The truth is, consignment just makes sense. The person selling their items (consignor) wins, the person buying those items at a great price wins and the store matching the two wins also. So why wouldn't you consign your items? Well, maybe you need some guidance on how to approach that overflowing closet of yours. Here are 5 quick tips that will help you whip your closet into shape and put money in your pocket.
The One Year Rule:
Go through every piece of clothing and accessory in your closet. If you haven't worn it in the last year, it's time to part ways and make room for something new.
Divide and Conquer:
Of the things that you have not worn, decide what is meant for charity and what is meant to make money for you! Consignment shops typically want only the very best of the best. Items must be in pristine condition and most shops have guidelines regarding labels they'll sell.
There are many consignment shops out there. Some sell J.Crew, others sell Hermes. Make sure you bring the correct merchandise to the correct shop. The J. Crew store may love to see your Hermes bag, but they won't get the most money for you, they don't have the right clientele.
The good consignment shops have good reputations. Their customers AND their consignors appreciate their honesty and expertise and are usually willing to tell you about it.
Consignment shops may be overstocked or need specific items. Call first and ask specifically about the items you are hoping to consign. It may save you a trip.