The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and what better way to start anew than by cleaning out the closet and de-cluttering the garage? Only declutter – get paid!
Declutter – Get Paid
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. And what better way to start anew than by cleaning out the closet and de-cluttering the garage? We all know that some things just pile up — life happens, and before we realize it, the closet is full of things we never wear and the garage is catching the overflow.
So what to do with these things?
The World of Consignment
Welcome to the world of consignment, where you can make money from your unwanted items. And without the hassle of organizing a garage or yard sale. That’s right — someone else does the work for you!
Declutter at Consignment Stores
Consignment stores are usually independently owned and operated. So specific rules and guidelines vary, but generally speaking, here’s how it works: you take your unwanted items to your local consignment shop, where they will be tagged with a number unique to you so that they can be identified as yours at checkout and you can receive credit for them. The items remain yours until they sell, at which point the consignment store will take its share of the profits. If, for example, the consignment store charges a 50 percent fee and your item sells for $5, the store keeps $2.50 of that sale.
Many consignment stores will take more than just clothing off of your hands. Room Swap consignment on U.S. 36 in Avon, for example, doesn’t have much in the way of clothing, but they specialize more in household goods, of which they have a great variety. They sell everything from dishes and lamps to quilts, artwork, and their main staple, furniture. Best of all, their store is home to a friendly bird named Frank Sinatra who sings and chats with customers as they browse the ever-changing inventory.
Declutter at Vendor Booths
An unrelated store of the same name in Plainfield also has vendor booths selling household items and great quantities of unique furniture. Sharing a parking lot with this location is New Beginnings Consignment, another great option for second-hand furniture.
In Carmel, Amanda’s Exchange offers a combination of clothes and furniture, with a larger, “upscale boutique” feel and great prices.
Off the Hanger Consignment in south Indianapolis specializes in clothes, and Consigned by Design has locations in Geist and Fishers, both offering household goods, a few of which can even be viewed on their website.
Declutter at Thrift Stores
If you’d rather just be rid of your things and not worry with selling them, thrift stores are probably more your league. Goodwill accepts donations, and with ten locations in and around Indianapolis, there’s sure to be a store close by that will be more than happy to help you unload your things — and this option is tax deductible!
Declutter – Get Paid – Enjoy
Whatever route you decide to go with, consignment and thrift shops are great alternative options for both the buyer and the shopper. This is a unique way to sell your old things. And you never know what kind of new treasures you’ll find along the way!
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