National Consignment Day 2023: National Consignment Day, observed annually on the first Monday of October — on October 2 this year — is for everyone who enjoys staying on-trend while also living sustainably. The day encourages individuals to sell unused or unwanted items to consignment shops. You (and the consignment shop) make some money, and someone gets to purchase and use a gently used item in an ethical manner.
The History of National Consignment Day.
People bring items to the consignment store in order to sell them at a fraction of the original price. They exhibit the items in the consignment store for a predetermined number of days and receive a predetermined percentage of the selling price; the remainder goes to the store when the item sells. These establishments carry apparel, homewares, art, furniture, and even books.
But before such stores existed in the United States, there were salvage stores, and before that, pushcarts. Clothing was one of the many products that the Industrial Revolution made readily available. Not only did production increase, but prices fell as well, and purchasing power was at an all-time high. This unfortunately enhanced the ‘disposable’ nature of clothing. During this time, Jewish immigrants saw an opening. All of the unwanted garments were resold from pushcarts.
People who shopped here were considered to be of low class and poor taste. Newspapers made inferences regarding the hazards associated with purchasing from these carts.
At the end of the 19th century, religious organizations saw an opportunity to raise funds by reselling items and jumped on the bandwagon. With the Christian ministry’s endorsement and the fact that donating made people feel more charitable, the concept of donating and reusing used products became more acceptable to the general public.
In the 1950s, thrift stores coexisted with consignment stores across the United States. While they both sold used items, thrift stores were primarily not-for-profit, while consignment stores paid the owner for the items they brought in, if they were sold.
The primary meaning of the term is to entrust something to the care of another individual. It is most likely derived from the French term ‘consigner’ or the Latin word ‘consignare,’ which both mean ‘to mark with a seal.’
How did our day come to be? The RealReal, an online resale store that specializes in luxury consignment, launched on this date because they believe that this is one of the most convenient methods to shop. Since its founding in 2001, this company has expanded to seven main U.S. cities. They established this business to promote consignment and eco-friendly fashion.
FAQs for NATIONAL CONSIGNMENT DAY
What does ‘out of consignment’ mean?
The consignor has lent their products/items to the consignee, also known as the store or business.
Is consignment a sound practice?
If you have unwanted items that are still in good condition, consignment is a viable option because it allows someone else to appreciate your belongings for a nominal fee.
Why is consignment distinct from sale?
When someone brings gently used items to a consignment shop, they do so with the understanding that they will only receive the agreed-upon price if the item sells. Until then, the person retains ownership of the items, not the store; the opposite is true for ownership in the instance of a sale.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL CONSIGNMENT DAY
Resign, Resign, Resign
Consider selling the items you no longer desire at local consignment shops after rummaging through your closet and other concealed locations. You earn money, promote sustainable fashion, and gain closet space! All wins!
Hold a fundraising engagement
Don’t merely resign by yourself. Invite family and friends to assist you and to donate their own items. You can make this event even more memorable by donating the proceeds to a charity of your choosing.
Honor the circular economic system
The purpose of this day is also to highlight the circular economy, an approach that benefits enterprises, society, and the environment. Share the grandeur of such a way of life as well as the details of your shipment to encourage more people to participate in this day’s festivities.
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