donating vs. consigning

In The Clutter Book I write about clients who feel that they need to get back some amount of money from things they have purchased and used. Rather than donating clothing and household goods, they want to take the items to a consignment shop.

I usually counsel against consigning because it is time consuming and the payoff is very small. Here is an article from an organizer in Philadelphia, who lays out the time vs. earnings that resulted from her consigning experience.  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try consigning, just don’t expect to get lots of money from it.

What’s your experience with consigning? Has anyone else done a cost-benefit analysis?

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