Frequently asked Questions
Do you buy or do you only offer consignment?
We buy and we consign! You can decide when you come with your items which option is best for you!
What happens if my items do not sell within the 60-day consignment term?
We have a very high sell through rate especially on furniture! In fact we sell almost all of our consigned furniture within the 60-day term. If by chance your large items have not sold by Day 60, we would be happy to discuss re-consignment with you. Consignors still maintain ownership of their items while on consignment and do have the right to reclaim their items, however there may be a fee depending on the item.
How does Decor on a Dime have such a high sell through rate?
We price items realistically with our buying customers in mind. Once you have brought us your items, our main objective is to sell them. We could try higher pricing but that will not likely result in a sale. We feel it's better to price realistically from the start and sell the items rather than having you go to the trouble of getting items to us only to have to return them if they don't sell.
Who determines the resale value of items for sale?
We do but we are happy to discuss pricing with you when you drop items off. Just ask us but please understand that there is generally a big difference between what each consignor perceives the resale value to be (typically based on what they paid in the beginning) and what the paying customer is willing to pay for “used stuff”. We have to put ourselves into the paying customer’s shoes and not the consignor’s shoes when setting the resale price. We have almost 15 years in business, we know our customer base very well and what their price range expectations are when shopping at our store.
When will I know what the resale price of my items are?
We only price items in the store. General rule of thumb is approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the original retail price before taxes, delivery fees, scotch guard, assembly etc. We spend lots of time to research items and we use a paid website that compares many different resale websites to come up with a realistic estimate. We also need to see the items up close to give a realistic estimate as there are many factors that come into play, such as, quality of workmanship, minor surface damage, brand name, etc. that cannot really be seen sufficiently in pictures. Bottom line: we are both sharing the profit in the sale of your goods so it’s in our best interest to get as much as we feel is realistic.
How can I make the most money selling my items with Decor on a Dime?
Bring us items that are current or classic in design, clean and in great condition! If you are parting with your items because they are outdated in style or damaged it is difficult for us to resell them. Remember, often times customers and consignors are in similar boats when it comes to lifestyle changes (i.e. downsizing in their later years) and have similar needs and preferences. We value our customers’ feedback and make note of their purchasing behaviours so any items declined for sale in our store is never a personal decision.
What items are the best sellers?
Items that are current styles such as what you would find if you wandered through the mall or a big box home decor store. We do very well with decorative accents, wall decor, furniture and lamps.
What items don't sell?
We do not do well with older dated items. If you can see your items fitting in well on the set of The Brady Bunch, Miami Vice, Golden Girls or That 70's show then we are not the right place. We understand that retro is in right now but there are so many retro shops out there, we wanted to take on a different position in the resale market. Basically, we are looking for current styles or timeless classic styles. We are also a paint studio so we do take on some project pieces. If you have a piece that has good bones to it but it needs some non structural TLC we may be interested.