5 Benefits of Shopping Consignment

5 Benefits of Shopping Consignment

A list of reasons to go shopping can really be endless– Back to school, a growth spurt, an upcoming event, or even boredom. The problem is that shopping, even when it is totally necessary, can become  expensive.  Back to school and growth spurts are inevitable, special events have to be attended, and sometimes a little bit of retail therapy is just what the Doctor ordered.  To keep from spending a lot of money, you can spend hours going store to store looking for what you need and hoping they’re on sale, or you can shop secondhand and consignment options!

So why should someone consider shopping consignment over shopping retail? When considering consignment, one should know that you can find staples that you need along with the latest trends at truly unbeatable prices! Some consignment is even available online so it will definitely save you time as you don’t need to go from store to store anymore.

We’ve compiled a quick list of 5 unique benefits of shopping consignment that one may not experience by shopping in retail stores or online.

  1. Prices

Consignment can save you big bucks!  Since the items have been previously owned, items will be priced much lower than you would find in stores.  Some items are even new with tags and still for sale at a discounted price from their suggested retail price.

Our Marketing Guy was able to save $182 when shopping consignment for back to school! After shopping on Swap.com for back to school clothing for his son, he did a price comparison on other online retails to find just how much he saved.  Shopping for back to school doesn’t have to break the bank.

  1. Unique selection of items

Sometimes you need to find items for a specific event or day and they may not necessarily be in season or the hot-ticket item this month.  Consignment, especially online, does not have the seasonal requirements that most stores have for their items.  You can find a sparkly holiday dress in June and swimsuits for the whole family in November.  

  1. Selection refreshes daily

Inventory in a consignment store is totally dependent on people cleaning out their closet and getting rid of items they no longer want.  Because of this, the selection refreshes on a daily basis.  You may not find what you’re looking for today, there’s a chance that it can show up the next day or week!  Shopping consignment is kind of like a treasure hunt, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the first go at it, don’t give up because it could be coming soon!

  1. Keeps waste out of landfills

The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles annually.  While certain items need to be thrown away after a lot of use, others can be repurposed or another person can use them after you!  

If you have a T-shirt that has seen better days, you can repurpose it by turning it into a rag but eventually it will have to find its way into the trash.  Otherwise, consignment can be a great option for clothing that still has some life left in it. Instead of throwing away clothes that you are no longer wearing, you can send it off to be sold to the next person who wants to needs it. In sending it to consignment, you have a chance to make some money back, too!

  1. Convenience

Just like your favorite retailer, consignment is also available online! This is incredibly convenient since there may not be a consignment store available in or close to your home town.  When shopping for something, you can log on from your home computer, tablet, or even smartphone to shop! Gone are the days of getting into your car and driving from store to store to hunt down the best deal- the deals are now at your fingertips, ready to be placed into your virtual shopping cart.

 

When it comes to shopping, the options truly are endless.  Luckily, though, you don’t have to feel guilty about spending some money when you shop consignment and secondhand options.  Not only do you save a few bucks, but you also get access to a great selection of items and you help do you part by reducing some waste that could otherwise end up in a landfill.

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Have you found some great pieces by shopping consignment? We’d love to hear about them in our comments below!

Jesse

Jesse Gonzalez is the merchandising and style expert at Swap.com, creating a world of ‘once loved’ items to not be discarded, but re-introduced with fashion trends and flexibility.

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  1. I like that you pointed out how easy it is to find holiday items out of season on an online consignment marketplace. My husband loves when our house is decorated for Christmas, but the ornaments and lights are so expensive this time of year. Maybe I should wait until the summer and get them online from a consignment website, and maybe then they’ll be less expensive. https://rummagesales.com/

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