Spring Consignment: What to Bring Us!

Behind the scenes of winter resale, February means one exciting thing for us: Spring Consignment! On February 14th, we will be shifting gears and preparing our stores for the warmer months ahead. One of my favorite things to witness is our intake room lighting up like technicolor with Spring fashion. As the racks transition from chunky cashmeres to silky sheers, it’s hard not to resist a little closet cleaning. So get in the game! For all of our consignors out there–veterans and newcomers alike–I’ve compiled a little cheat sheet for your next closet cleaning play date. The big bonus? As soon as things sell, money goes straight onto your account—good at either of our locations, no strings attached. We’ll gladly pay you out anytime. (Unless you find a treasure you’d rather take home with you!)

prada

Think Designer. One thing that sets us apart as a consignment boutique is our broad range of brands and designers. What’s the perk of designer consignment? Carrying upscale brands means your items last longer, you get a spendy item for less and you get to add a little luxury to your closet. We do best with items ranging from Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft, Eileen Fisher and Theory, and Jimmy Choo and Prada.

Bring things clean, on hangers and ready to go out on the floor. The snazzier everything looks, the more tempting they’ll be to buyers. Save yourself all the time of folding things for us, and rest easy knowing we’ll return your hangers just as soon as we’re finished going through your consignment.

Remember the 60 day rule: Think ahead!  Consider us your crystal ball of sorts, always thinking into the future. Although it’s chilly outside now, we’ll be taking things now that you’d wear in March and April. So skip out on the heavy coats and snow boots; save them for our next winter intake instead.

Springtime in Portland: What do women wear? Spring can be pretty damp and chilly around here, but it can also have its share of bonus sunny spells. To prepare for both, consignment in Portland is all about layers. Bring us your layerable items such as light cardigans, three-quarter length tops and colored denim jeans. The most significant switch is the change in color palette—less black and gray and more vibrant bursts of color, with neutrals to mix in.

Excellent Condition sells! As you’re putting together your consignment, try to pick and choose the items you see are in the best condition. The more pristine they are, the more gleaming they’ll be on our racks—and the faster they’ll put money on your account.

Other things we look for:

Bright-colored accessories

Designer sunglasses

Handbags

Ankle boots

Occasion Dresses

J crew necklaceFossil handbag foldover openDries Van Noten boots red belted ankle detail

Now that you have a few tips on Spring consignment, start searching through those closets and get ready for February 15th. Until then, stop by our stores in Johns Landing and Irvington and snag some last minute winter finds while we’ve still got ’em! Happy closet cleaning and we’ll see you soon…

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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