Consignment: Finding the Best for Less

By Nicole Nuzzo

Shopping at consignment stores is exciting and a great way to get high quality merchandise for a much lower cost. While thrift stores are primarily charitable donation sites – think yard sale type merchandise – consignment is where the consignors are selling their better quality items and receive a commission from the sale. Unlike thrift stores who sell everything that is donated, many consignment stores dedicate themselves to one type of merchandise. For example, we have one store that is dedicated to home furnishings, and one is a women’s boutique carrying only better brands of clothing and designer items.

While shopping in a consignment store is rewarding – typically customers save 50% or better on comparable items, you have to be somewhat creative because everything is so eclectic. To help our customers make the best possible choices, we offer professional design services and personal shoppers.

Consignment stores do save you money, but there are other benefits. The quality and construction of vintage furniture is usually going to be higher. For example, an older sofa made 20 years ago will be heavier and much better made. You may also find custom made pieces that are one of a kind. Because people move to our area from other areas, a lot of our furniture comes in from other parts of the country or is imported.  We’ve had several fabulous Italian leather pieces. And we are not just furniture – you can find an eclectic blend of accessories from lamps and throw pillows to artwork and one of a kind collectibles. Another important benefit is that recycling and repurposing merchandise is great for the planet!

What if you have items you would like to consign? When making the decision whether to consign your furniture, first consider the condition (gently used, like new) and whether it is a current style. Ask yourself, is this something you would buy in a consignment store? Many consigners love using the money they make as store credit to purchase something new–an even lower cost way to update your home or wardrobe. Be sure to call your consignment store to find out their guidelines and intake procedures. Some allow you to email photos of larger items.

About this writer

  • Nicole Nuzzo

    Nicole Nuzzo is the owner of Nicole’s Consignment in Murrells Inlet. Her professional staff includes expertise in all areas of personal shopping and design. Nicole’s Consignment is located at 5218 Hwy 17 Bypass and Nicole’s Consignment Boutique is at 5200 Hwy 17 Bypass. Visit or call 843-651-7700.

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