How to Make the Most MONEY Consigning.

Happy Monday, sweet readers! Do you love Monday's? I didn't. I mean, not that I especially love them now or anything, but I love them a little bit more now that I am substitute teaching. 

For example, today I am helping my little sis and her man move into their new home. For the past year, they've been working on a fixer-upper home that they purchased, and after a LOT of hard work, they are finally moving in. 

Helping them makes my Monday happier. And the fact that I can choose to not work on Monday's such as this one, when I have something more important to do. 

I know you'll agree that spending time with family, even if it's helping them move, is much, much more important than work. 

Anyway, I got to thinking about moving, and the many, many times I've moved in my life (I can count eight times since leaving home after high school, but it could be more). One thing that is essential to a productive and less-stressful move is downsizing your stash of crap. 

And by 'crap', I mean things that are no longer valuable to you, but are still valuable, especially for someone else. 

A common mistake people make when moving it just to trash things they no longer need, but with a little foresight, you can consign a lot of your unwanted items for some quick cash. And who doesn't need extra cash for moving expenses? 


Here are some tips for getting the most from your consignment experience: 

1. Your goods have to pretty much be in pristine condition. That means clothing with NO stains, NO tears, NO wear marks. It makes sense - I wouldn't buy someone else's clothing that doesn't look new, so why would I try to sell it.

Funny story: So I was taking in a BIG load of clothing to a local high-end consignment shop, which included some really nice quality yoga pants from Victoria's Secret. {The pants had the fold-over top, which I am not a fan of. Just sayin'.} Anyway, the lady picking over my clothing was annoying as all hell.

Don't judge me. She just was. {I could be a bit biased - this lady did ask me if I was pregnant, like, the second time I consigned with her. I wasn't pregnant. In fact, I was in pretty good shape back then. Bitch ruined my day.}

Anyway, she picks up these VS yoga pants - which I had maybe worn 3 times, no joke - and grabs the crotch of the pants and says, "We can't accept these. There is pilling in the crotch. You know, from where your legs rub together."

Now, I wasn't offended that she basically told me that I have thunder thighs. I was offended because there was no pilling on those damn pants. I barely wore them and they were in great condition. Bitch, please. I took them back a month later to a different girl, and she accepted them (see #5)- without insulting me.

Side note: When this particular lady answers the phone when I call to make an appointment, I hang up. For the sake of my self-esteem and mental health, I cannot make consignment appointments with her. Hate me if you want.

2. Fold, iron, or hang your clothes. And, it should go without saying that clothing should be freshly laundered. The two consignment shops that I consign at most often have two different preferences for how clothing is presented. One wants everything neatly folded - even if the item should be on a hanger. The other wants everything on a hanger - even jeans.

Regardless, make sure you are catering to the shop's preference, and all items are wrinkle-free. A great item in good condition won't be accepted if it's wrinkled or has deep fold marks.

3. Jewelry should be clean, and put in a small baggie. I love getting jewelry from a consignment store, especially necklaces and bracelets. I find I can switch up my wardrobe on the cheap with accessories. To make the most of your accessories at a consignment shop, polish up your jewelry and make sure all clasps are in working order, restring the beads that are loose, and then put it in a neat, clean baggie.

4. Dust off housewares, and touch things up as needed. If you have some awesome photo frames, but the paint is chipped, whip out your can of black spray paint and give that baby a fresh coat of paint. You would also be amazed at what a rag and some all purpose cleaner would do for a dusty old vase, or other knick-nacks around your house that you want to get rid of.

5. If something is not accepted, and you think it's good quality, don't give it to Goodwill just yet. Put it back in your consignment stash {I keep two large Rubbermaid totes of consignment items} and take it in the next time you have an appointment. You might get a different person going through your goods that might accept it next time. If something doesn't sell, and I think it might later, I just store it in one of my totes, and re-iron it before taking it in a few months late.r

6. Regularly consign! Not only do you get to keep your goods in rotation {and help guarantee a constant cash flow}, but you will get a better idea of what they are accepting and what sells the best.

I take things to consignment shops about once every month or two. The limit on how much I can take to the shops is usually two totes. This includes housewares, clothing, sporting goods stuff; basically anything that will fit in the tote.

7. Follow the consignments shop's guidelines for what they are accepting, or what is currently in season. Oftentimes they will begin accepting spring and summer items in March, or fall and winter items in July. This will also give you a nice opportunity to clean out your closet or do some spring/fall cleaning and purging. Win-win.

It's also a waste of your time, and the shop employee's time to try to consign a tube top in November.

8. Be SUPER nice. {Even when the worker is being a bi-otch. See #1 above.} These consignment shop employees will remember you. And they will remember your stuff. If you greet them warmly, remember their name, and are genuinely a nice person, they just might be a little better to you. No, they won't necessarily take your worthless shit that no one else wants, but they might tell you that if you treated the stain on that top, they would accept it next time. Or to save those boots, because in two months they'll accept fall footwear.

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