Enjoy this guest post by Consignment Mommies founder Chrissy Freeman.
Whew! It sure is starting to get hot out there and I’m not just talking about the weather. The children’s consignment sale season is heating up as well. Consignment sale organizers all over the country are gearing up for summer all-season sales and back-to-school events.
What’s a consignment sale, you say? A children’s consignment sale is a short three to five day resale shopping event where you can score an entire season of clothing, 50 to 90 percent off retail prices, for your kiddos in one fell swoop. These events also provide opportunities for you to make money—$200 to $300 on average—by selling your kids’ outgrown clothing and unused toys. Yes, these sales are perfect for busy, time-crunched mamas on a budget!
Want to join in the consignment sale fun? There are sale events scheduled throughout the nation every weekend for the rest of the year. Find the sales in your area and follow these simple tips to get the most out of your shopping and consigning experiences.
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#1: Make a list
This isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon shopping adventure. Be prepared! Take inventory of your little ones’ clothes, shoes and toys and make a list of your needs.
#2: Take a tote
Don’t forget to bring a tote (or two). Ikea bags, wagons, even laundry baskets will work. Your arms and back will thank you as you quickly collect piles of great finds.
#3: Shoes and seams
Need an easy way to remember the size of your child’s foot or length of his leg? Trace his shoe on a piece of cardstock and cut it out. Use a piece of yarn to measure his pants from waist to hem. Cut the string and affix it to the shoe cutout. Use this craft project at the sale to easily size shoes and be sure the pants you’ve picked are long enough.
#4: Look high, look low
Children’s clothing sizes vary as much as the weather. Don’t forget to look in the sizes just above and below your child’s actual size – you’ll probably find a great gem that the other mamas skipped over.
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#1: A sale to sell
Do a little research to see which area consignment sales offer the best split to the seller and draw the most traffic. ConsignmentMommies.com has ratings and reviews to help you size up sales in your area.
#2: Make a big pile
Clean out your kids’ closets and toy chests. Seek out the clothes and shoes they’ve outgrown and the toys that have lost their interest.
#3: It’s all about presentation
Your items may not be new, but they should still look their best. Launder and iron all of the clothes you’ll consign. Toys should be cleaned and include all parts.
#4: The price is right
A good strategy is to price your items approximately one-third of what you paid at retail. Boutique items are typically priced 30 to 35 percent below retail.
Here’s a handy pricing guide:
#5: Time to tag
Gather notecards, safety pins, clear packing tape and a pen. Follow the sale’s tagging guidelines to price, tag and prepare the items you will consign.
Consignment Mommies is the nation’s leading children’s consignment resource. The website lists nearly 2,000 children’s consignment sales events with 25,000 ratings and reviews provided by consignment shoppers and sellers. Visit ConsignmentMommies.com and become a Facebook fan.
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