Q. What should a consumer look for when shopping resale?
- Look for quality of workmanship and materials. A quality item might cost more at resale than an inferior item does new, but the workmanship, style, and value of any well-made item, from a sofa to a designer outfit, provides more value at resale.
- Know the retail prices of items you are shopping for to appreciate how much money you will save by shopping resale.
- Explore a variety of resale shops to find several that will become your favorites. Each shop is unique, and so is their merchandise.
Get to know the staff, sign their mailing list to receive sale notices, customer only premiums, and valuable information sent out in their flyers or newsletters.
- Check all items carefully and know the store’s return policies before purchasing.
Prepare for a productive shopping trip. Know the sizes and colors you’ll need:
- Measure and note the available space for furniture so your purchase will fit.
- Bring a cabinet drawer, cushion or color swatches to help you coordinate everything.
- Be flexible. Don’t limit yourself by looking for a specific item or you may miss a great buy. Check out all sizes! Different brands are cut differently and remember, better-quality items are often cut more generously. There is also the possibility that garments have been altered…so always try items on before buying.
- Look your items over carefully. Some shops have a policy of “All Sales Final”, so be sure you like what you’re buying. Shop owners are careful to pre-select their stock for quality and minimal wear, but you should make your own evaluation. If you are unsure of your selection ask if the store has an “approval system” so you can return the item if it is not quite right.
- Don’t be in a rush when shopping. Resale stores have so much to look at and offer such great prices, you will want to take your time so you don’t miss any treasures.
When you see something that calls out to you – BUY IT!
Chances are it won’t be there the next time you visit.