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What is Consignment?

I have lots of people ask me what, exactly, consignment means and how it works so I thought I would take this opportunity, as I have your undivided attention, to explain the process as it applies to Sparrow’s Nest Consignment.

According to Merriam-Webster, to consign something is:

     1. to give over to another’s care
     2. to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also: to commit especially to a final destination or fate <a writer consigned to oblivion>
     3. to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold


This means, in a nutshell, that you, the consignor brings an item to me, the consignee and I try and sell it for you. If it sells you will receive 50% of the selling price which will be paid to you at the conclusion of the contract lasting 60-90 days. If the item does not sell by the end of the contracted time you may pick it up or choose to have it donated to a third party, normally Salvation Army or Assistance League.

Consignment is a great way to sell items you are no longer using, to clear out the garage, to help you settle a loved ones estate or to earn extra money so that you can afford to re-design your space. Items are priced at fair market value which varies piece by piece. You are welcome to call ahead for an appointment if you have smaller things to consign but if you have large furniture items I’d like to see a photo before you go to the trouble to bring it over to the shop.

If you do choose to consign with Sparrow’s Nest you will notice that the opening statement on the contract points out that consignment is a relationship between the consignor and consignee and that both parties have rights and responsibilities to uphold. This is very important to everyone here at Sparrow’s Nest as we want you to have a pleasant experience with us but we also want you to understand that you still have some responsibility over your items while they are on consignment and  that said items can’t just be left and forgotten about. Don’t worry, we will go over all the ins and outs with you so you know what to expect of us and what we expect of you.

That said, look around and give us a call to consign some of the great things you are no longer using so that you can shop the store for some fresh items to get your nest in shape!

All consignment stores have different policies and ways of doing things so always check for each stores policies.

Tammy Sparrow

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Owner & Co-Chick; A California transplant who crew up in a tiny town on the Virginia/North Carolina border, Tammy roamed through the woods and dreamed of traveling to exotic places. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from Hollins University and a certification in Interior Design from Orange Coast College. She has a background in retail sales, merchandising, interior design,customer service,and delivering (often unsolicited) advice to friends and customers. She has been a fan of yard sales, flea markets and second hand stores for as long as she can remember.


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