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Consigning clothes for extra cash

If you've outgrown some of your clothes, or maybe you're just ready for some new ones, you could always donate them. But you could also try to get some money for them first. Many people are turning to consignment shops to make a little extra money on their old clothes.

D'Trespa consignment shop owner LaRoyce Marsh says while her business depends on people coming in and buying the second hand items she carries, she also counts on the folks who bring in their things to sell. 

Here's how it works: A consignment shop sells your belongings for you. If the store likes what you bring in, they'll take it and put it out on the floor and wait for someone else to buy.

Marsh says, "Everybody makes those purchases that looks good in the store and when you get it home it's just not you. But something that's not you may be perfect for someone else."

Most consignment shops will split the profit 50-50 or 60-40, and if your items don't sell, you have the option to pick them back up.

"You can come back and get them. If not, we'll donate them to charity," says Marsh.

The wait and see process of consigning doesn't appeal to everyone. Kelli Divers says, "The process just takes a while, and if a certain amount of time goes by, they call you and you have to go back in and it's time consuming and inconvenient."

Divers prefers to get rid of her clothes at Plato's Closet - a teen re-sell store. She says, "Something that I feel is worth more than just getting rid of, then I'll bring it in."

The store pays you up front - a major plus for some sellers. But managing partner Kim Cheeseman explains you'll take home a smaller percent of the asking price. "You're going to get a third of what we sell it for in the store, so if we sell it for $10, you'll get $3."

So whether you want your money up front, or prefer to wait a while, most people who have gotten cash back for their clothes say, why not give it a try?

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