If you’ve missed the first few Consignment Sale Cycle posts, you can check them all out here.
So now that all of our clothing items have been sorted, checked for quality, and prepped – it’s time to get down to business and really start organizing pieces of clothing into sale ‘items’.
Just so we’re all on the same page, an ‘item’ means everything on a hanger. One price tag, if you will. So one ‘item’ could truly be one piece of clothing, or it could be four … depending on how many things you’re selling together.
But why why would you sell multiple things together? Wouldn’t you make more money selling things individually?
Well, no, not necessarily. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re grouping clothing together into ‘items’.
1. Is there a limit on how many ‘items’ I can sell? As I’ve mentioned before, my sale only allows 20 items per size, in a specific gender (ie: 20 hangers of 2T boys clothing). Some sales do this for multiple reasons, a few being a) they don’t have the space to let everyone bring everything they have in their house and b) limiting the amount of what sellers can bring, makes consignors really think about their BEST 20 items … and helps weed out people throwing every scraggly onesie they’ve hoarded for the past 17 years of raising kids. Remember, quality over quantity.
2. Do I have lots of less expensive items? Say you have three Circo brand tee shirts – does it make sense to put each on it’s own hanger and mark them all at $1? Or put them all on one hanger and mark it at $3.50? By pairing them all up onto one hanger, you’ve not only saved money on hangers and pins, but you’ve also saved yourself the time from the extra pinning, and you’ve given the shopper what looks like a great deal.
3. Do I have matching items? If you bought two pieces of clothing together, you should try your darndest to sell them together in a set as well. Sometimes, after the beating that your kids will give clothing, that isn’t always possible. In that case, I would try to pair it up with something else.
4. Can I make an outfit out of this? This is where a lot of people disagree, and honestly, it’s a personal preference. I, personally, do not like to buy clothing sets (ie: a pair of jeans and random tee). A) I’m super picky about clothing – so I might love your jeans, but hate the tee … and that’ll probably make me pass over your item and b) I might have a kiddo who is wearing a size 3T pant, but 4T top (this really applies more to when you get into the larger sizes) – and you’re going to want to keep all of the pieces of clothing on a hanger the same size. That being said, pairing clothing together to make an outfit can definitely work to your advantage in the ‘less work, more money’ game plan – it’s really, completely up to you.
Some more quick tips:
1. Everything on the hanger should all be the same size. Period.
2. TRY to keep like brands together on the same hanger.
3. I try not to have anything on a hanger by itself, unless it’s worth $5 or more (this doesn’t always happen, but it’s my goal).
4. No more than 4 pieces of clothing per hanger … and really, I try not to do more than 3.
Your next step will be the actual hanging and pinning (which I’ll talk about in my next post). In order to get everything hung though, you’re going to need: safety pins and hangers. I find the best place to buy both is either your local dollar store, and Walmart. When buying pins, buy cheap, buy a variety of sizes, and buy a LOT. When buying hangers – BUY THE APPROPRIATE SIZE. Buy wire, buy plastic – I don’t care, just BUY THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR CLOTHING. If you’re selling size 14 items, use adult sized hangers. But if you’re selling anything under a size 6? BUY CHILDREN’S S