Consignment Shops, Where We All Benefit
A Few Basic Facts about the Business of Selling Previously-Owned Items
All stores set up to sell recycled items (a.k.a. used and second-hand), are not created equal. We can find this type of store, in fact, several of them in any town, city and even in rural areas. They've been around forever and become more and more popular during especially tough financial times. They prove to serve useful for any number of reasons, even in a plentiful economy.
It is the wise entrepreneur who sees a great business opportunity in owning and operating a consignment facility. Throughout the years, as a result of frequenting this type of business, I have learned much by speaking at-length and directly with owners.
I am especially interested in their opinions and ideas since I myself, have a small-scale "open-air" flea market that I operate from April to October, on my own property.
I would suggest three high-priority reasons a business like this is a smart endeavor. Needless to say, the income is always a plus, I enjoy the interaction with the wide variety of people who stop by to shop and I know I'm offering them the opportunity to purchase something they want or need at a very reasonable price.
As an added bonus, recycling in general is simply good for the environment.
Tons of stuff for KIDS!!
The Clothing Consignment Shop
You may be one of those people who feel that buying and wearing previously-worn clothes is not something you want to do. That's fine. There are more than enough consumers who think otherwise, to keep these stores continually productive and successful.
One reason the concept of buying used might turn you off is erroneously thinking these clothes will be worn, faded, stained or flawed in some way. This is simply not the case. Please, read on.
If you take the time to visit a few consignment stores and browse a bit, I'm confident you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The people who invest in a consignment business want to be successful and establish a solid reputation in the community to secure a strong customer base. They have strict rules and policies in terms of the condition of all items they accept for resale.
While you may not be interested in being a purchaser, you will find this business a great way to recycle your own wardrobe while yielding 50% of the revenue made. This is a simple way to retrieve some of your hard-earned and readily-spent dollars.
For years, I have dealt with two specific local Clothing Consignment Shops. The usual schedule is Spring-Summer and Fall-Winter. This is, in my particular area of the country where we enjoy four distinct seasons.
The result is that twice a year, I manage to collect two to three hundred dollars. It's always such a good feeling that I have this extra ( what I call FREE cash) to be able to either spend on something special or just put aside for a rainy day.
Anyone who has raised children knows all too well how quickly little ones grow out of their clothes, outgrow their car seat, crib and highchair and want different toys.
Children's Stores filled with used clothes and other items are so popular that their inventory is being replenished constantly. Have you priced baby clothes and furniture lately? In a word....shocking! I remember when I became a Grandmother for the first time.
Despite the fact that I was walking on air, I was sensible enough to know that Grandma had to get out and buy the equipment that a good Gram has all set up and ready for her Prince or Princess to come and spend the night!
I had no intention of draining my 401K but I went online simply to get an idea on the average price of a crib or a stroller available at a typical department store. HA!! Off to the Village Kid's Trading Post, Gram went a-shopping.
For a beautiful, safety-checked crib, a shiny-blue stroller, and a sturdy "Elmo" highchair, I paid less than one-third the price of new. Great ! Now I could pick up some cute outfits for baby, without breaking the bank.
Making a move from a relatively small home into one much larger, may be a nice upgrade but after settling in, you find yourself left with a couple of empty rooms. After just handing over the bulk of your money to buy that dream house, don't panic.
This is why Used Furniture stores exist. "A Gently Used Furniture Store," owned by a perky little lady named, "Angie," is one of my favorite places to visit and snoop around. I have purchased everything from couch and love seat, lamps and tables, to beautiful canvas-art décor for the walls.
For everything that can be purchased new, at high retail pricing, there exists second hand stores near you that offer a wide selection of the very same items at huge savings. It is well worth your time and effort to check these places out when you're searching the marketplace.
Being a frugal kind of person and a penny-pincher to my core, shopping in this way has always been an adventure for me. I see it as a challenge to just how well I can handle the household budget, provide the things I want and ultimately be proud of my efforts, with cash in my pocket.
Give it a try. You'll surprise yourself while you learn to spend wisely. Re-sell, recycle, pass it on, and keep the wheel of savings moving forward.
© 2012 Paula