Make Your Closet Pay: Consignment

On the outside looking in, most people think that I spend hundreds, if not thousands on my clothing and accessories. And they're right, I do. However, it is recycled money. What do I mean? Well, I am always recycling and reinvesting into my wardrobe. At the end of each season,  I go through my closet, evaluate what I'm in love with versus what I'm not. Those lightly worn items that I can do without go straight to consignment. I then reinvest the money made from my consignment sales back into my closet, buying items that are current and that I love. So, that being said, let me share with you a few stores that I frequent when I'm looking to make a purchase or consign my designer duds. I've included their requirements for consigning items from your designer closet.

Clothes Circuit-Dallas Quality and appearance are important to our customers, so we ask for apparel that is cleaned, pressed, in excellent repair and on hangers.  Preference is given to women's in season top designer labels and contemporary brands sized 0-18. Items should be free of pet hair and fragrance or smoke odors. Our receiving hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m year round. Selling contracts extend for the entire Spring or Fall season with 45% of the selling price paid to you. You’ll receive 60% for any jewelry priced over $400 or handbags and clothing priced over $750. Checks for a balance over $100 will be mailed by the 15th of each month, after your items have been on the floor 30 days. At the end of each season we will finish out your current contract with a check, if the amount is over $50. Lesser amounts may be used as store credit or you may visit the consignment desk weekdays for cash payment vouchers 60 days after the date above.

Couture Upscale Consignment-Fort Lauderdale We accept items from a variety of labels including high-end and couture designers, as well as boutique brands. You may call ahead to inquire as to what sort of garments and labels we’re accepting at the time. Once the pieces are entered into our inventory, an itemized list will be sent to the consignor within 3 to 5 business days via email. The items are kept for a 60-day period. If and when an item is sold, the consignor will receive a consignment fee of 40% of the selling price for a check pay out or 50% for in-store credit. Consignment fees are paid monthly, and the consignor will be notified by email. There is a five item minimum in order to set up a consignor account with us. Unsold items must be picked up by the Consignor within 10 days of the expiration agreement.

Consign of the Times-Miami Consign of the Times sells contemporary, pristine, pre-owned, designer clothing, shoes, handbags and amazing accessories. We accept items seasonally (ex. winter wear is accepted in the fall, summer wear is accepted in the spring, etc.). All merchandise must be clean, pressed, and in excellent wearable condition. Vintage is not our specialty, but we do make exceptions for some on-trend pieces. If you are unsure if you're items are for us, please contact us. *If you live in the Miami or Washington DC areas (soon we will be offering this service in NY!), our stylists will come to you, help you pick and choose what you would like to consign with us, and go over the details of how we work.  

Mint Condition-DMV area We accept current women’s clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. Items must be in like-new (Mint!) condition, clean, free of stains and damage, seasonal and less than 2 years old. To keep our clients happy and our store looking its best, we must be very selective in what we take at your appointment. Our best-sellers (and what we look for) include items by Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, Milly, DVF, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Gucci and Fendi. Mint Condition operates on a 50/50, 90-day consignment agreement. When items sell, you receive half of their selling price in your account. If an item hasn’t sold within its first 60 days it is reduced to ½ price. If any item has not sold after 90 days it will expire, become property of Mint Condition and will be sold or donated.

So there you have it. Four of my fave consignment shops where you can trade in your designer duds for cold, hard cash...or an awesome new wardrobe, as many of these stores will offer you store credit. Check out Yelp or Google maps for consignment stores in your area and make sure you shop the store before you decide to sell there. You want to make sure the clientele is up to par and you'll get the most bang for your buck. After all, the best of your closet will be sold there ;-)

Alright dolls, it's off to enjoy some of this SoFlo sun! Stay prissy and remember, we NEVER pay retail!

Dionne Dean