Ever since I started reading The Dollar Stretcher, I’ve been intrigued by consignment stores as a place to sell clothes for cash. (See this article from 2002, for example.) One reason I haven’t done it is that I don’t think my own clothes are consignment-worthy. Except for rare occasions, I don’t buy expensive brand-name clothing, and I don’t own many clothes in the first place. But the idea that one could walk into one’s closet, pick out some stuff, and make cash from it is pretty appealing.
Today, I came across a great guide to selling children’s clothes on consignment at Baby Cheapskate. I love the guidance she gives when it comes to quality: Ask yourself if you would give the item you’re considering as a gift. If yes, it’s consignment-worthy. She also has good info on the different ways consignment stores can work and how to find one in your neighborhood.
Alas, at this point, I have only a few pieces of kid’s clothing that are consignment-worthy. (I am pretty ruthless about decluttering – no matter how nice the item is, if the kids won’t be comfortable in it or won’t wear it for some other reason, I pass it on to someone else.) But I still find the idea appealing!