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I collected a few sales tags to show you what people leave on their clothing that they are bringing in. “Outlet $9.99 Compare at $19.00” “Value Village $5.49” “Value Village $9.49” If the store prices based on a 1/3 rate of the retail value an item with a price tag of $5 would have to be sold at $1.60 of which the consignor would receive .64 cents. That is assuming the prices don’t drop or go on sale.
It is in your best interest to remove the label from the inside, play on the fact that most people wouldn’t know the item is from Streetwear Society or George. At the very least remove the price tag. I find a lot of women think that because their items have original sales tags that it will increase the value of their items, it does not in most cases. The only instance where it would is if the item is an expensive highly sought after item such as a Lululemon jacket ($250) or Frank Lyman dress ($200).
June 1st – $0
June 6th – $0
June 13th – $0
June 20th – $0
June 27th – $0
Total purchases: $0
June 1 through 5th – $133
June 6th through 12th – $362
June 13th through 19th – $250
June 20th through 26th – $306
June 27th through 30th – $85
Total income: $1136
Number of items consigned: 80
Consignment Income $1136 – Spending $0 = Month End Balance $1136
When you buy a house your priorities change. What can I say? I turned my focus 100% towards renovating and moving into my new home and completely ignored the thrift stores. I imagine the day will come when I feel the urge to shop, but right now I am looking at clearing out – styling what I currently have and making my yard sale finds new!
The Kijiji Hutch
What I like to call the “big hutch” when in actuality they are both essentially the same size. Surprisingly light weight too! This one I found on Kijiji in Belleville (a solid hour’s drive from my home) for $75. My parents frowned when I showed them the image but it was my decision. I could see the potential in it. If I could I would remove some of the bulk in the front that is just decorative but I am not skilled enough in wood-working!
I do not yet have finished photographs but you can start to see the progression. This particular pieces I sanded down prior to painting. A word of caution about something you may come across if you are refinishing thrifted furniture – sometimes the varnish dye used in cheaply made furniture will run when paint touches it. This one for example required more coats than expected, A) because its very dark but B) the finish blended with the white paint and became yellow. It was almost as if the dye was mixing with the paint. The first time I noticed this even with all the furniture I’ve painted over the years.
Have I told you how much I love yellow recently? Well let me tell you again! Two years ago I would have grimaced at the thought of adding this colour to my wardrobe, after years of listening to the old wives tales about what colours you can or can’t wear I just assumed no one could wear yellow. Since throwing out the nonsense tales of what I can and cannot wear I decided I would wear whatever I wanted, including this colour. Why the sudden love of neon? Who knows.
Maybe this colour has come back in a way I had never seen before, maybe it’s the right shade that does it for me. I picked up this dress a couple years ago with the plan of wearing it on holiday in Cuba. Unfortunately it did not make it out of the suitcase due to it being a thicker fabric – not suitable for such warm temperatures! But for spring with a little blazer, it’s just the right amount of warmth.
It’s also nice to be able to wear some of my brighter statement jewellery that I snatched up on eBay. The earrings have been redesigned so they are less bulky than the original set.
May 2nd – $21
May 9th – $42
May 24th – $18
Total purchases: $81
May 1 through 8th – $224
April 9 through 15th – $140
April 16 through 22th – $120
April 23 through 31th – $271
Total income: $755
Number of items consigned: 70
Consignment Income $755 – Spending $81 = Month End Balance $674
Wow this month I spent $11 over my budget with mostly housewares and a couple resale items that I sold at the store. All in all I’d say that’s not too shabby! I consigned less items this month and made roughly $100 less than last month. We can’t always have record-breaking months!
Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, along with it comes air conditioning! Haha we seem to go from one extreme to the other – personally I am not a fan of AC at all because you wait from October to May to have nice weather and the first thing you do is say “Ugh its hot turn on the AC”…
I have always liked jean jackets when paired with really feminine outfits. For years I was without one and resorted to cardigans but I think they look sloppy on me, I need more structure. I had found one from Cleo, a 3/4 length sleeve with sparkle buttons last year which wasn’t my favourite but it would do for the time being. Recently I found two fabulous jackets, a cropped version (cheap by Digital) and a full length dark denim by Parasuco.
Styling these is so easy, it actually allows me to wear almost any dress underneath whether to dress down or dress up, sometimes make it more country – I even dropped the word Coachella the other day but I was quickly corrected with a “no no far less effort, not the forced look of Coachella!” I find dresses to be the most comfortable thing in my closet currently. I was not built for shorts so I’ve removed them from my summer wardrobe and went back to my beloved dresses.
I snatched up this adorable lavender floral dress by Bar III last week, did a few alterations to make it fit better in the shoulders – story of my life! My lavender statement necklace finally matches something yay!
April 14th – $15
April 24th – $20
Total purchases: $35
April 1 through 10th – $206
April 11 through 17th – $195
April 18 through 24th – $349
April 25 through 30th – $94
Total income: $844
Number of items consigned: 105
Consignment Income $844 – Spending $35 = Month End Balance $809
What I have learned recently is that it does pay to save off season thrifted items to consign. A lot of our clients are of the mindset “I’m clearing out, I want it gone now!” Which is fair and understandable. However, it is summer and you are trying to “get rid of” your very nice winter wears, you could simply throw them all into a Rubbermaid bin to store until the proper season and make some cash! When you do consign right (based on the store) you can make a great supplement income with minimal effort involved.
Even a return of $2 on an item is $2 more than you had before. The better the item, the faster it sells, the greater the return value. Some items I can get $18 for, some I get $2… it is a gamble but like I said, its more than you had just throwing it away. Now having said that, sometimes things don’t sell at all and you have to donate it anyway. Nothing lost!
Spring and Fall are challenging times in the year, or at least in Ontario, because the weather fluctuates so greatly. One day its warm the next its cold. It becomes very hard to judge what to wear. The mornings are chilly and the afternoons are warm. As much as people complain about this time in the year I actually quite like it because of how I can layer my outfits. I like wearing more spring-summer type shoes, but prefer the layering effect of cooler weather.
In preparing myself for this fluctuating season, I remove the heaviest items – the thick knits that I wear in the winter when its -20 degrees outside. I switch to lighter knits, blazers and double up on my blouse/camisole combos. Scarves are a great way to stay warm as the weather changes as I find when your neck is warm, your body maintains a warmer temperature. I have recently styled up some new looks for this awkward transition featuring lighter blouses paired with fun bottoms and 3/4 sleeve blazers.
I tend to wear panty-hose all year round with my skirts and dresses just so my legs are warmer and it gives a nicer finish. My feet however tend to be cold, but I much before the look and feel of this batch of shoes compared to winter boots that have my feet aching by the end of the day.
My number one is layers and accessories. An outfit really comes together when you have the finishing touches. I have tried to be a little more daring with my looks lately as well, creating unique colour combinations and playing with textures. For instance, I fell in love with this rich turquoise blouse and knew I had a great bauble necklace by Lia Sophia that would be perfect – unfortunately I had no idea what to pair it with. I was staring blankly at my bottoms and didn’t feel very enthused until I noticed my reptile skirt that I altered previously. To bring out the brown tones in the necklace the skirt really tied it all together. Who knew?
Unfortunately due to my temporary housing situation we are back to the old changeroom mirror photos! Last week was the first teaser of warm weather with lots of sunshine. This week is a typical “spring” day with its ups and downs and lower temperature. Already the complaints about it being cold are heard endlessly. Its Canada – the weather is all over the map!
To keep myself cheerful in my dark workspace I styled up some new outfits including this one. I’m trying out a newly thrifted Talbots floral cardigan, sleeveless blouse from Rickis and some fun Stella & Dot jewellery that was consigned recently.
In all this moving my clothing is just piled up in rubbermaid bins, some winter, some summer, everything everywhere. Finally last night I buckled down with the most energy I’ve had in weeks and sorted my living space which is my mother’s sewing studio. For the next month or so I have completely taken it over and made it a claustrophobic bachelor apartment! My everyday wears are now organized on my garment rack and my shoes are lined up in a laundry hamper. My mother was gracious enough to hang a bed sheet to separate the hallway from the studio, as my parents do need to continue living and me changing in and out of work clothes may happen at inopportune times!
Friday was such a happy day for me at the store! As you know, its very few and far between when small shoes are consigned at the store. On this particular day, a girl brought in three pairs of smallish size 6’s including these adorable kitten heel coral pink Impo pumps. So far they are quite wonderful! I’m sure she only wore them once but these are such a nice addition to my coral-infused wardrobe.