Astounded by all the things you need for a newborn? Is your child growing like a weed? Do you like to save and even earn money? It’s time to try consignment sale events. These twice per year sales are a great way to save money, support the environment through reuse, and make a little extra money as a consignor.
For over seven years I have been both a customer and a consignor at the Super Kids Resale events. Let me share some information and tips to help you with your shopping and selling experience.
Consignment sales can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first time shoppers. The items available include clothing (preemie to teen), seasonal (i.e., Halloween costumes), furniture, and much more. Since each consignor prices their own items you may see a wide range of prices for the same item. Tip: To help stay organized while I am shopping, I create a shopping list, including sizes, that my kids need for the upcoming season.
If you want to avoid the first day crowds, most of the consignment sales offer a presale pass for a fee, which allows you to shop before the sale is open to the public. Tip: Some consignment sales offer free presale passes (sign-up prior to the event) for new and foster parents and other groups. In addition, many of the consignment sales offer discounts on select merchandise on the last day of the event.
Being a consignor is a great way to get rid of unwanted items and make some extra money, plus as a consignor you receive a free presale pass.
If you are interested in selling, the first step is to register for a consignment sale and pay the consignor fee. You will earn a percentage of your sales and the percentage will increase if you volunteer. For first-time consignors I suggest visiting the consignment sale websites to determine which one would work best for you based on dates, location, etc.
To get your items ready for the sale, I recommend utilizing the resources and tutorial on the consignment sale websites. These include pricing guides, sales management system help, tagging tips, and drop-off/pick-up procedures. Tip: Many of the consignment events, such as Super Kids Resale, have a consignors only Facebook page. This is a great resource for sale updates, pricing assistance, and tips.
If you aren’t ready to be a consignor but want to learn more about the sales and take advantage of presale opportunities, then being a volunteer might be right for you. Each of the consignment events have volunteer opportunities from helping on the sales floor to being a cashier.
Are you now interested in shopping, selling, and/or volunteering at an upcoming event? There are several consignment events held in the Fall in the Portland metro area. This year the fall events include:
Super Kids Resale: September 23-26, 2021 (Gresham)
Thrift Mouse: October 1-3, 2021 (Beaverton)
Just Between Friends: October 22-24, 2021 (Vancouver)
Pass It On: October 14-18, 2021 (Hillsboro)