Each week during the season on House of Consignment, we’ll be talking to eDrop Off owner and woman whose wardrobe we covet, Corri McFadden, about her take on every episode. This week, Corri and her crew held a charity warehouse sale that ended up being a bigger project than they expected.
Episode nine featured the warehouse sale for charity, I wish this episode was longer because I could have watched this forever, it was so fun to see how fast-paced that day was.
I know, that episode needed to be like three hours. Actually, it could have been forty-five minutes long because that’s how long it took to sell out.
How did that even come to be?
We get a lot of items that either didn’t sell or people say “Just donate it for me,” and we started getting a lot. So I got a warehouse and we would just box it all up with the intention of doing some kind of sale, but we didn’t know what. I had been saving all these items for a year, and when the show came about, I thought it was perfect. We’ll pull it all out, we’ll do a charity sale, and my boyfriend had just built the Greek Hellenic Museum, it hadn’t even opened yet when we had the sale, and it was the perfect venue for it. I wanted to do a bag sale because I didn’t want people shopping for items, I just wanted the stuff gone and we just wanted to raise money for charity. There were 15,000-plus pieces and I was like, what are we going to do with all the leftovers after the sale? The last thing I want to do is box it all up again and move it back into storage. At the end, there was one single glove left on a table at the end. We did a morning news piece the day before the sale and they showed off what we had, Armani, Chanel, just things that didn’t sell, and the next owning I got a call from the police at about 7:30 to tell me I had a line over the freeway. Thousands of people. [For more pics of the event, check out the gallery below!]
How many people actually got in?
I would say probably about seven hundred. We raised over $12,000 in forty five minutes. That money went to the Primo Center, which is a group that benefits underprivileged women and children in the city. The day before the sale, a group of women came in and we styled them and outfitted them with new wardrobes, so that in itself was rewarding, those women were glowing. It was awesome.
Do you wish you raised the price so you could have earned more money?
No, I don’t think so. At the end of the day it was about raising what we could and clearing out merchandise that had no home. We’re going to make it an annual event now.
Let’s talk about Nicole, because things start to get a little tense with her this week.
She was negative the whole time we were planning the event. She was convinced it was going to be a failure, she thought we’d have to truck people in and that no one would come to the sale.
Did you know she felt that way and was saying things behind your back?
I didn’t. She wasn’t voicing any of that to me. I had several complaints that she wasn’t helping and that I should send her home, we were all working hard, but she was off doing her own thing. The only time anything clicked for me what the one time I put on the headphones and was listening to her film a scene that day, that was the only time I ever did this all season, and I heard her tell Jena “We need to clean up that table…You know how Corri is,” and I was like, Oh my God, you’re undermining me and you don’t even believe in this event. You need to be on board!
LaToiya lived in a very small house and she has stuff from high school — HIGH SCHOOL — she had so much stuff. And she had her alter ego Ta Ta. She was so much fun. She was great, we confirmed for her that some handbags that an ex had given her were fake.
What’s the general reaction when someone finds out their stuff is fake, does that happen a lot?
It’s a mixed bag. For instance, yesterday we did a closet clean in someone’s home and all the bags were fake. But when the client called, they told us they had all this Gucci and Louis and we got there and it was all fake. And we don’t want to offend anyone but you have to explain this to the client. And we also don’t want them taking it to another outlet to get rid of it. It shouldn’t be sold. And she’s claiming Neiman Marcus ripped her off. I’m like, what Neiman Marcus are you going to? So you get a lot of that, and then you get people who had no idea. When your husband gives you something, you’re not running off with a diamond tester, you assume it’s real, so no one wants to hear that their items are fake, but a lot of people know. If you knew the back end of counterfeiting, it’s really dirty, but luckily the government is taking a harder stance on it. But we have to check every single piece that comes through. Authenticity is something we harp on and are working on every day.