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20 tips for selling at consignment sales


Spring cleaning is upon us, and with that comes getting rid of things we no longer need. Consignment sales are one of the best ways to not only declutter your home, but make extra money back on your items! Read on for 20 tips on selling at consignment sales.


Clothing, Shoes & Bedding

  • Wash all clothing, shoes, and bedding and check for any stains, rips, or tears.

  • Iron any clothing or bedding that needs it.

  • Separate clothing by size & type (eg sleepwear, daily clothing, jackets, etc).

  • Separate everything by season.

  • Hang all clothing and bedding on hangers.

  • For smaller items like socks & hats, combine a few items and place them in a ziplock bag.

  • If hanging more than one item together, like two or three onesies, safety pin them together.

  • Tie shoes together with a zip tie and place them in a large ziplock bag so they don’t get lost.

Toys & Gear

  • Clean all toys and items thoroughly. If toys or parts of gear are washer safe, put them in the washing machine. If not, clean them with disinfectant wipes, cotton swabs, and magic erasers to get them as clean and renewed as possible.

  • Make sure all toys & gear are in good condition and good working order.

  • Check recall lists to ensure your items haven’t been recalled.

  • If a toy requires batteries, include batteries in it so potential buyers can test it.

  • Small toys and books can be bundled together with zip ties or ziplock bags.

  • If you no longer have the instruction manual for gear, print a copy out from the manufacturer website to include.

  • Ensure all games, puzzles, and toys aren’t missing any pieces or parts.

General Tips

  • Check to see which items a consignment sale is accepting. For example, since Motherload Consignment Events are semi-annual, only in-season items are accepted. During the spring event, spring & summer items are accepted and during the fall event, fall & winter items are accepted.

  • Sign up early for the consignment event and prepare your items early. This will take a lot of stress off of you the day of the sale.

  • Pack items with like items for transport, like clothes with clothes, toys with toys, etc.

  • When tagging clothes, use a tagging gun or safety pin. When tagging toys & gear, use clear packing tape to secure the tag to the item.

  • Confirm your scheduled drop off time and place, and then sit back & relax!


Consignment sales are fun, exciting, and profitable! We hope these tips help you on your consignment journey!


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