This guest post about kids consignment sales was written by Gail Roca, founder of The Kids Kloset, a semi-annual sale focusing on helping families in local communities, helping the environment with the concept of RESELL, REUSE, RECYCLE and helping put a smile on the faces of children.
Did you know that on average it costs $190,000 to raise a child until age 18 in the Northeast? And that is just the cost of raising kids – it does not include college tuition. We can all agree that it’s money well spent because our kids are precious to us, but if you could recoup some of the money you spend on “stuff” for your kids, would you?
If you’ve never heard of a kids consignment sale, you have no idea what you are missing or how easy it is to recycle your kids unused, unwanted items and get paid for it. And, don’t get me started on the shopping benefits – often up to 90% off retail for name-brand items that are in excellent, if not new, condition.
What exactly is a kids consignment sale?
A kids consignment sale is huge seasonal event featuring thousands of items for kids. I really mean thousands – as an example, Long Island’s The Kids Kloset sale has well over 30,000 items for sale at each event. At the sale, you’ll find clothing, toys, books, movies, every conceivable type of baby equipment, furniture, shoes and accessories, bedding, room décor and just about anything for kids. The event usually lasts between 3 and 4 days in a venue that is transformed into a retail environment with clothing racks, fixtures, professional signage and register set-ups.
How do you sell your stuff at a kids consignment sale?
Sellers are known as “consigners” and when I tell you it is easy to sell your stuff, that may be an understatement. Anyone can participate as a seller and you don’t even have to attend the event – the event team does all your selling for you! All you need to do is log into your sale’s website, register for free and start entering and tagging your items. You are able to set your own prices for each item and the system will create all of the tags for you – simply print out the tag and attach it to your item. Each tag will include a barcode with your pricing and account info and when your items are sold at the event, they are scanned an allocated to your account. At the end of the event, your total sales are tallied through the system and you are paid between 60% and 80% of your total sales.
How do you shop at a kids consignment sale?
Shopping a consignment sale is an art and there are definitely some “tricks of the trade”. If you are new to the world of shopping consignment sales, your first time can be overwhelming as you walk in and see that you have thousands of items to choose from, all at amazing discounts.
Stay tuned to this blog – next week, we’ll be posting some fantastic trued and true tips to make shopping a kids consignment sale a breeze and ensure you get the best deals and save a ton of money!
To participate in a kids consignment sale right here on Long Island, visit The Kids Kloset. Their next event is September 21 through 23 in Nassau County and November 9 through 11 in Suffolk County. Find them online at www.TheKidsKloset.com and on Facebook.