Within the consignment world—or at least within the confines of our Here We Go Again walls!— there are a few dates on the calendar that launch us into dance moves in the back office. They are unofficial holidays of sorts, as dates symbolic of change and re-invention ahead. After we’ve long adapted to the wardrobe cycle of these hot summer months, exhausting every possible outfit combination of that favorite summer dress, we’re fully ready to see what autumn goodies have been tucked away in ladies’ closets city-wide. Get ready for Fall Fashion 2015!
On August 15th, we’ll officially begin accepting fall consignment items (cue the confetti from the ceiling, seriously!!). With some consignors having already prepped for this date for quite some time, the first batches of fall goods mean serious business. Sometimes customers ask us, “Why would anyone ever want to part such amazing things?” Surprisingly, a lot of reasons. From impulsive out-of-season splurges to online boots that just don’t fit (and can’t be returned), not to mention travel buys and best-of-intentions mother-in-law gifts, not a single day goes by without incoming designer consignment goods for us. Frye boots, camel car coats, designer denim from brands like Rag & Bone and Current/Elliot, edgy ankle boots, rich marsala-toned apparel; these are all items that will be hot on our intake list.
The most exciting things happening already in our stores is a huge change in what we’ve been receiving on consignment: some incredible, lust-worthy designer handbags. And while it’s part luck for sure, the biggest reason behind this spike in new designer goods has to do with our increased payout rates. While consignors have always received 40% on items that sell under $50 and 50% on items selling for $50 or more, there’s a new kid in town on our agreement form: 60% payouts on items selling for $400 or more.
In the last two months alone, I’ve seen more designer handbags from the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and accessories than I have in the past couple of years combined. And with our Wish Lists heavy with ladies coveting these gorgeous designer label collectibles, there is nothing more fun than calling a bunch of giddy gals as I share the fresh news. With this fall being my fourth one at HWGA, my excitement still grows every single year.
There’s no need to set up an appointment for consignments; just bring us your items on hangers any time we are open. Cheers to a beautiful rest of the summer, and we’ll see you for the boot flood!