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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.


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!

consignment store policies

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.


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.

wooden hanger

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.


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Five Things

Hello! Happy Friday!

I know. It’s been a week. And today is no more promising. So instead of waxing about all that’s going wrong in the world, here are a few completely unpolitical and not-relevant-at-all things that are bringing me little bits of joy:


1.This peanut butter hack. Do you use natural peanut butter? Do you hate the oil separation at the top of the jar and the super dry and hard-to-spread bits at the bottom? Husband told me about this a few weeks ago, and it’s made all the difference – store your jar of peanut butter UPSIDE DOWN for a few days before you open it. TA-DA! Perfect consistency from beginning to end. Works with almond butter and sun butter, too. (PS – You might think, why not just keep it out of the refrigerator to keep it soft? I did that, too, but then I read that without added sugars and other chemicals to preserve it, natural peanut butter can go rancid really quickly. With this trick, even refrigerated peanut butter stays smooth and easy to spread.)

2. These are amazing! I can’t stop watching.


3. How to Hygge. Because we’ve got lots of winter left. (I stole Husband’s wool socks. Shhh – don’t tell him.)

4. Three Second Slices of Joy. Pausing to recognize these moments in my day – thick gray clouds in a dark blue sky, the deep breath I take when I put some eucalyptus and mint lotion on my hands, the first sip of coffee, seeing my children smile – can help reframe my outlook on my day.

5. This made me ridiculously happy. I know. It’s WAY past Christmas. But Adele? Red Hot Chili Peppers? Elton? YES! So good. (Except, what is Mariah Carey wearing?!)

What are you up to this weekend? Guess what! We’re getting more rain! It’s the best. (If you haven’t heard, Northern California has gotten enough rain in the last few weeks to be out of the drought! So thankful.) We have a pretty unscheduled weekend, and I’m pretty excited about it. Bring on the PJs, hot cocoa, and as much coziness as we can possibly stand. Hope you have a warm and cozy weekend as well. Thanks for reading!

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Simple Bed Hack


We’re back to our regular routine after a fun Labor Day! While I was not laboring away at any projects yesterday (and I hope you weren’t, either), I wanted to share a recent project we finished with a simple solution to a common secondhand furniture problem.

But first, a confession:

I had WAY more photos to show of this project, I’m absolutely certain, but I must have deleted them because I cannot find them anywhere. So you’re going to have to use your imagination.

Picture it. A thrift store. Loads of old furniture piled up outside on the front lawn. Bins of $1 jeans and luggage and SO MANY sets of golf clubs. Off to the side are two headboard and footboard sets. I’ve been wanting to find a set for BB’s room for several months. Ever since BG moved to a Big Girl bed (which is an antique full-sized bed that’s been in Husband’s family for years and years), BB has been a little envious. It might be the size of the bed, but it also might be the fact that she has an actual piece of furniture for a bed and not just a twin mattress and box springs on top of a metal frame. (But don’t feel bad for him – for well over a year, his was the only room that had been repainted in our whole house. Give and take here, people.)

So I checked out both of the headboards and decided on simple ones with turned finials, painted that deep forest green that was popular in the late 80s/early 90s. Before checking out, I didn’t think about the fact that they were missing the side rails, two pieces vital to assembling a bed. At $10, they were a bargain, and I was sure it would be easy to paint the headboard and footboard and add them to BB’s room.  (I also picked up a great vintage desk for his room for $10 at the same thrift store. You should have seen how creative I got trying to get all of these pieces into the back of my little Honda CR-V – folding down the back seats, taking out car seats, removing the desk drawers. But the furniture and I all made it home safe and sound. Aside from that one time I slammed on the brakes and one of the drawers fell out and it sounded like a bomb went off and my heart stopped beating for approximately 4 seconds.)

thrift store headboard

Oh, hey! I just found this one photo of the bed on my phone. Behind it to the left is the desk I also ended up buying. I know it looks weird – I think it had been stripped and sanded but never refinished. Even though it’s old, it’s very sturdy, and I knew a coat of paint would transform it. I snapped this picture, thinking I would text it to Husband to get his opinion before I purchased. (I didn’t.)

Now, Husband is not always super excited when new furniture shows up unexpectedly at our house. (Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. Let’s just stop there for the sake of time.) But this time, he and BB got to work right away painting all of the new furniture. I DIDN’T EVEN ASK THEM TO! (I know there were pictures of this. I wanted to document my gratitude.) And I was sure it would only be a matter of hours before we could attach the headboard and footboard to BB’s bed frame. So easy.


That doesn’t really work at all. Especially when the mattress just hangs off of the end of the metal bed frame (like this one) – no way to attach the footobard.

So it was time to get creative.


We headed to the hardware store to pick up two 1x6s to make our own side rails. We didn’t really even pay much attention to the wood, although looking at photos now, I would have been more careful about knot holes. But no big deal.


We used these brackets to attach the boards to each side of the headboard and footboard.

Note: Make sure you measure the width of the headboard post to make sure you get brackets that don’t hang over the edge when they are attached. And make sure you use screws that aren’t longer than the thickness of the board or they will stick out on the outside of the bed.

Not that we did that the first time. Nope. We are so careful when we plan these things out. Always.


Four correct brackets later, and we have a bed frame. As in, it literally frames out the freestanding bed. We just lift it up on one side and slide the metal bed frame with mattress and box springs under it. It is not attached to the bed in any way, but it fits pretty snuggly and doesn’t really move around much.

Originally, we didn’t paint the wood on the side because we thought it wouldn’t show if we put the bedskirt over it.


But after a few weeks of seeing the wood rails peeking out at the top of the bed, I went back and painted them. And I liked how it looked so much, I tucked the bedskirt underneath and left the wood showing.



You can see my “Sunshine” canvas peeking out in the corner of the picture above, as well as a Monterey picture BB picked up at a rummage sale a couple of years ago. (Like mama, like son, I suppose.)


(See more of that giant Tennessee Football sign here.)


And here’s the desk Husband and BB painted. We used Clark+Kensington’s Smokey Eyes for both the bed and the desk. (It was leftover from painting our den, and it was a perfect complement to his orange walls.)


I spent the better part of a Saturday looking for just the right drawer pulls to replace these, but I ended up keeping the originals.


They appear to have been painted multiple times (I see black, cream, and a minty green), but I like how they look against the gray.

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one, too.