The release of Macklemore’s hit song “Thrift Shop” brought to light just how popular alternate modes of shopping have become. While many people shop at thrift or consignment shops for the thrill of the hunt, there are many other reasons to do to.
Here are five more reasons you should consider shopping consignment.
1. Save money.
Pieces at consignment shops are offered at lower prices than at department stores because they are pre-owned. Oftentimes you can find name brand furniture and clothing for a fraction of the cost. “The savings are 70% less than retail,” says Stacey Kollasch, owner of Clothes Mentor in Rochester and Eden Prairie. Clothes Mentor also carries items from stores that are not in town. Instead of driving to the Twin Cities to find these items, you can find them in a local shop.
2. Keep items out of the landfill.
When you shop at a consignment store, you are helping keep items from being thrown away. By giving pieces a second life, you are reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment.
3. Support local stores.
Most consignment shops are owned by people who live and work in the same community as you. By supporting their business, you are keeping your money circulating in your community. “The consignment business is a real collaboration with the community,” says Penny Bracken, owner of Kismet Enterprises, Inc. in Rochester. “It absolutely keeps our dollars within the community so it’s a win-win for everybody.”
4. Find (and create) unique pieces.
Whether searching for furniture, clothing, home décor or something else, you’re sure to find unique, one of a kind pieces at consignment shops. Your home will truly reflect your curated style instead of looking like an ad from a big box store.
Finding a unique piece is only made better by fixing up a unique piece, making it fit your personal style. Cindy Rolfing of TaDa Consign in Rochester, adds “a variety of ages are looking to save the planet and upcycle used items. It brings out the creativity in one to find something and repurpose it into something new.”
5. Make money!
When adding newly-discovered pieces from consignment shops into your home, you may find there isn’t space for some of your old items, or they don’t match your new pieces. Bring them into a consignment shop and make some cash for your furniture or clothing.
“It’s a multi-purpose stop,” says Rolfing. “One can bring in things to sell and then feel they deserve to buy a replacement. Like free shopping!”
Whatever your motive, consignment shops offer a variety of furniture, clothing, home decor and household items to consider. Whether you leave them as you find them or remake them into something new, there’s a whole word to explore at consignment shops.