Set Yourself Up for Consigning Success
Consigning at Rhea Lana’s is definitely worth the work that goes into it, but there are some things you can do through the year and during sale time to make the whole process easier for yourself.
One of the things that makes it easier to do your consigning is if you sort and organize clothes, toys, shoes and other items through the year. Keep a box or bag in your child’s closet – ideally with some extra hangers – where you can toss clothes and shoes as they outgrow them.
Keep a bin in the attic or somewhere out of the way for toys that haven’t been played with in a long time. As you and your child clean their room, you can talk about getting rid of things that you want to sell throughout the year.
Once it is time to get ready for the sale, you need to have some supplies on hand, namely paper hangtags, safety pins and plastic hangers. It’s a great idea to buy these again right after you’ve done your consigning, so that you know you’re ready for next time (says the woman who just ran out of safety pins).
If you have a designated sale box, it’s a great idea to keep those things there so you don’t have to wonder “Now where did I put those hangtags?” when you’re ready to get started (been there).
As you go through your bags, boxes and closets, you’ll probably end up with a big pile or two of clothes, accessories, shoes and stuff. The first thing you need to do is divide it by sizes and genders if you have both boys and girls. It will make your life so much easier to have it all sorted before you get started.
Give everything a close inspection to make sure there aren’t stains, tears, buttons missing or other problems. You don’t want to buy clothes like that, so you shouldn’t try to sell them, either.
Once your sizes are sorted, it’s time for hanging. As you go through your pile, think about things that go together, either because they were a set initially or because they’d look cute together or because you just happen to have two pairs of wild print shorts that you can sell for more together than you could alone.
As you hang things, remember to put the item on the hanger with the hook facing to the right. Hangtags are pinned to the left shoulder or left side so they are on the outside on the clothing racks. It’s just easier if you have them aligned properly from the beginning.
Speaking of hangtags, you can decide to either tag clothes as you hang them or get everything on hangers first, then add the tags. I usually tag as I go because sometimes I’m adding a safety pin anyway to hold an item to the hanger so I can use it for both.
Number your hangtags as you go, keeping your numbers in order as you hang things. This way the numbers on your tags will correspond to the numbers on your barcodes when you enter your items in the system.
I always do all my clothes before I do other things because I feel accomplished that way, but you can work in whatever order you want.
Toys, Shoes and Other Items
Of course Rhea Lana’s isn’t just about clothing. You can sell shoes, books, games, puzzles, toys, baby equipment, even furniture there.
Again, try to gather everything together and tag it all in one session. I say try because I’m always remembering one last thing I tucked away and forgot about until the last minute (that’s what restocking day is for).
There are some rules around tagging these items that make life a lot easier if you know and follow them in advance:
Shoes: Put in a plastic zip bag. Put your consignor ID and the price on a piece of masking tape stuck to each shoe. Tape the tag to the outside of the bag. Tape the bag closed (so shoes will stay together).
Puzzles and Games: Ensure that all pieces are there. Tape boxes closed. Tape tag to box (I like to add a piece of tape for identification on these as well).
Toys: Make sure toys are clean and have all pieces. If batteries are required, install a fresh batch. Put small items or things that go together into a bag together if possible and tape shut.
Large items: Tape tag to the item and include a piece of tape with ID and price.
Getting Ready to Go
I cannot stress enough how important packing is as you prepare to consign at Rhea Lana. There’s no easier way to spot a rookie than to see someone carrying in clothes by the armload. Get creative about how to make carrying things easier for yourself. Use things you already have to help you such as:
- Cardboard boxes
- Plastic storage boxes
- Laundry baskets and bags
- Garbage bags
If you have a dolly you could fill a bunch of boxes and roll them into the store all at once. Even if you can’t do that, you want to take as few trips as possible and make it as easy on yourself as you can to carry your things inside.
At the Event
The main thing you have to do at the store is put labels on your items (you can do this at home but I never have). The labels are the price tags, and they go on your hanging tags. The better organized you can have your things so they are in the same order that you entered them into the system, the faster this will go.
Someone on Rhea Lana staff then checks your items, then will show you where to put your things so they can be sold.
There are a lot of steps involved in getting ready for a Rhea Lana sale, but being organized helps it go faster. Then all that’s left is to obsessively check your sales numbers!
By The Women Bloggers member Sarah E. White is a knitter, crafter, mom and writer based in Fayetteville. She writes at Our Daily Craft about crafting with and for kids and creating the life you’ve always wanted, as well as writing the knitting websites for About.com and Craft Gossip. She’s just about finished writing her third book on knitting and getting ready to celebrate her daughter’s fifth birthday.is a knitter, crafter, mom and writer based in Fayetteville. She writes at Our Daily Craft about crafting with and for kids and creating the life you’ve always wanted. She’s just about finished writing her third book on knitting and getting ready to celebrate her daughter’s fifth birthday.