How to Sell Clothes to a Consignment Shop

Our closets are full of items that, for whatever reason, we no longer wear. Maybe we lost weight or bought on impulse a little too often, or perhaps we switched from a dressy professional environment to a casual one. Your quality castoffs can be turned into extra cash, so take inventory, then head to your local store.


Step 1
Gather your discards and separate them by season and style. Consider consigning items that are in good shape, stain-free and not too worn, and that you believe might appeal to someone else.

Step 2
Grab the phone book and check the business pages for entries under resale, secondhand, or consignment. Make a list of all the stores in your area.

Step 3
Visit a few shops as a consumer, paying attention to the assortment and prices. Although your profit is tied to the selling price, if prices seem a little inflated, you may end up with items that don’t .

Step 4
Call each and get a clear idea about what type of clothes they buy: in-season only, casual, professional, designer, etc. Make an appointment at shops that you believe may be interested in your items.

Step 5
Have a sales associate explain the store’s policy. Typically clothes are kept for a period of 30 to 60 days. Nonsellers will be returned to you, while sellers will earn you a portion of the selling price.

Step 6
Keep a record of what you consign, and if you don’t hear from the store first, make a note to call a few days before your selling period ends. Depending on the store, you may receive cash, credit or a check.

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