Make Money Selling to Consignment Stores

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    Make a list of all of the consignment stores in your neighborhood and what types of items they specialize in. If you have more than two or three shops in your area, it  is best to keep track of this information in a notebook. Be sure to include store contact information as well.

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    Visit each shop to look at the brands and quality of items they are selling. Knowing what the owner is looking to buy will help  you sort through your own items and choose what to bring for an  appraisal.

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    Search through your closet and make a pile for each consignment shop. Maybe  one shop accepts gently used items while another accepts jewelry.  Doublecheck that the quality and brands match the items you looked at when you made your visit.

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    Call to set up an appraisal appointment. This is when you  will take your items in to be reviewed. Some owners review on the spot while others review at a later date.

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    Clean your items before you bring them to the store. Clothing should  be washed and ironed & jewelry should be polished. All items should look as “new” as possible.

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    Review the shop owners offer. You don’t have to accept it, but if  you are just going to get rid of the items — donate them to a charity store —  you might as well accept the offer. At this time, you may also be given a  choice– you can accept cash when the item sells, or you can take store credit.  Each shop is different, but many owners offer a 60/40 split cash or  a 50/50 split store credit. You won’t see any cash with store credit, but it can  be worth it if you like to shop!

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About Jody Thompson

I'm going to blog about my many shopping escapades. Whether it is a used book store, a thrift shop or a consignment shop-- I'm here to tell all about my experiences. When I find great stuff-- I'll let you know. I'm sending good karma to all the thrifty shoppers out there!
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