If you were raised like I was, you’re missing out on some great items at unbelievable prices. I mentioned this in my post on Thrifty Thrifting, but I didn’t frequent consignment and thrifts stores as a kid. That’s a lie—I had never been into one until I was an adult. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a bargain shopper from the womb.
While living in Connecticut I discovered something borderline amazing—clothing consignment. I’ve been doing this for about three years now. I bring my old clothes to the consignment shop when I’m ready for some new stuff, they sell my old stuff, I get a check, money goes to new stuff. Genius. The only drawback I’ve found is that I have a tendency towards consigning things that are new and I still wear. There’s a certain thrill about unexpected money from consigning that is increasingly addictive. I have to keep a close eye on myself.
What are the best things to consign? There are a few things that I don’t like to cut corners on. Mostly—jeans, boots, and bags. So when it’s time to consign these things, I usually get around $50-$75 with the turnaround. I’m serious. This isn’t what they sell for, this is what I get from the consignment shop. The best part is, since I get a lot of my designer items from the outlets, usually on sale at the outlets, they occasionally sell for more at the consignment store than I bought them for. If you’re in RI and looking for a good place, Karmacoutureri.com has been great to me so far. They are very picky about what they’ll accept, but they give you 50% of the sale price and they’re busy.
So when I’m not looking for jeans, boots, or bags, I’m all about the best deal possible. I recently found an estate sale warehouse (Mike’s Estate Services in West Warwick, RI) where they have some unbelievable deals. If you have patience and a good eye for a deal, you can find things like these:
Pulls for our bathroom doors:
I’m a necklace hoarder and tend to shy away from earrings…but for $0.50 a pair, you can’t go wrong:
So–those are my suggestions for stocking your closet without emptying your wallet. Happy thrifting/consigning.