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Now I recommend Consignment Shops for 2 reasons. 1- you can get some great cheap clothing, toys, furniture and more. Sounds like a thrift shop huh? But with 1 difference they ONLY take things in good condition no stains tears ect.
Reason 2- you can bring stuff in to consign and get money when it sells! I generally use this money to get more things we need.
Now there are all sorts of consignment shops, from clothing to furniture to kids consignment shops. Now the one i find myself at most are the kids consignment shops. I have my favorite here in town and i visit about once a month. They sell kids clothes from newborn to teenagers and have tons of toys too! Along with cribs, strollers and more!
I was able to find my daughters Christmas dress there for $4.99 as opposed to the $19.99 we were going to spend in store and the dress is almost identical to the dress we were going to buy! I have gotten a few of their Christmas toys from there and I always take in clothes they have out grown to get new clothes they need. Recently my daughter just moved up a size and she only had 3 sleepers well we hit the consignment store and got 6 sleepers, a winter outfit and her Christmas dress for $29!! That was 6 sleepers a sweater and pair of pants and the dress, 9 items that equaled out to $3.30 per item! Not bad considering you will spend $8 on 1 brand new sleeper and like I said Christmas dresser about $19.99 or more!
Now consignment shops are alot more organized then thrift shops clothes are organized by size and gender. Consignment shops also consign things made by people in town. The kids store consign out hand made blankets, and hair pieces. Other store will consign out painting and more.
Now to consign your clothes out (sell them) there are a few things you need to keep in mind. They need to be in good condition (no teats stains holes buttons missing ect), should be a recognizable brand, baby outfits should be paired together, most stores require that clothes are on a hanger but you can get free hangers from their store. Any thing that needs a battery must have a battery to prove it works, and there should be no missing pieces.
When you sell at a consignment store you normally get a 50/50 split on clothes and between 60/40 to 70/30 split on bigger items. What this means is if you outfit sell for $4 you get $2 and the store keeps $2. On bigger items you get 60 or 70% and the store keeps the rest and their fee for selling it for you. They keep tabs in your account and you can go in and get a check or use that as store credit to get things you need.
Many store requite you make an appointment to bring things in to consign. So make sure you call the store you are wanting to consign with and get all the details.
Few things remember name brands sell better, some store won’t take adult clothes or even teen clothes unless they are name brand. Pair out fits together they sell better. And bring clothes in, in season. Don’t bring winter clothes in during summer many stores won’t take them or they won’t sell. So bring winter clothes in later fall or winter! Also they take Halloween costumes normally in September and this is a GREAT place to find a cheap costume esp since you kids normally only wear them once!