Making Money Selling Your Kid's Gently Used Items: Why I Love Community Consignment Sales

>> Friday, January 23, 2009

I've been a mom for 8 1/2 years and during that time have tried about every way out there to sell my kid's gently used clothing, toys, books, etc. I've sold them on Ebay, in yard sales and through consigment stores but I think my favorite way to sell kids stuff is through community consignment sales. Community consignment sales have been growing in popularity and chances are you will find them in your community. If you're not familiar with them, they are what I consider a perfect combination of a yard sale and a consignment store. You gather up all the gently used items you want to sell, tag them, and take the to the consignment drop-off. The organizers and volunteers get all the racks and tables ready to go for the sale. The sales usually last just 3 days with consignors getting to attend a pre-sale to get the first chance at the items. You do have to pay a consignors fee although this is often waved or reduced if you refer other consignors. And the organizers get a percentage of your sales but they also handle all of the advertising and organization of this event.

The reason I prefer this way of selling is because:
1) The event draws a bigger crowd than you would at a yard sale.
2) The organizer handles the organization and advertising for the event.
3) The price points for the items are much better than a yard sale and comparable to Ebay and consignment stores.
4) While the money isn't in your hands immediately like at a yard sale, it is a much quicker turnaround than using a consignment store. I usually have the money within a week of the sale. The one exception would be the consignment stores that pay when you drop the items off. However, you generally don't get as much for your items when you do that.
5) As a consignor you get to attend the pre-sale events and get first pick at the great bargains.
6) It is less labor intensive than Ebay and you generally make as much money selling the item as you would on Ebay unless it's a highly desired clothing line/item. You also don't have to deal with all the fees, shipping and feedback concerns.

7) It is a wonderful community of moms helping moms. These resell events benefit all who participate by providing affordable clothing and kids items for purchase while at the same time affording moms a way to make some extra money to help cover the costs of needed items. This past Fall, when my husband was unemployed, I was able to make enough money by selling my children's outgrown clothing items at a community consignment sale to buy them all the clothing they needed for this school year.

I know there has been some concern over the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and how it will impact the resell of children's clothing. I'm hoping the recent clarification will allow resell events to continue without any problems. I know my community's Spring sale is going on as planned. I'm sure the wonderful community of moms, resellers and small business owners will demand further clarification if need be to protect those who benefit from the resell of children's products.

Do you participate in community consignment sales? If not, what's your preferred way to sell your children's gently used items?



>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

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Go here to get a free sample of Kotex Lightdays THIN liners.

Go here to get a free sample of Prilosec OTC.


$2 off Bertolli Oven Bake Meals

>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Go here for a coupon for $2 off Bertolli Oven Bake Meals. After you enter and submit your information, you will be able to print your coupon. You should be able to print it twice.


FREE 3-year subscription to Today's Diet and Nutrition Magazine

Go here and enter code INAUG09 to get your free 3 year subscription to Today's Diet and Nutrition Magazine.


FREE Sample Quaker True Delights

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Go here to get a free sample of Quaker True Delights granola bar.


All You Magazine February Coupon List

Here's a list of coupons found in the February issue of All You magazine. This magazine is a great coupon resource and can be purchased at Wal-Mart and by subscription.

page 10
-$1 off any Emerald Breakfast on the Go! 6 Pouch Carton

page 12
-$3 off Open Season 2 on DVD or BLU-RAY

pg. 25
-$1.50 off Dove Cream Oil Body Lotion or Hand Cream(includes 8.5 oz., 13.5 oz., and 2.5 oz.)

pg. 43
-$2 off any K-Y Brand Product(excludes trial sizes)

pg. 46
-$1 off any Softsoap Ensembles Liquid Hand Soap Pump(with disposable base)

pg. 56
-75 cents off 1 Wet Ones Wipes 40 ct. or larger canister or 1 box of singles

pg. 59
-55 cents off one Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Product

pg. 72
-$2 off any Advil or Advil PM 32 ct. or larger
-$2 off any Thermacare 2 ct. or larger
-$5 off any Advil or Advil PM or larger AND any Thermacare 2 ct. or larger

pg. 79
-$1 off any Caltrate product (except 30 ct)
-$1 off any Centrum product(except 30 ct)

pg. 84
-75 cents off Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat cereal

pg. 88
-Buy any 2 StarKist Pouch Products and get a FREE Pouch(up to 4.5 oz.)

pg. 95
-$1 off any 2 Ortega products

pg. 99
-$1 off any 1 Hormel Compleats microwave meal. Any variety.

pg. 102
-$1.50 off any 2 Ziploc Brand Bags

pg. 104
-$2 off any two 1-liter bottles of Pedialyte

pg. 107
-$2 off any 1 Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain and Odor Eliminator

pg. 116
-$1 off any Nature Made product

pg. 119
-75 cents off Banana Nut Cheerios cereal

pg. 122
-$5 off when you buy Fireproof and either Facing the Giants or Flywheel

pg. 124
-$1 off 1 Gerber Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser or 1 Gerber Toddler Tooth & Gum Cleanser

pg. 130
-55 cents off any Little Debbie Family Pack 100-Calorie Snack Cake variety


FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnuts January 20th

>> Monday, January 19, 2009

Get a free doughnut of choice at Krispy Kreme on January 20th. No purchase necessary. Details can be found here.


FREE Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Item with purchase

Go here to print a coupon to receive a FREE Signature Collection Item(original packaging only, up to $12 value) with any purchase. Good in stores only. Also, Bath and Body Works currently has 75% off in store clearance prices.


Menu Plan Monday 1/19/09-1/25/09

>> Sunday, January 18, 2009

I think the cold winter days have me craving comfort food. Not the lightest menu plan ever.

Monday: Grilled cheese sandwiches & soup

Tuesday: Shrimp Alfredo over linguine & salad

Wednesday: Black bean burritos

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Salmon, sweet potatoes, salad(from last week)

Saturday: Beef Stroganoff, brown rice, salad

Sunday: leftovers

For more great menu ideas be sure to check out I'm An Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.


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