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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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April 16th, 2012 at 7:09 am

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Spring means a big thing where I live – garage sales. I’m don’t frequent them very much to shop, but I do hold one every few years. I love to clear out all my stuff and get some money back in return. I am currently preparing for a sale to get rid of all my boys clothes since birth (about 20 totes worth), along with baby things, numerous toys for inside and outside and household goods that have been kicking around.

I usually make around $1000 when I hold one of my sales, so I wanted to share some of my tips.

Cleaning makes a difference: Dusting off old items or even giving a good cleaning to really dirty items makes a difference in value. Items covered in dirt and dust are likely to be overlooked, but if you clean them they not only catch the buyers eye, but also increase the value you can sell it for.

Price Everything: People are usually put off by having to ask how much a certain item costs. The way I usually price is by using masking tape. I write the price on the tag and stock it in a prominent place on the item. I have heard that yellow electrical tape works well also, so I may try that because it will catch people’s eyes better. Be careful when you stick it to the item, especially with book for things with other stickers. It may remove what is under it.

It’s all in the display:  When you lay out your tables make sure to put your items that you want to sell the most (dependent on value or interest) in a place of importance. Put it in front or make it a little higher. These key places can be replaced as items start to be purchased. I am constantly moving items around if I don’t notice people looking at them. Also, be careful of what you place on the floor. People perceive things on the floor as not being very important and in turn not worth much.

Advertise: A key to a good garage sale is a good turnout. The best way is by advertising. Make sure to include your address, the date and times of the sale and also the groups of some of the items you are selling. As far as forms of advertising some of the things I do are:

  • Signs taped to street signs and staked in yards. Make sure the print is very large and bold so people can read it.
  • Local Newspaper
  • Craigslist Ads
  • Facebook
  • Email to friends and family
  • Garage Sale Finder

Stock up on change: I usually like to have about $75 in change. Typically I have about 30-one dollar bills, a roll of quarters ($10), and 7-five dollar bills. I also make a rule that I don’t typically except checks.

Make money in other ways to supplement the sale: Last year I did a combined sale with a friend. The kids sold lemonade and cupcakes. They actually made a good deal of money that way. At my rummage I think the boys will be selling water and drink sticks along with some sort of treat.

Most of all – Have Fun! Don’t get discouraged by people wanting to make deals either. They are out for the best deal they can find.


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

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