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6 Tips for Success at your first Consignment Sale
Almost everyone has a closet half full of clothing, shoes and accessories that you have either never worn or no longer use. By selling all of your older items, you can make some extra spending cash and outfit yourself with a new look for the season. There is a lot for first time consignors to be aware of when it comes to selling with a store or website, and all of that knowledge makes a difference in the amount of money you make.
When stores are dealing with huge amounts of clothing at a constant pace, they do not have time to fix, mend or clean, and any item needing attention is immediately weeded out. Rather than have items of yours come back, take the time to do that stuff yourself so that you are a successful consignor.
SHOP FOR AND RESELL BRAND NAME CLOTHING
Everyone likes owning a few name brand pieces, and these are the type of pieces that consignment shops are looking for and selling. When shopping for yourself, shop name brand, but shop smart so that you get a great deal for yourself and then earn a little bit of that investment back when you resell.
CONSIGN CLASSIC PIECES
Trends go in and out of style faster than most consignment stores care to keep track of, so they are always looking for classic pieces that women want season after season, year after year. Remember this when you are shopping for yourself, and when you make your first closet pull to head to a consignor’s appointment.
CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHING AND MAKE SMALL REPAIRS
If you stain or tear clothing, make sure you take care of all of those minor blemishes right away. Learn to re-sew buttons, steam clothing and correctly iron pleats and collars so that everything is looking its best. A depiller is also a great investment.
KEEP ORIGINAL BOXES AND CONTAINERS
Anything that comes with a box, extra buttons or containers should be kept. Consignment shops love offering items in their original packaging when at all possible and buyers are more likely to opt for the pieces that look newer. Doing this will put a little extra money in your wallet, and storing it with your pieces while you use them keeps you extra organized anyway.
DON'T OVERLOOK ACCESSORIES
If you’ve taken in all the clothing you want to consign, but are still looking to make a little more cash, go through your jewelry boxes, sunglasses and purse collection. Accessories are the fastest selling fashion category because they complete already owned looks and cost us less. Whatever you aren’t using can be consigned and sold any season.
RESELL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
If you know you aren’t going to use something before the season is over, resell it as soon as possible. In season items always bring in more money and sell faster so there is no reason to hang on to anything that is just going to take up space. This is true for both clothing, shoes and accessories.