Consigning and decluttering are two of the trendiest words right now. From Refinery 29 to the Rolling Stones, 2019 is all about simplifying and sparking joy in your life. The New York Times also published a how-to featuring LePrix as the go-to place to consign. So what’s all the buzz about?
Unless you’ve been trapped in your cluttered closet for the past few weeks without access to daylight, Netflix or social media, you’ve heard the name Marie Kondo. She’s the queen of tidying and best-selling author of “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organization,” who’s influenced countless people to simplify their lives by cleaning out closets, drawers, and more.
Method to the Madness
The KonMari Method has become a cultural phenomenon that’s captivated the world—and given people yet another reason to binge on Netflix.
Her method seems simple enough at first…Kondo asks readers and clients to begin the process of tidying by clutching an item to determine whether the prized possession sparks joy. If uninspired by the item, thank it for its service and discard or donate it.
“Excess is caused by the ignorance of how much we actually own.” – Marie Kondo
After you’ve finished discarding, organize your space by deciding where to place or store an item. Make sure to store all similar items in the same area and don’t scatter your storage.
And finally, once you’ve started this process, don’t stop until you’re finished. According to Marie, “the ultimate secret of success is this: if you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mindset!”
Well, the KonMari effect has been so profound that thrift stores and consignment shops everywhere have reported double digit increases in donations since the beginning of 2019.
LePrix customers have caught the KonMari fever as well. Our consignment requests more than doubled between December 2018 and January 2019. Rebag, one of our boutique partners who specialize in luxury handbags, has also seen a 10% increase in both vintage and new handbags submitted for quotes in the past two months. And Ina, another partner, has reported a 20% increase in items presented for consignment.
Spark Up the Resale Conversation
Feel like you’ve been bitten by the KonMari bug but don’t know where to begin? We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you figure out what to keep, toss or consign…because sometimes sparking joy isn’t enough of a reason to keep it.
Does it fit? If it’s too small or doesn’t seem like it’ll fit again without removing a rib, get rid of it. If it’s an item that’s near and dear to your heart and it’s a tad too big, invest in a quality tailor. But only do this if the item’s worth is more than the price of the alteration.
Is it your style? Trends come and go, but after a certain age you should be able to define your personal style. If you’re more of an Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” than Madonna in the 80’s, toss the neon lace leggings.
Worn or used it in the last two years? If the answer is no, save some closet space and let it go. However, if it’s an item that could suddenly be in demand again—I’m thinking about that 2003 Dior Saddlebag that I stupidly eBayed in 2016 for $200—then keep it!
Does it have brand power? You already know the value of Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Gucci. But do you know about their power? The brands with the biggest worldwide name recognition are at the top of everyone’s must-have list. Determine the worth and demand of your item—oh, hello there Chanel Boy Bag—and if it seems like you could make some extra cash and you’re willing to part with it, kiss it goodbye.
What’s the market value? Find out how much it would cost to replace the item in brand new condition and how easy it would be to buy it again. If the item is a limited edition or exclusive collaboration piece, you should keep it.
What’s the resale value? Do your online research and definitely consult LePrix to get the scoop on the resale value. So, why do you think that vintage GG Plus Tote belongs in the back of your closet? Others know its worth (ahem, over $650) so decide which items are to have and to hold or sell them and pocket the profits.
Let’s Get Consigning!
Whether you’re looking for white glove service or more of a DIYer, we’re here to help you make money. Fill out this form to receive your free consignment kit or visit one of our over 600 local boutiques in your area—click here to find the one closest to you. Time to spark some joy!