You have the advantage of options when you consider whether Hilton Head Island consignment stores are the way to say goodbye to the things you no longer need. Whether it’s childhood furniture that’s begun to embarrass your teenager, jewelry that no longer feels right for your new outfits, or the outfits themselves that you can do without, consignment stores offer one way of getting those no-longer-used items into someone else’s hands. Getting some cash into your own hands too is one reason for making that choice in the direction of consignment stores.

In conventional Hilton Head Island consignment stores, they appraise the item you would like to part with, and if accepted, they price it and do the work of selling it, typically sharing 40% to 60% of what it sells for, with you. In the end, you get some money in exchange for the item – not nearly full sale price – and you don’t go through the effort of finding a buyer yourself. A furniture concern once defined consignment stores as “an upscale pawn shop.

A Continuing Relationship

In addition to the steeply discounted amount of cash that a consigned item returns to its original owner – eventually – a disadvantage that weighs larger than that, people tell us, is that they aren’t really rid of the item until – or unless – one of the consignment stores here on Hilton Head Island succeeds in selling it. The reason you’re not done with that item yet, is that to consign something is to transfer it to somebody else’s custody or care – but not their ownership.

After using the option of consignment stores, once, twice, or even a number of times, many people conclude that the complication of the consignment relationship is not worth the modest amount of cash that comes out the other end. At the Church Mouse, we offer a more conclusive answer than consignment stores, and with this answer are great deal of good radiates outward into the community, instead of a small amount of cash dribbling back to you.

You see, an even more specific definition of consignment is “to set apart for, or devote to, a special purpose.” That’s the meaning that The Church Mouse here on Hilton Head Island kept, from the consignment idea. What they changed is what happens after that. The results, over the years of great and growing success, have been that more than 125 local and regional charities have reaped the benefits of the things we no longer wanted or needed.

A Different Consignment Store Model

Started years ago as a charitable endeavor by the members of a church here on Hilton Head Island, The Church Mouse put in play a different business model. When people bring their well-loved furniture, clothing, tableware, jewelry, furnishings, and accessories to The Church Mouse, they are consigning them to doing good work in the community.

Instead of returning around half of a sale price to the person who consigns the item, The Church Mouse puts far more than that sale price to work for the good of our neighbors, here in the beautiful Lowcountry where we’ve been fortunate to make our homes.

Knowing that something they have enjoyed will find its way into the hands of somebody who will value it just as highly – whether a piece of furniture or jewelry, a clothing item, a set of golf clubs or skis, a table setting they no longer use, a book they have enjoyed and completed, a piece of art –– knowing that is the beginning of a feeling of satisfaction that consignment stores cannot match. Our gratitude for living or visiting here gets real when the things we no longer use can do so much good for so many.

When Buyers and Donors are the Same

People tell us that consignment stores on Hilton Head Island don’t measure up to an experience like this one. When you drop something off with The Church Mouse, instead of at one of the Island’s consignment stores, you get the chance to see Hilton Head Island’s most carefully curated collection of well-loved things for sale.

As a result, our donors in some cases become our customers, too. The Church Mouse looks and feels more like visiting a friend’s home than browsing a thrift shop or consignment store. And new items arrive every day, so a visit is never ho-hum. And when you donate an item to sell at The Church Mouse, our team of volunteers makes sure it is spruced-up and looking its best. Then it joins the display among other items of the same category, in discrete mini departments around the shop.

Becoming Part of Something Greater

You become part of something greater than yourself, when you donate or buy from The Church Mouse. In fact, during the 17 years that The Church Mouse has carried on its work, the results have directed more than $2.5 million in grants to charitable organizations, missions, and non-profit endeavors on behalf of the community. Consignment stores on Hilton Head Island don’t offer that kind of satisfaction. At The Church Mouse, you are helping others in ways that range from nutritious meals, to literacy, to medical care, to family support. The Church Mouse makes it easy to do well while you are doing good.

Located even more conveniently than other Hilton Head Island consignment stores, The Church Mouse is on Arrow Road, not far from the Sea Pines Circle, and easily within reach, for visitors and Hilton Head Island residents alike. Come join us for a visit and enjoy.

Written by : Church Mouse

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