Items to be sold are first cleaned using the appropriate methods (steam cleaning, washer, general cleaning for shoes, etc.). They then undergo a three-step sorting process. Several staff take part in this process in order to ensure quality control and accurate pricing. The first step in sorting is to look for clear problems, such as tears, stains, or too much wear. Clothing that does not pass this test is put aside, and the fabric is sent away to be recycled.
The items in our housewares and collectibles sections undergo a similar sorting process. As with clothing items, the age and the condition of the item play a major role in the final price. If the item needs a battery or a light bulb we will make sure it has one before selling, and collectibles or antiques that require specialty pieces (such as a typewriter that is missing ink) are labelled.
In order to price unique collectibles or vintage items accurately, we do research before putting them on sale. We check resources on antique items, as well as websites such as eBay or Etsy, to get an idea of the current market price is of the item. We then typically reduce that price by 10-15%. Collectibles differ slightly from clothing items in the way that they are sold: While we’re happy to dismantle the outfit on almost any mannequin in order to sell just the top or the skirt, but we rarely sell antiques or collectibles individually if they belong to a set.
Finally, we sell certain items on consignment from Calgary-based artisans or artists, such as Q2Creations, Tinker Tim’s Jewelry, and staff member Louise’s pottery. The prices of these items are determined based on the input of the artist. If you are interested in selling your items with Urban Thrift, don’t hesitate to call us or message us on