It’s officially that time of year when it’s out with the old and in with the new. The changing of seasons brings us warmer temps and less layering and it has us going through our wardrobes with a fine-tooth comb. Not only are closet cleanouts satisfying to do, but sometimes they can earn you a pretty penny. Toronto is known for its prime selection of consignment stores and if you keep up with the trends, your old threads can pay you back. But these stores don’t take just any pair of jeans or any old blazer — some are very strategic in how they select or buy as they say.
If you’re doing some spring cleaning and want to sell some gently used clothes, here are tips for how to get them to sell at consignment stores!
Be Mindful Of The Buying Season
Most stores buy clothes ahead of the current season. As it’s spring right now, consignment stores are most likely buying for the summer season. That means that even though you might wear sweatpants in the summertime, don’t be surprised when the buyer doesn’t want them. Not only is it important to be mindful of the garment but it’s also smart to pay attention to the colour. Summer colours like white, yellow, pink, and various pastels will likely be selected by any buyer!
Keep Up With The Trends
While thrift stores will likely take anything you hand over, consignment stores are known to be much more selective. Trendy items definitely have a higher chance of being sold to consignment stores as they’re the items that shoppers will likely be searching for.
Look At The Condition
Does the garment have holes, stains, or signs of heavy wear? If so, the odds are it won’t sell. Just because the buyer is selecting used clothing, it doesn’t mean it has to look, feel, or worse, smell used. Think about items you’d want to buy when you’re putting together your bags of clothing to be sold. Would you buy a worn-out looking garment? We didn’t think so.
Pay Attention To Brand Names
If you’re brand-name obsessed, it’s likely those items will sell at consignment stores. Popular designer names are always being desired and if the item is still available in stores at full price, that’s even better. A few designer names that we think are always sellable are ACNE, Club Monaco, Alexander Wang, JBrand, Levi’s, Philip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Topshop to name a few.
Pay Attention To The Vibe Of The Store
Is the consignment store you’re selling items to in a more quirky neighbourhood, or is it more upscale? It’s important to tailor your goods depending on where the store is located and what the vibe is in-store. For example, a store located in Kensington Market might be more interested in more boho garments and a store in Yorkville might be after more high-end designer duds. If the selection in-store is carefully curated, expect them to be super picky when sorting through your stuff and don’t be offended if they don’t want anything. It’s not personal, it’s just business!
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