Sunday, April 3, 2011

Recycle, Reuse, Make Cash!

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.
Awesome.
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!



3 comments:

  1. 'Tis the season! Just 15 minutes ago I finished sorting through my [small] pile of things that didn't sell from the spring consignment sale I did...and folding some of the girls' winter things for the next sale, in August.

    I, too, LOVE participating in these sales! I save an outfit or two here and there, but I love seeing what I can get for the rest of the girls' things. With what doesn't sell, I have a couple of friends that I pass things along to.

    Of course it's great having some money coming back into the house, but it's just as rewarding for me to find a "home" for the things the girls no longer need / can use.

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  2. This was my 2nd sale also. I took 2 SUV loads to the fairgrounds and came home with 2 small boxes of leftovers and $600 in my pockets. I too wish I had thought of this genius idea!

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  3. I participated in the sale for the first time. I'm not sure if I will again though. It was SO much work! And I agree, much better than a garage sale. Maybe I'll try again when my kids are older and I have more free time to get my items ready.

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