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Consignment and Buy, Sell, & Trade Differences

What’s the difference between thrift shops and consignment stores? This is something we hear often.


Let’s break it down:


Consignment stores (such as Spanky’s Legendary Consignment) allow people (like you) to bring in their gently used clothing and sell it for a commission. We separate the wheat from the chaff, ensuring that you are going to get far better clothing in much better shape, at a fraction of the retail price.  Just like retail stores, consignment stores handpick which items they will carry. The apparel in stock is current with trends, and all items are in new or gently used condition.


Thrift stores (such as Value Village and Goodwill) take donations from good-hearted people wanting to clear out their closets. Almost all items are accepted, subjected to less scrutiny because they have been donated. While treasures can be found at thrift stores, the experience can often be chaotic and overwhelming, as the stores are overcrowded and disorganized. Most shoppers feel good going to thrift stores because they are often started as charities or nonprofit organizations. However, consignment stores, like Spanky’s Legendary Consignment, are well known for giving back to their community.


Buy, sell, & trade stores, such as Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet, make much of the profit on selling your items, whereas consignors make a percentage in the form of commissions.  Consignors at Spanky’s Legendary Consignment in Vancouver, WA can make up to 50% commission on their items.


If you are looking for a place to purchase or sell new/gently used items, consignment is a better option over thrift.

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Guys, we know consignment might not be “your thing.”  We know it can be a pain to fold and clean gently worn clothes, grab some shoes that you haven’t worn in 8 months, put them in a bag and drop the items off at your local consignment shop (Spanky’s Legendary Consignment please!!).   The thing is; it really pays off.


If you aren’t an avid second-hand shopper yet, let me give you the reasons why you should be:


It’s recycling!

I mean come on, in today’s world we all need to be concerned about the environment and this is one easy way you can be GREEN.


It’s rebellious!

Stick it to the man! Spend less at the big-box retailers who use your hard earned money to put chinchilla interiors in one of their 5 luxury cars (this may not be true.) I have no idea how they spend their earnings from the overpriced items they sell.


 It feels so good!

Letting items go that you are no longer using will have a relaxing effect on you. Just think of the space you will have for all the items that you actually wear.


Save money!

Obviously shopping second-hand is cheaper. The key is to actually picture what you will be doing with that money you save/earn.  Vacation, nest egg, or drinks at that cool bar you have been wanting to check out.


The last reason

It supports a local small business in your community.  When you consign (and shop) with us it is helping to build and support the network of people that make your neck of the woods great!


So we are calling on you!

All you avid adventurers’ and inspired industrialists, those who dress to impress or are stylishly laid back.  If your style is all-American preppy or off-duty rock star, check out the consignment world.