For the past few weeks, I have been very busy during the boys naps and after their bedtime.
Busy washing, sorting, scrubbing, hanging, ironing and tagging.
My bff got me hooked on participating in a huge children's consignment sale twice a year.
AMAZING and GENIUS.
This was my second sale.
I'm not going to lie, it's a lot of work to prepare for, but if you're done using your childrens' stuff (bottles, clothes, playpens, strollers, clothes, wagons, clothes, bikes, clothes, shoes, toys, clothes, books, ...and oh, did I mention clothes?) there is someone out there willing to buy it secondhand.
Garage sales are great, but people come looking for all sorts of things and personally, I can't stand someone asking me if I'd take a quarter for junk that's clearly worth fifty cents.
At the Mothertime Marketplace Consignment Sale, people are looking specifically for children's products and clothes. They wait in a line to get inside the doors, and they wait in even longer lines to purchase the discounted goods; some stuff brand new with tags, and all items 50-75% (or more) off original retail value.
You set your own prices.
I underprice my items, but I bring very little home with me after the sale.
A mere $10 allows you to consign, and you keep 70% of your sales.
Wish I thought of this idea.
|My bestie Melisa grabbed as many outfits for her 3 daughters as her arms could hold during the consignor pre-sale.|
After assisting behind the registers for a second time, I've seen many people spend well over $400. It's really not that unusual. Some have to make several trips out to their cars, carrying bags and bags of gently used goodies.
Being a mom of multiples, I've always taken whatever people have offered me secondhand. I knew I couldn't afford all new things (especially in quantities of 2), nor did I need to have them. There are definitely moms out there that want everything brand new, but that was never me. I was always glad (and still am) to reuse and help recycle.
Look for a sale like this in your area.
Invest the time and energy of being a consignor.
For those mommas that have trouble 'letting go', I'd suggest saving a few favorite outfits, and saying goodbye to the rest. Cut that cord, girls! The check you'll get in the mail will make all the pain go away!