An Introduction to Consignment: What NOT to Do

I have only listed items in 2 consignment sales.  Both times, after the drop off, I am SO exhausted I spend the next three or four days pondering the worth of this endeavor!!  Neither time have I listed very many items, nor have they been difficult items (toys with 100 small pieces that have to be bagged, tagged, and affixed to the main item sounds very time-consuming to me!!), but both times I have been frantic a day or two before the sale scrambling to pull everything together and get it all entered into the computer system. So, from my not-so-successful sale preparation days, I have compiled a great list of what you DO NOT want to do to get ready for a sale.

  1. Wait until the last-minute to go through your kids’ clothes from last season.  There is nothing better than being up in the attic at 2 am in your nightshirt and slippers looking for that box marked, “Johnny’s Winter Clothes.”
  2. Leave the box of toys being sold in the middle of the kitchen floor where little eyes can spot it and little hands can pull everything out, open the zip-top bags containing the pieces, pull off the price tags, and mix them all up.
  3. Print your tags on cheap cardstock so that the ink flakes off all over everything…maybe someone will believe the cascade of black dots is supposed to be all over the sleeve of that white shirt.
  4. Use your best scissors to cut 100 small pieces of packing tape  required…I’m sure they’ll cut just fine covered with a sticky residue!
  5. Buy the smallest safety pins at the store.  Afterall, how hard can it be to run that tiny length of metal through front & back waistband of a pair of jeans AND go around the hanger?
  6. Buy the cheapest pins on the market.  Only about 1/2 of them will break while you are closing them.  Don’t worry- your fingertips will eventually heal, but that scarring might be permanent!
  7. Leave the house with only a vague idea of the sale location.  You’ll stumble on it eventually, right?
  8. Don’t sort your clothes by gender and size until you get there.  There is nothing your children will love more than to sit in the car in the parking lot while you sort through 60 outfits!
  9. Price your stuff $1 or 2 more than you would pay for it.  That way, you’ll already know exactly how much room you’ll need in the car to take your stuff home at the end of the sale.
  10. Take your kids to work your volunteer shift with you.  Not only will the other people working there LOVE listening to you telling your kids to stay with you and out of the toys, but your sanity will remain COMPLETELY in tact by knowing exactly where your children are at all times…except when they take off for the toys.

*OK, I’ll admit that I took slight “writer’s prerogative” to make the post more comical…I did actually do all of those things, but may have exaggerated the explanations for your reading pleasure.*


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