Ah, consignment sales. There seems to be a ton of them in multiple locations, usually in the spring and fall. It’s perfect timing: Spring Cleaning and Christmas Prep. I personally am a huge fan of the pop-up sales as a shopper; I tend to get the best deals there vs. the consignment stores that are open all year long. Now, I typically consign my girls’ clothes at a local family-owned store in my community; I love being able to just drop it all off and let their staff sort and label it all. Then, I just pick up a check whenever I feel like. Easy peasy. This year, though, I had a bunch of big equipment-type stuff that I wanted to off-load and knew I could keep a higher % of the sales at a pop-up (70% vs 50%). So, I decided to do the pop-up sale in addition to my normal store-consigning. Mistake. Now that I have that experience under my belt, I have some thoughts. Here are 5 reasons you should consign at pop-up consignment sales.
You Have Too Much Free Time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought to myself, Man, I wish the days were shorter. I just don’t know what to do with all this free time. Well, signing up as a consignor is guaranteed to burn hours and hours of time from your life. The amount of time spent prepping for these things is astounding. Think you know how long it will take? Great. Take that number and add at least 6 hours to it.
You Want to Punish Yourself. If you’re sitting around thinking, You know, I’ve been really lazy and mean and just plain bad lately. What can I do to punish myself?, signing up as a consignor at a pop-up sale is for you. The trips back and forth (or up and down) from the attic and/or garage combined with the manual work of sorting, pricing, and creating labels is enough punishment for even the worst moms. Then you have to load it all in the car and then unload it when you get there. The sale I did even made me put everything out on the sales floor myself after it was inspected (is that normal?). I think I’m going to introduce this as a method of rehabilitation for criminals.
You Have Too Many Wire Hangers at Home. If you have no idea what to do with them, just attach some baby clothes with safety pins and take them to a sale! I can’t think of anything better to do with those pesky hangers.
You Like Getting Stabbed by Safety Pins. This is one of the best parts of the whole experience. You
have get to pin labels (that you made online, printed, and cut-out) on AllTheThings. Multiple stab wounds – mostly on your thumb – are inevitable. Human pin cushions are welcome!
You Like to Torture Your Children. Not physically, of course; you’re not a monster. Just psychologically. Nothing will drive your kids crazier than seeing old toys they once loved but can’t play with. That old flame will immediately be rekindled and they’ll long to be able to play with their old, trusted friend. But since you like to torture them, you’ll leave the toys out in a Do Not Touch pile while you try to figure out how much to charge and attach a label. Or, you’ll let them play for awhile but then take the toys away, throw them in your car, and drive off into the sunset, never to be seen again (insert evil laugh). For my kids, the source of torture was plastic washing machine:
SOLD! For the low price of $2.00. 🙂
So, I’m obviously being sarcastic here. All in all, the whole experience was a lot more work than the profits were worth. Sure, I made a couple hundred dollars which was great, but I think next year I’ll just stick to my local consignment store and accept my 50% split with a smile. Time is money, after all.
Have you consigned at a big pop-up consignment sale? Share your experience in the comments!