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our guest Friday Five post comes to us from Christine who writes the blog Mom’s Messy Miracles!
and kids’ clothing and gear. They grow out of everything so quick, that
used items are often in near perfect condition.
We sell at a
big consignment sale twice a year. It’s a great way to make some money
and get rid of the outgrown children’s items in your house. For us, it’s
usually just a trade-up. We make money selling our old items and spend
about the same getting new items that we need.
1. Read the Rules!
sale has its own rules. You need to make sure you read the rules or
your items won’t sell. Some of these rules include what items you can
sell (holiday outfits, coats, swimsuits), how to hang them, what sizes,
certain brands they might not take, and where the tag should go on the
2. Sort Seasonally!
When you go through the
drawers and closets at the end of a season, sort those clothing items!
Put them into categories : keep, donate, and sell. When sorting, make
sure you are looking extra close and being very picky about what items
you put into the sell pile. This will save you time later.
3. Treat Stains!
you’re selling at a children’s consignment sale, you already know how
messy those little monsters can be. You many not realize the stains are
even there, but check closely. Look around the collar, sleeves, and
backsides (think baby blow-outs) especially. If the items have stains,
they’ll most likely be turned away from the sale. If they happen to slip
through, shoppers will probably catch them. Oxi-Clean or similar
products should get out most stains.
4. Volunteer / Work the Sale!
volunteering or working during the consignment sale, you often receive
perks. At the consignment sale that we participate in, we earn 5% more
commission for each shift worked up to 15% extra. The base is 55%, we
work 3 shifts and then we earn 70%. It makes a big difference. Because
we volunteer to work shifts, we also receive passes that get us into the
sale earlier than other shoppers. This is a huge perk because we get
first dibs at some great items!
5. Start Early!
something that I say we need to do every time, but we’re just awful at
starting early. This past week we’ve been gathering and tagging for the
sale. This is the best we’ve managed to do. Ideally, I’d say start about
a month out so you can gather all your items you’ve been collecting and
make sure they’re in great condition and clean. You’ll then have to
hang or bag your items to prepare them for tagging. It’s exhausting if
you wait until the night before (which we’ve done). The earlier you
start, the more you’ll get done, the more you’ll sell, the more money
Thanks Christine, these are some great tips for anyone looking to make a few extra bucks selling at consignment sales!
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