In which Businesses do you Need Consignments?

The inventory from a consignment store comes from customers. Customers deliver items they no longer want to the store, the store sells the item and pays the customer a percentage of the sale. This business model allows store owners to keep an inventory of new or gently used stock on hand, without having to pay upfront for the goods. Consignment stores focus on a variety of niches including clothing, books, movies, music and furniture. The businesses that usually need consignments:

Clothing: Clothing consignment stores primarily focus on new or used clothing but some also sell jewelry, shoes or accessories. General stores stock clothing for women, men and children and accept both used and new pieces. Niche or boutique stores focus on a particular type of clothing. For example, vintage stores accept older pieces in good condition. While a wedding store only buys and sells used wedding dresses.
Books: Book consignment stores buy and sell a variety of books. Generally stores keep an inventory of hardback and paperback books from any genre. Some stores also carry specialty books, such as cookbooks or textbooks, or also offer audio books, writing journals and stationary supplies. Many customers visit book stores to browse available titles. Consignment bookstores can do well by carrying a large and varying inventory.

Music and Movies: Some consignment stores focus on films. These stores sell used and new copies of DVDs and cassette tapes. They may also accept film memorabilia, such as movie posters, film scores on CD or promotional items. Other consignment stores focus on music, selling used and new CDs and records. Hybrid entertainment consignment stores sell both music and movies. These stores often divide the shopping area into sections, selling DVDs in one area, CDs in another and devoting a third area to music and movie memorabilia.

The advantages of the consignment model to the business owner are:

  • No need to pay up front for inventory to sell, as most retail stores need to
  • Any products that don’t sell can be returned to consignors or disposed of
  • Can build a solid clientele who return regularly to scope out the changing merchandise
  • Payments can be made days or weeks after the item sells, improving cash flow

The advantages to the consignor, or seller, are that they do not need to spend time creating listings on eBay or Etsy or Craiglist to sell items, or setting up a retail storefront or ship or deliver sold items.

General FAQs

  • What is a Consignment Fee?

  • What is Consignment Address?

  • Are Consignment and Sale the Same?

  • What is Invoice for a Consignment?

  • What do Consignment Stores Purchase?

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