by Anna Butros
(New York, USA)
Let’s face it. Today’s economy has changed the way American’s shop and sell. It has to. No longer can consumers strictly follow the “in with the new, out with the old” philosophies of days gone by. We need to be savvy. But that doesn’t mean that we have to settle for less. By placing your gently used furniture for sale at consignment stores, you can generate enough income to unlock the wealth you’ve been sitting on, and not just through finding change under your seat cushions!
Americans are traditionally fickle when it comes to home furnishings. We’ve all heard the saying that familiarity breeds contempt, and the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This is what makes a high end consignment store the ideal candidate for which to sell that old dining table, couch, love seat, lamps, etc. that are currently making your eyes sore. Plus, you’ll be lining your pockets with enough cash to purchase something new and exciting for your own home! But, how does one go about doing this?
First, you need to become a regular at the consignment furniture shops in your area. Take a look at what they are offering, see what they have need of, if your needs match, viola! Remember a few tricks. Bring pictures of your items you want to place up for sale before you just haul your furnishings around town. You can save a great deal of headaches and back aches by snapping some shots with your cell phone.
Once your items have been agreed upon, the consigner will accept your offerings at the price you suggest, and will sell it for a small fee; depending on the store, your furniture can be on display and you ‘II be on your way to earning either cash, or even credit with the consigning store, to refurnish your space.
Yes, it is a good idea to send the more used furniture on to the very needy, through organizations like the Salvation Army, Assistance League, etc. But think twice before you go that route. Rather than stockpile your furniture in the garage, place it in a consignment shop and see what happens. You’ll be glad you did, and who knows?