Spring Sale is ONLY Three WEEKS AwAy! AGGGGGHHHHHHH!! (Breathe! You've still got time! :)
So, you've decided to bite the bullet, join your friends, and register to consign. Are you nervous? Excited? Intimidated? Overwhelmed? Geared Up? Maybe a combination of all these emotions and more? All of these feelings are normal. If you are a newby consignor, you are probably more likely to feel overwhelmed and intimidated. Those who are more experienced with the consigning process are more likely to be excited and ready to get rid of a lot of unused items in their house and to receive some money for their trouble.
No matter whether you are a newby or not, all consignors still have to do the same things: gather items, clean items, put in batteries, enter items in the online system, print out tags, affix tags to items, put the goods in your car (along with your consignor agreement) and bring them to drop-off day (wheewwww---I'm tired just thinking about it!) But seriously! You can do it!
This is how I get ready for the drama of all things Charleston Repeats, but you will find your own system soon enough and become a pro in your own right VERY soon. It's just like riding a bike. Soon you won't even think about the steps you are making you will just do it :)
1. For the spring sale at Charleston Repeats we accept spring and summer clothing and shoes, so as you are going around your home looking for spring and summer clothing and shoes, get ready to grab items such as:
White Mary-Janes, shorts of all colors (leave corduroy shorts till the fall), Crocs, sandals, flip-flops, spaghetti strap dresses, sporting goods, ballet shoes and leotards, gymnastics wear, short-sleeved shirts, light-colored and light in material sweaters, light-colored and light in material long-sleeved shirts, light-colored and light in material jackets, pajamas, swimsuits, seersucker, linen, cotton, v-neck sweaters that are light in color and material, jeans, bathrobes, rain slickers, dresses, skirts, khakis . . . . . . etc.
2. Once I've amassed a pile of spring and summer clothing and shoes, I yank the items that have the problems/issues. I ask myself, "Is the item ripped? Torn? Stained beyond help? Pilled? Too worn? Out of style? Have a zipper that doesn't work? Missing button that cannot be replaced by you? and the like." If I answer "yes" to any and all of these items, I just don't bring those goods to the drop-off. I don't want to take the time to wash/iron/tag a problem item because Charleston Repeats volunteers will turn it down once I arrive at the Omar. People don't want to buy items with issues. Would you?
3. So now I've gotten my "goody-good" pile together. I begin some loads of laundry if need be, since smart shoppers want clean-smelling and beautiful looking items to purchase :)
4. As my clothes are washing, I start prepping my childrens' shoes. I like to clean them thoroughly with warm water and a little soap. As with clothing, if my kids' shoes are dirty, ripped, out of style and the like, I don't waste my time getting them prepped and putting them in my car.
5. After my clothing items are all clean, I like to take the extra time to iron them and have them looking their absolute best. I zip zippers, button buttons, cut off tiny threads poking out, etc. Put them all on hangers with the hangar facing like a question mark. I think that complete outfits really look great and sell like hotcakes (sweet dress with a cardigan anyone? Pair of pants/shirt/and v-neck sweater. Count it!)
6. Toys/Books/All other items: I go around all the rooms in my house AND the cars and garage and collect all items that are no longer loved/played with/used. All COMPLETE ITEMS (that means NO pieces missing from puzzles, etc.) that are in excellent condition I clean and put batteries in as necessary (so that shoppers know the item works). If the items are broken, missing pieces, out of style, been recalled (I immediately just throw away), etc. I do not bring to the sale. Would you want to buy inferior goods?
7. To price my items, I ask myself "What would I pay for this?" I find this is the best method for me. Considering that the sale is a consignment sale, most, if not all shoppers are looking for a deal. They don't want to pay the same amount of money that they would pay at a department store, or even on the sale rack at a department store. Some consignors like to shoot for the stars and price their items somewhat higher than I would just to see if it sells. I like it out of my house for good, so I price it to go. Here are some sample prices of some of my items: Changing table from online store ($45), Two year old Fisher Price Swing that I paid $100 for ($40), Lily Pulitzer dress ($23), UnderArmor light sports jacket ($9), Magic Tree House Books (#1-5) ($11).
8. Inputting and printing and affixing tags is pretty easy. The online tagging system is a breeze and as long as I have ink in the printer and white cardstock I am good to go. I safety pin as many tags on as many type items is I can, and if I cannot, I zip-tie them or tape them (more information is available on charlestonrepeats.com website in regard to merchandise preparation).
9. Finally, I print out the consignor agreement from off the website (found under the "consignor" tab), pack my items in my car, and drop them off at the Omar during the designated drop-off days found on the Charleston Repeats' schedule.
10. Within two weeks of the sale, the checks are sent out and I receive my check!! Wheeeeee!! All that preparation and effort is rewarded!