Consigning With Us
Consigning furniture with us (a.k.a. selling furniture with us) is crazy easy. C’mon – we’re one of Chicago’s premier consignment shops! Take a picture of the furniture you want to sell and bring it to us. You can email it or bring it in. We will take a look at it and make sure that we think it is something that will sell (just like us, our customers are very selective). When your items are pre-approved, you can bring them in – or for the transportationally challenged we have a fast inexpensive pick up service available (yes, there is a small fee).
We will keep your items for 60 days (95% of our furniture sells within 60 days – so relax). We will set the initial price (with your approval of course). Your items will stay that price for three weeks. If they have not sold, they will be marked down 20%. After six weeks, if your items have not sold, they will be marked down another 20% (40% total). After 60 days, if your item has not sold, we will donate it to one of our deserving charities for you (and, yes, you get the tax write-off) – or, if you would prefer, you can arrange to have the item returned to you.
How much do you get paid? You get 50% of the final selling price – whatever that may be. Cool, eh? Email or call us when you see an item sells and you can stop by and pick up a check – or if you are extremely lazy, we can mail it to you.
How will you know when your items have sold? We treat our consignors like the VIPs you are! When you consign with us, you will get your every own online account. Use this account to keep track of the money you made, or as most people do, as a slush-fund to purchase more consignment furniture (store credit). From this account you can cyber-stalk us to see when your items sell. Yep – 24/7 – you can access your account! Hey – what did you think this was? A rinky-dink operation? Nope, we are first class all of the way baby! Just a word of warning…. We have over 2000 consignors. There is no way we can call you when each item sells (that’s why you have your own online account silly!). If your not sure if something sold you can log on or call us – hey! We’re always here for you!
To start, we will make you sign a contract. Yes, contract! We are very official around here. As you know, Kellie is a recovering lawyer and can argue with the best of them (or so her husband says)…
When I first saw this page, I thought…really? We need a web-page to teach people how to shop? What is this world coming to? Isn’t shopping an innate characteristic in all humans? I guess not. Okay, well here’s the scoop…….
First, all of the furniture in the store is on consignment – which means some really cool person/store gave us their furniture to sell. Consignment doesn’t mean “thrift” and it doesn’t mean “junk” – really…. that kind of thinking is soooo two years ago. Where have you been?…..When Nate Berkus does shows on consignment furniture shopping, it has totally passed the “coolness” test. Consignment also means that we get new and unique stuff everyday.
Second, our consignment furniture has MARKDOWNS – which means over time, if an item has not sold, the price of an item will be reduced. I know, you’re thinking – Reduced? From the already so ridiculously low I-can’t-believe-they-are serious prices? Yep. Reduced. It all goes by time. If an item hasn’t sold in three weeks (a.k.a. 21 days), the price will be reduced by 20%. Even better, if an item hasn’t sold in 6 weeks (a.k.a. 42 days), it gets marked down another 20% (that’s 40% total for all you math geniuses). We’ve even conveniently listed all of the markdown dates and prices on the tag for you, so you can tell exactly when an item will be reduced.
So, how will you know if an item will still be available on its markdown date? You don’t. It’s like Vegas, baby….. you roll the dice and hope that the item you have your eye on will still be available by the time the markdown rolls around. Take it from me, the odds are not in your favor. Ask any frequent shopper, our furniture is so high quality and priced so low, it sells quickly. Many hearts have been broken by waiting for a markdown to arrive! If you ask nice, we can put your name on a list and call you on the day the item is marked down (if it is still available).
Third, so you bought to coolest furniture on the planet, but it won’t fit in the basket on the front of your bike or the rear of your car-seat crammed mini-van. What do you do? (we can only help you with the furniture – your on your own with the mini-van). You have a couple of options – you could ask your neighbor with the uber-cool cargo van to help you pick it up OR….. wait for it……. We deliver! Yes, it is true. We do deliveries every Tuesday through Saturday for a nominal fee (yes, there is a small fee – Rafael –our superior driver and master delivery person – has to eat too!) We can even arrange the delivery for you…. See? Easy-breezy!
Last thing, Okay, so what happens if you come into the store and the sofa of your dreams – you know, the purple sofa with the fringey pink throw pillows (that match your bunny slippers) is already sold? We got you covered. We have a WISHLIST. So, while your husband might be wishing hateful things on your bunny slippers, you can add your name to the wishlist and make sure the next perfect sofa doesn’t pass you by. Give us your name, phone or email, and tell us what you are looking for and we will call/email you when it comes in. Were just like your own personal shopper!
Face it…. we are just too cool for words!
Remember layaway? Anyone? Back in the 70s-80s? Paying $5 a week in anticipation of owning your own Barbie Dreamhouse? No? Then ask your mom about it junior! Because, just like those pesky ghosts in Poltergeist….it’s back……
I know, you’re thinking “Are they serious?” – How can these people possibly allow layaway on consignment furniture? First, you ask a lot of questions…. and, second, it’s easy! We know that the almighty dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, but that doesn’t mean that you should be watching reruns of Mary Tyler Moore* while sitting on two milk crates and throw pillows! Get serious! Say it with me people…. “layaway”
Layaway– def. verb – the act of taking cool furniture that you can’t immediately pay for (but that you know will be sold when you come back) and stretching the payments out for 30 days. Also, known to be good for people who are moving and need a week or two before delivering new furniture to their new place.
I know, layaway sounds fancy schmanzy, but trust me, if K-Mart can do it, we can too! Any item above $100 can be put on layaway by making a deposit of 50% of the item’s price. Then relax, take a bubble-bath, you have up to 30 days to pay. Make payments at your convenience. You will sleep soundly knowing that the furniture piece you wanted is yours – no more nightmares about the couple from Berwyn buying the sofa you wanted because you took a gamble and waited too long.
Seriously, aren’t we just the awesomest store ever?
*If you have to ask who Mary Tyler Moore is, you are way too young to get the joke anyway…just keep reading…