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Maximizing Returns: The Smart Guide to Consigning Luxury Items in 2024

Maximizing Returns: The Smart Guide to Consigning Luxury Items in 2024

In the opulent world of high fashion and luxury goods, the allure of both timeless pieces and modern trends is undeniable. Yet the question emerges: what do we do with luxury items when they've served their purpose in our lives? The most sustainable solution — for your bank balance and the planet — is strategic consignment

As we step into 2024, the on-trend landscape of luxury consignment is more vibrant and promising than ever. In this guide, we'll explore the art of selling luxury goods with an eye for profit and a passion for sustainability, not to mention the convenience and effectiveness of allowing a top luxury consignment store to do the hard work for you.  


What Is Strategic Consignment?

Strategic consignment refers to the deliberate and informed process of selling pre-owned luxury items through third-party platforms, be they physical consignment stores or online marketplaces. This approach is not just about decluttering; it's a smart financial move and a sustainable choice that extends the life cycle of valuable items by keeping them out of landfills

By understanding designer market trends and consumer demands, sellers can optimize the timing and pricing of their luxury goods to ensure maximum profitability. It's a method that requires an acute knowledge of the value of one's items and the current market conditions. Consignors are increasingly viewing designer resale as a smart financial strategy. That’s because large numbers of shoppers are turning to luxury resale over fast fashion, many of whom are motivated by the sustainability aspect.


Which Types of Luxury Items Typically Sell for the Most?

Certain luxury items are known to retain their value over time, making them ideal candidates for resale. Here's what typically sells for the most:

  • Designer handbags. Brands like Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton are known for their enduring value, and iconic models all the more so. The value of Hermès Birkin bags, for example, has outperformed traditional investments like the S&P 500 and gold for decades.
  • Watches and jewelry. Timepieces from Rolex and Patek Philippe and jewelry from Cartier or Tiffany & Co. are highly sought after in the secondary market. Certain resale luxury watches, like the Rolex Daytona, have seen their value double in just a couple of years.
  • Rare sneakers. The luxury sneaker market has seen exponential growth: limited-edition sneakers can sell for many times their original price.
  • Art and collectibles. Provenance is critical here. Art and collectibles with a well-documented history and from renowned artists or luxury brands can fetch high prices, as shown by record-breaking auction sales reported by Sotheby's and Christie's.
  • High-end fashion. Couture pieces and limited-edition garments from designers like Chanel, Dior, and Gucci are frequently in demand. Rare pieces from specific collections or eras can be especially valuable.

Designer Items to Consider Consigning in 2024

As we begin 2024, certain trends and designer items stand out as particularly promising for consignment. Here's what to consider:

  • Sustainable luxury. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, sustainable luxury items from brands like Stella McCartney and Gabriela Hearst are expected to be in high demand. Pieces that boast eco-friendly materials and ethical production processes will likely fetch higher prices.
  • Tech-integrated fashion. Items that blend luxury with technology, such as smartwatches from TAG Heuer or Louis Vuitton, are gaining traction. As technology advances, these pieces are becoming more desirable for their functionality as well as their aesthetic appeal.
  • Heritage brands. Classic items from heritage luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, and Gucci continue to be in demand. Particularly, look out for iconic handbags, signature scarves, and timeless apparel.
  • Streetwear crossovers. Collaborations between high-end designers and streetwear brands often create buzz and sell out quickly. Pieces from collaborations like Supreme x Louis Vuitton or Dior x Air Jordan are likely to be hot commodities.
  • Vintage revivals. Vintage luxury items are definitely having a moment, with younger generations seeking unique historical pieces. Look for items from the '80s and '90s, particularly those from landmark collections or iconic designers like Gianni Versace or Helmut Lang.

When considering items to consign in 2024, it's crucial to keep an eye on current fashion trends, designer news, and market shifts. Items in pristine condition, with original packaging and documentation, generally sell for more. Additionally, understanding the audience of the platform you're consigning through can help tailor your offerings to the right buyers.

Strategic consignment is not just about parting with luxury goods; it's about doing so intelligently and profitably. By following the above tips and understanding the value of your items, you can turn your luxury goods into a significant return on your original investment. Whether you're a seasoned collector or new to the world of luxury, embracing strategic consignment in 2024 can be a wise and rewarding move.


Consign With North Shore Exchange in 2024

North Shore Exchange is a nonprofit luxury consignment shop that offers pre-owned and pre-loved designer furniture, clothing, vintage jewelry, and accessories. NSE is happy to accept your luxe fashion and home items to be sold on a consignment basis.  

We pay competitive consignment rates, so you'll get the best price for your pre-loved designer items. We sell 85% of the items we receive, and most of them sell within 30 days at full price.

We also pay out quicker than other resellers so you'll get a check for your sold items sooner. 

By consigning with North Shore Exchange, you’re not just earning cash, but helping to support an organization that gives back to your community. Our philanthropic efforts support Chicagoland charities serving children and families living in poverty. We also offer grants to Chicagoland organizations that address the critical needs of hunger, homelessness, and abuse. Your consignment will be valued and re-loved for the treasure it is, but will also align with causes that any shopper or recipient will appreciate all the more.

So don’t wait — book an appointment to get started consigning with us!