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How to Consign your Clothing & Merchandise for Maximum Dollars
I don't know about you, but I probably have outfits in my closet that have been there for five years just because "they are still good." Years ago I did clean out my closets with "still good" items destined to the consignment shop that I just knew would be great sellers and would bring me a nice little chunk of change to go out and buy some new trendy styles. After my very first visit to a consignment store with my "still good" clothing, I left there deflated, disappointed and almost insulted that she wouldn't take all of my treasures I had secreted away for years. Forget the fact that they were at least five years out of date and styles had jumped leap years ahead of me, I just couldn't figure out why. I thought she would be thrilled just to have the privilege and honor of selling my "still good" clothing. Later having become a consignment shop owner myself, I now see clearly why she didn't just jump with glee at the thought of merchandising my "still good," five-year-old clothing. The point of this little story being that you as a consignor should never feel insulted or slighted if what you bring into the consignment shop is not all accepted by the owner. It happens to just about every consignor in the world.
Please remember that the shop owner is there to not only market your items, but also has a lot of overhead and salary expense that goes along with merchandising consigned items. He or she really can't afford to take in items that probably won't sell and must keep a business going with merchandise that will move. This keeps the shop open!
With that said, the following are general guidelines that most shops have in regard to taking consigned items. Make sure, though, to contact the shop of your choice to inquire about any other special rules they have:
1) Please make sure your items are no older than two or three years.
2) Consignment shoppers look for name brands.
3) Please make sure they are clean, no spots, no missing buttons, stain-free, zippers working. Mention if an item has been altered.
4) Please bring hang-up items on hangers.
5) If you have a bunch of stuff, pick out the top 15 or 20 items that you personally would buy. This is, of course, if your consignment shop has a limit to the number of items they accept.
6) Call the shop for an appointment or to inquire about drop-off times. Some shops take appointments and can be booked up as far as 6 months!
7) Make sure you check the pockets of everything you bring in. (We have found $20 bills, pills, driver's license's, etc.)
8) If your shop accepts shoes, they really should be in almost new condition.
9) If you have home decor items, please shine them or clean them. Please polish brass or silver. Prices are higher and items will sell faster!
10) And above all, please expect that not all of your lovelies may be accepted and that their new home may just be the local Goodwill. (But all is not lost, you can get a tax receipt for the donation!)