A Cheesy Fate

I was told a story a few weeks back about the lengths a girl went to catch a mouse in her apartment. Her roommate had called to let her know that she saw one in their kitchen. After she got off the phone she completely panicked. Immediately, she went online to search for an exterminator and found one that would come the next day. When the exterminator arrived they asked if it was a definite that the mouse would be caught, of course, he could not be certain, but he assured them that he put down the best mouse traps he had. Now I don’t know if the mouse was ever caught, but I do know they paid way too much for someone to come and put down the generic sticky mouse traps you can find in the dollar store. For all that they went through I hope it was caught. 

After hearing her story, I laughed to myself and said I know of a good method they could try themselves if this happens again. I told her mice don’t only like pieces of cheese, peanut butter or whatever else exterminators or stores put on the the traps- they also like Doritos. Not all Doritos, but the nacho cheese ones. How do I know this? Well one day Orande had a $.25 bag on the table, walked away for a few leaving the bag in plain sight and when he came back into the room it was ripped open. The little shit ate his Doritos! So he came up with an idea of how to catch him, he put what was left of that tiny bag of chips onto little traps in certain corners of our apartment to catch him. I thought this was hilarious, but also genius. That little mouse is clever and it taunted me often by only appearing when I was in the house by myself- he had an agenda. But we don’t keep snacks in the house (outside of almonds and fruit) or leave food out, so the one time that bag of Doritos was there, he jumped at the prime snacking opportunity. Little did he know that his greed was going to be his demise. Not long after those chips were laid on the traps, I had went to get something out of a room and heard a squeaking noise but didn’t know what it was. I lifted up a bag full of hats and behind it in the crevice was that tiny mouse stuck on the trap and the Dorito chip was gone- meaning his ass thought he was getting a mid-day snack when he was actually meeting his doom. I screamed and ran into another room, told Orande who went and scooped up the mouse in a bag and got rid of it. 

Moral of the story is, if you ever have a mouse in your house, don’t spend a lot of money on an exterminator or fancy traps- go to the store, get a bag of nacho Doritos (they might be uppity, so stick to the name brand), place it on a cheap sticky trap, and be patient until it decides to go for a cheesy snack. Now what you choose to do with it after, whether let it go outside or the other unfortunate fate is your choice, no judgement here. We also live in NYC, and with old buildings built on older foundations or even new buildings built on old foundations, it happens sporadically. But remember: they are smart, but you hold all the chips (pun intended).

This didn’t even work on Jerry in the cartoons, you really think this is going to work on a city mouse? Get clever.

This didn’t even work on Jerry in the cartoons, you really think this is going to work on a city mouse? Get clever.

Be Kind. Consign.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a consignment shop. Great, I hope the majority of you have your arms up. Now raise your hand if you’ve sold items to a consignment shop (this is strictly about selling, not buying- I love shopping in them too). If your hand isn’t raised, then you’re missing out on a lucrative opportunity. I urge you to go through your closet today, pick out items you haven’t worn in years but are still relevant to current fashion trends and in good condition. Now there is a science to this and although I have been selling clothing for many years, I continue to learn and if any of you have smart tips please leave in the comments below. I have been blessed enough to work for luxury brands (and have friends that do and put me on the sample sale lists) that consignment shops are eager to buy. I also sell many really cool pieces from fast fashion brands such as Zara or H&M that most people wouldn’t necessarily take a second look at, and you’d have no idea they were from that brand (aka it’s good to be fashion eccentric and know the potential of an item). But honestly as long as you have transitional clothing/accessories/shoes in good condition it’s an easy sell. One of the many keys I’ve learned is to negotiate- don’t let them downplay your clothing. You may know how much it’s worth and they may know as well, but you also should have done your homework on the consignment shop of your choice and know what’s currently selling in store. Most shops give you a 60/40 deal, but I’ve found a few that do 50/50 and then there are those who really take advantage by offering a 70/30 (stay away from those, you’re better off selling on your own to eBay, Tradesy, ThredUp or another competing site). As a born and raised New Yorker, it’s in my blood to be a master negotiator and I usually win or at least come to a common ground on price with the other person. You must be your own advocate because they don’t care about you at all or what personal monetary goals you may want to reach, they just want your items in their store. 

Another gem, if you decide to sell in a store rather than listing on a website- GO EARLY. When I say early I mean if the store opens at 10am, you be there at 9:50am waiting for the associates to open the doors. You may have 10 items, but the one person in front of you who got there first will have 246 and by the time it’s your turn the buyer is so over their day they absolutely will not have the patience to go through your stuff with the respect it deserves. Unless you’re dealing with a high end consignment shop, the buyers in these stores are between the ages of 19-26, which means they give zero f+*!# about your 10 items after they had to drudge up all of their limited amount of patience and energy dealing with Karen and her closet clean out. So suck it up, put a smile on your face and compliment them, people love compliments. Find a commonality that you can talk to them about as they go through your items, this will help ease them back into a happier mood. It won’t be hard, there is usually something easy you can speak on whether it’s the weather, the various people that shop in the store, music or maybe they have on a cool accessory that looks similar to something you have. I don’t know, make it up and have fun with it- just make sure you’re genuine with what you say. Now this doesn’t mean they’ll immediately give you what your items are worth, but they will be more open to negotiations and that’s what you want- that window to work on your haggling skills. Karen may have pissed them off with her moth smelling clothes in which they were only able to buy 3 out of all of her 246 items, but now you’re standing in front of them to show what quality clothing looks like and to bring them back to focus. 

So I leave you with 4 things when selling your clothing:

1. Research the brick and mortar consignment shops that you choose to sell to. Go on their websites, most of the information of what they are looking for currently is listed, if not call them. 

2. Go through your clothing thoroughly before you go. Put yourself in their position, if you don’t think it’s worth buying, neither will they. Also, have a price in mind you would like each item to sell for, therefore if they say a low number you can counter with a better one. 

3. Put a damn smile on your face. Even if you’re not in a good mood, act like it! The buyers at these stores feed off of your energy. If it isn’t good, they smell it. 

4. Don’t settle. If you don’t like their prices, you don’t have to sell to them. Take your clothing elsewhere, whether to another shop or do the extra work and find a website you would like to sell on. There’s tons of them (I listed a few earlier).

Now, I’ve given you my opinion, what's yours? Share your insight/experiences on selling to consignment shops in the comments. Also which stores or sites are some of your favorites. I love thrifting, and it's also good for the earth- so let's consciously do more of it.

Most will not look like this, but this one is merchandesied “ok”.

Most will not look like this, but this one is merchandesied “ok”.