So, this is kind of embarrassing. But it happened, and it’s fine. When I got back into the world of showing I was pretty much in awe of how show jackets were made out of technical material and actually had GIVE. They stretched! They let you move! I wasn’t left scrambling to find loose collars or sweating in a wool coat on hot summer days. It was a glorious miracle.
In my blaze of excitement, I bought a few show coats that unbeknownst to me, were simply too short. So for the past year I’ve had two pretty coats sitting in my closet, only worn a few times, without a job.
I tried to sell them on Instagram, but I get it, a coat is a larger investment and you want to make sure it’s in good condition and fits before forking over a few hundred hard-earned dollars.
So when I stumbled upon The TackHack, a new company that “makes consigning goods a snap while offering your favorite riding brands at discounted prices” I became really excited. Especially when I learned I could earn up to 80% commission, a super competitive rate amongst consigners!
I started chatting with founder Lauren Garvey, who was determined to find a way to combine her passion for riding and horses with a purpose: and The TackHack was born. Lauren’s goal is to source amazing product while making the sport more financially accessible. Can I get an amen?!
Lauren sent me a kit with everything I’d need to ship my basically new coats to The TackHack for consignment. It was so organized and simple that it took any stress I had out of the process of sending off some of my more valuable pieces.
So… what’s in the kit and how does it work?
Everything you need comes in a tidy little package. You receive a mailing parcel complete with a pre-paid shipping label already affixed, individual seller consignment terms outlining the agreement between consigner and The TackHack, an item packing list for you to fill out and return with your items, an easy ‘how it works’ sheet and a list of accepted brands (which can also be found on their website here). Oh, and also a very thoughtful pack of hairnets!
The simple 101 of how The TackHack works is as follows:
- Fill your bag with riding apparel, bridles, boots and other items outlined on their accepted goods and brands list. If you wish to consign a saddle, you can request a special SaddleShip box.
- Mail it in. Since the kit comes with a pre-paid label, all you have to do is drop it off at your nearest USPS location.
- Receive an offer. The TackHack team reviews the items you’ve sent in and makes a consignment offer based on them meeting their standards. Unaccepted goods can be returned to you or donated.
- Make money! Approved consignment items will be posted on The TackHack. They take care of photography, pricing and marketing so you don’t have to spend the day checking eBay or Instagram for things you’re trying to hustle and sell solo.
Can I consign anything?
The TackHack has a list of accepted brands and accepts things in excellent condition without any rips, tears or alterations that are less than five years old. Obviously, they must be washed or dry cleaned, because let’s be real, no one wants your dirty horsey clothes or sweaty tack.
Is everything on their site second-hand?
No! Lauren sources new items and lists them at a discounted rate as well. From men’s, women’s and children’s apparel to tack and even lifestyle home goods, The TackHack is a one-stop shop for everything anyone living an equestrian lifestyle needs.
I’ll be posting a follow up once my items sell (fingers crossed!) so check back. If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email or DM on Instagram @theecequestrian!