To our awesome consignors: We’re nearing the end of a major upgrade of our consignment systems, which has taken more than a year and includes updating 32 years of manual and digital consignment files and inventorying every single one of the many thousands of consignment items in our shop.
This process required hundreds of hours of extra work for our tiny staff, and has come at a time when we’re receiving a volume of incoming consignment items that is unprecedented in our three-decade history. The changes we’ve been making have caused delays in consignment check-ins for our consignors, and we’re still working through our backlog. And longtime and new consignors alike have needed to adjust to our new policies.* (We’re adjusting to them, too.)
We know this process has been frustrating for some of you at times. Consignment is an extremely time-consuming process for any business — that’s why most bookstores don’t offer it. Our recent systems upgrades and changes to consignment policies are absolutely necessary in order for us to continue offering consignment as an option for creators in the Chicago area and around the globe.
We deeply appreciate our consignors’ patience as we’ve worked on these upgrades. Many of you have sent us kind words and encouragement, and that means everything to us. Our consignors and your wonderful self-published zines, comics, and books have always been the heart of our shop, and we’re grateful to everyone who has stuck with us through our consignment program’s growing pains.
To thank our consignors for being a vital part of our Quimby’s community, we’re holding a Consignor Appreciation event this Thursday, Dec. 14! Stop by our shop from 5-8 p.m. to enjoy free snacks, hang out with your fellow consignors, use your 10% discount, and snag a free limited-edition sticker designed for you by our own Echo Elise González!
Out-of-town consignors, we’ll be glad to send you a sticker with your next consignment payout check or mail order — just let us know you’d like one the next time you check in or place an order!
*Haven’t taken a look at our new consignment policies yet? Find all the info + our new consignment form here.