For those who have never done it, how does consigning work? Consignment is loosely defined as a consigner (a person looking to sell an item), signing a contract with a consignee (a person or business), to put the item up for sale for a fee. Traditionally, this was done in brick and mortar stores. The items would have exposure limited to the people that walked into the store or business. However, many of these traditional consignment shops have started increasing their reach online. What makes Lady G's Closet different is that we are completely online. There isn't a storefront that we work out of. Our reach is unlimited because we only exist online. Our items are purchased by shoppers worldwide. When someone is interested in consigning with us, we give them 2 options. If they are in the NYC area, we offer to come and pick the items up from you. However, if this is not an option, we can arrange virtual ways of doing the initial analysis and then send shipping labels to you so that the items can be on their way to us. Within 7-10 days your items can be listed and available for you to view and track. After the items get sold, a check will be in the mail on it's way to you and that's it!
What do you look for in the items you consign? When looking at potential items for consignment, I look for those that bring instant excitement and a feeling of joy. I have to see that the item was well respected in return for the joy it gave its previous owner. I love coming across a rare, wonderful, piece that can easily grab the attention of potential buyers. But don't get me wrong, this does not necessarily mean that the item must be very expensive. I try to appeal to shoppers like myself that love mixing both high-end items with great lower price fashionable items. In short, I look for great high quality fashionable items that for the everyday diva.
Today I thought I would show you how you can use items from her store and make a totally fashionable outfit! You can see all the items available by going to their website. I chose a Badgley Mischka dress and Uniqlo cardigan!
Cardigan: Uniqlo via Lady G's Closet $19.99
Heels: ASOS $39.99
Watch: ASOS $39.99
Necklace: Orelia $21.81
Finally, I also asked why she started her business and she says, "I have always loved shopping. It was always less of a planned event and more of an everyday search. However, with limited closet space (and a limited budget), I would have to periodically give my items away or sell a couple online in preparation for the new items of the season. After some not-so-great life events, I realized that I might have to get rid of a lot more than I could have imagined for financial reasons. (Without the sob story, this included a brand new designer wedding dress among other things.) When my friends started hearing about my venture, they asked me to help them get rid of some clothing and shoes for them too. They usually would either give things away or hold onto them with the intention of selling them but never got around to it. It was then that a light bulb went off in my head and I decided right then that I would start my own business...the rest is history as they say."