Consignment Furniture. We’ve been in the business now for almost four years at New Leaf Furniture Galleries. We’ve learned a few things in that time. There’s been some hard lessons and a few things we’ve found that we actually do right.
One thing I’ve noticed over our time in the consignment business is that there is a huge difference in what people get for their items and how fast they sell. The difference is not based solely on quality and condition either. You can maximize your return on a consigned item by using a little common sense.
Here are a few of my ideas.
Be thoughtful of the season.
This is particularly important in furniture consignnent stores when you can bring anything any time of the year. It only takes a little common sense to know that outdoor items will sell best in the early spring and fireplace tools will command a higher price in the early winter. If you can hold onto your items for the right season, why not do so to make a few extra bucks.
A little touch up will push the price upon your consignment furniture.
Dusting and cleaning your items is a no-brainer, but have you considered covering up scratches or cleaning up the fabric. We see items in our store sell quicker and command a higher price when a little clean-up is done BEFORE the items comes through our doors. Old English scratch cover or even a dab of Howards will work wonders and add to your pocket book.
Choose the right seller.
Every consignment seller is not the same! A higher quality shop with a likeable shop owner and staff will increase your chances to sell and the pricepoint of your items. Search around. Don’t be afraid to drive across town. Make a couple of visits before you pick you favorite shop. The time it takes to do so will pay off when you drop off your two year old sofa for resale.
A little due diligence will go a long way.
There is nothing on Earth like consignment shops. I am so thankful that I get to spend my time in one every day! Take advantage of everything your local shop has to offer and you will be glad you did.