I took a bunch of stuff back about Christmas last year and I think about 3/4 of it is sold. They give you a contract when you bring your stuff in that explains everything: they won't keep stuff indefinitely, but I was told they aren't terribly strict about the time limit. When your time is up, you have the option of picking it back up if it didn't sell but you are responsible for knowing when that time limit is. I gave them permission to donate anything of mine not sold when they "clean house" on the consignments. Hope this helps: I was very surprised and happy with the results.
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I have, before I started doing consignments myself. They are pretty easy to deal with. They take a 25% cut on saddles, and 40% on all other items. The contract specifies when your "time" is up on items, and then they go on the clearance rack at 50% off the price unless you pick them up by the end of your "time."
The pricing can sometimes be wacky -- I have seen items priced WELL below their value, while other items are well ABOVE their value. It really depends whether the consignor sets the price, or the MTE owner or an employee. *edited to add that most items are VERY accurately priced. Lord knows I would really hate to total up the amount of $$$$$ that I have spent there over the years!
Last edited by SidesaddleRider; Jun. 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM.
I have sold many things there (including a saddle , and though you are going to "take a hit" vs selling stuff on Ebay (I had a friend sell another of my saddles on Ebay, and got way more $$ for it than I would have by consigning it), you can basically drop things off and forget about them, and wait to receive a check in the mail. If you consign several things, they will hold the check until enough of them have sold to justify one larger check, as opposed to sending you a bunch of small checks.
They ARE (especially the owner ) very picky about the condition of what you bring in to consign. If it has ANY holes, stains, signs of wear, etc., they will either turn it down or *really* lowball it.
That said, I have seen a couple of used saddles that were in pretty horrid condition I'm thinking the owner wasn't manning the desk and checking out the incoming consignments on the days those came in...
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As an alternative ,so friend of mine have started and on line used tack store.VintageTack.com they are just starting up ,but it is another way to go to get your stuff sold. I think they take less commission.
I'm sending them a pair of unused, new black field boots (Ariat Crowne Pros), non-zip, new except for slight mar on the leather of one of the legs (yes, on the outside part of the leg, but not a big deal).
I bought them because they were a great, great price. However, they are 3/4 lined and I really need a full lining because I can get stirrup leather burns through anything but a non-full lining !
I've tried to sell them myself but they don't sell. There are lots of non-zip, new Ariat Crownes Pro out there.
Question is: I've got an older not that nice melton coat to sell also. I can send it with the boots and probably get not much when it sells or I had an offer here for ($40) and they would pay for shipping.
Better to sell the coat to the above buyer or sent to Middleburg with boots?