Tips for consignors

Tips for consignors

Five tips for new consignors working with consignment shops.


Now that you have made the decision to consign your items here a a few key points to keep in mind.

- Read your contract!  Each consignment store has their own contract for consignors and it is very important that you understand what happens with your items once they are consigned and how the consignment process works for you and the shop. Often consignees have stipulations regarding price reductions that coordinate with the length of time an item is on the showroom floor. If a consigned item doesn’t sell in a given period of time the price is reduced to encourage the sale of the piece. Abandoning an item that does not sell can often lead to the shop taking possession of your merchandise because they cannot serve as a warehouse for consignors merchandise given the amount of limited space they have available.

- Before bringing your items in to be consigned prepare them for market.  Most consignment stores display your items just as they receive them.  Some will make an attempt to clean items before making them available for sale, however, they are not typically equipped to wash items. If they have been displayed in your home for a long time or packed up in storage they will most likely have an accumulation of dust.  The cleaner the item is the more desirable it will be to a buyer. Often times a buyer will disregard an item because it is dirty. It is just like anything you sell, you want it to look as presentable as possible. Be careful not to try to restore antiques though. Often what you think may be helping your cause could be actually devaluing a fine piece because antique buyers want collectibles in an all original state.  Restoration should be left to the pros.

- If you are consigning an item made of wood that has been a little banged up over the years, touch it up.  They make wonderful furniture markers that can be purchased in a variety of stain colors at most home improvement stores.

- Clean out your drawers!  Take the drawer out of the piece of furniture and look behind it.  You will be surprised at what you may find that went missing years ago!

- If you are consigning an upholstered item vacuum it thoroughly.  Take each cushion off and vacuum underneath and in the crevasses.  This is especially important if any member of your family is four legged.