After 4 kids, I finally decided to hit up a local consignment sale that happens twice a year. For years my friends have been raving about how they scored all kinds of baby deals at these types of sales — I just always seem to miss them.
2 hours of shopping (with one grouchy 9-year-old), I scored a whole new summer wardrobe for each of my kids for under $200.
All of these clothes got me thinking, what if I sold all of my stuff at a consignment sale? After hours of prepping for our community garage sale last year and bringing in a whopping $40 (not including loading everything to Goodwill afterwards), I declared garage sales for getting rid of items as useless. A few weeks after the consignment sale, I was alerted to another one in my area that invited me to consign my items. Seeing that we’re not having anymore children, I thought, why not? Plus this would kick start my spring cleaning.
Prepping items for sale
All of the items I was consigning were already clean and in good condition. The consignment company provides you with a website to log all of your items that you will be selling. After you input your items, you print off bar code tags in which are then pinned to the items.
You name your price for each item, though it strongly suggested nothing be priced under $3. If an item is valued less than $3 resale, you are asked to create a combo pack in which would value $3. (ex. Put 3 onesies together rather than 1 onesie to raise the price to $3).
Each clothing item needed to be safety pinned to the clothes hanger.
All in all this took me around 2 hours to do. I found it much easier to work in bulk.
Bringing items to the sale
The day before the sale started, my son and I loaded everything up and headed to the sale location. After checking in, I was given a clothing rack with wheels to bring all of my items in on.
A staff member then checked over each item I was selling for quality assurance. If any product could be subject to a recall, there was a person who would make sure the item was OK to sell.
After my items were approved, I was then asked to put my items on the sales floor on the appropriate racks.
By being a consignee, I was eligible to enter the consignment sale on the first day for free (typically this company charges about $3 for admission the first day), and bring a few friends.
Here is the breakdown on how much money is made from the particular consignment sale I participated in:
- 65% of everything sold, minus a $10 fee to consign
Some other details to note:
- I was given the option of volunteering 3 hours to receive a 70% cut for my items.
- In order to pick up my unsold items, rather than having anything that didn’t sell donated — I would have to work 2 hours at the sale.
I opted not to volunteer and to have anything unsold donated.
How much money did I make consigning?
All in all, I made around $150 consigning multiple items which included a bassinet, a stroller, my maternity wardrobe and a swing. Was it worth it? Seeing that the products are out of my house, yes! Would I consign again? Probably not!
At the end of the day, it was a lot of work and time and in all honesty feel that the $150 I earned is not significant enough for the work put into it. Looking back I would have much rather donated the items to someone in need as the items were all in good condition.
Maybe it was the sale I went to and my pricing, but 65% or even 70% wasn’t worth it to me.
All consignment sales are run differently!
After hearing from several readers and friends, I quickly learned that selling (and buying) at each consignment sale varies drastically. Some sales offer a different percentage back to the seller and some just charge an upfront rate for you to sell your items at their sell. Make sure to get the full details in regards to compensation and percentages before signing up to consign!
Find a consignment sale near you
Check out kidsconsignmentsales.com to find a consignment sale near you! This website lists consignment sales in various regions around the country, and offers resources for shoppers, consigners, and tips on starting your own sale. If you’re more interested in buying than shopping, check out these tips from Southern Savers and Parenting Squad. It won’t be your typical shopping experience — but the savings can be worth it!
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