As 2018 has begun, many are recuperating from a hectic holiday season. In 2017 statistics predicted there would be a 3.5 percent increase in spending, so are you looking to recover some of that cash? Are you in need of making a few extra dollars to supplement current income? There's a way to earn extra cash by making your current wardrobe put some of that money back into your wallets, all while you bring your closet up to date on the latest fashions.  Let me help you get a jump start as I share tips on how to consign and where to find the best consignment shops in Brandon, Florida area. 

First, you'll need to take a few quick steps to pre-qualify your apparel. Start with cleaning out your closet, pulling out any fashions you don't currently have a need to wear. Then you'll want to inspect each piece and ensure it's in mint or like-new condition.

Here's what to look for: no stains, snags, wear and tear, missing buttons, broken zippers, or color fading. Garments should look like new and no matter the age, appear to be cared for correctly. 

It's not just wardrobe, as accessories can also add to your bottom line. Shoes or handbags should not have: scrapes and noticeably excessive wear, particularly on the heels.  Once you've finished checking each item, it's time to find out where you'll want to consign them.  

Agape Chic Consignment Boutique

One of Brandon's most famous consignment shops found on Bloomingdale Avenue carries all of the brands we know and love such as JCrew, Ann Taylor, Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, BCBG and many more, without the exception of boutique brands. When bringing in your wares to be consigned, you can expect their kind staff to gladly accept your offerings, carefully inspect each piece and inform you of what they can re-sell. Agape Chic Consignment also has a high volume of customers, proving beneficial to the consignor as it can help maximize your value.

Julie's Walk-In Closet

Founded in 2009 and located at the epicenter of Brandon, Julie's Walk-In Closet is the largest retail shop in a clean and well-organized 3,000 square foot space. You'll find contemporary fashions for women of all ages that reasonably priced accordingly to the brand's value, with an enjoyable shopping experience provided by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Julie's is also a great place to find gifts, fine jewelry, shoes and accessories.   

Secondhand Savvy's

Savvy's is a fantastic consignment shop for younger shoppers. Racks are full of well-kept fashions for men and misses, from the Gap to Forever 21, including an array of affordable prom, gala, pageant and wedding gowns. The store is complete with up-to-date brand shoes plus, famous name handbags.  When you need to pay less, everything you need to maintain your fashion forward look can be found here at Secondhand Savvy's.    

Charisma Consignment Boutique 

Specializing in the resale of women's fashions in sizes 10 or above. If you need to consign larger-sized styles, Charisma is a top shop where you'll find a pretty space filled with  both pre-owned as well as new fashions from NY&Company, Lane Bryant and Torrid to name a few The best part of shopping here is, the staff has an eye for style and they assist you in dressing to the nines regardless of shape or size. 

The best option for moms and dads who may also have tons of children's clothes or gently used toys the kids may have outgrown, Lil Sprouts located on East Brandon Blvd offers baby furniture, high end brand clothing for toddlers, boys and girl's junior sizes as well as babies plus, a variety of made by local artisans. 

Before consigning your investments, remember to ask for a copy of the consignment policies and agreement. The consignment agreement ensures you will receive an account for the items you've left, your earnings, plus what to expect at the end of the hold time frame. Now you can shop, clean out your closet for more space, and enjoy the extra income!

We're always on the hunt for fabulous local businesses, like these best consignment shops in Brandon, to share with those who appreciate the art of shopping. Are you one of those businesses? Be sure to register your company at 813area!

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