How to sell clothes to a consignment shop

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How to sell clothes to a consignment shop
Sell Clothes to a Consignment Shop

Our closets are full of items that, for whatever reason, we no longer wear. Maybe we lost weight or bought on impulse a little too often, or perhaps we switched from a dressy professional environment to a casual one. Your quality castoffs can be turned into extra cash, so take inventory, then head to your local consignment store.

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  1. 1

    Gather your discards and separate them by season and style. Consider consigning items that are in good shape, stain-free and not too worn, and that you believe might appeal to someone else.

  2. 2

    Grab the phone book and check the business pages for entries under resale, secondhand, clothes or consignment. Make a list of all the stores in your area.

  3. 3

    Visit a few shops as a consumer, paying attention to the assortment and prices. Although your profit is tied to the selling price, if prices seem a little inflated, you may end up with items that don't sell.

  4. 4

    Call each shop and get a clear idea about what type of clothes they buy: in-season only, casual, professional, designer, etc. Make an appointment at shops that you believe may be interested in your items.

  5. 5

    Have a sales associate explain the store's policy. Typically clothes are kept for a period of 30 to 60 days. Nonsellers will be returned to you, while sellers will earn you a portion of the selling price.

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    Keep a record of what you consign, and if you don't hear from the store first, make a note to call a few days before your selling period ends. Depending on the store, you may receive cash, credit or a check.

Tips and warnings

  • It may be wise to dry-clean suits and blouses before you offer them, as you only want to show clean and wrinkle-free items. This small investment may make the difference between an item being selected or rejected.
  • Brand name and designer labels do very well at consignment shops.
  • If your consignment items don't sell, consider donating them to charity or local social service programs.
  • Keep your receipt or consignment list in a safe place. This is your only official record of the things you've deposited.

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