5 Ways To Make More Money On Your Consignment

Tidy Closet

So, you’ve cleaned your closet!

Tidy Closet

In fact, you’ve Marie Kondo’d the heck out of it. Yay, you!

Now, with just a bit of prep work, you can bump your consignment to the next level. Follow a few easy steps to sell more of what you consign with us, and make a better return on the things that sell.

5. Get thee to a window!

Examine things carefully in natural light whenever possible. Especially if you purged your closet in the evening, take your hanging clothes over to a window to take another look before you bring them. Interior light can hide a multitude of little things that will show up in natural light. Ever wonder why we have INTENSE lighting in our consignment shop intake rooms? It shows everything.

4. Freshen up.

A quick trip through the washer and dryer for clothes that have been hanging for months will make them look fresher and more appealing to shoppers. Iron button-downs or crisp fabrics to help them look newer(thereby commanding better prices!) Sometimes, just tumbling clothes in the dryer alone will perk them up. Be careful not to use strong fragrances, though. Too much fragrance can be off-putting and can trigger allergies.

For shoes, take a quick glance at the soles and clean off any soil that’s clinging. Handbags? Double check the interior. (You’d be AMAZED what we find in there!)

3.  Got pets?

Two words: lint roller.

2. Leave clothes hanging on hangers.

Don’t throw away all that work you just did to prepare your clothes to look crisp and fresh. Leave them on the hangers and they’ll stay that way on their journey to us! Don’t worry, we will give your hangers back. Women’s consignment shoppers (like you!) are discerning and will notice the extra effort you’ve taken. Clothing that is overly wrinkled will likely be rejected.

1. Bring recognizable name brands.

Some of our top selling brands are labels everyone knows. Translation? Consignment shoppers understand the value they’re getting when the brand is something they know.

Top sellers include: any Anthropologie labels, Lululemon, Eileen Fisher, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J Crew, Nike, and of course ANY luxury designer labels such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Longchamp, and Chanel. Not to name drop, but our shoppers WANT these and they sell faster, and bring better prices.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t have luxury and designer labels to consign. We love everyday labels, too! While designer consignment clothing, luxury handbags and shoes might make us swoon, we don’t limit what we take to just those designer labels. Woman does not live by Louis alone!

Now? Relax.

Now it’s our turn to bump it up! That little bit of extra effort on your part will help us process your consignment faster, get things our on the floor to sell quickly and give us great merchandise for displays. The freshest and most current items are always the ones we select for our live videos, mannequin displays, Staff Picks rack and photos on our Social Media. That gets them in front of more potential buyers!

We welcome you to check in as often as you like to see how we’re doing. We have LOTS of ways to check your account balance now!

  1. Online. If you provide us your email, we’ll set up your account to upload sales information to the web. Our software emails you that your account is live and includes instructions on how to log in.
  2. On our FREE mobile app – log in once and you’re set!
  3. Call us or email us at the stores. We actually like talking to you, and have a lot more information on your account than the online check-ins. You’ll get a real live person anytime we’re open, none of this Press 1 for directions menu option stuff for us! As always, we provide you with your check in date for the end of your consignment EVERY time you drop off clothes to consign.

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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