Anyone can shop consignment; but to be great at it, make your friends swoon with jealousy and save big bucks, all you need are some tips and a little patience. Here are seven pointers that will help you become a world-class bargain shopper.
- Know your price range before shopping. Consignment shops differ in price ranges, and knowing your budget before picking a store helps a great deal. If you are looking to spend between $10 and $20, you should look at going to a lower-end resale store. If cost is no issue, then seek out high-end shops.
- Only shop at reputable resale stores. Many resale stores sell fakes and may not even know it. Make sure the store has a 100 percent Authenticity Guarantee. Items should be thoroughly evaluated by the store or by a representative at the respective designer house whose name appears on the item itself.
- Don’t be in a rush. Consignment stores have tons of merchandise at great discounts; take your time looking. Unlike a department store, there are usually very few of each item; therefore, really examine each rack.
- Never go by the label size on the item. Designers size their items differently; try on selections before buying. As for online retailers, the store should list exact measurements, including waist and chest measurements. You should also be aware of their return policy.
- Only buy items in like-new condition. You should only shop at stores that sell excellent-condition items and that review the condition of the item before purchasing it. Never accept items that have holes or stains, or that are tarnished in any way.
- Sign up on a store’s guest book and personal shopper list. They will call you whenever your listed item comes in, or for upcoming specials and sales.
- Make friends with the sales people, and stop into the store once a week. New items come in daily, and often times items don’t even make it onto the rack.