Is consignment worth it?
August 10, 2014 9:34 AM Subscribe
I've never consigned clothes before. Given my selection, should I even bother?
posted by kwaller to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a couple dozen items of clothing in good condition – light wear at most – that no longer fit (heh) my carefully curated personal esthetic (a heh heh heh). They range from mid-range men's suits to Macy's-brand men's button-downs to a whole bunch of cotton and polyester Ann Taylor shirts.
The clothes were a moderate investment ($20 jackets, $20-50 shirts, $50+ slacks), so it'd be great to recoup some of the cost. However, I deal with epic levels of depression and fatigue, and my motivation/patience/general wherewithal is very limited. I'm just tired of this stuff taking up space in the guest room.
Should I bother taking these items to a consignment shop? The Internet has told me that I'll get less than half the return on the posted price, and it may take months for items to sell. Time isn't a limiting factor, but energy spent keeping track of the transactions is.
Or should I try to sell them on Craigslist? If so, what prices should I set? Should I just make someone's day at Goodwill? (The women's suit and old bridesmaid dresses are being schlepped to appropriate charities.)
All of the items need to be dry cleaned – thanks, kitties – and Yelp tells me there's a local cleaners that'll do it for $2.75 per item. I live in Tucson, Arizona.
[Last should-I-consign question was asked in 2008; not sure if the issue is evergreen.]