Help a Mom: Selling at consignment sales
Posted January 15, 2013
I updated Go Ask Mom's consignment sale database last week. Click here for information about three dozen sales, which feature new and gently used clothing, toys, gear and more for kids at reduced prices, across the Triangle and beyond.
The sales right now will be featuring summer and spring items - think bathing suits, shorts, sundresses and other warm weather attire. These are great places to stock up on items for your kids.
But our question today isn't about shopping the sales, it's about selling at them. A reader, who is a regular shopper at the sales, now is thinking about selling at one. She's looking for recommendations. Here's what she wrote:
I have never sold anything at one of these sales before. However, I have purchased plenty! I am interested in any feedback anyone has on selling. Does anyone have a sale they recommend? I am especially interested in the Frog in My Pocket sale and their busy mom services. Thanks!
(Frog in My Pocket's busy mom service involves the sale tagging, hanging and presenting your items for purchase. For the service, the sale takes a bigger cut of whatever sells - 50 percent - instead of the 65 percent or more that other consignors can earn).
For full disclosure, I have consigned items at a few sales in the region, but only regularly at Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh. The church is near my home and I sell items and shop the sale each season. I have had great success here selling larger items and clothing and picking up some adorable things for my girls.
Bottom line, I think that a consignor's success really involves scouting out the sale, seeing what sells (clothing vs. furniture, for instance, etc.,). and pricing your items to sell.
What's your experience as a consignor? Can you recommend a sale?
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