the bells made from the sale.
Reese has also taken over the stalk market from Tom Nook, and this is where you sell your turnips. Reese will have two turnip prices per day (except Sunday), they change at midnight and midday, and are random - although it’s possible to pick up trends in her prices so you can predict when they’ll be high.
You can also sell items normally to Reese much like you would to the Nook Brothers, however Reese will buy your items for a higher price.
However if you try sell her ‘dud items’ - like rotten fruit/turnips, garbage or fake paintings, she’ll instead charge you to take them off your hands (prices range depending on the item). However if you place a trash can in your town you can easily avoid this disposal fee.
Next up is Cyrus. At the start of the game, Cyrus will be seen sleeping - and in order to wake him, there are certain conditions that need to be met;
- You have to play the game for 7 days
- Have 50 or more pieces of furniture, and 10 or more pieces of clothing in the catalog
- Sell more than 100,000 bells worth of items to Reese
When these conditions have been met, the next day Cyrus will wake up and allow you access to furniture customization (or remakes in the Japanese version). There are three times of remakes available; fixed, custom, and gem.
Fixed customization can be done on items which can have different appearances/colors. You may want to turn a chocolate fountain to a white chocolate fountain, or a green froggy chair to purple. There are many types of fixed customization, but you can only chose from the options Cyrus gives you. Examples [ Basket Balls | Stained Glass Lamp | Kotatsu | Scan ] - If you are looking for a variety of different remakes, check out this blog.
The next is custom. Custom allows you to add a pattern you have designed or scanned via QR code to a piece of furniture. You can’t add a custom pattern to every piece of furniture, generally the sets which contain cloth: The series you can add custom patterns to so far include; Robo, Exotic, Kiddie, Ranch, Classic, Scandinavian, Scruffy, Polka-dot, Mixed wood, Green, Regal, and Blue series. Examples [ Tom Nook Cushions | Manaphy Room ]
The third is gem furniture, which can be done by adding gem rocks to your furniture to add a beautiful shine to their appearance. You can’t add gems to every piece, only the ones which correspond with the gems color. So you can add a green gem to the Green series, a red gem to the Lovely series, a blue gem to the Blue series and so on. You can also add gems to the Piggy Bank
You can also give Cyrus three gold gems and 10,000 bells and he’ll make you a piece of gold furniture, see here.
For more information on gem rocks, see here.
There’s a fourth remake option, but I didn’t know how to list it so I’ll put it here. The first, is if you give Cyrus a giant-clam shell (which randomly washes up on the beach) a piece of music (which you can get from K.K. Slider or from the Convenient Store), and 3,000 bells. Cyrus will make a music box for you.
The other miscellaneous option is if you give him a complete fossil set, he will shrink it down into a miniature model of the dinosaur - the price varies depending on the fossils, but it costs 10% of the sale price.
It takes Cyrus 30 minutes to remake furniture, however there are exceptions where he may take longer (ie; the next day)
Re-Tail will also list some items they want to buy each day (on the sign out the front) - the list usually ranges from 1-6 items and changes every day. If you have a rich town there will always be at least two items on this list. Requested items can be sold for twice as much as it usually would.
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