Consigning is a way to keep your clothing and accessories in the reuse stream, and, in the process, earn money or get new-to-you items back. While many people are familiar with the benefits of donating clothing that might just be sitting in your closet or things your kids have outgrown to charities, consignment is the bee’s knees for higher-end items. Let’s say you have a desirable designer handbag, shoes, or a jacket that for whatever reason isn’t doing it for you anymore. Who can blame you for wanting to recoup what you spent on it instead of giving it away.
Reusing anything and everything is a lovely way to stop waste at the source; every time you consign or buy consigned—from a t-shirt to to-die-for heels--you’re avoiding (or at least delaying) that specific item’s entry into the waste collection and disposal system. Our groaning landfills will thank you. Reusing has additional environmental benefits including reducing demand for the resources (natural and otherwise) that go into the manufacture and transport of anything new.
If you have a good local consignment shop, make an appointment for them to check out what you’d like to sell. If not, there are many online consignment sites.
Generally items should be clean and in good condition. Not every item will be accepted. Some stores pay up front; others take your items and pay you if and when they sell. Commissions vary.
Warning: you might wind up spending your newly earned cash right then and there.