Congratulations. You’ve tackled the daunting and overwhelming challenge of clearing out your closet clutter. You’ve critically appraised each item. You’ve retained the pieces that flatter you, make you feel good and that you wear at least a few times a year. You’ve created a pared-down, capsule wardrobe of mix and match pieces.
Your life is going to be a lot simpler and stress-free…once you figure out what to do with the pile of clothing items that you don’t like or have never worn because they don’t fit, the color doesn’t flatter you or they were such a bargain but they just weren’t right for you.
Why not consider the green solution? Taking your cast offs to a resale shop or a consignment store is good for you, your wallet and the planet. Think of how easy it will be to get dressed for any occasion with a wardrobe of things you love. And while you won’t get rich, selling or consigning your items should bring you a return while helping your things find new homes.
If you choose to sell your items outright to a resale shop, like Clothes Mentor, you’ll receive your money quicker than if you go for the consignment shop option, but the amount will usually be less. In February, I sold a new long-sleeved Jones of New York t-shirt to Clothes Mentor for $4.00. I walked out with the cash and they put the t-shirt out on their rack with a $12.00 price tag. Clothes Mentor buys all seasons of clothing all year long.
If you choose to consign your items, find out if you need to make an appointment and when they accept the season or seasons of clothing you want to sell. Read the contract before you sign it. Make sure you understand the terms, when and how you will be paid if your items sell and what happens to your pieces if they don’t sell.
I brought in a couple of new Chaps dresses, which originally retailed for $110.00 each, to Big Deals Plus Size Consignment in March. Cindy Lynn, the shop owner, looked each dress over before accepting them, and since she knows her clientele, she set their prices. Cindy accepts spring items during February – April; summer during May – July; fall during August – September; and winter during October – January.
The agreement I signed said: Terms: 60 days, Consignor receives 40% of final selling price, used as store credit or cash.
Clothing pieces not more than two-to-three years old sell best, and you can boost their acceptance and subsequent resale value by making sure they are freshly washed. Use a fragrance-free detergent because some people have allergies.
Check each item thoroughly. Weed out anything that is stained, faded, has weak seams, is missing buttons or has broken zippers.
A wrinkle release spray works on minimally wrinkled items. Otherwise you’ll need to use an iron or garment steamer.
Shoes should be cleaned and polished. Replace worn laces, if necessary.
Making your items more attractive and appealing is worth the effort since garments and shoes in ready-to-sell condition usually sell quicker.
Have you ever consigned clothing, shoes or accessories?
Do you have a favorite consignment shop you frequent?
Drop me a line in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.