Helpful Hints for Buying & Selling at the Tiny Tots Consignment Sale

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Last August, we had just moved into our apartment, I was in clean-out mode, and I kept seeing signs for the Tiny Tots Consignment Sale.  Of course, I had to give it a try.  Tiny Tots is a semi-annual baby and children’s sale held at Greenwich Catholic School, organized by two sisters who make it easy for you to sell children’s items you no longer need and buy new-to-you items at deeply discounted prices.

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Photos of the August sale, by Tiny Tots Consignment

The next Tiny Tots sale is February 14th & 15th (visit their website for sale details), and I not only have a bag of stuff that I’ll be consigning, but also a wishlist of items that I’ll be shopping for… I can’t wait!

Whether you’re interested in consigning or shopping (or both!), here are some tips to help you make the most of the sale:

3 Tips for Successful Selling

Price your items to sell
I can’t tell you how many times I overheard women excitedly say “It’s only $X dollars!”.  On the other hand, I also had a woman turn to me with an over-priced item and say “Is this really $X dollars?”  A good rule of thumb is to price your items at 30% of the retail price, but be sure to be realistic.

Excellent condition items only
Look at each of your items, and ask yourself: “Would I want to buy it?”  Make sure that clothing has no stains, holes, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc.; also, freshly wash it if you can.  Make sure that toys/gear/furniture are fully functioning and have all of their parts (including batteries, if need-be).

Consignment is a two-way street
The same way that you’re hoping people will buy your items, other consignors are hoping that you’ll buy their items… show your support for the sale and shop!


3 Tips for Consignment Sale Shoppers

Sign up as a volunteer or consignor and shop early
Volunteers and consignors are both invited to shop on Wednesday, before the general public sale (Friday and Saturday).  Great stuff and great deals sell fast, so the pre-sale is definitely worth it.

Know what you want, and what it’s worth
There is A LOT of stuff at the sale (just look at those photos!), and although it’s well organized, it can still be overwhelming.  I highly recommend going to the sale with a wishlist.  It may also help you to have an idea of the retail price and/or what you’re willing to pay second-hand.

Leave your husband and kid(s) at home
If your husband and kid(s) are anything like mine, you won’t want to navigate the sale with them alongside you.  Instead, bring along your sister, your mom, or your friend… treat yourself to a couple of kid-free hours, you deserve it!

 

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