Over the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of posts on alternative ways to buy name brand and quality pieces that differ from the traditional brick and mortar store. The first alternative is online equestrian consignment shops and today’s post will give you details on what it is, how to shop and sell through consignment, and profile one of my favorite online consignment stores! Keep a lookout for more in this series.
Finding the perfect pair of high-end breeches on sale is what I dream about. Snagging that one pair of Tailored Sportsmans with a minor tear in the stitching that means they are 30% off gets my blood rushing. Unfortunately, finding high-end breeches and other riding apparel on sale is often impossible. It can happen, but the instances are few and far between in my experience. So what do you do then if you want high quality at a low(er) price? I use a variety of methods, but one of my favorites is through consignment stores. Consignment works like this: people bring in new or lightly used riding apparel, gear, tack, et cetera and the consignment store then evaluates the piece and puts a price on it and puts it for sale in their store. When the item sells, the consignment store gets a percentage of the sale price which is agreed upon beforehand and the original owner gets the remaining amount. Some stores may work slightly differently, but that is the basic premise. I am fortunate enough to live about an hour away from an equestrian consignment store, and have scored things like these “Pink Berry” Tailored Sportsmans for $60! However, they are an hour away, aren’t open past 5, and often I wonder if it is worth making the drive because I usually turn up empty handed.
Luckily, there is a solution to this problem! Whether you live far from an equestrian consignment store or don’t have the time to frequent one, there are online consignment stores. I recently stumbled upon Tried Equestrian and immediately fell in love. The site is clean and well put together and makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. All of the items are in impeccable condition, some of them even still brand new with tags on! What I really appreciate, however, is that the large majority of the items are high-end. There is Animo, Pikeur, Ariat, Tailored Sportsman, and Equiline as far as the eye can see. Each item has several pictures, which are essential when buying used online, so that you can ensure you really know what you are getting. They also have a wide variety of items in all sizes and both men and women’s clothing. The best part, which is really unprecedented for consignment stores in my experience, is that they offer returns. Honestly, I’ve never seen a consignment store do this! It is brilliant because you can order and get a high-end item at a fraction of the cost, but if it doesn’t fit quite right or just is not what you expected, you can easily send it back. Return fee is just the cost of shipping which is incredibly reasonable in my experience.
The other great part? You can sell your own items through them as well! They make the process incredibly simple and even offer credit towards buying items from the site for those who consign with them as well. So not only do you get to rid yourself of that show coat you never wear, you get to make some cash off it, and get some extra money towards a purchase from the site – can you say win-win?
Alright, so I fell in love with the site. Next step was to get something. I ended up getting a Horze Equestrian show shirt in navy and I will definitely have to do another post with a review on that (spoiler: it is amazing!). What really surprised me the most about the order though was not the quality piece or the quick shipping, but the packaging. I know, I know, it sounds silly. But when I opened the box to the gorgeous tissue paper, expertly wrapped clothing, and personal thank you note, it seriously felt like I had just received a package from some expensive boutique! It really added an air of luxury and sense of excitement to the whole process. Like I mentioned before, the piece was perfect and arrived in just a few days, which surprised me since it basically shipped from across the country to get to me. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience and the shirt – how often can you say that about an online purchase? Now I know I’ll keep scouring the site for that perfect pair of breeches to add to my collection, since there is no such thing as having too many breeches.
Ready for the best part? Tried Equestrian is offering free shipping to Cute to Boot readers! You read that right, free shipping! Just enter promo code CUTE2BOOT and enjoy your new, high-end piece with no shipping fee because c’mon, don’t we all hate paying for shipping? Seriously the bane of my online shopping experiences. So head over and give the site a shot! Let us know how you like it and what your other favorite consignment stores are by commenting below.