Bargain Hunters don’t just save money, they can make it!
If you love clothes, have a flair for fashion, know style, season and labels, listen up. “We want you!” Rochester Area Consignment Shops President Cathy Yeomans says. “Any of the 20 area RACS stores would welcome more pickers”. The RACS website (www.rochesterconsign.com )can help you find a consignment store in Rochester N.Y. or Google consignment in your area.
For those of you wondering what is a picker? It’s the term affectionately given by consignment shops to those who spend their time ‘picking’ through garage sales, yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores looking for “the good stuff” to turn around and make money consigning. Some pickers do it just for fun and pick up 50 bucks here and there; some are serious pickers and can regularly pick up checks from a few hundred to $1000. They consign with several stores and know what sells.
Monday June 20, 2011 Turns Upscale Consignment in Rochester NY even held a workshop on how to make money as a picker. The workshop gave tips on what to look for, what sells, what area stores accept and where they are.
A few good shoppers have always known they could use their skills to make some spending money.
Those who love to shop and consign their things when they are through with them have so many resale choices these days that the supplier pie is getting smaller and smaller.
So more pickers are needed! Those who don’t just consign their own things, but have the time it takes to dig through bins, travel around town, and wade through racks of stuff looking for labels that sell. If you love to hit the sales, the discount racks and the bargain bins, this might be for you. You can buy items for .99¢ or less and then turn around and sell them to either Buy Outright Stores, like Platos or Clothes Mentor or consign them for even more of a split.
The difference between Buy Outright and Consignment Stores is that Buy Outrights pay you cash on the spot, at a fraction of what they will sell it for. Consignment stores will pay you more, generally between 40%-50% after your item sells. It’s a good idea to check out several stores and find out what they take, who they cater to, and what their policies and store hours are. Learn what labels sell, and keep an eye out. A good web site to check is “Too Good to Be Threw” (www.tgtbt.com)
http://howtoconsign.com/spiffy.htm is the link for tips on how to boost your resale value.
Many area thrift stores have return policies so a picker can return items that were not accepted at whatever resale shops they deal with and get something else to sell. “This is a win-win for all resale!” Cathy Yeomans, owner of Turns Upscale Consignment, RACS president and former Retail Operations Manger at VOA says. “Thrift Stores and Garage Sales make their money, and Consignment Stores and Buy Outrights stay well stocked for those who don’t have time to do all that digging for a bargain but still want higher quality items for less. They can’t bring themselves to pay regular retail for the labels they love and don’t want to settle for discount quality.
Today’s working women are juggling so much and time is a precious commodity so having resale shops that have done the work of sorting for the current styles and popular labels makes dressing for less easier on the time budget, and money budget.
For those who love the mall and dress on the cutting edge you can feel justified that you’re purchasing items that hold their resale value. Somehow you don’t mind spending more for items you know will be worth more when you’re done with them, whether you’re cashing in on them yourself or looking to give to your favorite cause.