* This article has been updated for accuracy January 2018
If you are thinking about selling your excess “stuff”, here are some consignment store tips from our experts.
What’s the benefit?
- Your “junk” (a relative word)… and it becomes someone else’s treasure.
- A ‘decluttered’ home… you’ll breathe better.
- Money – hey, everyone can use some cash (especially now).
- A clean house and closets. Your family will thank you for it, and you feel so good!
You realize that:
- All the things you’ve saved for your children…? They don’t want them!
- Life with just what you really need is always better.
- Out of sight equals out of mind.
- You will never miss it. We promise.
What to take in to the consignment shop? Ideally items should be in perfect or near perfect condition. Here are some suggestions:
- Photographs of larger items – mailed, emailed, or hand delivered
- Antiques and good furniture reproductions
- Sterling silver and old silver plate – polished
- Tiffany, Baccarat, Steuben, etc., etc., etc.
- China and stemware – sets of 6 or more – no chips, dings or cracks, please
- Your “Renoirs, Monets and Picassos”
- Jewelry…the real deal (designer costume jewelry also OK)
- Decorative pieces – interesting or fun
- Seasonal items – outdoor furniture in May, and fire tools in October
How does it work? At our favorite consignment shop:
Randi Conway, the owner of the shop, is a certified appraiser and has been in the business for almost 30 years. She will set a fair price. Two thirds of the sale proceeds go to you; one third is the commission kept by the shop. Items are consigned for 4 months and may have markdowns taken at intervals.
115 Mason Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
To find a shop near you:
- Go to Google at http://www.google.com/
- Type in – Consignment shops, your zip code – to the search box
- Click Google Search
Consigning is easy and it’s fun. Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.
Money Crashers is a good resource.
Are you in New York? Here are the top 10 consignment stores in the City, according to Time Out
See resources for online consignment stores in A Sharp Eye’s article;