One of the primary services I offer my clients as a Personal Shopper is the twice a year closet consultation. I help them remove items that are worn or out of date, identify new items that would enhance their wardrobe, and put together new outfits from pieces they already own. Even though I do this for my clients, it is somehow a struggle to do it for myself. But this fall, I knew it was time. I did a very thorough cleaning out and came up with a couple of large bags of stuff to get rid of. Some of it was trash (should I mention that almost ALL of those pieces were worn out things I had only purchased a year or so ago from the large chain “discount” stores? Where’s the value in that?!) But I had some really nice things, barely worn and still very much in style. So I contacted Mint Condition, an upscale consignment store and made an appointment.
Today I went in with my items and my two kids. I’ve consigned before but I was really pleased with the service I received. The ladies were very helpful, sweet to my somewhat wild children, and got me in and out in a matter of minutes. I will receive 50% of whatever they sell the items for in the first 60 days and half the sale price for the 30 days after that. I can pick up whatever doesn’t sell as long as I go in before the 90 days is completely up and, if I don’t want it, they will donate it for me. So I’m making money on stuff I can’t use anymore (which helps me purchase new items for fall!) and being kind to the environment offering the stuff to be reused.
I should mention that I chose Mint Condition because of the cute stuff they have in there already. I knew they’d be a good option for getting my pieces sold. And I just might have to use some of that money right in their own store. The pewter metallic Cynthia Steffe tunic hanging in the window was right up my alley. And, if you’re looking to go really upscale, they had an iconic Chanel skirt suit in ivory, size 42 for $1800. A steal, believe me, even at that price. But I did notice it is scheduled to go to $900 on 9/1. You can always wait and take your chances!