designer fashion

Ten Commandments of Consigning

Consign of the times is certainly a play on words but the meaning is very real. We live in an age where material items are abundant and have a short life span with its original owner. Milliennial’s have very little attachment to holding on to “things.”

If you were raised with the value of buying quality, keeping your paperwork and taking care of your purchases, then consider yourself having a head start in the age of consignment. These traits will be secret weapons needed to keep up with the fast paced trading world. After being in the business for over eight years I feel I could write a book, but for now I will keep it simple and get back to the language we all understand — money.

Pradaclip:ConsignstoryimageFollow these the 10 Commandments of Consigning and you will increase your profits.

1. Consigning verses selling to a reseller: if you are willing to be patient and not looking for “instant cash payout,” then consigning is the way to go. Resellers buy cheap. Consignment businesses do their best to get you the highest yield on your item and share that profit with you.

2. Consignment shops like clothing items to be no more than two years old, designer vintage is always welcome. Best sellers are dresses, blouses and coats. Suits are an extremely hard item to sell as most modern women have moved to separates. If you paid $500 for a suit don’t expect it to bring the same price as a $500 dress. It all goes back to desirability and market.

3. Luxury handbags yield the highest return on investment. Keep your authenticity card, receipts, dust covers and any accessories that may have come with the bag. The more you have, the more it will yield.

4. If you paid good money for your goods, treat them with respect. “Bag on the floor, money no more.” You will never find my bag on the floor and if you do please stop to remind me that I am loosing money!

5. Store bags properly to keep their shape. Stuffing large zip lock bags or their dust covers with tissue paper is an easy solution and makes changing bags an easy process.

6. Use a quality conditioner, Coach makes a great one, to keep leather clean and conditioned Scratches can be covered using Meltonian Boot & Shoe polish.

7. Shoes do not have to be stored in boxes to keep their shape, but piling them on top of each other will certainly affect them. Many designer shoes come with replacement tips for the heels, keep them in a safe place to replace worn out tips. Gently worn shoes sell the best.

8. Fine jewelry and watches are great accessories in the world of consignment.

9. Buy less and choose well.

10. Don’t want to be bothered with consigning? No worries. There are Consign Concierge services coming to a city near you.

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Daily Dress Up! Why do you do it? by guest blogger Brigitte Stroud

I live in a somewhat small town (at least it FEELS small to me), and people will ask “why are YOU so dressed up?” As if wearing something cute that makes you feel good is a “strange” thing to do! It made me think about the things we wear every day and why we wear them.
The repetiveness got me thinking about dressing up and what that means.  Since when did it become an unusual thing to put effort into what you wear and have fun with fashion? Since when is anyone not wearing sweatpants and a hoodie breaking unwritten social rules? Why should “dressing up” be reserved for special occasions only?
I was inspired to create this list. I firmly believe in “dressing up” every day of your life, and I think you should too!

So why dress up? Here are 25 good reasons.

-Because life’s too short to blend in. Don’t settle for average.
-Because you’re only young once. You’re way more gorgeous than you know & have a fabulous body you’ll one day look back on and wish you had! Take advantage now and show off how fabulous you can be.
– Because fashion is a method of self expression. What are you trying to say?
– Because you never know who you’ll run into. Brad Pitt at the grocery store? Hey, stranger things have happened.
– Because it obviously annoys some people (like the guy who asks why YOU are so dressed up). The fact that it annoys them so much is all the more reason to keep doing it.
– Because you never know, there’s always a chance you could get snapped by some photographer or in the background of a reality show.  (This really happens!)
– Because you deserve to look your best at all times.
– Because you’ll never improve your sense of style if your default look is “I give up”. Yes, that was a Seinfeld reference. But it’s true!
– Because dressing up helps you weed out friends who don’t love you for you. If they have a problem with the way you dress, they’re not the kind of friends you want around.
– Because cute clothes and accessories are a great conversation starter. Wear something fabulous and people will ask you where you got it.
– Because parties aren’t the only time to celebrate.
– Because that fabulous party dress in your closet cost too much to only be worn once.
– Because it’s fun!
– Because even if you live in an “unstylish” city & are scared to dress up, cities don’t become stylish without someone going first. I know it sounds cheesy, but be the change you want to see in the world. Everyone else can follow your fabulous lead.
– Because dressing up helps you make fashion mistakes and get past them. Mistakes happen to everyone and that’s how you learn what not to do – get them out of the way now!
– Because it’s a test of your confidence. Dressing unconventionally forces you to develop the self-assurance necessary to stand out from everyone else.
– Because fashion is one of the rare instances where art comes alive. What artistic statement do you want to make?
– Because if you’ve got it (great style, killer confidence, amazing legs), it’s just wrong not to flaunt it.
– Because someday when you have a 9-5 corporate job and are required to wear business suits, you’re going to miss the freedom of dress you had in college. Experiment now! There’s no better time.
– Because glamour isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous, even though maybe they’d like you to believe it is.
– Because if conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the world might end on 12/31/2012 – that’s only 100 days from now! Even though we all worried about Y2K too, why not be on the safe side? Don’t spend the theoretical 100 days you have left in sweats.
– Because Carrie Bradshaw would not approve of your sweatpants and UGG boots. You can do better than that. And deep down, you know I’m right.
– Because dressing well means you don’t have to do your hair at all – you’ll have that ultra fabulous, slightly disheveled Kate Moss look.
– Because nothing beats the rush you feel when you look in the mirror and LOVE what you see.
– Because you want to. That’s the only reason that matters!

Need help “getting styled”?  Here are some snapshots and some of my very best friends in our “daily dress”!  Come see us at Couture Closets in Spartanburg if you need help getting styled.