Clothing Consignment

The business of reselling apparel on consignment

Clothing Consignment Software


Clothing is 'clothes' collectively and for reselling purposes includes all apparel (raiment, garments), shoes and accessories worn by man and animal (pet and livestock clothing).

Clothing is categorized in retail stores by gender and age (men, women, children, toddlers and infants) then subdivided into seasonal, size, designer and price.

Because of the large number of inventory items, organization is the key to merchandising in clothing. There must be efficient methods in place for distribution, labeling and sales processing.


Consignment shops acquire inventory from 'consignors' who are usually individuals seeking to convert their unwanted properties into cash.

Consignors retain ownership of the items and the consignee (store owner) may take on responsibility for custody. This risk is often defined in the consignment agreement between the two parties.

The sales proceeds from items that sell are split between the owner of the holdings and the owner of the store by some pre-arranged ratio.

Refunds are typically not allowed as purchasers can inspect items before purchasing them and understand used merchandise is sold 'as is'.

Clothing Consignment

Clothing is a basic necessity of life so 'clothing consignment' is of the most common type of consignment store.

Consignment stores differs from thrift stores (like Goodwill) in that consignment shop owners are in business to make a profit and take items into inventory 'on consignment' while thrift shops receive donations.

Consignment clothing stores generally discount vestments by some defined schedule as they remain unsold. It's common practice to tag all incoming inventory for a month with a colored tag so shoppers and clerks can know how long garments have been in inventory and how much each should be discounted.

Clothing Consignment Software

Try to operate a clothing consignment store without help would be nearly impossible. Hiring help may be cost prohibitive for the number of hours involved and the cost of labor.

Consignment software streamlines the process of taking inventory in, organizing and labeling it, getting it out the door and knowing bottom-line results.

Using software, clothing inventory is categorized like it is in retail stores which makes it possible to keep it organized and process each piece independently. Categories separate clothing into groups and each group can have special tax and discount treatment.

Price labels and hang tags can have barcodes, making it easier to locate and sell items by bar-code scan.

Software allows each consignor to have a designated share of sales proceeds. Friends, relatives, employees and special clients may be granted a higher percentage than patrons. Store owners can receive 100% as well as buy and sell and sell their pre owned merchandise.

A good clothing-software program will allow store owners to use any credit-card processor. Software vendors who require a specific processing service usually get a kickback on every sale the store makes.

Software and Hardware

Receipts can be printed at POS but consignment stores routinely have 'no-return policies' so as a rule receipt printers are an unnecessary expense. Additionally a good software program will include a built-in receipt that prints on plain paper when a receipt is requested.

Cash drawers are a box with a tray and a lock for storing valuables like cash, checks, etc. They ordinarily connect to the receipt printer and opens when the receipt is prints. When a receipt printer is not present, the drawer can connect directly to the computer with a replacement adapter allowing the draw to be opened with a key press or when cash and check payments are processed.

Barcode scanners are plug-and-play input devices like keyboards. All scanners appear to be compatible with consignment software. A way to test a scanner is to open Notepad, leave the cursor in Notepad and scan a code. The bar-code number should appear.

Labels and tags can be printed on sheets using any ink printer or they can be printed from rolls of thermal labels using a label printer.

Ink printers can print receipts but thermal label printers cannot print receipts. They only print labels and hang tags.

Lastly it's simply not advisable to purchase used printers. People are putting them up for sale for a reason - often because they are older, wearing out and failing. Too often stores on budgets cut this corner by purchasing used merchandise then spend the savings on an IT person battling with printer issues.