Trying to consign clothes is not worth the effort.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:56:42 PM
Dang.. got back from the consignment store with about 26 pieces of clothing.. figured some wouldn't make the 'cut'.. and I did only submit what was allow per the rules. Out of those pieces 4 made the cut. I understand why maybe some of the pieces didn't, stuff she wasn't looking for. But we had some "good" things. One pair of brand new Bass black flats. Worn maybe twice (they were to big for me). My dd had some good name brand items as well and the one thing that was the only thing accepted of hers were some jeans, which I didn't think would because the bottoms were a little frayed.

I was very picky when putting this together.. I mean I checked for every little thing...followed all the 'rules'. And I saw stuff in there that rivaled my things. Oh well... I guess I will make a bit of money if they sell but otherwise all that work and guess I will just take the donation for it. What a waste of an afternoon.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:58:12 PM
What were the reasons given? Maybe they have a limited amount of space and your stuff is too similar to stuff they already have?




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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:00:22 PM
I've pretty much given up on consigning stuff. I have done the private/church sales and made very little. I just took a ton of stuff to a store here that pretty much takes every season year round. I took a huge tub full as well as 2 laundry baskets and some shoes. I brought 90% of it back. I will just donate it to goodwill.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:00:54 PM
sell them on a local facebook swap group. Clothes seem to go well on our local groups and for way more than you'd get for garage sales.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:01:47 PM
I'm not sure which c. store you went to, but I really like Cotton Kloset in Parker (off Lincoln & Jordan). They split the money 50% with you and don't charge any fees. I think things move through their store pretty darn fast. They also accept furniture and home decor items, which is nice. You might want to check them out!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:03:32 PM
I depends on what brands the store takes, what they have in inventory (maybe they had too many jeans right now or too many of something else). You just don't know. But they do. They know what brands and items people come for and they won't waste their space. Don't take it personally.

Sometimes I've been very successful, other times, not. Last time around, they took a ton of what I had and they are very picky. One time, they didn't take a practically new three piece Ann Taylor suit. You just don't know. I'm not sure how much time you have to spend. I make an appointment in advance, drop my things and come back 20 minutes later to pick up the no thank yous.

Sorry they didn't take more of your clothes.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:03:34 PM
Pennyring is right.

I own a consignment shop. Not clothing. I carry vintage, antiques, home decor type stuff.

If I have 3 pieces that are similar and someone comes in with another, I just can't take it at that time. Variety is key.

I 100% understand your frustration though. It's time consuming to get clothing items ready so I usually donate too.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:04:40 PM
No she had space, that wasn't a problem. One thing she said they didn't 'work' type clothing, more casual stuff. Okay, so maybe four pieces could have been work style... but dd had some cute tops that were definitely not work style, young and cute looking, name brands that were allowable. No reason for those.. She handed me back the bags and I didn't want to go through each piece and ask why. One dress we had, which I didn't know, was from a 'discount' store, Charlotte Russe (I think that is the spelling) but she had a bunch of Forever 21, which to me is the same level (maybe not??)



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:07:47 PM
Clearly she had a reason. You just didn't know what it was. A lot goes into a consignment shop. I talk to a lot of people who are miffed that the store didn't take their great stuff. You can't know better than the business owner. They know their business, their clientele. She may know she has things coming in and doesn't have room for things she knows won't sell. She has experience doing this. Just b/c you see room doesn't mean she has room for our things.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:08:37 PM
I know going in that not everything will considered... but shoot, four things. I might try another venue but really, I don't want to spend a ton of more time on this. I just couldn't really get why some of the good stuff didn't make it. But that is they way it goes.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:09:47 PM

I'm not sure which c. store you went to, but I really like Cotton Kloset in Parker (off Lincoln & Jordan).


Good to know, but that is a huge drive for me.. I am way way north.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:12:40 PM
Here's a good example I just thought of..

Long sleeved Anthropologie (spelling?) pink sweater. Very young, very cute, expensive, no stains, not worn but a few times. Now why would that be turned down? Still taking winter clothing so that isn't a factor.
And there wasn't three of them either...we shopped while waiting.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:14:36 PM
I love the consignment store I go to!

Its a childrens place and they do clothes, toys, and books...some movies and music as well.

I don't know how many items I take in but most of it is taken and when I go to redeem my 'money' I usually have around $50 of store credit to use.

At this store you can opt for a cash payment at 40% of what the item sells for or 50% in store credit. I take the store credit because I can always find something there for one of the kids!

Its harder now since my little one is 4. I did have much better luck selling and buying when he was a baby but its still enough to make it worth my time and effort. I can get the vast majority of a seasons worth of clothes for him just in the store credit I have from there.

This store is in a town an hour away. We have a few consignment stores in my town but I have not had any luck at all with those, so driving the hour is worth it for me.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:20:48 PM
Long sleeved Anthropologie (spelling?) pink sweater. Very young, very cute, expensive, no stains, not worn but a few times. Now why would that be turned down?
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A sweater from this season that is now on clearance at Anthropologie isn't going to make the cut. Bargain hunting shoppers know they can get it new for the same price as the consignment shop. But if it is too many winters past the styling has changed and it may be a great sweater but the style details are "off" and so it won't be a hot item for the consignment shop to sell.

Even though she is taking winter items you might have better luck getting rid of spring stuff.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:22:42 PM
But wouldn't anything you bring in, be considered clearance items at some point, in the regular stores?



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:24:23 PM
I used to consign my kids clothes and had great success.. so I thought I knew what I was doing.. lol...



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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:33:48 PM
But wouldn't anything you bring in, be considered clearance items at some point, in the regular stores?
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Not necessarily. Say the pink sweater was a hot ticket item earlier in the winter so there were none left to be clearanced. Then your sweater would be a hot item for the consignment shop. It still has a demand but no new ones floating around at a discounted price to be in competition with the consignment store.

If you can hit the nearby retail store and find it still being sold there, and at a discount, its going to usually be a fail at the consignment store. If it is still full price at the retail store then the consignment shop is more apt to take it.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:34:50 PM
I second the Facebook consignment page idea. I won't tag any more clothes. I sell them in big lots on Facebook and make a ton more money and save myself a TON of work. Between getting hangers, safety pins, printing tags, filling them in, etc etc etc I can't even compare the 2. I wish this had been around back when I first consigned my baby stuff.




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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:47:28 PM
How old were the clothes. If they are over a year old our stores here to don't take them. They have a computer program that will tell them if it is too old. SO even if it is a good brand piece that looks perfect and in style...if it is over a year old they won't take it.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:09:50 PM
I've given up on consignment and resale shops. Just not worth the time. It works out better to donate it and take a tax deduction.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:26:46 PM

How old were the clothes.


Honestly, I don't know. Her rules are 3 years or less. I based it on that. There might have been some older but I 'don't' know if they might have been older than that. I tried to keep that in mind as well though. I know I didn't have anything I knew that was old old.

I am going to look into this Facebook consignment thing.. and see what I come up with.. otherwise either Goodwill or with my running group there is people that are looking for cheap clothing cause we are all losing weight so we are all in different sizes all the time.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:21:13 PM
I just donate our clothes so I haven't gone through all of this.

But I gave to say, obviously she didn't think she could resell the clothing you brought in so she didn't accept it. I don't mean to be harsh, but people have given many possible valid reasons as to why they didn't accept your items and you are disputing them all... But clearly she had reasons to reject the majority of the items. Could be outdated, color, season, size - you won't really know unless you ask her - but the bottom line is she knows what she can sell and didn't feel your pieces would be profitable.

If you really want to sell them, you may need to try a yard sale. Another alternative is to donate them and get a tax deduction.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:33:12 PM
I have better luck with kids stuff (especially on Facebook sites) but always end up leaving irritated and kind of feeling rejected (my stuff isn't good enough?). Last time I took stuff in they wanted to buy a few things. A Dress Barn dress that was worn once--still in style and nice. They would give me $2 for it. A pair of black old navy chinos bought last winter/spring. Again only worn a few times (all of these were bought when I was in the in-between sizes after having DS). They wouldn't take because they were "faded" and had "creases". Anyway, I ended up taking the rest home and will have a garage sale. Whatever doesn't sell will be donated.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:19:05 AM
I've been fairly lucky. The handful of times I've consigned, they've taken about 80%, but I've decided that although I make less per item, I do better selling at my garge sale (we have a very well attended neighborhood sale every May).



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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:28:02 AM
Sorry to hear your experience was not very successful. I had bought and consigned at a small shop close to my home for nearly 17 years. I got a 50% split with no fees and they even accepted clothes I bought from them a few years previously because I took such good care of them. As my dds got older the store would only take certain name brands and those few styles they knew would sell. We are at the point where I have stopped consigning and just donate to Goodwill instead. The girls wear out their clothes not grow out of them.

Consigning adult clothes is another thing entirely. My parents both recently passed away and I had loads of new, tags still on garments that the store wouldn't take because they had too many of that type of item. It is a bother to go over everything and drag them in to the store only to have them rejected but at least they are in fine shape for the Goodwill Store. Hopefully someone who really needs the clothes will be thrilled at their "finds" when they shop.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:19:58 AM
Have a clothing sale. Take pictures of each and every item, list it on Craigslist with the cash price you want.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:25:08 AM
Don't take it personally- she knows her business and what sells. What you think is nice is perhaps not what her clients are looking for. She is the one who has to pay the bills at the end of the month.

I always go to the consignment store and then right over to the Salvation Army with the leftovers!



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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:49:06 AM

and you are disputing them all...


no I am not disputing all the reasons...I am just answering the questions people posted. Were they to old? Did she not have space? What about the inventory? If I had come up with a conclusion then I get it..I don't know what the reasons were except I guess she knows they won't sell. Which is fine.. No worries.

It just seemed a little weird on some of the items, like the brand new shoes. They were name brand, hardly any markings at the bottom, less than 2 years (I got them last xmas) and not a scratch. BUT that is fine.. I am not all up in arms just curious... It just wasn't worth the time I spent getting this all together and being picky myself and ended up with a carload of clothes. Like I said I consigned a lot when my two older kids were little and it was a great experience. Maybe adult clothing is a whole other ballgame. So be it.. Not the end of the world.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:10:56 AM
I remember that years ago I consigned baby clothes. My son had tons and tons of gorgeous things, many never worn. When I went to drop them off I picked up a few items there; a onsie and a little shirt. Nothing special for sure, but cheap enough.

When I went to pick up my remaining clothes after the sale, about 75% of the clothes I consigned never even made it to the sales racks. They were rejected. I got like $25 for all the work I put in to getting all those clothes ready like they instructed.

I ended up donating them all and getting a tax deduction. I never consigned anything after that. If they don't want new brand name baby clothes with tags, I don't know what they want. But I really think they could trouble themselves to tell you why they don't take an item.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:45:49 AM
I agree with a group on Facebook. We have 2of them in my area. I've been clearing out closets and cabinets of things not worn, not used, etc. in the last 2 years. Just snap a pic, post it with a price, size, description and hope for a response. In the last 4 weeks (I posted my first item Dec 22), I've sold $1420 worth of things that I wanted gone!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:46:52 AM
I did an experiment when my kids were little and I had a load of little kids stuff to get rid of. I had all kinds of nice Gap and Gymboree clothes, clean, unstained, only a year or so old. DH had me estimate the value of the clothes before I sold them. I split the lot in two, sold half of it on eBay and the other half through consignment. I made about the same amount of money on each. And we estimated that if we had donated them to the Goodwill we would have made the same amount of money donating (deductions for charitable donations) them as we earned by selling. I realize it was not cash in my hand, but it was money just the same. Since then I have only donated clothes. Saves me a load of time.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:07:59 AM
My main reason to consign wasn't necessarily getting the cash, but to get something going with buying more clothes in smaller sizes. I have been losing weight and it's expensive going out buying new clothes.. This was my thought.. consign a few things buy a few things with the credit. At this rate, if the clothes sell, I might be able to get one or two things..

But what I am going back to doing, is donating the clothes, get tax write off and buy at the thrift stores. I got four pairs of named brand pants (not Walmart or Target either) for less that $10 (1/2 off day at the thrift store)... out of those four pairs only one didn't fit and I just donate them back.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:08:35 AM
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:45:27 AM
I've given up on consignment and sell through my local sell/trade group on FB. I usually only do the kids nice church clothes and shoes on there and have gotten back more money on the stuff than I do at consignment.

The rest of our stuff goes to another family who have kids just a year or two younger than mine or Goodwill. But I don't have time to stain/rip/button check and iron everything I'm trying to get rid of and that's what the consignment place wants, lol.

If you can find a FB group in your area they might be worth a try

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:52:55 AM
I went to a resale shop once that was so crappy I actually felt sorry for them. So I went home and got a bunch of stuff together that I had for my grandkids that they had outgrown. The picked out 2 or 3 play outfits and gave me the rest back. The rest actually had tags on them, were Carters and other known kids brands and were in season. I told her "these are new and in season, your inventory is outdated and still has halloween decor on them why would you not want these items? She said she knew her clientele and knows what she should buy.

I am sure it is hard to choose the right items but these shops come and go in our area sometimes in a matter of a couple months. Makes you wonder. Now I do mom 2 mom sales only or donate.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:15:24 AM
I prefer to hand me down and donate for the same reason.

We shop a lot at Plato's Closet but I don't consign much because, well, we shop there so by the time we are consigning it back it is definitely more than one season old.

I'm still glad consignments are picky.

If they didn't take the shoes it may be because their clientele would not buy them, they have already had a similar pair not sell, etc.

I also agree that what is big in one area is not in another. I have paid $1 for Seven for All Mankind jeans ($100+ jeans) because no one had a clue. Meanwhile the consignment stores are setting aside a separate rack of Buckle jeans at an inflated price because they know that is what their clientele is trending.





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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:27:06 AM
One more thing--not necessarily the issue you had, but different consignment stores have different clientele.

In the city I live in, at most consignment stores, Anthropologie means next to nothing to them. Nicer end Nordstrom brands---meh. But drop off a bunch of CJ Banks and American Eagle and they will go crazy over it.




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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:32:32 AM
A friend of mine sells all her daughter's clothes in lots on eBay. She says it's worth it.





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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:42:39 AM
If you don't have a swip-swap in your area, you should start one! I can pea mail our town's "rules" on the board. It started out with about 10 people following it. Within a couple of months, we now have about 4500. Not all of them live in our small community, but one of the rules for those that live in Phx is that we do the swapping up here...unless the buyer/seller agree otherwise. It's worked out well!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:47:40 AM
We have pretty much gone to posting items on our counties, and surrounding, rummage sites on facebook. I was getting VERY frustrated because the stores would say they were last years/seasons items and so wouldn't take them.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:55:25 AM
I second, third, and fourth the Facebook "online yard sales" in your local area!

I've made $400 clearing out my clothes, kids' clothes, papercrafting, home goods, and Christmas items in the last two months.

I price it to GO though; so expect some low ball pricing. But it's so worth it to make a little something off it!



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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:01:36 PM
Our local consignment shop is so small that they have no choice but to be extremely choosy.

It's not just about the brand, style, condition, kwim?

They need a variety of colors, styles, and sizes.

They may just have too much like what you were bringing in already.


I think consigning clothing is always hit or miss because of this. Especially if you wear a size similar to several other people bringing clothing to the store.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:05:45 PM

I second, third, and fourth the Facebook "online yard sales" in your local area!

I've made $400 clearing out my clothes, kids' clothes, papercrafting, home goods, and Christmas items in the last two months.

I price it to GO though; so expect some low ball pricing. But it's so worth it to make a little something off it!


Honest question? How do you get the stuff to the buyer?

We have one of those in our area and a lot of posts seem to be endless back and forth trying to hook up, complete with "I was there and you never showed."

I am probably a Princess but as much as I love money and a bargain, I have no desire to waste even five minutes waiting in a parking lot somewhere, or having people swarm all over my house.

Is there a clever way to sell without having to, y'know, actually spend any time or interact with people




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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:11:38 PM
I either arrange to meet multiple people at the same time, same place. Around here, we either meet up at Walgreens or CVS parking lot. Or, I do front porch pick up, put it in a basket out front for people to pick up and leave their money in a tin. I've had no problems with this, so far. For porch pick ups, it's mostly smaller items...clothes, movies, stuff like that.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:15:08 PM
What I found (my experiences, yours might vary), it is MUCH easier to consign infant and toddlers' clothing, and mens' clothing and about impossible to consign womens' clothing.

One place, it really depended upon WHO was working the incoming desk at the time you were there. Things that one employee would take, another wouldn't consider at all. Really, I did get stuff taken by going back on a different day to someone else.

Lots of times, I just find that freecycling or donation is easier.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:24:44 PM

I second, third, and fourth the Facebook "online yard sales" in your local area!

I've made $400 clearing out my clothes, kids' clothes, papercrafting, home goods, and Christmas items in the last two months.

I price it to GO though; so expect some low ball pricing. But it's so worth it to make a little something off it!


Honest question? How do you get the stuff to the buyer?

We have one of those in our area and a lot of posts seem to be endless back and forth trying to hook up, complete with "I was there and you never showed."

I am probably a Princess but as much as I love money and a bargain, I have no desire to waste even five minutes waiting in a parking lot somewhere, or having people swarm all over my house.

Is there a clever way to sell without having to, y'know, actually spend any time or interact with people


I'm a serious seller only. I don't mess around with the moronic "no shows," reschedulers, etc. I report no shows to the admin and they are usually kicked off the site. (Of course, if there's a real issue like an illness that's fine, but I don't have time to mess around with the lame-os.) I have had only two no-shows and they were handled quickly by the admins. The trick is to post things to go quickly, and to follow the guidelines placed by the admins. And, if someone expects me to wait for days for them to get my stuff, I release the goods to the "next in line." And then there are the buyers who want ME, the SELLER, to drive five miles somewhere to sell them a $5 item. Uh, no. And that's where the guidelines come in. I picked a local yardsale site where the admin rules clearly state that, since it's based in the location where I live, the SELLER comes to ME, the buyer. Works great for me!

As to the sellers coming to my house? I've had so many great ladies who've come by, it's a two minute transaction, everyone's been great, and now I have repeat customers 'cause they like my stuff. It's been a great experience overall.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:40:52 PM
It sounds like our admins run it similarly! I've had no issues at all. I don't put my address out there, but I'll message it. I also don't drive to a buyer...if the want it, they come and get I. The only exception, for me, is if I'm going into town anyway...then I'm ok with meeting in their area.

This is a reason that swip swaps ar set up by community. Otherwise, it turns in to Craig's List!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:54:11 PM
I do the Facebook online yard sale from my area as well! I have made so much money selling used items as well getting donations for a family that lost everything in a fire! I only meet in certain areas, never alone and ours has group meets on the wkends! I have also bought a lot of nice gently used items like the adorable Coach purse I'm carrying right now! I don't think ill ever do consignment again!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:26:54 PM
Your place sounds too picky for my taste. I would look around. Some places are all about the label...others are all about the quality.

I prefer the later.

I use a consignment store that's located about 30 miles outside Nashville where I live. It's in a smaller town...way less picky. I take 30 to 40 items a quarter...amd I don't think a single item has ever been rejected.





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