Organizer Offers Savings Tips for Consignment Sale Season in Charlotte

Organizer Offers Savings Tips for Consignment Sale Season in Charlotte

Can’t bear to part with that smocked dress your daughter wore? Or the Coach purse you haven’t used in a year?

Charlotte’s consignment sales or consignment shops may help loosen your grip. It’s the season for community sales around the area, with many focused on children's clothing, books, toys and accessories.

Year-round stores also are re-stocking for the season and may pay well for your gently used suits, handbags, shoes and more. It's a good time for buyers — but also for sellers, and especially people who need to purge, says a local Charlotte-based professional organizer.

Jennifer Burnham of highly rated Pure & Simple Organizing in Charlotte says consigning can offer good motivation, and sometimes a deadline, for people aiming to clean out items they no longer need. The sales or stores can offer a bargain for people who know what they want and don’t mind something used.

She offered advice for consignors and shoppers:

Tips for Selling

  • Don’t price items too high. You may have memories attached to an item, but those don't make it more valuable to someone else.
  • Consider whether you’d like less money right away (from a pay-upfront resale  store) or more money later (from a sale or a true consignment store).
  • Don’t forget the handbags. Designer purses often draw more money than shoes. They show less wear, and more people are willing to buy a used bag than used shoes.

Tips for Shopping

  • Don’t buy just to buy. Make a list of the types of items you need before you go.
  • Buy brands that last. Especially if you’re shopping for children's clothing, look for brands you know can take the wearing and washing; otherwise, you may be disappointed at how quickly the items wear out.

Consignment sales around Charlotte

Here are a few popular upcoming consignment sales:

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