I fondly remember my first experience with a consignment store. It was in the early 90’s and a girlfriend and I (whom I was working part-time nights with at a clothing store with 40% employee discounts!) had taken a ride to one that was being mercilessly advertised on the radio. We destashed our closets of clothes (erm, some still with price tags on them), shoes, handbags, etc. and brought them there. A month later, we both gasped at the check being handed to us.
Consigning still-in-good-condition clothes, accessories and home goods is a great way to find passive income. And let’s face it – no one will turn away an opportunity for that. Part of finding balance for me is to begin getting out from under ‘stuff’ that has been suffocating my closets, shelves and drawers. Although there are other options such as Craigslist, eBay and tag sales, I much prefer consignment stores as I don’t have to worry about posting photos, check bidding wars, boxing up and shipping or haggling with someone over a price. I make an appointment, walk in with my stuff, hand it over and walk out.
So set aside an hour or two to go through closets, drawers, basement, garage – wherever – and be prepared to let go. Yes, let go. If it still has a price tag on it or if you haven’t worn it since the last election and it’s in good condition, well….why are you hanging onto it? Pare down your belongings, simplify your space and make some quick cash. Here are some basic consigning guidelines for a successful experienceRead More »