Christmas is over, which means my kids’ bedrooms are literally overflowing with toys, crafts, and clothes.. But lucky me, the biggest children’s consignment sale is right around the corner! Unlucky me, the biggest children’s consignment sale is right around the corner..
I’ve never put anything in a consignment sale before, but I have been to plenty to understand the jist of it. You take your kids’ stuff, you price it, you give it to the nice ladies who sell it for you, and boom! You make money. Easy-peasy, right?
Well, slow your roll there, momma. It’s not as easy as it seems. Since this was the first time every putting stuff together for a consignment sale, I had a TON of stuff to go through. I took 10 tubs of kids’ clothes and have narrowed them down to 3. So if you’re doing the math, I have enough clothes to sell to fill |S E V E N| tubs.
So things to know before jumping in to this glorious chaotic mess.
1. Your house will be a wreck
SEVEN tubs, you guys. That’s just the kids’ clothes! We aren’t even counting the toys, games, and craft stuff going into the sell. And it’s cold outside, so doing this in the garage is not a viable options. Organizing everything takes time, effort, and a whole lot of patience from the entire family.
It’s only been a week of organizing, but we are all already sick of tripping over the 82 (exaggerating, but not by much) pairs of toddler shoes next to the couch.
2. You (probably) have to provide hangers
If you’re a con consigning guru, you’re probably thinking “well duh,” but as a novice consigner, it didn’t occur to me that I needed to provide hangers (appropriately sized, btw) for the 800 (again, exaggerating, mostly) pieces of kids clothes I’m trying to clear out.
Check your local Walmart though. They have packs of 10 baby/toddler sized hangers for only $1!
3. Check for seasonal restrictions
Again, consigning gurus, you are probably rolling your eyes, because, well, obviously. Right?
If the consignment sale you’re prepping for is annual, maybe they don’t have restrictions for weather related items. But the sale I’m prepping for happens twice a year. A spring/summer sale and a fall/winter sale.
As I went through my 10 buckets of kid clothes, not only did I pull out the clothes I decided to consign, but I then went through THOSE clothes, and set aside fall/winter weight items to save for the next sale.
So just to clarify. No, you can’t put that Santa Claus sleeper or those too small snow boots in the spring sale.
4. Check for restrictions on number of items
Okay. This ones got me. There is a restriction on the number of items you can submit. Which I totally get. If every mom in Oklahoma took her 10 tubs of clothes down to 3 tubs of clothes, and wanted to sell every single onesie in the spring sale, they’d have to rent out the local football stadium for the sale.
So, pair. Pair. PAIR! Make outfits, combine onesies. Match hats and bows. Put you giraffes with toy alligators and call them zoo animals.
5. You don’t make 100% of the profits
The sale has to make money somehow, right? Otherwise, how do they pay to rent the facility, they do have SOME paid staff, and so on. Say you put a onesie up for sale for $1. You may only make $.60-$.80 on that item.
Check to see how much of the proceeds they keep before jumping right into consigning. You just want to be informed.
6. There are benefits to volunteering
If you volunteer to help during the consignment sale, chances are they reward you. For instance, most of the time you can shop early! Chances are, if you’re putting stuff in a consignment sale, you plan to shop it also. I do! I have three kids, who, despite my best efforts, continue to outgrow their clothes.
You may also make more money, if you volunteer. As you read from my point above, you don’t make 100% of the profits of your items, but you may make an extra percentage of your sales, if you offer up just a few hours of your time to help out.
You may be allowed to submit more items if you volunteer. It could be just volunteering in general, or volunteering for a particularly gruesome task (like sorting). Either way, it’s definitely worth it to check to see if there is a way to submit more items.
Wish me luck on the rest of my sorting, cleaning, pairing, and organizing! Consignment sale, here I come, along with my seven tubs of clothing!