How To Buy From And Sell To A Consignment Business

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A consignment business can be a good place to both buy and sell gently used items.

However, it depends on what you want to buy and what you want to sell.


Selling clothing to a consignment store can be tricky:

With respect to clothing, it can sometimes be difficult to sell your clothing. For a couple of reasons why, read Buying and Selling at Consignment Shops: Pros & Cons.

These are just a few of the reasons why it can be difficult to sell used clothing:

  • The owner of a consignment business is going to be very particular about the clothing they accept for their shop. Typically, these owners want clothing in only 1 or 2 niches.
  • Most consignment shop owners will only accept clothing on a particular day of the week.


Buying clothing from a consignment business can be tricky too:

  • If your taste is not in the same clothing niche as the owner, then you are probably not going to find anything you want to buy.
  • Consignment shops, as a rule, tend to gravitate toward female clothing only. This can make it difficult to buy clothes for a family.


Selling (or buying) furniture and household goods at a consignment business can be much easier:

  • You can get large discounts on furniture and household goods at consignment shops. The prices tend to be quite a bit lower than what you would pay new.
  • If you decide to sell some furniture or household items to a consignment business, then your item will probably sell quickly and for a good price.


Tips for selling clothing to a consignment shop:

  • Give your local consignment shops a call before taking your clothing in. This gives you a chance to find out what types of clothing they will accept ahead of time.
  • Only consider selling clothes that are still stylish or are vintage to a consignment business.
  • Visit the consignment shop first to make sure it is brightly lit, well organized, and clean. Your items will have a better chance of selling if it is.


Tips for selling furniture or household goods to a consignment business:


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These are the 3 tips that I find the most useful:

  1. Know your price range and don’t spend outside of it. Otherwise, you could end up spending far more than you want to.
  2. Take your time. Consignment stores can have a lot of nice goodies, and you don’t want to miss a bargain.
  3. Only purchase items that are like-new. Since in many cases consignment shops are a bit more expensive than thrift stores, choosing like-new clothes will help you get the most bang for your buck.
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