Until a few months ago, I didn't even know that clothing consignment stores existed. I definitely didn't know that I could take my clothes there and get money for them. Sorry Goodwill, from now on I'm going to the consignment stores first and you will have to settle for the leftovers.
I'm a little more familiar with buying and selling used books. I've bought used books on Amazon before. I thought for a millisecond about selling some of my books online, but it seemed like it would be a lot of work by the time I posted each book, figured out shipping, packaged them up when they sold, and drove them to the post office. I am not sentimental about my books, but I do value my time.
Today a friend and I went to two clothing consignment stores and one bookstore that sells new and used books. I learned a lot today that will serve me well for my consignment selling future. My town has quite a few shops and all of them have different rules and forms of payment.
If you want to give consigning a try here are a few quick tips-
- Google consignment shops in your area.
- Before you go, call each store and find out if you can walk in or if you need an appointment.
- Ask if there is a limit on how many items you can bring and whether or not they need to be on hangers. Some places will want you to iron everything before you bring it in.
- It is a good idea to ask what type of items the stores are looking for.
- Find out how long the consignment period is and make sure you know what is happening to the unsold clothes at the end of the set time.
- Ask how payment works. Some stores offer a percentage of the final sale or store credit only. Others will value the items and give you cash on the spot.
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Selling used books is similar to selling used clothing. I haven't run into any place that sells books on consignment, most places just offer cash on the spot or store credit. Still, make sure to call stores before you go to confirm that they do buy used books and to schedule an appointment.
Today we left the bookstore with $23.10. They only took 10 of our 40+ books, but I'm going to take the rest to another store tomorrow. One consignment store took 12 out of our 25 items. In 45 days we have to return for the items that don't sell and to collect for the items that did. Another shop is looking though the six bags we dropped off. Tomorrow we are going back for cash and to retrieve the items the store doesn't want.
I'm working on my consignment shopping skills too. A few weeks ago I bought a really nice skirt and today I tried on a pair of shoes. I'm not a convert yet but I'm always up for a key buy!
More ways to make money off your unwanted items and trash - http://upcycledbyash.blogspot.com/2011/03/cash-for-trash-recyclebank.html