Basically, one of my favorite ways to earn a little extra cash is to participate in kids consignment sales in the spring and fall around my area. There are usually at least 4-5 sales that happen between March and April and they are a great place to find anything you need for your children at an excellent price. Think: Clothes for the upcoming season, toys, shoes, baby gear, books, puzzles, cribs, bedding, the list goes on and on!
The sellers are not businesses, they are other mom's who are selling their own kids gently worn and used items. I also collect gently used children's items for very cheap throughout the year at thrifts and garage sales and for free and then combine it with my own children's gently used items and sell them at the sale. Most things you will find at the sale are name brand and are all in excellent condition with no holes or stains as each item is examined before being placed on the sales rack! Each seller prices and tags their own items and then they get to keep 65% of whatever their item sells for that weekend. You can also work a volunteer shift at the sale to bump your commission to 70% and then at the end of the sale you can pick up your unsold items or choose to have them donated to charity.
Every season I always set out to start tagging my items as early as possible. If you are selling for your first time there are some items you will need to purchase to participate in the sale:
All tags must be printed on White Cardstock and tags must be attached to your items with either safety pins or you can use a tagging gun so you will need one or the other. After my first sale I spent a lot of extra money on hangers and safety pins so I decided it was worth it to invest in a tagging gun. I bought mine off ebay for $6 and it came with 1000 barbs - so worth every penny!
You will also need hangers -- LOTS of them. Every clothing item needs to be on a hanger so I collect the child size hangers throughout the year whenever possible as well. When I had Mason this past summer we got a lot of clothes for him as gifts so I saved all the hangers from them, I found a big set of them at a yard sale for $1 also and then I found out that there was a Pumpkin Patch store up in Lynnwood that was closing and giving away their hangers. I went up there and LOADED a bag up with kids size shirt and pants hangers. Sometimes stores will give them away, some wont but you can buy them pretty cheap at Target and I ALWAYS see them at the thrift stores as well - Value Village sells them in packs of 10-15 for $1-$2.
Here is about 1/2 of the clothes I have to start tagging!
These are most of my girl items. I have another full bin outside to bring in still and my son is growing like a weed and I pretty much have to clean out his dresser of things that don't fit him at least once per week!
I can't believe I'm about to show you a photo of my insane garage mess! Eek!
This is the stuff I haven't brought in to organize and tag yet. I better get started soon! Lots of baby gear and toys, plus of course, more clothes!
My dining room will look like a disaster the next few weeks with all the tagging and organizing but in the end I am hoping to drop off at least 2-300 items at this sale and make about $300-$400!
The JBF Seattle East Spring/Summer Sale is coming up in just two short weeks! It will be held at the Pickering Barn out in Issaquah, Washington from March 23rd-25th. Go HERE to check out the details of the event, sign up to be a consignor or join their mailing list as well!
Once you check out their website, come back to this post and leave a comment at the bottom letting us know what you will be looking for at this sale and you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to spend on whatever you need or want from the event out in Issaquah!
Giveaway is open to anyone in Washington state that is planning on shopping this event and can pick up their certificate at the sale. TWO winners will be selected at random on Saturday, March 17th at 5pm. Must comment to enter and please only enter once.
Good Luck and I'll see you at the sale!
Disclosure: JBF Seattle East is generously sponsoring this giveaway. The owner of the sale is also providing me with a gift certificate to shop the sale as well, however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.