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September 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Making Money Through Consignment Sales


As kids grow up, you end up with a lot of extra clothing and items you won’t use anymore, but are still in excellent shape. One way to make some money to put towards new things is by selling your gently used clothing and other items at a consignment sale.  The ones I have participated in run in the fall and spring. I want to share a few tips to help prepare you for selling used items.


Most sales ask you to provide hangers for your items. They do not typically return these, so you need to collect them throughout the year. I have a tote where I store hangers from when I purchase items. If I need other types or sizes, I recruit family and friends to save them also.

Collecting Clothing

I have two totes that are labeled Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. I collect clothing each time I clean out the boys closets. As I put these items away, I make sure they are in good condition, with no stains, rips, or holes. I fold them neatly and store them until I am ready to sell. This also gives you time to make any repairs like loose buttons, frayed hems, etc.

Non-Clothing Items

Depending on the type of consignment sale, you can sell gently used toys, home decor, small appliances, bedding, etc. Everything should be in good working condition, clean, and show little to no wear. Make sure all pieces are kept together and are packaged efficiently if necessary.

Tagging and Pricing

Each consignment sale has different rules on how to tag and attach pricing to your items. Make sure to use enough details in your tag descriptions so that items and tags can be matched up if they are separated. A good rule for setting pricing is by determining what is approximately 25-50% of what the item originally retailed for. Be sure to get all the details on any pricing requirements or suggestions from the person who handles the sale coordination.

A Good Set of Tools

Here are a few things that help me in my preparations:

  • Good Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Decent Pen
  • Black Sharpie
  • Batteries (Everything that runs on batteries needs fresh batteries or it won’t be accepted)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Goo Gone
  • Baggies (in various sizes)

Donate What You Can’t Sell

It’s a nice gesture to donate what you don’t end up selling, and you will keep house clutter to a minimum, allowing for more storage for new items you may need.

Happy selling!

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June 21st, 2013 at 11:21 am

What to do With all the Outgrown Clothes

In a corner of my basement I have 15 huge totes of boys clothing from newborn on up. Every year I pack another tote or two and move them to the basement and plan to either garage sale or consign them. The problem is that I waited until I was pretty sure I was done having kids so the pile grew pretty tall and I can’t get rid of them as fast as I was accumulating them.

I need to find ways to get rid of them a little faster, but it kills me to just give them all away. Every time I compile them for a sale I take some out and give to charity, so I wanted to share with you some other uses for outgrown clothing. If you are smarter than me, you won’t let them build up to an overwhelming point!

Garage Sales

I’ve talked about holding garage sales before. They are a great way to get rid of a good amount of clothing, but they do take a lot of work.

Consignment Shops/Sales

Every consignment shop works a little differently. Typically, you bring in some items, they pick what they want, tag them and give you money in return once it sells.  In my area there is a group that holds a semi-annual consignment sale. They rent a hall and you can bring up to a certain amount of things that they will end up selling. They hold a weekend sale then put everything together by your seller number and pay you a month or so later.


A good way to get rid of clothing is to post on Facebook that you are going through your childs clothing. Let you friends know that they are free to come look through your stuff. I have a group of friends with little boys that come every season and look through my totes of clothing to see what I have! I call it my “Kitchen Table Store.”

Facebook is also a great place to look for local groups that sell items online. You post a picture and price for people to inquire if they are interested.

Online Sites

You can also consign online through sites like Thredup. They send you a bag and sell what they can, the rest is donated. Ebay or Craigslist are great online tools also.

Using Old Clothes

There are so many great ideas to use old baby clothes – t-shirt quilts, window frame displays, bags, other clothing and more. Check out pinterest for some great inspiration!

I’m off to figure out how I can empty out some of my old clothing totes!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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