Dear friends! I hope that spring has made it your way by now, or at least some sunshine has appeared for you! As spring progresses I want to share with y’all something I do twice a year that has helped keep the kids clothes and toys from overtaking the house, and also a way to make a little cash! I know some of y’all don’t have kids, or your kids are grown, but this info may help someone you know!
Several years ago the family I nanny for was trying to find ways to weed out the kids clothes that were too small and find a place to donate or sell. Their mom came across an organization that does consigning for kids clothes, toys, books, costumes, baby supplies (as small as potty chairs all the way to cribs), big items like bikes and strollers along with maternity clothes. It is called Just Between Friends, or JBF. We looked into it, and decided to give it a try.
The first time was for a summer sale, and I found a handful of items that would work for the sale. They are usually seasonal sales. I had winter items that we didn’t need anymore, but I had to wait for the fall/winter sale. I went through the process of making sure the clothes were in good condition, making and printing tags, attaching the tags and dropping the items off at the sale. Since I was a newbie, I felt like the system was a bit tedious at first! Thankfully I got the hang of it, and now, a few years later, I feel like I am a bit of a pro!
There are several sales around me each year. JBF is a franchise, so there could be tons of options around you. If you don’t have one near you, they even have more opportunities to start your own franchise 🙂 If you click here, you can search your area to see if they are near you! I know around me, the ladies who run they show are SO helpful and kind, and I feel like there is a family atmosphere with each sale.
How it works
Every few months I go through the kids clothes and pull things out that don’t fit them anymore, or that won’t fit them the next time that season rolls around. I like to get things done in big chunks, so I typically will spend one day pulling clothes, one day making the tags, one day putting the tags on the clothes, and one day getting the tags on the non-clothes items (shoes, books, toys, etc). When it is all done, I store the items in bins according to the gender or category. When you consign, there is a $10 fee and then you get at least 60% of the profits from your items. If you sign up to volunteer, you can add a higher percentage back to your sale total. You will also need access to a printer, white card stock, safety pins in different sizes, cheap or used hangers. A paper cutter is a super helpful tool!
- Gather clothes – I hang all the clothes with the front of the clothes facing the left and separate by gender and size, as this is how they will be hung and separated at the sale.
- Make tags– I will make tags through the system they have on their website. It is a little tedious at times, but I have make my own pretty good system to get them done in a quicker fashion. When I am done, I will print the tags on card stock and cut the tags. I use a paper cutter to make the job go easier!
- Attach tags– With the clothes hung up, I attach the tags on the upper right hand corner of each item. Thicker items, such as jeans & jackets, need larger safety pins.
- Transport– I get all the items in bins, separated into categories (boy clothes, girl clothes, toys, shoes, baby supplies, etc) and place them in the back of my car. This time I actually had a pretty small load. Sometimes it is a huge load (think twin baby gear) and I have to put all my seats down! I am amazed at times what I can fit into my Honda Pilot!
- Drop off– The day before the sale starts there is a set drop off window. If that time doesn’t work for you, you can talk with the director and see if you can set up a different time. For the sales I have done, they had nice hanging racks that I used to bring in all my items! So helpful!!! Once you check in, you take your items to the area where they will be on display for sale. It can take some time if you have a lot of items! This time it only took me about 20 minutes. In the past I have had several racks of clothes and bins with smaller items in bags. Everything is clearly labeled and there are many volunteers around to help if you need it.
The day after drop off the sale begins! Those who consign and also volunteer get to shop earlier than the general public. The sale goes on for 3 days, and the final day many things end up at half price if they are tagged that way via the consignor. At the end of the sale, you also have the option to pick up any items that did not sell or donate them to charity.
Overall, it is a really great way to move kid items and clothes out of your home while making a little cash! A few weeks after the sale a check will come in the mail or email from your hard work.
If you want to consign and you have any questions, please let me know! Always happy to help!
Have you ever done a consigning sale? If you have, share your experience!