Our nation’s economy has forced many shoppers into seeking out creative ways to stretch “the almighty dollar.” You may know someone who is skilled in the use of extreme couponing strategies and waiting for sales often saving their family a great deal of money on groceries and household products. If you’re not into coupon clipping and waiting around for deals, we have found a great way for you to do some budget friendly shopping and possibly make some extra cash on the side.
No matter what the economy looks like, saving money and making money via consignment stores just makes good sense for the budget conscious shopper. The truth of the matter is a good consignment store can easily become your favorite place to shop and make a little extra spending money. You can almost always purchase quality, used clothing at about 50% off its original price at consignment shops. You can save even more with consignment store shopping if you shop at end of the season sales.
Now, if you haven’t been downtown recently, you may not know that Uniquely Me Boutique, one of Port Huron’s newest business, opened its doors on November 27, 2015. The consignment shop is located at 627 Huron Avenue in downtown Port Huron across the street from Casey’s Pizza.
Uniquely Me Boutique, owner, Melissa Kimball said at her store “You can find beautiful items for your home and wardrobe without breaking the bank. Depending on the items you purchase, owner, Melissa Kimball adds, “You can save anywhere from 30% to 70% off of retail prices.”
Here are a couple of tips if you are looking to make money using a consignment shop: First, before you gather your items to take to the shop, go and visit the store. The store should be clean, brightly lit, and well organized. Second, take a look at how the clothing and products are merchandised. The nicer the displays are in the consignment store, the more likely it is that your merchandise will be looked at and sold. After visiting Uniquely ME Boutique, we quickly assessed that Melissa Kimball has hit the mark on having a very neat, tidy and visually pleasing shop. For a virtual tour you can visit the store’s Facebook page and see a sampling of all of the household items, jewelry, clothing and more displayed on sale.
Last but not least, if you are looking to sell your gently used items and clothing, here a few things you should know: Most consignment shops will set the prices for you based on their knowledge of what customers are willing to pay. Generally, prices are higher at a consignment shop than at thrift stores, but the quality is usually better as well. When making money via consignment shops, be sure to ask, what percentage the shop takes and how long they will keep items before offering them at discounted prices.
Melissa Kimball said, “At Uniquely Me Boutique it is very easy to consign. Seller’s get a 50-50 split and they get an additional 10% discount off if they use the money in their account as in store credit.” Melissa also added, “We are currently accepting men’s and women’s clean, ready-to-sell spring clothing, as well as household items.”
The key to saving the most money using consignment shops is to buy during the off-season, buying winter clothes at the beginning of summer and vice versa. The key to making the most money using consignment shops is making sure your products are in the store at the beginning of the season, are in good repair, and represent classic or fashionable styling. If you have any other questions about shopping or consigning at Uniquely Me Boutique, you can visit the store’s website at www.uniquelyme.boutique, or contact Melissa Kimball at (810) 294-5454.
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