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Selling Tips and Hints

 


  • Setting your price:
  • Pricing is completely up to you.  However, typical kid’s consignment sales include items that are 25%- 30% of retail. 
  • Keep in mind what you can get the item for at a clearance sale and then take into consideration that it’s slightly used. 
  • Sales of this kind typically include items in these price ranges: 
  • $2-4 for play shirts and shorts
  • $3-5 for better pants or shorts
  • $4-6 for 2-piece outfits
  • $4-8 for jeans
  • $3-8 for dresses
  • $4-10 for- 3 or 4-piece outfits
  • Boutique and European brands can be priced a bit higher. 
  • Smaller sizes (infant, etc) are usually abundant in these sales, so price to be competitive.
  • Keep in mind your items will be displayed near other similar items, so price competitively to attract buyers! 
  • You will sell more during the full price sale if you price items reasonably from the start. Try to remain objective as you think through a price for each item. We know it can be hard to separate the sentimental value an item your child used with the functional value of the actual item!  So, try pricing your items, and then come back and take a hard look at the prices again and consider if you might need to lower them!    

 

 

  • Let your items go 1/2 price…it’s better to get the money than to put them back in the closet you just cleaned out! 

   

  • Presentation is key!  Your items will be displayed next to other similar items in the sale, so take care to present yours in the best way possible:
  • Fluff them.
  • Pin them so they won’t slide or fall off the hanger. 
  • Group outfits together. 
  • Make sure they smell fresh! 
  •  Remove wrinkles and odors from fabrics by laundering them or use Febreze.
  • Remove pet hair with a lint brush, launder the item if that doesn’t work.    

 

  • Consignors who sell current clothing styles make the most money.  
  • Up-to-date styles are generally worth more and are more likely to sell full price. 
  • A good rule of thumb is to think when your child last wore that item?  If it was more than 3 years ago, the item is probably a bit outdated…and may need to be priced more competitively.   

 

  • Toys sell better than most anything!
  • If the toy works, is reasonably priced and is cleaned up, it should sell. 
  • Most sell on full price days. 
  • We cannot not accept battery operated toys if the batteries are dead, so please check and replace any batteries. 
  • Use Magic Erasers to clean marker, crayon, scuff marks on plastic toys.    

 

  • Group multiple books together to form a ‘set’.  (Same for DVDs, music, etc).

 

  • If you cannot hang an item, try to use ziploc bags:
  • Freezer bags for socks, onesies, belts, tights, and small pieces of toy sets.
  • XL and XXL for larger toy sets and bedding.
  • The new huge ziploc bags can be purchased at Wal-Mart. Check them out: www.Ziploc.com   

 

  • Assemble your furniture.  

 

  • Instruction papers, warranties, etc. attached to strollers, exersaucers, cribs, etc. are an added bonus for buyers! 
  • You can go the manufacturer’s web site and download / print instructions which should include the retail price so people know what kind of great deal they are getting.   

 

  • Double check that your larger items have not been recalled.
  • Visit the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at http://www.cpsc.gov/