Consignment stores are there to accept donations of used items and reselling them for profit. The difference between these shops and a place like Goodwill is the person donating gets 40 percent of the sale of their item. As with any business like this, there are ups and downs to the shops.
- While the transaction is beneficial to the owner, the individual who may be expecting money back for their clothes might not get anything back. If the items don’t sell, they are either given back or sent to shelters.
- The owners of consignment stores are very picky about the kind of items they take. Clothes have to be lightly worn and not have alot of wear and tear.
- If any damage occurs to the clothing, it falls on the owner to bear the loss since it isn’t really property of the consignment shop.
- Most of the shops hold high class items and major name brands. The prices are not always affordable for being somebody else’s castoff.
- On the plus side, even if the owner may not get money for their item, they can still claim the transaction to a certain extent on their taxes.
- It’s a safer way to sell old clothes than going on ebay and doing it yourself.
- For new jewelry designers it’s a great way to get your merchandise out there for people to buy. Simply bring your stuff in and get the manager’s help.
The varied amount of clothing offered is a huge draw for people to these types of stores. Each consignment shop is personal to the owner, meaning they only take clothes they would probably wear so different shops hold different things. Some have truly eclectic tastes while others have clothes more centered to conservative wear.
It’s really up to the shopper whether it’s worth the time to visit and to the person who donates their clothes to these consignment shops.