As far as real consignment stores, they kind of baffle me. I've shopped at them, but it seems that in selling things to them, there are a lot of rules. You have to sell things by season, and you have to do it way before that season arrives. Most of the places around here, you have to make an appointment to have them look at your stuff. Also, I don't buy a lot of super high end stuff, so it seems like they'd just reject me and waste both our time.
Because of this, I have had a pile of very nice clothing in my closet that I just can't bear to give to the thrift store. Most of it is stuff I bought for work that either doesn't fit me well, or I didn't end up liking after a while. Every now and them, I'd dig a piece out and try it on, but either the skirt was too short or the pants too high-waisted--something was just off for me. So they'd go back into the closet.
So I was incredibly excited with I read about a new online consignment company: ThredUp. They only take clothing in perfect condition--which makes sense, but you can send them things for free (no shipping costs), any season, and then you can either get cash for what sells, or store credit to buy replacement clothes.
Once I requested a bag from them and started shopping my closet, I realized that I actually had a lot of clothes that I just never wear. I used their brand finder to see what they accept, de-linted a couple items, dumped the lot of them in the bag they sent me (took about three days to get it), and took that down to the FedEx drop box a few blocks away. After about a week, I got this email from them:
Thanks for returning your polka dot Clean Out bag!
We're excited to add your practically new clothes to the thredUP Shop.
We carefully inspect each item to ensure it meets our high quality standards. This usually takes about 3-5 business days, but because we're experiencing higher-than-expected bag volume we do not expect to process your bag until on or around Monday, December 9th. We sincerely apologize for the delay.
Once we've inspected each item, we'll send you an email letting you know how many items we're able to resell and the total amount you've earned for each.
While you're waiting, browse our high quality, brand name threds at up to 80% off retail prices! As an added thank you for sending in clothing that we can sell to other families, here's a 20% off coupon good for any purchase made within 24 hours:
So it seems that they're a little backed up right now, but I have no problem waiting. So far, the process has been pretty painless and I'm pretty thrilled to reclaim some hangers and shelf space in my closet. I'll keep you posted when I hear back from them.