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7 Tips for Clothing Consignment

Last Friday afternoon, I had a little time to kill between dropping BB off at choir and passing BG off to Husband so I could help with Bunco setup, so I stopped by my local consignment shop/thrift store for a quick browse. (There’s a “slash” there because one part of the store is for consignment, and the other part is a thrift store.) While there, I stopped by the desk to see if I had any money in my account.

$63.94!

Hey, hey! The last time I checked a few months ago, it was about $12, so this felt like an awesome win! (And just in time to buy raffle tickets at Bunco – I could win House Painter for a Day, an overnight in Napa, even a week’s stay in Hawaii!)

Today, since I’m feeling pretty accomplished, I thought it might be fun to share some of my tips for selling clothes on consignment.

1. Shop the store first. Walk around the store to see what kind of pieces they carry. Do they sell items you would buy? Maybe you’re a vintage maven, but there’s not a piece in the shop that’s not a classic or on trend. This shop might not be the best match for your style. Keep searching!

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2. Read up on store policies. Each shop is different. For example, my store keeps items in consignment for 30 days. You can come pick up items that haven’t sold before that time, but once they hit that mark, they are considered a donation and are moved over to the thrift store side. That means you won’t get any money for them. It’s important to know exactly what you are agreeing to when you drop your pieces off with them.

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3. Take in-season pieces only. They will toss out-of-season items without even looking. This can be hard to manage, especially when you get to the end of winter and clean out your sweaters. To help, I keep bags labeled by season in my hall closet, so I know when to take certain items in. (The above piecesI took in just before Valentine’s day – red and sequins seemed very appropriate.)

4. Be very picky. Go over your clothes meticulously. No sweater pilling, no holes, no stains, very minimal wear. No tank tops or t-shirts unless they are brand new. (These are the items that are the workhorses in your closet – you know you wear them into the ground, so they will not make the cut for consigning.) And be a label snob. You know I am NOT a label snob, but certain brands do better at consignment shops than others. Again, when you shop your store, you will get an idea of what brands are on the floor. Ann Taylor, LOFT, Banana Republic (Gymboree, Carter’s, and Mini Boden for kids) always do better than Old Navy and Target store brands.

5. Wash or dry clean. This is obvious, but make sure the clothes you take in are clean.

6. Iron, iron, iron! Nothing makes clothes look as polished as a good ironing job. Pieces should look their absolute best when you take them – to increase the chances of being sold and to get the highest value.

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7. Transport on hangers. You went to all that work to make them pretty and crisply ironed, so keep them that way. Once I was in line behind a woman who brought a jumble of clothes from her trunk. The woman who was processing clothes said she wouldn’t take them. The other woman insisted she ironed her clothes but they got wrinkled on the drive over. The store clerk refused to accept them.

One final thing I always keep in mind is that the proceeds the store makes from the sales go to support local non-profit agencies. I don’t get too upset over how much (or little) I make because I know that it is for a good cause. To me, making a little extra cash after I clean out my closets is just icing on the cake.

PS – If you’re curious like BB, who woke up Saturday morning and immediately asked what “we” won at Bunco, I didn’t take home any of the big prizes. BB was disappointed, but he felt better when I told him I did win a free hamburger. “So, do I get it for myself, or will we have to share it?” Bless his heart.

So, do you consign your clothes? What tips do you have? And have you tried selling online (eBay, Etsy for vintage, or thredUP)? I’d love to hear.

 

five things · Food

Five Things

Hello! Happy Friday! Once again illness has struck our house. I’m beginning to wonder if BG has in fact had 3 colds in 3 weeks or if it’s the same lingering virus or if it’s allergies or if she just really likes staying home from school. (My money is on option 4.) But, as always, it’s nice to take a day and be home in the midst of a really busy season on our calendar. Here are a few things on my mind this (busy) week:

1. The Roaring 20s. A few weeks ago, I started watching Z: The Beginning of Everything, and then I got a virus and spent a couple of days in bed and binge-watched the rest of Season 1. And now, this weekend is Bunco, and it’s Gatsby themed. I dug through my closet to find all things that might work. (There was more than I thought. I can’t say no to vintage sequins.) I’ve started searching Pinterest for all things Gatsby. And requesting Fitzgerald books at the library. I might be a little obsessed.

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(My friend, Arlene, and I wore these outfits to a Gatsby party last year. All thrifted, including the faux fur.)

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2.This quote. This is why, when given a choice, you should definitely choose the sequins.

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3. My new favorite treat. It tastes like dessert, but you can call it “snack.” That’s what I call it every afternoon when I have it. There’s not really a recipe – just dump and stir – but here’s my best guess at proportions:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • a few chocolate chips (for the kids) or little bit of chopped up baking chocolate (for me – I prefer dark chocolate and I like how it looks like sprinkles!)

Yesterday, for a snack for BG,  I mixed up a batch for dipping apples, but instead of vanilla, I added a dash of cinnamon. Also delicious.

4. I Trained Myself to be Less Busy. This was a great read, especially in a season of our lives where I feel very, very busy.

5. James Corden’s parents are adorable.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! Thanks for reading!

Tiny Tweaks

Little Slice of Blog Joy

Do you ever have nights where you stay up way too late working on a project? And then you can’t go to sleep and then when you finally DO sleep, you wake up every 20 minutes all night long? Just me? In that case, you should know that this post is brought to you by a giant cup of coffee.

Now, I LOVE to be asleep by 10:00. Just like the Old Lady Cart, there are things about me that are way more Grandma than Mama – like PJs on by 8:30, reading in bed by 9:30, wake up by 5:30 – “Early to bed, early to rise” and all that. But last night, I went down the rabbit hole of playing around with the layout of my blog. Nothing major, just a few tweaks here and there, but at around 10:15, I might have shouted, “YES! Eureka! I finally figured it out!” Husband was also up late working on his laptop and barely raised an eyebrow. He’s used to my random outbursts.

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So if you read my posts on a blog reader or in your email, click on over to the blog today. I figured out how to organize posts into categories on the top menu bar – get this – AUTOMATICALLY, which makes me ridiculously happy. I <3 TECHNOLOGY! (Clicking on the menu bar MAY have been what pushed me past 11:00pm – I strolled down memory lane a bit too far.)

It’s just like all the projects I tackle. Breathing new life into something (a vintage dress, a broken necklace, a website that just bugs me a little) brings me little slices of joy.

Now I’m off to refill my coffee mug. Thanks for reading!