Any Experience with Consignment Stores?

February 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM 1 comment

I have a bunch of baby stuff sitting in closets and plastic tubs in our home that I no longer need. There is that diaper bag I received at my baby shower but never used, a stroller that is much too short for someone my height and a bunch of pajamas that we’ve used only once or twice before getting frustrated by the location of zippers and buttons sewn into them.

I also have a couple of onesies that I bought for just a dollar or two at Gymboree. These are for older children size 18-24 months and I can tell you as a parent of a very active, fifteen month old these are almost impossible to button. There is no way I’m even going to attempt to dress my son in them a few months from now. They are super cute, but certainly not worth the effort.

I’m considering taking all of these items to a consignment store that is very close to my parents house. I visit my folks every week or so, (my dad is currently recovering from surgery), and I figure since I literally pass it on my north I don’t have too much to lose.

I sold sports equipment to a consignment store a few months ago. They provided three options for payment. First, wait until the item sells. Second, take cash immediately. Third, take store credit which is usually a few dollars more than the cash option. I’ve always taken the cash option, because the store is not¬†conveniently¬†located and because the items I’ve sold have not been worth a lot of money.

A few people have told me to try selling items on craigslist, but I really don’t want to deal with the hassle of meeting people at various times of the day and I don’t want people to come to my home. Before my son was born I sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist, but now I have less time and more concerns about doing so.

I’ve already boxed up a number of things for the donation center and provided another couple of bags to friends who recently had children. I am also keeping most of my son’s items, (in case we decide to have another child), but there are definitely a number of new or almost new items I can part with.

I was wondering if anyone has sold clothes and accessories to a children’s store before. Can you provide any advice based on your experience?

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  • 1. Ruby Leigh  |  February 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I only have experience selling clothes that were my own. If I were to consign children’s items – I would go somewhere that specializes in that such as “once upon a child” . Some stores have rules, such as they must be on hangers and must be newer. The last place took my things and after the selling cycle (ie 3 months later) sent me check… it was pretty easy.

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