Many thrifty shoppers earn a little extra money consigning apparel and accessories. When you received a terrific new handbag for Christmas, did your favorite Tyler Rodan end up on a closet shelf? Did you replace your Ralph Lauren Lurex knit with a new glittery cowl neckline for the holidays? How about those sweaters you rarely wear that are beginning to pile up? Instead of giving these items to charity, we can try to consign them. Depending upon how much you consign and what you have, you can earn from $5 to $100 per month, and perhaps even more.
First, choose the items you want to consign. They may come from your own wardrobe, from clearance sales, from local thrift shops, or from friends and relatives. Here are some rules to follow if you consign your items at Roundabouts Consignments. These rules generally apply for other Columbia consignment shops as well.
- To begin you need to set up an account. This is very easy to do, and you will be assigned a consignor number. Roundabouts Consignments currently has over 15,000 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 a few will almost invariably be returned with a, ‘No, thank you.’
- Clothing must be in season. Right now, Roundabouts is accepting late winter fashions. If you have a wonderful sleeveless blouse, summer maxi-dress or L.L. Bean shorts, save them for a little later.
- Clothing must be brought in clean, pressed and on hangers.
- Check very, very carefully for any tiny flaws, such as spots, stains 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 inexpensive labels, such as Faded Glory and White Stag. They also do not accept any intimate apparel that comes in contact with the crotch. Do not bring in teddies or doubtful negligees. They do accept men’s casuals, children’s clothing and maternity wear. Men’s dress pants are accepted only if they are new with tags attached.
- If you are looking for fashions to consign, look for the more expensive brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor LOFT and Ralph Lauren. Aeropostale and American Eagle are very popular labels.
- 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. With handbags, brands such as Coach, Strada and D’Margeaux are the best choices.
- Roundabouts Consignments does not buy clothing outright. Some consignment shops in Columbia do, however. If you are selling fashions for juniors, you might want to check Plato's Closet. It never hurts to call a consignment shop or check its website to find out whether they buy or not.
- 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 for the family, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and much more. It’s also a fun way to earn a little extra money by becoming a consignor. Be sure to watch the video for step-by-step instructions.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~