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WHY CARING CONSUMERS CONSIGN

Is there a pair of designer jeans in your drawer that you love but have never worn because they don’t fit quite right? Or what about that antique cradle and limited-edition painting in the garage? It’s time to discover the joys of consigning in one of San Diego’s brick and mortar consignment stores. Consignment shops free sellers from the bothers of pricing, advertising, displaying, and negotiating; while they provide shoppers the opportunity to find unique merchandise in an intimate setting. In this day and age, caring consumers consign.

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CARING ABOUT THE NATION

It’s reported that the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year. Of that, 70 pounds go to landfills while a mere 15 percent is reused or recycled. Nearly all unwanted furniture is tossed in landfills, adding to the billions of pounds of textile waste already in the ground. Today, as consumers become increasingly aware, they are looking for ways to sell and shop more sustainably. This was what motivated Lindsey Fisher, who after recognizing a need for a place to resell and buy gently used quality baby clothes and gear, opened Little Love, a designer children’s consignment boutique. Lindsey has partnered with more than 400 consigners who help keep her shop busy and stocked with merchandise.

CARING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Many thrift stores around San Diego will accept your items, but we’re particularly fond of the consignment store concept, because it guarantees that your goods will be sold locally. Consignment shops are a vital part of their neighborhood, owned and operated by people with a vested interest in its future. When you do business with a local secondhand shop, you can let go gently, help a small business, and keep the item and its proceeds in your community. You can also consign for a cause. Many consignment shops donate a portion of—or even the entire—proceeds to charity. The Ark was founded 50 years ago by two La Jolla residents committed to selling consigned and donated antiques and using the proceeds to benefit animal charities. To date, they have granted more than $2.6 million to qualified beneficiaries.

CARING ABOUT THE CUSTOMER

Consignment stores are cozy and welcoming. Many customers pop in just to say hello and have a look to see what’s new. Shopkeepers know their customers’ tastes and keep them in mind when considering merchandise. Karen Jenkins of Village Consignment in Solana Beach says her customers are looking for furniture, antiques, and art. “I only accept original art because it’s something my customers can’t find elsewhere,” she says. “I invite them to shop with an open mind. Look around and see what might work!” Karen understands that many of her customers have a sentimental attachment to the items they consign with her and feels she’s doing a service by helping to find their items a new home.

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CARING ABOUT YOURSELF

Consigning is good for your budget. Selling on consignment isn’t going to make you rich, but you will profit with each sale. And on the flipside, consignment stores offer their customers reasonable prices. Carolyn’s Designer Resale in Del Mar is staffed with personal stylists who thoroughly familiarize themselves with the inventory so they can easily mix and match items to help their customers create unique, one-of-a-kind looks. They have a particular talent for helping regulars define their style.

Today, selling and buying pre-loved items is a conscientious thing to do. “Brick and mortar thrifting is now considered very hip, stylish, and an enjoyable social event,” reports About Town’s Fashion Stylist Amy Davis. “More of us are consciously reducing our footprints by purchasing high quality, previously owned items that we plan to own for years.”

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Consignment Shops to Discover

CLOTHING
Carolyn’s Designer Resale
1310A Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
Mon–Fri 10:30–5:30
Sat 10–5; Sun 11–4
858.481.4133
carolynsdesignerresaleboutique.com

Little Love
1110 Torrey Pines Rd, Suite B
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tue–Sat 10–5
858.230.6857
instagram.com/littlelovesandiego

HOME GOODS & FURNISHINGS
The Ark
7620 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Mon–Sat 10–4:30
858.459.7755
arkantiques.org

Village Consignment
435 S Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Mon by appt; Tue–Sat 9:30–5; Sun 11–4
858.847.0345
villageconsignmentinc.com