Spring is right around the corner. Really, it is. And the last place you’ll want to be when the weather warms up for good is in your house trying to find something to wear. This month is perfect for getting your clothes in order, clearing out the items you no longer need and organizing your closet for the season.
If you need some motivation, consider that decluttering your closet can also be a way to earn extra money. There are consignment stores all over our region that will sell your gently used clothing and shoes, so finding one near you is easy. It does take a little bit of planning and scheduling to consign clothes, but the payoff can make it all worth it.
Start by sorting your clothes into “Donate” and “Sell” piles. For those items in good condition that you decide to sell, start a list or quick spreadsheet of the items, dates and prices. As you can see below, the consignment terms vary, and you will want to keep track of your clothes and accessories, especially if you use more than one shop.
Here are some great local consignment options:
Bethesda, Arlington, Alexandria and the District
●What you can consign: Current Boutique will consider almost any women’s brand, as long as the item is in season.
●Terms of consignment: You receive 50 percent of the selling price for any of your items sold. Your account balance can be used as store credit or you can receive a check. No appointment is needed for in-store consignment.
3231 P St. NW
What you can consign: This Georgetown shop specializes in designer dresses for any occasion, from office wear to black-tie gowns. It also accepts high-end handbags, shoes, accessories, tops and jackets. If you have more than 40 designer pieces to consign, an employee will come to your home.
Terms of consignment: Consignors receive 50 percent of the final sale price. The store sets prices based on the market value, condition of the item and relevance to Ella Rue clientele. Checks are disbursed once a month and items are kept for 60 days. The consignor can pick up anything that hasn’t sold in that period.
3069 Mount Pleasant St. NW
What you can consign: The Mount Pleasant store takes men’s and women’s traditional work wear and mall brands, such as J. Crew and Banana Republic.
Terms of consignment: Consignors receive 50 percent of the resale value in the form of a store credit.
4830 MacArthur Blvd. NW
What you can consign: The Palisades store accepts women’s designer-label clothing, shoes and accessories.
Terms of consignment: Call to schedule an appointment. Inga’s accepts clothes for all seasons all year. You will receive 50 percent of the sales price. If your pieces haven’t sold after three months, you can reclaim them.
7349 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda
What you can consign: The store accepts men’s and women’s contemporary casual clothing (women’s sizes 0-14 and men’s pant sizes 30-38), accessories, handbags, shoes and costume jewelry.
Terms of consignment: You will receive 50 percent of the retail price and be paid on the spot, by cash or check, for anything the store decides to purchase. High-end handbags and shoes are often taken on consignment, so you will receive your payment two weeks after the item sells. An appointment is required and can be scheduled through the store’s Web site.
3289 M St. NW
What you can consign: Articles should be of a current style, seasonally appropriate and generally no more than two years old. They need to be new or like new. A full list of brands is available on the Web site.
Terms of consignment: Items are generally priced at 30 percent to 40 percent of their original retail value, depending on condition and style. New items with tags will be priced at about 50 percent of the price listed on the tag. You will receive 40 percent of the final selling price if you choose to be paid via check. If you opt for store credit, you will receive 10 percent back on your store credit purchase. If you bring in any premium high-end handbags, you will automatically earn 50 percent of the final selling price. Consignment payments are processed every month. If your balance is more than $100, a check will be mailed on the 15th of the following month. If your monthly balance is less than $100, you may pick up a check the first day of the following month. You may also use any consignment earnings as store credit and receive a 10 percent credit bonus.
1702 Connecticut Ave. NW, second floor
What you can consign: Secondi accepts high-end seasonal pieces from brands such as Chanel, Theory and Burberry. An appointment is required the first time you consign. Items must be less than two years old. Check the Web site for specific brands.
Terms of consignment: Consignors receive 50 percent of the selling price of each item. Each consignor has an account. When an item sells, the money goes into your account. You will need to call to arrange payment pickup or use your account for store credit. Any unsold items are donated to Bread for the City and Martha’s Table.
4115 Wisconsin Ave. NW
What you can consign:
Sequels accepts designer women’s clothes, shoes and accessories.
Terms of consignment:
Consignors receive 50 percent of the sale price for each item sold within 60 days of consigning. The store pays consignors every month for items sold during the previous month. All items are discounted 20 percent after they’ve been in the shop 30 days and 50 percent after 45 days.
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