Honestly, the initial idea for the Curvy Consignment Pop-up Sale came from selfish reasons. I wanted to declutter my life, and I was looking for some financial incentive to help keep me motivated. I began trying to sell some of my clothes, but it didn’t take long to realize that there wasn’t really a good format in which to do this. If you take your clothes to a consignor, you only get to keep 30% – 60% of what the item sells for, a lot of the trendy, “pay-you-up-front,” places don’t accept plus-size clothes (and you’re always faced with brand name exclusions), yard sales and flea markets have a limited customer base, and the, “For Sale, Wanted, or Free,” pages that have been popping up all over Facebook, seem to be filled with people selling things, but not a lot of people actually buying them. As someone who is always irritated with inefficiencies (it’s one of my biggest pet peeves), I knew there had to be a better way.
At the same time, I had been considering an additional career path in event planning, and had recently registered for a certification course through Midlands Tech. With event planning fresh on my mind, and the frustrations of trying to sell my clothes coming to a head, the idea for a multi-seller, party-like, consignment sale, just kind of formed organically. The tipping point, however, was when The War Mouth graciously offered to let me use their space to host the event. Until then, my ideas were just that, because I was hesitant to use my own money to rent a venue, not knowing what the seller, nor buyer, interest was going to be. Once I had that financial safety net established, it was full speed ahead! The venue couldn’t be more perfect either. It’s conveniently located downtown, but on the other side of Elmwood, where parking is plentiful. Sellers will be able to load-in and load-out without any issues, and buyers will not have to continuously circle the block hunting for a parking space. Also, since The War Mouth has some of the most delicious food, and creative drinks menu, it’s a natural fit for the party-like atmosphere I was hoping to create. Throw in a DJ, who plays all of your old soul favorites on vinyl, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect Sunday Funday!
As for the, “curvy,” part…as much traction as the current body positivity movement seems to have in our society right now, it is still hard as hell to find (affordable) plus-size women’s clothes! There are a handful of national stores that cater specifically to plus-size women, but those stores have a corner on the market, and they know it, and thus their high prices usually reflect this. Even stores who don’t specialize in plus-size clothes, but tend to regularly carry them, usually charge more for the plus-size items, than they do for the comparable item in a standard size. For example, at one particular national store, that has taken a lot of heat on this subject matter recently, a certain cut of skinny jean, in standard sizes, costs $30, but for that exact same cut and style of skinny jean, in a plus-size, will set you back $44. That’s almost a 50% increase! And don’t even get me started on the discrepancies in prices between plus-size bras and swimwear, compared to those of standard sizes! Just because we’re bigger, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be fashionable. And just because we’re bigger, doesn’t mean our wallets are bigger!
This frustration is only compounded at the second-hand level. A majority of consignment stores do not carry plus-sizes. Period. They do not sell them, nor will they accept them. The Curvy Consignment Pop-Up Sale gives me an opportunity to help out some other curvy babes, who I’m sure are tired of the same frustrations that I am. Just to be clear, though, I am in no way suggesting that a size 10 (the smallest size you will find at this sale) should be considered, “plus-size.” I wanted to allow a slightly broader range in sizes, so that the event would appeal to a broader range of people. But make no mistake, I made a very conscientious choice in calling it curvy consignment, and not plus-size (also, alliteration).
The interest in the event, both from sellers, and buyers, has been overwhelming! I guess there was a bigger need for an event like this than I even knew. I even have people already asking me about the next Curvy Consignment event (which yes, I would love to do)! I’m sure there will be some bumps in the road, being the first event I’ve ever planned (guess I’ll be going into that certification course with some experience under my belt!), but I’m constantly learning and adjusting, and I’m finally finding a good use for my love of organization, list-making, and my incessant need to color-code!
What: Curvy Consignment Pop-Up Sale. Gently used clothes (sizes 10 and up), shoes, purses, and accessories.
Also, full bar, food, and great tunes!
When: Sunday, November 20th, Noon – 6pm
Where: The War Mouth
1209 Franklin St.
Columbia, SC 29201
**Sellers will accept CASH ONLY (and there is not an ATM on site, so plan accordingly)
**Check out the Facebook event page for more information! You can search for #CurvyConsignmentPopUp, then scroll over to “events”.