Thursday, January 9, 2014

Organizing Clothes for Consignment

I have gone into Major Purge Mode.  One of my big goals for this year is to get rid of everything in my house that we are not using, don't need, and/or does not hold sentimental value to us, and, frankly, I have been ruthless.  I can't begin to tell you the amount of stuff that has exited our house in the past two months.  It. is. awesome.

We recently decided we were ready to let go of our baby stuff.  We sold several big items on Craigslist and gave some items away to local thrift stores.  But for the majority of our baby items, I am getting them ready to go to a large consignment sale that takes place in February.  Today, I thought I would share with you how I am organizing all the clothes we are planning to consign.   This is my first experience with a consignment sale, so I am certainly no expert.  But with over 200 pieces of clothing to sell, I have learned a lot in a short amount of time.

We had been storing our baby clothes in large boxes by gender/size, so I started by going through each box and deciding which items I wanted to donate, consign or keep.  Here is a peek at my family room mid-sort:


Picture me sitting in the middle of all those boxes for hours on end.  And in case you were wondering, that is Scandal there on the TV.  I managed to watch all of seasons one and two in a matter of two weeks while working on consignment.  It was intense.  (P.S.  Team Jake!)

Once the clothes were sorted, I began grouping items together to sell.  My consignment expert friend, Julie, has told me that clothing sells better as outfits or sets, so I tried to make sure each hanger contained 2-3 items.  Since I didn't have any extra closet space to spare, I used the plastic bins to continue to keep the clothing organized by gender/size.


With everything sorted, grouped, and now on hangers, I began the actual process of pricing and tagging each item.  This was very exciting for me as it meant I got to use the tagging gun I recently purchased.  Julie advised me that there is usually a surplus of 0-24 month sized clothes, so it is best to price those items a little less.  The consignment sale I am selling at has a great online system for creating your own tags and the tagging gun made quick work of attaching the tags to each item.  



I cut a small hole in the bottom of a garbage bag and threaded the hangers through the hole to create my own garment bags.


I used a sharpie to label the outside of the bag and a rubber band to hold all my hangers together.  (Side note: the garbage bag turned garment bag trick is great for packaging up clothes when moving as well.)


My neighbors recently moved so I was able to score a bunch of large cardboard boxes from them.  The clothing bags were carefully laid into the boxes in order of size to store until the sale in February.


Have any of you ever sold items at a consignment sale?  How was your experience?  Any advice for us newbies?

4 comments:

  1. Very inspiring! How did you decide on the prices for your sets?

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    1. My friend, Julie, helped me with the pricing. She suggested I price very low. There is usually an over-abundance of clothing size 0-24 months (which is mostly what I am selling). Since I knew I was competing with a lot of other clothing, I needed to keep my prices down. Generally, I priced everything $3-5 depending on brand and number of items in the set. For larger sizes and toys, I priced things a bit higher. A lot of consignment web pages have a pricing guide for consignors to use.

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  2. We have a 3-year-old and 2-year-old twins, so needless to say, we have TONS of baby and toddler gear and clothes. I've done a handful of sales and am hooked. We've had really good success with them - a dent has been made in our "baby" pile in the basement and the extra money has been nice. I would recommend them to anybody interested.

    For pricing, I usually asked myself what I would be willing to pay for the item. We approached the sales as a way to clear things out, not make money. Because of this, we priced things lower, and I think we've sold more, thus, making more money!

    Thanks for the organizing tips! We have the bins organized by size/gender/season. I like the idea of hanging outfits in the bin and the garment bag is genius! What a great way to keep them organized - will make drop-off at the sale quick and easy!

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    1. Great suggestions on how to price items -- thank you for sharing! I am excited for my first sale and hoping that it goes well!

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