Have you ever wondered what to do with your size 16 dress now that you fit into a size 6? Would you rather recycle your unused items than throw them away -- especially if you get paid for them? Are you always looking for a bargain when you buy clothing, sporting goods, or furniture? Resale stores may be the answer.
Resale stores buy merchandise directly from owners. These items are then resold, usually with less mark up than new items. Resale stores are full of someone's junk that becomes another's treasure.
Inventory changes often in a well-run resale store, so shoppers visit often. Resale stores may specialize in the type of merchandise they sell--one may likely have toys, while another becomes known for upscale women's clothing. Shop around to see which resale store becomes a favorite and which one is likely to pay you the most for items you want to resell.
Resale shop buys merchandise from the owner.
Thrift shop is run by a Not For Profit organization to raise money for their charitable group.
Consignment shop accepts items on a consignment basis, pays the owner a percentage when the items are sold.
With a little planing and work you can get the best prices for your items. Most resale stores accept only clean clothes. Begin by deciding what you do not need anymore. Then wash, iron, and fold these items, sort by size, and pack in clean boxes for delivery to a nearby resale store.
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Phone in advance of visiting to make sure you understand their policies. Resale stores may only accept items to sell on certain days of the week and between specific hours.
Once you've delivered your used items, you may leave with a tax deduction, store credit, or cash. And your unused item may be just what the resale store's next customer can't wait to find.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff