By Crystal Hessong

It’s the new year, and it’s a good time to work on those resolutions to make more money and get more organized. The easiest way to do that is by cleaning out your closets and selling your gently used clothes to consignment shops. Depending on the store’s policies, you could get money up front or when your clothes sell. Regardless, you’ll have more space in your drawers for new clothes and the start of a better organized closet.

Blue Bird Circle
615 West Alabama St.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-0470

The Blue Bird Circle’s consignment shops sells furniture and in-season clothing. When one of your piece sells, you get 60% of the selling price, and 40% will be donated to the Blue Bird Clinic. This is the pediatric clinic specializing in neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Double check the consignment requirements before going because only in-season clothing will be accepted, and there are limitations as to what is allowed, and for the store to offer in-season clothing, the drop off months will be significantly before the items are sold in the store. See the consignment information for more details. You should drop off your cleaned and pressed clothing between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but only the first 35 consignments will be taken each day, so arrive early.

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The Guild Shop Of St. John The Divine
2009 Dunlavy St.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-5095

The Guild Shop of St. John the Divine is a fund-raising resale and consignment shop that benefits elderly people in need by donating to Baytown’s St. James House, a retirement home. Other charities have also benefited from the resale shop. These include Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Disabled American Veterans, and many others. If you are interested in consigning your household goods or clothes, check the list of things that are never accepted to avoid wasting time. This list also includes the rules for consignment. You get 2/3 of the proceeds from the sale of your items, and each month you accrue at least $24 in profits, a check is made on the 15th of the following month. As with most consignment shops, please ensure that any clothing is neat, clean and in-season.

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The Walk In Closet
561 South Mason Road
Katy, Texas 77450
(281) 206-0057

Even if you don’t live inside Loop 610, you can still consign your goods. If you live near Katy or Cypress, head to The Walk In Closet, which is a local group of four stores on the west and northwest sides of town. On items up to $300, the store offers a 60/40 percent split, but it’s an even 50/50 for things that sell for over $300. Clothing you may consign includes children’s and men’s accessories as well as women’s apparel. If you have juniors’ clothing sizes, you may take them to any location except the Katy location on South Mason Road. These stores also accept furniture, jewelry, antiques, cookbooks, and much more. The store prepares checks for consignors who earn over $20, but unlike other consignment shops, if you have a balance below $20, you may use it for in-store credit when shopping. You will also need to keep track of when you brought your items because if it has not sold after 70 days, you will have to pick it up from the store or forfeit it for the store to sell at a reduced price or donate.

More Than You Can Imagine
2817 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 668-8811

The name of the shop aptly describes what’s inside at More Than You Can Imagine. This consignment shop, located among other similar vintage and resale shops on Westheimer, stands out for selling designer brand names at discounted prices. When you consign clothing or accessories, you will get 50 percent of the sale, but you also have to certify that the goods you consign are authentic because if they are found not to be, you will incur a $50 fine. Unlike other shops, the consignment period at More Than You Can Imagine is a full 90 days, and your pieces are more likely to sell because the store puts its consignment goods on its Internet store site along with the other non-consigned items it sells.

Couture Blowout
2419 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 533-9888

If you want the maximum amount of consignment time to increase the chances of selling your clothing, check out Couture Blowout, which has a 120-day consignment period, and you may retrieve unsold items after 90 days if you change your mind. This is also one of the few places that accepts handbags and shoes for consignment in addition to clothing. Your items will be added to the website, so more people can see them, but the downside to these benefits is a slightly lower profit of only 40 percent of the selling price, while the store keeps 60 percent. Because this store specializes in high-end brand names, you must be able to assert that everything you donate is genuine. If you are able to do that, you are good to consign at Couture Blowout.