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Is an inventory list needed for a second-hand clothing business?

Expert: Gary Booth

Velma asked:

If I am in the second-hand retail clothing business and I get a lot of clothing on consignment, do I have to individually inventory list all as inventory.

Also same business, if I get bags of clothing donated to me, do I need to inventory this as there will be only income showing from this. Is this classified as goodwill donations.

Gary Booth answered:

Since the clothing is on consignment and not included in purchases, taking inventory would not affect the financials; however, you would probably want to take inventory to ensure you agree with the consignor.

Next, since no cost is involved for the bags, they would not go into inventory and therefore, no cost is recorded; however, for business reasons you might want to keep track to see how quickly the inventory moves.

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