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5 Tips for Consigning Clothes


Have you ever said: “I have nothing to wear?” That is the time to purchased some new pieces and get rid of some stuff, too. The best way to keep clutter in control is getting rid of something when buying something new. One in, one out, that sort of thing.

While much of the stuff you could donate to your local thrift store, pieces that are still in excellent condition you can consign.

Consigning and donating clothes are both excellent ways to reduce your waste and keep your items out of landfills. And you might make some money from it–if not at least get a tax receipt for your donation.

If you’re interested in consigning some of your things, here are 5 tips to keep in mind so you can make the most money possible from your consignment.

1. Make sure your clothing is seasonal. The consignment stores are looking for seasonal items. April is when stores are stocking up on summer clothing and so on.

2. Keep a sense of your clothing’s fashion sense. To make money on things like denim, they have to have a fashionable look to them. That means no Mom jeans and nothing with a bell bottom. Stores want jeans with a lower rise and a darker wash.

3. Brands are what command the big bucks. Many thrift and consignment shops have guidelines that spell out exactly what brands sell well in their stores although designer clothes always sell well.

4. Clothes must be clean and fresh smelling. Clothes that you consign can’t have any stains or spots on them, and should have been laundered after their last wear.

5. Prep your clothes to make them look their best. Take the time to prep your clothes for sale by ironing shirts to a crisp finishing, replacing any missing buttons, zipping up zippers so that jackets and pants fold nicely, and trimming off any loose threads or piling on sweaters so they look neat and tidy.

Hopefully this advice will help you make the most from whichever articles of clothing you decide to consign in the near future.

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