Twice a year, those of us who have shopping problems are able to try and make back some of the hundreds of dollars spent on clothes, toys, and shoes during the Just Between Friends consignment sale. The first show I participated in was this past spring, and I have to be honest and let you know that it was completely overwhelming. I had bins upon bins of clothes, dozens of pairs of shoes, baby gear, and just… a lot of stuff. Here are some tips for making it through your first consignment sale. The next one is September 19-21 at the Livestock Events Center, so there’s still time to get organized.
My husband and I found ourselves working well into the wee hours of the morning three days before the sale, pinning shirts, pants, and dresses to hangars, gathering shoes and zip-tying them together, and stumbling across random toys that neither of our kids played with anymore. I wish we would’ve started earlier – gathering clothes as our kids outgrew them and setting them aside to get a head start. But we didn’t, so pin pokes and frustrating bickering ensued. Don’t be like us. If you are interested in participating in the September sale, start now. The first thing you need to do is sign up to be a consigner. You’ll get a unique bar code and step-by-step instructions and tutorials on how to tag your clothes. Sign up here: http://reno.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp#
I’m a planner by nature. Spontaneous I am not. So the fact that I was so completely unprepared for this sale was a different feeling for me. I should’ve started pinning clothes the moment they were outgrown, and inputting them into the system. I should’ve followed the very helpful tips the organizers give on the website. I should’ve taken a completely different approach.
What can you do? Start by watching the helpful tutorial at the website linked above. As a first time cosigner, there’s a lot of information to digest. The Just Between Friends sale is fairly strict, and will only take clothes, shoes, and toys that are in pristine condition. Going through all of your items first to make sure they fit the bill will help you in the long run. I was able to clean up some of the shoes that were originally rejected and after a second pass, were accepted for the sale.
In the end, if I had taken a better approach, we likely could’ve found more to put into the sale, thereby increasing the money we made at the end.
This is how I’ve been preparing for this year’s sale:
-As soon as an item of clothing is too small, I look it over to make sure it is in great condition, and then I put it into a bin. If there are stains, holes, etc., I determine the damage and either put it in a garage sale or donation bin.
-Once every two weeks, I’ve been going through the consignment bin and entering the information into the web portal and printing out tags. I spend one night pinning the tags to the clothes and hanging them up. I’d say this is about a one hour commitment every two weeks.
-By now, I have a closet full of clothes that I’ll bring to drop off.
-I also signed up to volunteer at the sale, earning an extra 8% of my sales. I highly recommend this! All it takes is one shift to earn an additional percentage back, and it’s so worth it. In addition, signing up to volunteer allows you to drop your items off early, which is seriously amazing.
Let me know if you have any questions! As a first time consigner, I put in over 550 items, which is maybe more of a confession than anything. It was crazy, but a huge weight was lifted after everything was out of the house. The check a couple weeks later didn’t hurt, either!