Consign shopping and how to shop consignment for the best bargains
While consignment shops are always offering fantastic items at amazing prices, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind if you want to get the bargain which is truly best. With time and practice you will become a master at receiving these bargains, which in turn will help to save you money better spent elsewhere. In fact, many people are able to purchase slightly used items at less than half the cost in a normal store would be! Please continue reading for more information on how to get the best bargains when consignment shopping.
First and foremost, you should always be persistent. If you are searching for a particular item or set of items, you must continue searching for them when given an opportunity. You may have just one local consignment shop, or you may have more. If you have more then one, ensure that you are looking in each of them for the item you are searching for. If there is not a particular item you are seeking but you wish to find bargains on a few broad items, you may be slightly less persistent. Either way, keeping an eye on your local consignment shops will help to ensure you get the item or items you are seeing at a good price.
Know what you are looking at. Many times people come across rare or expensive items, such as mid-century furniture, nick knacks, or collectibles- at superb prices, yet they have no idea what they are looking at. If you plan to become a serious consignment shopper, you must broaden your knowledge of antiques, what items are worth, and what is consider good or bad condition. It would be beneficial for you to do a bit of research, whether online or through reading books. Many items can be bought and sold at a higher price so that you make a pretty profit. All it takes is for you to know what an item is truly worth.
Finally, you should know that many consignment shops will allow you to make a bid on items. Bids may be limited to specific items, or you may be able to bid on all items. If you are unsure, simply ask one of the owners. Please remember to make reasonable bids. Try starting out a little lower then you would like to pay. For example, if an item is priced at $100, you could make an offer of $60 or $65 if you wish to pay $75. Even consignment shops which do not usually accept bids will sometimes take a slightly lower price on a group of items. For example, if you wish to purchase a large group of items that would normally cost you $500, the consignment shop may be willing to accept $400 or $450 instead. Remember: when in doubt, just ask.