Spring is the season for sleeveless dresses, pedicures and sandals. And if your closet is anything like mine, it’s also the season to spring clean your wardrobe. Now is the time to pack up all of your textured, bulky winter items and create space for those light, fun and festive spring outfits. Consigning clothes can be a very great way to edit your wardrobe and earn money. Here are some tips on consigning clothes.
- Make sure your clothing is seasonal and current
- Clothes must be clean and fresh smelling
- Prep your clothes to make sure they look their best: make repairs, iron the item
- Know what designer brands the consignment boutique accepts
- Call ahead to schedule an appointment to consign or find out what times they accept consignments
- Understand the consignment boutiques payment policy and the percentage of sale they offer to consignors.
I have two favorite places to consign clothes in DC.
Current Boutique. With several locations in DC, VA and MD, Current Boutique accepts various women’s brand clothing. They offer 50 percent of the selling price for any of your items sold. Your account balance can be used as store credit or you can receive a check. No appointment is needed for in-store consignment.
Ella-Rue. Located in Georgetown, this shop specializes in designer dresses for any occasion, from office wear to black-tie gowns. It also accepts high-end handbags, shoes, accessories, tops and jackets. If you have more than 40 designer pieces to consign, an employee will come to your home. Consignors receive 50 percent of the final sale price. The store sets prices based on the market value, condition of the item and relevance to Ella Rue clientele. Checks are disbursed once a month and items are kept for 60 days. The consignor can pick up anything that hasn’t sold in that period.