It’s Renae, and the first time I volunteered at a Three Bags Full Event was Pickerington 2011 Mother’s Day weekend. I met so many cool moms! They were all full of advice for a newbie consignor like me, and I have since taken all their advice to heart:
1. When pricing your items, ask yourself “What would I pay for this item?” Along with that, what is your goal? Do you want to sell to make a specific amount of money? Or do you just not want to see that item in your house again? I learned selling everything, but maybe for a little less, is WAY better than selling a few things for a little more. After all, I got it out of the house, I didn’t want to bring it back in!
2. When hanging your items, arrange them so they look like they would in Macy’s. I make sure my items do not move. I safety pin those clothes on there really good so they won’t fall off, dangle, twist or get separated. I am much more likely to buy something that looks like the previous owner has taken pride in presenting it to me.
3. Sign up early to volunteer! The best shifts go quickly. We all want to make more and the best way to do that is to volunteer more! By volunteering you save money on your Consginor Fee, shop EARLIER (Awesome!) and can even earn more. It’s the “moms helping moms sale” after all- it’s fun to help other moms bring in their items and check out the shoppers. Like playing store!
4. Get your child (children) involved! I give my daughter a cut of all the toys she sells. She’s earning the value of a dollar, helping me, and we’re working together to clean out the house!
The best thing about each sale is that you clean out closets while making money! What I enjoy is rotating stuff out, making room for the stuff I do need. And the best part? What I earn often covers the cost of what I’ve bought!
What was the best advice you got from a Three Bags Full mom/consigner?