Fashion Cents: How to Sell at a Consignment Store

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

--By Kimberly Turner

Can't get over the stigma of consignment store shopping enough to even go in one? Well, let me help you move a little more quickly through those doors...CASH!

Consignment shops do double duty for the fashionably savvy. They are a place to find treasures at reasonable prices and they are a place to sell your gently worn goods. Consignment shops will price your goods at about 1/3 of the original retail price and then split the sale with you. So you net about 16% of what you paid for it. Not bad considering you already got your wear out of it. Now that's a great reason to visit a consignment shop, right? So, to insure you have a great experience, I've got 5 tips to help you become a good consignor:
  1. Take designer or better labels
  2. Take current trends and classic staples
  3. Take clean merchandise (no underarm or neck stains)
  4. Take items in groups (4 - 6 pieces)
  5. Take what's hot now (sunglasses, jeans, handbags)
Now go sell!

This post originally appeared on June 8, 2011. It has since been updated.

Kimberly Turner
Kimberly Turner, your personal style guru, is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kimberly has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Image Consulting Certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kimberly lives in the Windy city of Chicago and is the host of