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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!