Tips For Consignment and Selling

Tips for Consignment of Clothing and Accessories

Tips for Consignment and Selling

Consignment and resale is good for the environment and the economy.  It’s no surpise everyone wants to make extra cash by selling anything that is no longer being used whether it’s furniture, home accessories, books, toys, clothes, shoes, purses, hats, scarves or jewelry.  If you want to make money selling your items then there are rules to follow.  You will also spend time getting your items ready to sell.  So how do you know if you should sell or donate? Below are tips for selling and consigning which may help you decide if it’s worth your time selling versus donating.

1)      Visit the resale or consignment store. You should always visit a store where you are considering consigning, selling or donating items so that you know the following:

  • does the store carry items like the one’s you are getting rid of
  • do you get a good vibe about this store
  • do you like the staff
  • do you like the store’s policies and contract
  • do you think you will like working with this store

2)      Call ahead and see what the store is taking or to set up an appointment.  If you are not visiting the store on a regular basis then you should call the store to find out:

  • is there a limit on number of items
  • are there any items they are currently not taking
  • is this the right season for particular items
  • do you need to schedule an appointment or pick-up date

3)      Review stores consignment contract or buying policies because each store is different.  Know how you are being paid.  If you are selling your items outright then you will be paid on the spot with cash, check or credit and you’re done.  If you are working with a consignment shop then you will be paid after your item sells and you need to know the following:

  • how much will I make or what is my split
  • how am I paid
  • when am I paid
  • how long is the consignment period
  • how long is merchandise kept on floor
  • what happens when merchandise is removed from floor
  • can I get my items back
  • what do I need to do to get my items back
  • how long do I have to get my items back
  • can I get my items before the consignment period ends
  • can I donate my items
  • do I get a donation receipt if my items are donated
  • are there fees
  • what happens if my items are stolen or damaged

4)      Know days and times  when store looks at merchandise.  Each store has their own policies on when they look at items for buying or consigning.  Avoid having to return to a store because you didn’t know their buying or consigning hours by calling first.

5)      Know how items are to be brought in.  All resale and consignment stores have their own guidelines on bringing items in for purchase or consignment.  Some of the most common guidelines are

  • furniture stores require you bring in pictures or send them pictures using the internet before you schedule a time to take the piece to the store
  • most stores require you use boxes for home accessories, books, games and toys
  • some clothing stores require clothing on hangers while other stores require clothing neatly folded in boxes
  • no store wants to look at clothing that has been thrown into a garbage bag

6)      Items must be current or sellable.  Stores know what they can sell based on their customers and location but the following are guidelines

  • clothing shops usually want women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories bought in the last 2 to 3 years (there are some exceptions so ask before bringing your whole closet)
  • clothing shops for tween’s and teen’s want clothing bought in the last 18 months
  • furniture stores want furniture and home décor bought in the last 10 years but may take vintage or antiques based on style and condition
  • vintage shops want clothing, purses, hats, housewares, small furniture and other items from various eras (i.e. 1900’s to 1980’s)

7)      Items must be gently used.  If you are going to sell your items then they must look almost new and

  • clothing must be laundered, pressed, near new and ready to be worn
  • shoes must be polished
  • handbags in pristine condition
  • furniture must be clean, stylish and free of scratches, stains, broken parts and tears
  • children’s toys and books must be clean, with no crayon marks or missing parts

8)      Items must be smoke free.  All stores require items to be clean and smoke free.  If it smells like smoke they will not take it.

9)      No pet hair.  Many people are allergic to cats and dogs.  Therefore, make sure you have removed all the pet hair from your items.

10)   Items must be authentic.  All stores want authentic designer merchandise.  If you have an item that is called a “knock-off” or “faux” then it means it’s a fake and a counterfeit.  It is illegal for you or stores to sell counterfeit merchandise.