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Shiral Tobin shares advice on how to turn your closet into cash.


I have never done consignment: In part because I lack organization and in part because I don't like rejection. Let's face it, consignment stores are picky.  I visited Encore in Dundarave and Second Look on South Granville to seek advice. So here are a few tips you should know before you take a bag of old clothes hoping they will sell:

* Leave the bag at home. All clothes must be on hangers, except children's clothes which can be washed and neatly ironed

* If it's your first time, call ahead to book an appointment with the consignment store

* Give away the "really old" clothes.  Most consigment stores want recent fashions (up to two years old), but of course, glamourous/ fashionable  vintage also always sells.

* Bring it in season: you have to wait until February to bring in those Spring or summer clothes. Check ahead.

* Don't be daunted. If you get in a groove with organization, you can really make some extra cash. Think about those kids clothes and toys which always sell well too. But designer fashions will net you the most.

For more advice and to hear where Quentin Terantino has picked up some 2nd hand stuff, listen to this week's segment.

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