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A few handy tips for women's consignment deals

by KellyKate

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What can you do with clothes that you don't wear anymore? Well, you basically have three choices. You could simply throw them away but throwing away clothes is not friendly to the environment because they will end up in landfills plus it's not a polite thing to do. The second option is donating them to charities - which is very noble. Thirdly, you can dispatch them to a women's consignment store. Consigning your clothes is a great way to clear your closet because you will make some money even as you free up valuable space in your wardrobe. Besides clothes, other things like shoes, handbags and jewelry can also be sold in these consignment stores. To make the most out of your old clothes, here are some tips you should have in mind before consigning them.


The first thing you should know is that you cannot consign all your clothes. These stores have certain criteria for accepting consignment dresses. Dresses must be in excellent condition because no one will buy a worn out dress. It's therefore important to carefully sort your clothes, donate the ones that are a bit too old, and only consign those that are still looking new. Once you have decided which clothes to consign you still have some work to do. You will prepare the clothes for consignment by washing and pressing them. In addition to cleaning the clothes you also need to mend missing buttons, zippers, and the like. Consignment stores are definitely very particular about the condition of consignment dresses because shoppers want clean clothes with as few blemishes as possible.


If you look at several consignment shops you will notice that most of them favor certain brands over others depending on their clientele. Some consignment stores have strict guidelines on which brands of dresses they accept and you have to follow those rules. You will also find consignment stores that accept pretty much anything as long as the dresses are in good shape. It's thus a good idea to take some time and browse through a number of women's consignment shops before consigning your clothes to any one of them.


Someconsignment stores publish calendars that show the types of dresses they require on a month by month basis. They do this because fashion changes according to seasons. Consignment stores will therefore ask for clothes for a particular season a few months before that season arrives. For example, a store may put out requests for summer dresses in April so that by the time summer arrives they will have a good number of summer clothes in store. If you intend to consign any clothes you need to follow these calendars because if you consign a dress too early it will take a long time before it's bought.


Consignment shops certainly keep a percentage of the sales of consignment dresses to cover their costs and make a profit for themselves. This percentage differs from store to store. A consignment store could take anything between 10 to 50 percent of the selling price for an item. Make sure therefore that you are OK with the percentage you will get before you agree to consign your clothes to any store.



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