Tips for consigning your kid’s crap.

We’re in full on consignment sale season mode right now, folks. I’ve had so many of you guys comment on awesome sales you’ve found, cheer on others when they find a great bargain, and wonder out loud to me about selling all that stuff that seems to be piling up in your house. I wrote a really straight-forward post last year about how to consign your kid’s clothing, but I thought I would update that post with a few more tips and tricks I have up my sleeve. As I shopped this season, I found myself picking things up and thinking, ‘what was this seller thinking?!’ when she priced/hung/decided to sell this?


First I’d like to talk about marketing. You may think that when dealing with used items, marketing or prepping your items might not be all that important. WRONG. Making your items presentable to a buyer is even MORE important when dealing with used items. Obviously, you want to make sure they’re clean {no stains on the sleeves, no dirt caked around wheels}. If the item is ironable – iron it. If it’s been in your attic for a year – dust it off. With clothing, when people shop, they’re looking at a really long row of clothing that is usually stuffed pretty snugly together. Are buyers really going to look twice at a $2 Circo shirt that’s wrinkled and hard to see? Probably not.

Which brings me to my next point – how you hang your items is IMPORTANT.

Hangers are important. If at all possible, make sure you’re using appropriately sized hangers. It makes your clothing look nicer, and it doesn’t stretch little clothing out. Buy wire, buy plastic – I don’t care. Just buy the appropriate size.


Once you have your appropriately sized hanger, make sure the hanger is inside the shirt. In the above photo, you can see the pumpkin onesie SO MUCH BETTER because it’s on the hanger, and not just pinned to it. Then, I pinned the matching pants to the back. This will also keep the onesie from getting wrinkled, or folded – so when a shopper is barreling through 4,000 other onesies, I know that they were actually able to see mine.

This brings me to another good point – make sure that when you pin your tag on, it’s not covering up anything important on your item. Duh.


What about pants? Pin pants to the TOP part of a hanger. If you pin them to the bottom, they’re going to slide around on those pins and end up at the back corner of your hanger and get stuck there, crammed back behind a million other pair of pants. I promise. If boys pants were all scrunched up at the back of a hanger, I didn’t even take the time to look at them when I shopped. Pin them to the top and they’ll stay in place and be easy to see.


When you start the consigning process, my favorite thing to do is get everything out – and then organize into like piles. If we’re dealing with clothes – pile in like sizes, and then separate the sizes into like brands. This will make putting hangers together easier. If you’re dealing with small toys, placing things into like piles will help you sort into baggies.


Once everything is bagged, pinned, sorted and prepped – it’s time to register. It’s sooooo much faster {for me} to get it all down by hand, and then go back and enter in everything online from my list. When I jot things down by hand, I make sure I’m listing: amount {2 onesies}, brand {Carters}, description {long-sleeved}, and price {$3.00}.

Pricing. Oh, pricing. I get so many questions on ‘what should I price this at’ or ‘what you pay for xxx?’. My biggest piece of advice for pricing is to SHOP YOUR OWN SALE BEFORE YOU SELL. If you’re a shopper, you’ll know what a ‘normal’ price for a pair of Carter’s footie pajamas is, and you’ll know what price is way too much. Remember, the people who shop consignment sales are bargain hunters. They know what that Gymboree shirt sold for on clearance – so if you’re selling it used a year later, it had better be cheaper than the clearance price. A Circo tee brand new is $4.50 – used? You had better be pairing it with something else and marking that thing waaaaay down.

Those are my biggest tips and suggestions. Remember, make your items stand out from the other 26,000 that are there. Make sure it looks nice, and is priced right and you can’t go wrong.


  1. nmenach says

    Thanks for this! I cannot tell you how many time I’ve gone to these sales and people are listing Circo tees or $4! They are insane, that’s what I pay brand new! And sloppy on the hanger, yeah, I don’t stop to inspect it!

  2. says

    Every season, I want to consign, and every season, I don’t. I just can not make the time to do all the prep work. And I LOVE organizing, labeling, and listing things! This season, I heard about our local sale’s “VIP consignor”. All I had to do was drop off my crap in a bin to one of the managers of the sale, and they take it from there…sort, price, hang, etc. I get a smaller percentage, but hey, it’s better than zero percent- plus I get to shop early, and really, that’s what this is all about. ;)

  3. KassKaplan says

    It is crazy the things that people will try to buy. When I’ve gone there were quite a few things that were so worn and faded and had pretty noticeable stains on them. Another place to look for when buying, the neck line. A lot of stains hide along here. I have found items of mine that were stained there from formula when I did a recheck of my items while hanging them. You may look funny turning an item every which way to look for stains or damage, but it will save you in the end. Some are hard to see in fluorescent lighting.
    Also- start early. I start prepping my items 6-8wks out once I know the sale date. It saves me from last minute scrambling to get everything done. Heck, when you are packing clothes away at the end of a season you could even take inventory then to save on your computer for later pricing.


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