I know I haven’t posted in forever, but I’ve been wanting to do a post about consignment sales, specifically kids’. I’ve been participating in one for a while now as a consignor and volunteer (and shopper of course!) so wanted to share a little bit about it.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, someone (in my case 2 sisters; in some cases charitable organizations) runs the sale, organizes everything, rents a space, sets up racks, gets consignors, volunteers, advertisers, etc. As a consignor, you enter your items into a program online, print tags, hang and tag your items, and drop them off at the sale. At the sale I do, if you do one volunteer shift during the sale, you get back 70% of your sales. If you don’t volunteer, you get 60%. At the end of the sale, you can choose to pick up your items that didn’t sell, or donate them.
This sale (and most of them, I think) runs 3 days, and the 3rd day, if the tag says “Discount,” the item is 50% off. (You choose whether or not to discount each of your items.) The night before the sale opens to the public, (again, at the sale I do) volunteers get the first opportunity to shop (for 1 hour) and then consignors get to shop.
And I love the shopping! My goal is to make more than I spend or at least break even! I haven’t gotten my check yet from this most recent sale, but I only sold 27 items, so I think it will be about $47. I didn’t break even. LOL. That’s ok, though. It will still be nice to get the $47!
So here’s what I got this time:
A giant Kai Lan floor puzzle, Bob the Builder Colorforms and this cool magnet toy. (We’re taking a long road trip this summer, so I think the magnet toy, Colorforms and CD’s will all be great for the car!)
2 really cute dresses.
4 tops and 3 pairs of shorts.
3 two-piece top & shorts outfits (1 new with tags.)
3 bathing suits and a cover-up.
So how much do you think I paid for all this? (All full price, by the way, because I went to the pre-sale for volunteers.) I think I did pretty well getting all this for $65. And, of course, I got rid of some stuff I didn’t need anymore and will still get $47-ish in that check that’s coming soon!
So if you haven’t been shopping at a consignment sale yet, I highly recommend it! Go check one out. I’m certain you’ll find some great bargains. And if you like it, you might want to be a consignor, too!