How is it possible that it’s time for consignment season again? I guess with back to school looming on the horizon it’s a good idea to start thinking about new clothes for your kids. For the new moms out there or those who just haven’t participated in a consignment sale before, let me tell you about the wonder that is consignment sales.
When my kids were small they outgrew stuff every 10 minutes it seemed. I kept many of the clothes for a while, but when I realized I didn’t need the clothes anymore I started going to work on consigning them. First you find a sale nearby. Many times they’re in community centers, churches, or other large areas. Clothes are normally priced more than a yard sale, but less than new – and some clothes look brand new. Lucky for you they set it up like a store, in that the sizes and genders are separate so shopping is fairly easy!
That’s about all you need to know to shop one, but if you want to consign (that is, sell your stuff) then you will need to know a few more things.
- You must pre-register and get a consignor number. Some require an upfront fee and some take your fee out at the end.
- Tag and price your items. Some sales require metal hangers, some require plastic, and some really do not care. Most will have you put your consignor number, your price, the size of the item, a description of the item, and whether you’d be willing to let it sell for half-off on the last day of the sale. Get all of your items freshly washed and pressed if you want to get top-dollar for them!
- Bring your items to the sale at your assigned drop-off time.
- Shop the pre-sale! Most every sale offers a pre-sale for those who bring items in – it’s a perk as you get to shop everything before the public does.
- Once the sale ends, you can collect your items at your assigned time. (Hopefully your pile of items coming back home is less than the pile you brought in).
- A few weeks later you will receive a check in the mail! The check will be for your total minus any fees collected by the sale. Each sale is different on fees, but it seems the average the administrator fees are about 30%.
I know that I love both sides, selling and shopping the sales – it’s that darn tagging that about kills me. I guess I need to buckle down soon and get to tagging, as the sales are starting in about two weeks! Yikes!!
To find a consignment sale in your area, please go to kidsconsignmentsales.com and click on your state to see what’s happening in your area. Actually there’s a whole blog about consignment sales over at consignmentmommies.com and you can read more stories and find the best sales there too.
In and around the Nashville area, I have a friend who runs one of the first of the season. The Kidz Klozet Consignment Sale runs July 25th – July 27th in Spring Hill, TN The location is the UAW – Banquet Hall (behind Food Lion).
This year it’s Air Conditioned, so shop in comfort! There’s still time to sign up to consign at this sale, but you must act fast.
What do you think about consigning? My kids love to sell their old toys, but they get antsy around consignment time as I threaten any toys not cleaned up will be sold. I give them a cut if they help me sort their stuff, but I keep all of the money collected from clothes to buy them the next size up. In fact, I think I have money from the last sale waiting on me to spend it on this one!