Through the years I have held garage sales and donated our outgrown and unwanted good condition items. While it felt nice to regain space and order I have been left a little unsettled about letting items go that cost us pretty pennies. Let's face it, garage sale shoppers are looking for a score. Dirt cheap give aways made me feel resentful. Passing items to friends and charities left me feeling a little better, as I knew the items would be appreciated and be used. Yet, I still wanted to recoup some of the investment.
A friend of a friend gave me an alternative, consignment. She shared a link on Facebook. I looked it over and was lukewarm to the idea. It took a few months of simmering on the idea before I agreed to give it a chance.
I decided to consign with Up Up and Away Kids Consignment. They hold sales four times a year. You prep your items and drop them off. They charge a small fee and keep a percentage of the sales. The rest of your proceeds are mailed directly to you. There is an option to pick up unsold items or elect to have them donated as well.
|A past Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale|
|Consignment items are entered into a computer system by category, description, and price. |
Tags are generated for each item.
|Each clothing item is hung and pinned with a tag.|
|Items ready to consign.|
Tips for Consigning
1. Store "pristine items" on hangers at the back of your closet or in clear storage bins by size and
gender. (HUGE time saver)
2. Keep original packaging whenever possible. An original package will give buyer confidence and
a higher selling price.
3. Inspect your items as a consumer. Price according to what you would be willing to pay rather
than what you hope someone else will pay for the item.
4. Enter all of your merchandise before printing tags. Cut and tag items one sheet at a time to
5. Encourage friends to consign with you. You'll generate ideas on what to sell, discuss pricing,
and enjoy the process so much more!
|Use rubberbands to secure hangers with clothing grouped by size and gender.|
|Place miscellaneous items in a bin for easy toting.|
Sold Items ReportUp Up and Away Kids Consignment LLC
Last Updated: 7/26/2012 12:04:44 AM
|Item ID||Description||Selling Price||Discounted?|
|2||Gymboree Pink Jacket||$5.00||No|
|4||Baby Lulu 2PC Playwear|
Pink & Gray
|5||Guess Pink & Blk dress|
Pink & Green Flowers
|18||Gymboree L/S Shirt|
|19||Bebe Pod Lime|
Tray and Toy Included
|20||Twin Sheet Set|
Laura Ashley Tea/Cupcake
The report above is a partial listing of what items I have sold thus far.
I highly encourage families to check into children's consignment opportunities. Say goodbye to garage sales and join the rest of the savvy moms and dads who consign.