Children’s consignment sales are a great way to rid your home of items your family no longer needs. Most sales accept clothing as well as baby gear, nursery furniture, movies, games, and toys.
Selling your items at a consignment sale can be very lucrative, if you do things the right way. Below, we will discuss seven steps you can take to maximize your earnings from a local children’s consignment sale.
How to Make More Money Selling at Children’s Consignment Sales
Consider the season.
The time of year is a vital factor in the items you decide to consign. If the sale is being held toward the end of summer, for example, you will earn more by selling fall and winter clothing, blankets, and jackets. If it’s in the spring, pull out your children’s old shorts, swimsuits, and sandals to sell.
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Evaluate every item.
Most consignment sales will not accept items that are damaged in any way. To save yourself some time, and make more money, only take in items that are brand new or gently used. Save any items that are stained, torn, or faded for the donation pile. Focusing on the items in good condition prevents you from coming back home with many of your unsellable belongings.
Clean up what you can.
All of the items you take to the children’s consignment sale should be freshly cleaned and laundered. Wash all the clothing before you tag and label it. Wipe down swings, car seats, and other baby items with a disinfecting wipe.
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A bundle of three t-shirts will likely sale quicker than a single shirt. Why? Because you are providing the buyer with more value in one item. The same can be achieved with matching up a top and pants to sell together. You may only get $0.50 out of each piece separately, but when you sell as an outfit, you could ask $5 or more!
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Avoid going overboard with your pricing. No one will want to make retail value for a pair of shoes your child wore for a month or two. On the flip side, make sure you aren’t underpricing your items either. Ask the owners of the sale if they have a pricing guide you can follow to maximize your earnings.
A general rule of thumb is to ask for 30% of the retail price for an item. Of course, if you are selling sets or something brand new with tags still attached, you may be able to get more than just 30%.
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Pull out the brand names.
At children’s consignment sales, popular brand names tend to sell better than generic brands. This is especially true for the clothing and shoes sold at consignment. The reason for this is likely that parents come shopping for a good deal. They feel okay splurging for the more quality names when they know they are getting them at a fraction of what they would pay brand new.
When you are ready to part with some of your little ones belongings, consider taking the items to a children’s consignment sale. It’s must less hassle than having a yard sale, plus the amount of shopper traffic you’ll land during a sale can’t match selling the items on your own!