Childrens Clothing Consignment Events: An Introduction

by Angela Davis on March 30, 2009

It’s consignment event season! I love consignment events for both purchasing inexpensive clothes for my kids and making some money on the clothes and accessories we don’t need. I have sold at two different events in the Portland area and have found events to be the most profitable way of getting rid of our old stuff.

Selling at consignment events are great for a number of reasons:

:: You get maximum exposure. Garage sales are easy because you never have to leave your house, but you also get a limited amount of people. What if it rains? What if you fail to advertise well? Consignment event organizers work hard to get people in the door. You would never get the amount of people looking for exactly what you’re selling at a garage sale as with events.

:: They are over quickly. The money doesn’t trickle in like consignment stores (which pay you when an item sells). You put in tons of work leading up to the sale, but then you are finished. And you don’t have to work during the sale.

:: You make pretty good money, at least double what you could make at a garage sale. At the last consignment event, I netted almost $200. I estimate I put in about 10 hours of prep and travel time — getting the clothes ready, tagging, driving time and time to drop off and pick up my items. Not a great hourly wage, but it is nice to make some money on items that are cluttering my home and would be given away if I didn’t sell them. And that $200 purchased clothes and shoes for my three kids for the winter.

The first thing you should do if you are interested in selling at an event is to purchase a tagging gun off ebay. You can use a hole punch and safety pins. I did that once and it was THE BIGGEST PAIN! Seriously, just buy the tagging gun. They are between $8-12 on ebay and include the barbs. Most guns ship from Hong Kong, so buy well ahead of your sale. You will thank me later. Search “tagging gun” and then click the “buy it now” tab. Choose the least expensive option with a reputable seller.

One of the best parts of consigning is that you get to shop at the pre-sale and get the first pick of all the clothes and other stuff. Go here for a list of upcoming local consignment events!

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kim July 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

are there any great womens’ consignment shops in the area? especially in southeast portland? i just moved to sellwood and am looking for great consignment places to pick up great clothes!

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Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I would love to attend the pre-sale! –Melissa Foley

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tlc April 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

OOOOH! Pick me! Pick me! :-) Thank you for letting us know about this great event.

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Kristin April 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Wow thanks for the info! I have 3 growing little ones (5,3,& 8mths) and need new clothes for my son. Never been to one but this one sounds perfect and it is super close to my house!
vangordonk@comcast.net

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Robyn April 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Cute kids clothes? For cheap? SIGN ME UP!!

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Erin April 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I would love a pass, i’m all about consignment sales! Thanks for your blog, I love it!

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Amanda April 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

This sale looks like so much fun, I would love to win tickets for my mom!

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Rachel April 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I would love this for my sister!

Thanks,
Rachel

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Cory April 1, 2009 at 12:29 am

My sis and I love finding cute clothes at great deals!! We are excited to come to the sale Sat!! Thanks so much for the heads up.
Cory
corykilleen@msn.com

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The life of Jayne March 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

This sounds so great!!
-jayne

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Heather March 31, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Can’t wait to check this sale out! My daughter is one and we are running out of clothes so fast!
smile_ha@hotmai.com

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Carolyn March 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Oh my goodness, I would LOVE this!!
carematthews@gmail.com

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Gardiners March 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I have never been to a consignment sale before. I am just now getting to to point that it would be useful. Thanks for all the moneysaving advice. rebekahgardiner@hotmail.com

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Kirsten March 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Kim, owner of Pass It On Sales, has tagging guns and barbs for sale for $10. She bought a case. The guns are great – easy to tag, easy to remove, and less likely to leave a big hole in an item :)

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Kris March 31, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Sorry, forgot my e-mail – couponkrissy@gmail.com

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Kris March 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Put me down for the passes! Finally, a sale on my side of the world! Thanks for all you do here on the website – I enjoy it every day! Hope you’re feeling better these days.

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Hi,

I love consignment sales. Am looking forward to the Ever After Resale. Just found out about it recently. Your website is wonderful. I’ve sent links to many friends.
coionescu@yahoo.com

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 at 11:30 am

I would love a pass to the pre-event. My 3 1/2 year old is growing like a weed and needs new clothes, again! jillnweber@hotmail.com

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 at 5:17 am

I would LOVE a pass to this event!! I just recently heard about this sale and am very anxious to check it out. I heard about your blog from a friend and have been sending it around like crazy to others, I really love all the coupon info!! Thanks for all you do.
Amy B

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Bethany March 31, 2009 at 2:53 am

I’d love to hit this sale early! Thanks for great advice and an awesome giveaway!
bethrohdy@gmail.com

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Anonymous March 31, 2009 at 12:21 am

Ooooh, I would love to win a pass to the Ever After Resale Event! I am a daily reader of your blog. I usually check several times a day before I head out on errands, just in case I need to bring my coupons along and make another money-saving stop. :-) Thanks so much for all the info you share.
Kind Regards, Wendy C

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