Consign Items with Seconds City
AntiquesAlthough we are clearly not an antique store, you will usually find about 5 to 10% of the store is populated with antique merchandise. These items sell very well at or below market prices. Again, consignors are cautioned to exercise their option to work with SCL personnel to establish a starting price they are comfortable with for any item of considerable potential value.
AppliancesWe accept most types of smaller kitchen and household appliances providing that they are in full working condition. We may even accept newer medium-sized or apartment-sized refrigerators and freezers. We do not accept, however, the more conventional-sized larger appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers and dryers. Being a resale store, we are normally unable to offer our customers return privileges for their purchases. Appliances generally represent an exception to this policy. Customers are provided a seven day return privilege so that they may adequately test their purchase. If they return the product as non- functional within the time allotted, the consignor’s account is debited and the item is discarded without the consignor being contacted (with consignors numbering in the thousands, store personnel are unable to telephone consignors). Please be aware of this policy before consigning your appliances with Secondˆs City.
ArtworkThe store’s walls are filled with artwork of all types and styles. You will find oils, watercolors, etchings, lithographs and prints of varying levels of style and taste. Additionally, you will find many other unique kinds of artwork including sculptures, pottery, stained glass, etc. The larger wall-hung pieces of art do not do well because they require large walls on which to be hung atypical of the homes in the surrounding area of the store. Traditionally expensive pieces do not sell for anywhere near their original value (if art is said to appreciate, at Secondˆs City, it only does so in the hearts and minds of the buyers, not necessarily in the price they are willing to pay). Needlepoint, paint-by-numbers and hook-rug pictures are non- consignable.
Bedroom SetsA complete set (dresser, mirror, highboy, nightstand[s]) is often kept together for thirty days. After that, the pieces may be split and sold separately. Certain nicer or unique sets are never split up. Customers are given the option of purchasing the headboard with the set (if it came with one), but do not have to do so. Many people want a different size headboard and therefore leave it behind. Accordingly, headboards do not always sell regardless of condition.
BedsBeds are broken down into three parts by the store: Headboard/footboard, Mattress/box, Hollywood frame. There is no room in the store to set up beds completely. Sometimes we can display the headboard with the matching bedroom set by leaning it upon the mirrored dresser. Otherwise, headboards are kept in the back and shown to customers upon request. In the back, the price does not drop each day, but after 100 days it is discarded if it does not sell. Headboards that arrive separate from a bedroom set may be immediately discarded at the store’s discretion. Mattresses, box springs and the metal Hollywood bed frames underneath them are non-consignable items. We will remove them from your home in most instances, but you will not realize any of the proceeds from them. There is an incredibly low demand for waterbeds; as such they are not consigned under any circumstances.
BicyclesOnly bicycles in excellent condition are accepted on consignment. Even these sell for only a small fraction of the price for a new bicycle. Please note that from August through March, bicycles are accepted only on a non- consigned basis.
Chairs: Dining Room, Kitchen, Misc.Chairs by themselves (unless antique or unique) do rather poorly, while full sets of four, six or eight attract more interest. Space (and the fact that chairs, in general, are not stackable) forces us to price them low, and condition is a major factor. Single chairs, depending on condition, may be discarded at store’s discretion.
Chairs: Living Room UpholsteredThis is a hard category to describe on paper. Good, clean, newer upholstered chairs will often sell well. Wood-armed, gold, orange or lime green chairs will not even sell for $5.00 regardless of what you may have paid 20 years ago! These types of chairs seldom even approach a $100.00 starting price and are often well below $50.00. Styles in this category have changed so much that most of the older style chairs (if accepted into the store at all) are discarded before ever hitting the sales floor for lack of a market
Children's ItemsChildren’s items heavily populate the lower end thrift stores, and they do so at very low prices. Even so, customers are reticent to purchase items for their children which are not impeccably clean and in solid working condition. We therefore accept these items in good condition and immediately dispose of those items which are outdated or not an appropriate fit for the store. Manufacturers of car seats, boosters, highchairs, stollers, cribs, changing tables, etc., will often replace damaged pieces and parts at no charge to maintain their image with consumers. Call the various manufacturers of your items and obtain these parts before consigning them with the store. We will be more likely to accept them, and they will be more likely to sell at a higher price. Strollers and outside play sets are treated as seasonal and as such are accepted on a consignment basis only between April and July.
Clothing, Drapery, LinenSCL does not accept clothing or drapery of any kind. We may, on occasion, accept linen when it is especially nice or new in its original packaging.
CollectiblesIf we’ve learned anything, it’s that everybody collects something. Collectors abound on more types of merchandise than one could ever imagine. Please know that there is no way for store personnel to be learned on all things collectible – what’s more, we profess to hold no specific knowledge on the value of your items. We strongly encourage you to exercise your right to establish the starting price on any items which you’d like to see start higher than $100.00. On items less than that, but which hold some collectible value, please feel free to share your feelings with store personnel as soon as your items reach the store. Please also remember that any damage to a collectible piece (nicks, chips, fading, paint splatter) significantly reduces its perceived value and the starting price we are willing to put on it.
COMPUTER HARDWARE & SOFTWAREWe accept IBM compatible personal computers with a Pentium processor or better provided that they are in full working condition. All plugs, cords and cables must be included. We also accept word processors and electric typewriters (no manual). We do not accept most word processors or typewriters. We do accept laser and inkjet printers (no dot-matrix), however, they do not sell well. Software does surprisingly well – the newer, the better, and the cleaner the packaging, the better. Please clear off any personal information from the hard drive of your PC – we do not do it for you.
Couches, Loveseats, SectionalsWe accept most furniture that is in good condition – no rips, tears, stains or wear of any significance. We do not accept any wood-armed pieces unless it is exceptional. Nicer sets are often kept together for 30 days before we will sell them separately. Taking up as much floor space as they do, pieces in this category tend to be priced even lower to help them move faster. Sectionals are even larger yet, and require an even lower starting price considering the space required to sell them. The store usually sells 12-15 couches per week, and with more coming in all the time, we have to keep them moving rapidly.
Curio CabinetsFurniture and items of a utilitarian nature seem to sell especially quickly. The opposite is true of luxury items. Because people do not truly need them, they are more apt to be willing to wait it out to get a better price. Curio cabinets are not a necessity, and as such, may sell for significantly less than the equivalent new price even if the item is in excellent condition.
End TablesCertain newer, more modern end tables do fairly well, selling from between $25-50, as do older versions of higher quality and solid wood. Those made of particle board or early American styles 20-60 years old tend to sell for $5-15 or not at all. We reserve the right to discard end tables that we do not feel meet the need of the store’s shoppers.
Electronics, Audio & VideoWe accept most electronic items providing that they are in full working condition. Types of electronics include televisions, stereo systems and components, radios, telephones and answering machines, and game systems with all the pieces, parts and cartridges. (Note on televisions: We accept only color TV’s, B&W models are discarded. Only newer, digital, console TV’s are accepted – older models simply do not sell). Being a resale store, we are normally unable to offer our customers return privileges for their purchases. Electronics generally represent an exception to this policy. Customers are provided a seven day return privilege so that they may adequately test their purchase. If they return the product as non-functional within the time allotted, the consignor’s account is debited and the item is discarded without the consignor being contacted (with consignors numbering in the thousands, store personnel are unable to telephone consignors). Please be aware of this policy before consigning your electronics with Secondˆs City.
Entertainment CentersA staple furniture item in most homes, entertainment centers are highly sought after and desirable items for the store. There tend to be two distinct categories for entertainment centers. First there are the ones which are typically sold unmade and come in boxes from discount retail furniture stores. Since we keep them together in the store, people know that when they buy them, they will not have to go to the trouble of putting them together themselves. They will sometimes even pay more because of this fact than they would for an identical new unit. Unfortunately, entertainment centers of this ilk are typically of poorer quality to begin with. The second category of entertainment center includes those well-made units with solid wood shelving or quality veneer and construction (usually larger as well). Although these do indeed sell well, they were expensive to begin with and do not sell for nearly as close to their original price as the lesser expensive units do.
Exercise EquipmentJust about everyone has, at one time or another, succumbed to a TV advertisement and purchased one of those miracle machines only to see them become dust collectors (or a place to hang one’s clothes). As such, exercise equipment in perfect condition comes to the store in abundance and sells for a slight fraction of the original price. Because of the size of these items, we no longer consign them but will accept them as donations to the store. We will remove them from your home along with your other merchandise. Even then, we only accept units that need no assembly/disassembly (exception: newer treadmills are consignable).
JewelryWe do not accept jewelry because we have no appropriate way to merchandise it or to keep it secure. Costume jewelry may be donated to the store if you wish, as people do enjoy picking up necklaces, earrings, broaches and bracelets, for between 50¢ to $5.00.
Knick-Knacks & AccessoriesWe accept all kinds of miscellaneous items such as figurines, music boxes, decorative plates, wine racks, candlesticks, silverplate, sterling, etc. The store’s customer base seems to appreciate the array of knick-knacks and accessories available, and they tend to sell especially well. The more unique, the better.
Light Fixtures & HangingsWe hang chandeliers and various light fixtures from the ceiling in the store. We try to light them whenever possible as that helps them get noticed. They don’t sell for a lot, but the nicer, more unique ones tend to sell faster. The store does not make enough on a light fixture to justify buying new bulbs. Therefore, be sure to include your bulbs if you would like us to display it lit in the store. We do not sell ceiling fans or flush mount fixtures as we have no way to properly display them. If you include these items with your merchandise, they will be discarded.
Musical InstrumentsThese items seem to sell relatively well, although they are received less frequently at the store. The prices of most musical instruments through traditional merchants (new and used) are remarkably high and our customers react swiftly to the bargain prices available on these items when in the store.
Office EquipmentThe store caters primarily to home furnishings, although there is some minor crossover into some home/office or business-related items. The larger desk units (unless highly attractive and in wonderful condition) do not sell as well as smaller desks simply by virtue of their size in contrast to the size of the majority of homes in the immediate vicinity of the store. Other business equipment sells well only if it is able to appeal to a broad section of the population (e.g. a fax machine will appeal to a broader market than will a box strapping machine). Perceived availability of pieces and parts for some older business equipment significantly influences the consumer’s buying decision as well as the starting price for an item.
Outdoor EquipmentWe accept merchandise such as grills, larger garden tools (rakes, picks, shovels), gas or electric garden tools, etc. All must be in good condition and full working order or they will be discarded.
Patio FurniturePlease note that from August through March, patio furniture is accepted only on a non-consigned basis.
Puzzles & GamesOnly puzzles and games that are 100% complete and in their original packaging may be consigned at our discretion. RUGS The most important item to note regarding rugs is that they are incredibly difficult to merchandise in the store. Placing them on the floor just gets them dirty, and people accidentally kick off the price tag. Laying them across couches looks sloppy and makes itdifficult for potential buyers to sit on the couch. Accordingly, rugs are something we only put out two to three at a time. Even then, we intentionally put very low starting prices on them to encourage their swift departure from the store. Rugs are only accepted when they have no stains, tears or missing or damaged fringe.
RugsThe most important item to note regarding rugs is that they are incredibly difficult to merchandise in the store. Placing them on the floor just gets them dirty, and people accidentally kick off the price tag. Laying them across couches looks sloppy and makes itdifficult for potential buyers to sit on the couch. Accordingly, rugs are something we only put out two to three at a time. Even then, we intentionally put very low starting prices on them to encourage their swift departure from the store. Rugs are only accepted when they have no stains, tears or missing or damaged fringe.
ReclinersWhen in proper working condition, recliners do sell well, albeit for much less than the price paid new. Well known names such as La-Z-Boy, Broyhill and Lane also enhance the value of the item in the consumers’ minds. Considering the amount of time a person may spend in their recliner, spots or stains will certainly and markedly further reduce the perceived value of the chair.
Seasonal MerchandiseAir conditioners simply do not sell in December; Heaters do not sell in July. Therefore, items out of season may be accepted, but not consigned. To be consigned, warm weather merchandise must be brought in April through July. To be consigned, cold weather merchandise must be brought in September through January. To be consigned, Christmas merchandise must be brought in September or October. To be consigned, Halloween merchandise must be brought in August or September. Seasonal merchandise brought into the store any other times than those listed above will be placed in storage until the appropriate time, when it will be sold on a nonconsigned basis. Items sold on a non-consigned basis bring no proceeds to the would-be consignor.
Sewing MachinesSewing machines tend to fall into three distinct categories. The vast majority are in the older, more traditional cabinetry and simply do not sell well. We no longer accept these into the store. We do accept portable machines when complete and in their own cases as well as the older Treadle models with the wrought-iron foot propelled base. These are sought after primarily for decorative purposes.
Sports EquipmentWe accept a variety of different types of sporting equipment (in good condition) including: Baseball gloves, Archers’ bows, Punching bags, Poker tables, Bumper-pool, tables, Ping-pong tables. Important note: Ping-pong tables are not displayed due to their size. Using a sign in the store, we offer them for sale from between $29.95 – 69.95, based on style and condition. Standard-sized pool tables are not accepted into the store as they are simply too large and too cumbersome to move and setup.
Stereo ConsolesUnless there is something extra special about yours, these floor model stereophonic units from the 1960-70’s are not something that we are able to consign. This is simply no resale market for them today, even when they are in full working condition. Under certain circumstances, we may be able to remove non-consignable items from your home for you for a nominal charge.
Storage CabinetsAlthough more commonly a warm weather item, storage-related furniture is quite popular, since most people are inherently pack-rats and need a place to store their stuff. We have found that the more shelves incorporated into the piece, the better.
Tables Sets, Dining RoomSets in good condition or better are accepted anytime. Bear in mind, however, that they are somewhat seasonal. Sets do not sell well in the warmer months, and they do the best in the Fall as people are preparing their homes for the holidays. Sets with less than four chairs do not sell nearly as well as those with four, six or eight chairs. We display sets with only one chair on top of the table and a sign declaring how many chairs and/or leaves come with the set.
Table Sets, KitchenSets in good condition or better are accepted anytime. Sets with less than four chairs do not sell nearly as well as those with four or more. We display sets with only one chair on top of the table and a sign declaring how many chairs and/or leaves come with the set.
Tools & HardwareThere seems to be a good demand and short supply of good, slightly used tools and hardware. We cannot properly merchandise small items such as a screwdriver or wrench. However, larger items and power tools which will accommodate our price tag will be accepted on consignment.
ToysToys may be consigned, at the store’s discretion, if they are in excellent condition with all working pieces and parts. New toy stores are able to offer such a broad and modern selection of toys at reasonable prices. This results in consignment toys selling for a small fraction of the new price, if at all. Larger outside play sets (i.e. Little Tikes, Step Two, etc.) are seasonal and as such are accepted only from April through July (see Seasonal) and because of their size are set at low starting prices (really large ones are not accepted at all).
Unique ItemsIn addition to the items described in the categories above, Secondˆs City has consigned and sold many different and unique items as well. Some have sold quickly, others not; but all have helped to make the store eclectic and diverse in its offerings. Following is a short list of just some of these items: Snowboard, Cash Register, Telescope, Wine Press, Floor Model Video Game, Harpoon, Fencing Foil, Saddle for a Horse, Horseback Riding Helmet, Motorcycle Helmet, Privacy Screen.
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