How to get the best bang for your buck at local resale stores.
Consignment and resale stores can be tricky – especially ones that give you cash up front rather than waiting for your items to sell! Many voice frustrations that their items don’t get taken or that the stores are too picky – well that’s true! Think about it, you shop at these stores as much as you sell, right? You trust your favorite resale shop to have the trendiest, best quality products for really cheap! But you also want to sell your old clothes and take home a bit of cash. Here’s how to have the best of both worlds:
When you’re pulling stuff out of your closet and into a donation or sale bin, instead of taking all of it to the resale store and then donating items that they don’t accept, separate items by condition and brand first to avoid items getting rejected at the store. Most resale shops want current trends and brands, so look at the brands and throw the more quality and current brands into the resale pile, then put the more generic brands into the donation pile. While you’re doing that, check the condition too. If a shirt has a hole or a stain, you can almost guarantee it won’t be accepted at a resale store, so donate it right away and save time and a trip.
What you do decide to take to resell, clean it! Run it through the washer and dryer once more to ensure it’s looking (and smelling) great! You don’t want to buy someone’s dirty shirt, and they don’t want to buy yours either! You’ll also have a better chance of the resale shop accepting the item if it’s laundered and looking fresh.
We live in an environment where temperatures vary often, but regardless, most of us aren’t buying sundresses in December. There’s a good chance most resale places won’t take a sundress in December either! Save your summer items to sell between March and August and your fall/winter items for September through February.
Take What You Can Get
While getting a handful of cash is a pretty great feeling, many places (including Nextt) will offer 10% more for your items if you take store credit! You’re getting a better bang for your buck because you’re getting more money, and you’ll be able to buy more with it at a resale store vs. at the mall!
Sift Through Accessories
Don’t forget to look at the style and condition of any accessories you’re bringing in. Belts that are worn at a certain spot or jewelry that’s tangled and broken is sure to get rejected. Spend a little extra time going through those items to get the extra few bucks! Don’t fret if you have broken jewelry either – it’s very easy to fix pieces with super glue, jewelry tools, and craft store finds! You may even decide to give it another life!
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