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Consigning Your Kids Clothing

Aug 26, 2015 09:38AM ● By Hood Magazine

By Wendy Haugen, owner of Kids and Kaboodle Children’s Consignment Shop


Organization is key when it comes to sorting through clothing, toys and baby equipment your kids have outgrown or no longer use. There are plenty of options to clear things out, including passing them on to a friend or family member, donating to charity, having a garage sale or selling them at a consignment shop. The following tips will help you get the biggest return on your items when you consign them.


1. Bring in your BEST condition items only. Quality, not quantity.


2. Launder, wash or sanitize everything before you bring it in.


3. Match up outfits and sets of items (onesies are a good example: brand & size) to make the sorting go faster.


4. Do not bring in items that are stained, torn, worn, outdated, damaged or recalled. Most often, they cannot be accepted.


5. Don't forget to wash tennis shoes, blankets, bedding and coats. These items are often forgotten.


6. If you bring plush animals, either machine-wash, or fluff with a fabric sheet in dryer to 

 freshen them and remove dust.


7. Bring in only the number of totes and/or pieces of equipment you have scheduled so your appointment runs smoothly and do not get backed up.


8. Make sure all toys, puzzles, games, etc. are complete. Take the time to count the puzzle pieces, check for instructions, etc.


9. Be sure all toys have working batteries. Customers will not buy them if they do not work.


10. Be sure to keep your appointment. Illness and emergencies can't be avoided, but other last minute cancellations and "no-shows" leave consignment stores with empty appointment slots and lost revenue.


Following these tips will streamline your appointment, insure the quality of merchandise available and increase your earning potential!

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