Consign – v. 3. To deliver (merchandise, for example) for custody or sale.
I must admit that I am writing this post with a bias. I really do not like shopping at consignment stores. Why?
- There’s less to look at than what I could find at a Salvation Army.
- The clothes are typically a little nicer, but more expensive.
However, you may love the idea of visiting a cute little consignment store, and may not mind paying a little extra for the (cough) same clothes you could get at a Goodwill. However, that’s your decision.
I’ll use a consignment store experience to describe how to look through a rack of clothes. So, you just pulled in to “Stephanie’s Second-Hand Splendors” and are confronted by a rack of random blouses. Yes, I know you are used to walking into Forever 21 and knowing that if the blouse is too small, just look behind it on the rack and you’ll find 15 other sizes.
Here are some random tips on how to tackle a rack of blouses:
- Visually evaluate the rack, the colors, the textures.
- Look for dated and faded colors, and, if they don’t appear to have an accompanying cute sleeve, don’t bother to look. You don’t want to waste time!
- If the texture is too thick or dated, don’t look.
- See a cute pattern or sleeve? Take a look!
- Learn to do this scan rather quickly, and you’ll be through the store in no time.
You can also evaluate racks of jeans and dresses this way. I often look for specific denim washes. Is it too faded? Then it’s probably dated. What does the belt loop area look like? You can often tell a lot about the quality and style of a pair of jeans by the waistband!
*COOL THOUGHT ALERT*
Have you ever considered “consigning” clothes yourself? Do you have nice, designer clothes, shoes or purses that you don’t wear/use anymore? Look up your local consignment stores, take in a bag of your old things and see if they will take them! A typical consignment store will give you 50% of the selling price. Remember, they fix the selling price. Not you. Anyway, think about it!
Have fun shopping! Tackle those racks with gusto.