With four growing kids ages 11, 9, 4, and 2, we go through clothes, shoes, toys, etc, like mad. A couple of years ago, my sister introduced me to a local consignment sale. I went, not knowing that I would be hooked. Not only was it a great way to get great deals, it was also a way to clear out things we no longer needed while making money as well. We clean out closets every February and August and participate in the Weecycle It children's consignment sale.
I didn't have time to get even half of my items together this time because of ongoing sports with the oldest two kids, but the pictures below will give you an idea of what I usually take. I usually have lots of baby toys, shoes, books, movies, bedding, tons of clothing, games, etc., etc. I have even taken big items like an air hockey table, foosball table, and loft bed before.
It does take some time to input the items in the computer, prepare the items and put the tags on them.Different consignment sales take different percentages of your asking price so you need to adjust your price accordingly. The consignment sale that I use takes 30 percent of your asking price so I just consider that when pricing.
Another benefit of consigning is that you get to shop early at the sale before the general public.
I usually make a list of the items that we need and what I am looking for in advance. When shopping for four, I am usually one of the last customers to leave.
Even after shopping, I usually make more money than I end up spending. At the fall and winter sale, I think I spent around $200-$300 and I made between $500 and $600.
I consider myself a very picky mom, but the benefits of using consigment sales with 4 growing children is well worth it if you ask me. Check back next week to see what I score at the spring and summer sale.