August 07, 2014

 With the back-to-school shopping season here,
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If you’re thinking of shopping consignment, BBB recommends keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Know the difference between thrift shops and consignment stores. Consignment stores pre-select donated items to ensure quality, originality and re-sale value. Some consignment stores will also split the cost of items with the consigner and include items from retail stores. Thrift stores generally don’t pre-screen items usually only offer donated items.
  • Take a walk in your neighbourhood. Find out which consignment stores are close to your home or place of work. That way you won’t be spending money on gas to find a consignment shop.  
  • Ask about return policies. Most consignment stores don’t accept returns, so be sure to find out what the policy is and make sure you’re willing to spend the money for your purchase.
  • Budget your time. Consignment shopping is not a quick, one-stop shop. Depending on how stores organize their inventory and when they receive new items, it may take some time to sift through the racks.
  • Understand the pros and cons. Consignment stores may have limited selection, size and style of clothing so it may take some extra shopping to find what you want. But, this means that you could end up with an original, one-of-a-kind item.
  • Know what you’re looking for. Some consignment stores only carry adult clothing while others carry furniture, kids clothing and toys. Contact the business directly or check out their website to verify they have what you want.

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