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It's been a while, we know!

11/10/2016 8:13 AM

It's been a while, we know!

Call it writers block, or just call it we've been busy bees with all the changes we've made (for the better we believe) to Consignista.

Such as, we hear you cry! Well first you can now earn 60% when you consign with us. And yes, we still do not reduce your item's sale price unless you ask us to, PLUS if we do do a site wide promotion, it comes out of our pocket - not yours. Pretty neat.

What else? How about a great way to give back? Our Closets For Causes can turn your luxury designer items into a charitable donation to a cause of your choice. You can make any donation amount you want be it 1% through to 65% of your item's sale price or you can just take the cash yourself, we won't judge. The donation is tax deductible and as another incentive if you do decide to make such a donation, we will donate a further 5% to your chosen charity as a "thank you" for being a kind individual. It's really easy, find out more in our Closets for Causes category; Join us in our mantra which is "Help Us, Help You, Help Others".

As consignment is now considered "green tech" due to its recycling to help the environment appeal, we have a great line of environmentally friendly jewelry at fantastic prices. They make the perfect gift and are great value. We do of course have fine jewelry, but sometimes it's nice to have "fun with fashion".  Check out our accessories category to see what we mean.

Stay tuned for more updates - we have them coming.

 

Do you feel better wearing expensive clothes?

We know there are many of us who hanker after designer brands. When new collections hit the runway, the high street retailers are busy coming out with their version of that trendsetting skirt, dress or pair of shoes in order to capture the massive market who do not have the bank balance to pay the price of what is on the designer tag.

Why you ask are designer items so expensive? It is without a shadow of a doubt that the innovative design, workmanship, fabric quality, hand-stitching, exclusivity and of course the designer name itself factors into the cost of every item, but there is also the comfort factor; how many of us have tried on a pair of well-made designer shoes and they have felt like slippers? We know we have!

The question is, does wearing an Armani dress or suit make you feel different about yourself versus if you were wearing a high street version? I have to confess, I am a designer girl at heart. Classic styles from Ralph Lauren are my staple, and as for designers shoes, there are too many of them that I love to mention; but of course Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin are up there!

But there's why I love wearing designer clothes, they last. So while they may cost more at the outset of purchase, they last longer, making buying high street versions a bit of a false economy. For me anyway. And here's the smartest part, now designer brands don't have to cost the earth. At consignista.com we carry in the majority of instances brand new or as new designer items at a fraction of the original cost. Don't believe me? Check out as an example our coats, dresses, shoes and bags from Roberto Cavalli. Kind of, begs the question why buy retail at all?

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Out with the the new, in with the new!

We have all heard the saying "out with the old, in with the new". In fact, many consignment stores are using that phrase at this very time. However, the word "old" may not necessarily conjure up a great image in the mind when it comes to consignment.

For some there is still a lot of education to be given where consignment is concerned, as we have discussed before. The message that needs to be gotten across is that generally now it's no longer "out with the old", but more like, "out with the new".

What do I mean? How many of us have items in our closet that we have never worn. We convince ourselves we will do one day. We do it ourselves all of the time. In fact, some of our team have just undergone a closet clean out and discovered a a few items that we have all promised ourselves time and time again we would wear but never have. They are gorgeous but sadly we don't fit them anymore (groan). So we are in the process of consigning them, to give someone else the chance to look absolutely fabulous and in turn weI get to earn some cash to put towards something else that this time we hope to wear!

As for a new year's resolution, it's obvious; help give consignment more kudos in the hope that the doubters will give it a try. We know they will be pleasantly surprised.

Here's to 2016!

Ways to avoid that sucker punch

10/1/2015 10:11 AM

Ways to avoid that sucker punch

If you are like me, to some extent you have given up buying your child clothes that you would love to see them in, for the gorgeous Janie and Jack dress to still be hanging in the closet with the tags on, is too heartbreaking.

So you decide that in the instance of clothes shopping for your children, it’s a case of picking your battles, and that this is a battle not worth fighting if you want to protect your bank balance!

I mean how many of us out there have believed the fateful answers to these questions when shopping with your children?

Mom:    “Are you sure you are going to wear this?”

Child:     “Yes mom, I promise.”

Mom:    “You aren’t going to say later it is too itchy, scratchy or Stella doesn’t like it?”

Child:     “No mom, I promise.”

So you pay for the clothes your child has not only tried on, but has devotedly promised to wear, and although you are not 100% convinced by what you have been told by your child, you feel fairly confident that by having allowed them to make a guided choice and having tried on the clothes that they need for the upcoming season, that these clothes will actually be worn.

However, a few weeks pass, and you realize that the “no mom they are really comfortable” jeans you bought them are still hanging in the closet and that the “I must have that” top to go with them is also still hanging there. This is when reality strikes, what I like to call the “sucker punch” – because when you ask why they haven’t yet worn those jeans or that top, they stomp off (and yes this is predominantly about girls here), roll their eyes and say, that the jeans are too “stiff” and the top is “too baggy”. Of course it is often too late to return these items and to be frank, it’s not the greatest idea to do so, because doing so would mean you are on the merry-go-round of constant shopping – if you are seen to rush to the store to exchange what you originally bought for something else, who knows if the same old excuses are going to come out of your delightful child’s mouth from those exchanges!

Does this sound familiar? Want to know what I do? If the season has passed and sadly there are a few things unworn, I consign them. You will see Janie and Jack dresses, some as I say with the tags still on available for purchase at consignista.com and while it breaks my heart that these gorgeous dresses didn’t get the glory they deserved, at least it will give someone else the chance to wear it. One child’s loss, is another child’s gain right?

If you feel my pain, why not give consigning with consignista.com a try, upload those clothes that were either never worn or worn a handful of times to the site from the comfort of your own home and earn money back on them to soften the blow – or if you are done spending vast sums of money on clothes that just don’t get worn, why not buy from consignista.com – you can sit back smugly knowing that you have got a great deal and potentially avoid that “sucker punch”.

Being a mom and an entrepreneur

On the very last day before my children went back to school, I felt compelled to write this blog as I reflected on the almost 11 week's vacation they had, where they spent every day with me - no joke. And as I was sitting on the local beach in Greenwich, CT with my children playing in the sand, I was working, as I have been every day since the summer vacation started! What did my children do? I involved them. A young mind on Polyvore is an interesting thing - my children's postings where "loved" more than the consignista team members postings!

As a lot of moms out there are already painfully aware, being a working mom is no easy task. Forget city traders, working moms trade every day and we could teach professional jugglers a thing or too also. But this latest blog isn't about how easy men sometimes (yes I did say sometimes) have it, it was just that while my children were playing on the beach and I was frantically working on my iPad, the question of "what made me start consignista.com?" popped into my head. Which led me to ask "What makes other moms enter the world of starting a business?" I am sure there are many interesting stories out there - and please do share them by commenting on this blog - but for me I sat back and thought to myself, if I had known how much hard work and juggling I had to do, would I have started a business in the first place?

Clearly the redhead in me meant that I didn't give launching my consignment site a second thought - I was empowered, I could do this and there was no doubt in my mind. But when reality struck, the site was launched; the immensity of the task was a daunting one. But I am a doer, a worker and boy do I love a challenge! And not only that, I have children to be there for. Being an absent mom just wasn't an option for me. There had to be a balance. And it's the balance that is so tough. I still get days when I feel so guilty about the amount of time I spend at my desk or in front of my iPad.

The upside however is that by starting consignista.com it has shown my children that the world has changed and that sometimes, it isn't daddy bringing home the bacon - but that that's OK - after all, family is about being a united team. As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, who cares who pays the bills, as long as they get paid. I think that's why I started consignista.com, initially. And boy I have learned a lot - fast. It's expanded my mind exponentially.

So to wrap up, and as bizarre as it may sound, family made me start my business - to help provide, inspire and grow - why did you start your business?

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