Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Great Closet Clean-Out, and Consignment Shops

I recently cleaned out my closet.  I gave away some clothes to my roommate, and some to a friend, and the rest that were not suitable for the consignment shop (too much wear, too old) I'm donating to Vietnam Veterans of America, and they're picking them up tomorrow.

The lady from the consignment shop, Barbara, was nice enough to come by this morning and pick up the items that I set aside for the consignment shop.  She was a very nice lady, and the name of her shop is Ivy & Lace.  They don't have a Facebook page or website, but they're at 1772 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY  10305, at the intersection of Hylan Blvd. and Seaview Ave. (near Goodfella's Pizzeria), so if you're on the Island and you want to check them out, stop in.  They're in Valentina's Intimate Apparel Shop, downstairs.  She was nice enough to pick up the items, because otherwise I would've had to lug them all the way over there on public transit, and that would've been hard.

The way this consignment shop works, is that they take your little-used, current style clothes, with no stains or  damage, and they sell them.  They get 60% of the profit, and you get 40% of the profit, if the clothes sell in a 90-day period.  After the 90-day period, you can ask for your clothes back, or they keep them and sell them, but you no longer get any profit from them.  This shop tends to keep a small inventory, because she wants things to move quickly.  She took 11 items from me:  two 3-piece suits (skirt, pants, jacket), a skirt and cardigan set, a skirt, and 2 pair of dark-rinse jeans.  I threw the dark-rinse jeans in there, because they're a basic item, and they will probably move quickly, and she agreed.  She said the clothes were really nice (which they are; they just don't fit me anymore, grr!) but she didn't say whether she thought they would sell or not, which is understandable, because she didn't want to make promises she couldn't keep.

Anyway, I signed the three-month contract.  Hopefully, my clothes will sell in the 90-day period, and I will have a little profit, depending on how much she sells them for.  She had someone in her shop yesterday who was interested in plus-size clothes, and she told her she would be getting some in soon, which is probably one reason why she was happy to pick up my items today, so I'm hoping it will work out well for both of us, and for the customer.

My roommate used to work in a thrift shop (which is not the same as a consignment shop), and she said they were always getting women in who were looking for plus-size clothing, but the manager of the store had an attitude about larger-sized women, and she was very hostile towards the customers, and didn't keep the inventory on display, or neatly organized, so, I guess she hurt herself, because the customers probably didn't buy from her.  Her loss!  I'll be sure to take a look at Ivy & Lace when I'm in the neighborhood, to see how my items are displayed, and how she keeps her inventory.  I have to say, though, out of all the places I called, she was the one person who didn't have a negative attitude toward plus-size customers and merchandise.  Some of those people were downright rude, and I was very happy to come across someone who treated me with respect, and actually wanted what I had to sell!

In other news, since I have an abundance of empty space in my closet and armoire now, thanks to The Great Closet Clean-Out, I naturally purchased some more items, summer items, from Old Navy, which you saw displayed in my latest Polyvore sets.  I bought two pair of twill capris, one in black, one in khaki, and the white double-ruffle tank top, and two pair of flip flops, one in aqua and one in a pink color called "cyclamen."  All for under $60!  Unfortunately, I had to put it on a credit card, which is a tale for another blog post, having to do with credit, debt, and money management, or lack thereof.  Actually, my roommate said I did pretty well, because I needed the items, I got a good bargain, and at least I'll have something to show for it, which is more than can be said for my recent spending spree.

I'm happy to report that once the Old Navy items arrive and, provided they fit, I will be all set for summer.  My next mission is to get a pair of New Balance sneakers.  I have a pair of Chaco sandals, and a pair of Dansko sandals (something like the style of sandal I have in my Polyvore sets), and I have, not just one, but TWO wonderful sun hats to choose from, including the LL Bean style in my Polyvore sets.  The other style I bought from Amazon last year, and I haven't been able to find it again, but it's actually a man's Panama-style straw fedora, and it's held up very well.  I would say it was a very good purchase, especially considering the straw hat I bought before that, from Land's End, shredded on the first wearing.  I returned it, of course.

So that's the low-down on consignment shops, and the 411 on my summer wardrobe.  Au revoir, until next time!