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Welcome to Selling Stuff 101, a primer on the best local consignment and buy/sell/trade spots in Chicago.
Image via OakPark.com
Divine Consign wasn't named "Best Consignment Store in Chicago" by Chicago Home and Garden magazine for no reason. This home furnishing store virtually eliminates the need to hit Craigslist to get rid of an old couch or table.
Looking to consign a piece of furniture? Simply email a photo of it to the store. If the staff determines it's something that would sell, they'll ask you to bring it in.The store sells pieces remarkably well — according to the store's web site, 95 percent of their furniture sells within 60 days.
As for the items they sell, expect great deals on high-quality pieces. While there are no firm rules when it comes to the brands they accept, the store monitors each item before its sold.
Prices drop depending on how long the item goes unsold, but if you've just got to have a certain piece, don't let it slip away. The store offers layaway as well: Pay half the item's price and they'll stash it away for you. You'l have 30 days to pay in full.
Oh, and if you're too much of an urbanite to drive the piece you're trying to sell to the store, they even offer a pickup service. Does it get much easier than that?
· Divine Consign [Official Site]