#SoManyBabies: How to Sell Your Kid Stuff!
With #SoManyBabies, there's SO MUCH STUFF! Am I right?!
You'll use something with a newborn for a few months, then never need it again. Toddlers, change their mind about their favorite toys: one day they love the garage truck, the next day they want nothing to do with it! HA! So, what do you do with ALL THAT STUFF? How do you get it out of your house AND make some cash? You consign aka SELL IT!
Before I was a Mom, I knew very little about consignment sales, other then reading the script about them on my morning show every now and again. Frankly, I had no reason to pay attention to the details of what happened when all those Mamas got together to "trade toys and clothes" (please note my sarcasm!) After having 3 sons in 13 months and an influx of baby equipment, toys and clothes in our home, I started to pay attention to the details. Now, I consign every Spring and Fall. I truly believe it's an incredible resource for parents looking to declutter their homes and make some extra money. I made $1,000 during my first consignment sale - CHA, CHING!
Consigning your first time can be a little daunting. To help walk you through the process, I worked with my friend Courtney O'Neil with Whale of A Sale - Indy's Premier Upscale Kids Consignment Event. I LOVE Whale of A Sale because it's incredibly organized. In the video, I show you how I get ready for a consignment sale (supplies you need, best practices and even the mistakes I made the first time I signed-up to sell!). Plus, Courtney shares the most popular items shoppers look for and the top selling tips for consignors. One of Courtney's tips: be sure you price to sell & grab that Mom must-have magic eraser to make your stuff look extra spiffy at the sale!
The average consignor at Whale of Sale, for example, earns $450 selling stuff inside their home they no longer need or use. If this project (I suggest setting aside one long Sunday afternoon to get it done) takes you about 5 hours - that's a pretty good hourly rate to clean out your house! This is so much easier *not to mention safer* than selling individual items on Facebook. I throw everything we are no longer using into our storage room and then bring it all out twice a year to tag and sell for some extra spending money. Items always sell for 60% off retail price or below. I suggest using Amazon as a guide for pricing.
For those of you "on the fence" to consign, don't wait! My friends will tell me they throw stuff in storage "in case they need it" or "if they have another baby." Here's my honest feedback: you're missing an opportunity to declutter & make money. Don't hang on to anything - it just depreciates. Also, always select to REDUCE your items to half-price on the last day of the consignment sale and also mark to DONATE … you don’t need this stuff anymore! The team at Whale of A Sale Indy will then donate my items that didn't sell to a local charity - I drop it off once and never see it again! WIN WIN!
WHALE OF A SALE INDY + NICOLE PENCE FOLLOWER PERK
FOLLOWER PERK: I teamed up with Whale Of A Sale Indy to offer my followers a PERK! Your fee to consign during the 2018 Fall Sale will be WAIVED if you sign-up by Saturday, August 11th - $15 value & you'll also receive 2 VIP passes to the Pre-Sale to SHOP FIRST! (Passes received at drop off appointment. Must drop off at least 15 items to sell) Register as a consignor and enter "NICOLE PENCE" as your referral source. Your fee will be reimbursed within 24 hours of registration.
If you don't sign-up to consign this year, be sure to go to the sale TO SHOP. Details about shopping times and VIP pre-sale passes (they sell out fast!) are here online. I got ALL the boys' birthday and Christmas gifts at last year's fall sale for $100. Be sure to get a babysitter, grab a girlfriend and shop at the Whale Of A Sale Fall event September 6-9th at Grand Park.
THIS POST IS SPONSORED IN PART BY WHALE OF A SALE INDY. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.