Many thrifty shoppers earn a little extra money by consigning clothing. Usually, this is clothing that has been left in the closet and not worn or, perhaps, worn only once or twice. We all have something that doesn’t fit quite right, may be a wee bit too short or tight, or a gorgeous pair of shoes we haven’t worn that doesn’t match anything at all.
Rather than giving it to charity, which is always a noble and selfless choice, we can choose to consign it. In these struggling economic times when every penny counts, the extra income can be very helpful. Depending upon how much you do and what you have, you can earn from $5 to $100 per month, and perhaps even more. As I was waiting to pick up my check for $48.35 this week, the woman ahead of me got a check for over $1,600!
First, choose the items you want to consign. They may come from your own wardrobe, from neighborhood tag sales, from local thrift shop, or from friends and relatives. Here are some rules to follow if you consign your items at Roundabouts Consignments:
- To begin you need to set up an account. This is very easy to do, and you will be assigned a consignor number. The initial fee is $5. Roundabouts Consignments currently has over 17,000 active consignors.
- Once you have an account, you can check your activity and see what has been sold by going to Roundabouts Consignments website and signing in. Your email address is also your password.
- Roundabouts Consignments will accept up to fifteen items at a time. You may want to take a few extra if you have them, since some will invariably be rejected.
- Clothing must be in season. Right now, Roundabouts is accepting transitional and early fall apparel and accessories. If you have something wonderful in velvet, wool, corduroy or faux fur, wait until a bit later in the season.
- Clothing must be brought in clean, pressed and on hangers.
- Check very, very carefully for any tiny flaws, such as spot, stain or discoloration, pilling or pin-holes, fading or signs of wear. They are checked with an eagle eye and will be returned, ‘No, thank you.’
- Roundabouts Consignment does not accept clothing with budget price labels, such as Faded Glory and White Stag. If you are looking for fashions to consign, look for the more expensive brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor Loft and Ralph Lauren.
- You may also consign handbags, shoes and boots, accessories and jewelry. Designer names are best, sterling silver and gold jewelry take first priority, and shoes and boots with very little or no wear are usually accepted. For handbags, brands such as Coach, Strada and D’Margeaux are the best choices.
- Roundabouts Consignments does not buy clothing outright. After clothing has been checked, you will be given a receipt with the number of items on it.
Roundabouts Consignments is a wonderful place to buy clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and much more. It’s also a fun way to earn a little extra money by becoming a consignor.
Welcome to the wonderful world of consignment and, as always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~