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Tips on consigning

The unofficial start of Summer has come and gone! Right now you're probably getting ready to plan a Summer vacation, if you don't already have one planned. Wouldn't it be nice to have some extra cash for that vacation? Not sure how to get it? Answer this one question:

Is there anything in my closet that's in great condition that I haven't worn lately, or worn at all?

If you answered yes, then there's something easy you can do to make some extra cash! Try consigning! Consignment stores are great for recycling the clothing and accessories you no longer wear, earning money, and letting someone else enjoy those items. Some consignment stores offer 60 day consigning periods, others may offer up to 90 days. The first thing you need to do is go thru your closet. Here are some tips to help you decide what to keep, toss, and consign!

1. Start with the current season. Keep in mind that consignment stores mostly operate on a big retail store level with seasons. They're usually accepting a season ahead. Right now some consignment stores will stop taking Summer items at the end of June, and start taking Fall in July. Make sure you separate by season.

2. Have you worn it in the past 6 months? If the answer is no consider consigning.

3. Is it still in style? Consignment stores, unlike thrift stores, are selective in the items they take, and only want new to like new items, which means they want current styles.

4. Does it have any stains, pilling, tears, rips, or odors? You should always wash or dry clean your items before taking them into the store to be looked over. You want to put your best foot forward and have your items looking nice so they sell quickly!

5. Check with the store you plan on consigning at to see if they have drop off limits, or want the items folded or hung. Some consignment stores do not allow items to be brought in in trash bags for safety reasons, and also insurance reasons. Check with the store before you go so you can be sure of a smooth process.

6. Check the tags. Make sure the brand and size tags are still on the item. Items without tags are sometimes harder sells.

7. Authenticity. Selling designer knock offs is highly illegal, though some consignment stores do accept them, don't take the chance. If you aren't sure of the authenticity, check into services such as Authenticate First or Authenticate4U. Sometimes these stores do have accounts with services like this and you may be able to pay the store the authentication fee.

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