Baby Consignment Sales: Who Benefits Buyer or Seller?

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I recently read an article about the consignment craze that is currently going on in California.

After seeing this, I started to look through my garage and decided to call my local consignment shop to see what my baby gear was worth.

At Christmas time my full size stroller crapped out on me. I called the manufacturer and they sent me one that they said was comparable. I only used this thing twice because I am not fond of it – at ALL. The wheels shake, it folds weird, the handle bars are too low, my son sits in it funny and it’s way to big (travelsystem).

Knowing that I had only used it twice, I called the shop and explained this to the girl. Initially she wasn’t willing to price the stroller over the phone, but after a bit of coaxing she told me that regardless of its pristine condition, they would only give me a quarter of it’s retail price. This comes up to $37.50. Not kidding. My brand new stroller that doesn’t even have dirt on the tires is only worth $37.50 at the consignment store. They then mark it up 100% and sell it for half of its retail value.

After hearing this I started to wonder why someone wouldn’t list the items at kijiji or their local paper first.

I guess parents who consign their gear must want an immediate solution to a clutter problem.

Those who are looking for some goods deals are the ones that definitely benefit from these stores.

Consignment Tips:

Buyers

  • Check your recalls – Buying second hand baby products is a tricky thing because many products are recalled every year without parents even knowing it. Like any second hand store, not all consignment shops check their merchandise for recalls. All product recalls are listed at the CPSC and Health Canada.
  • Know your prices – have an idea what you are looking for a what it’s worth. It makes no sense to pay $60 for a used Bjorn if you can get a new one for $90.
  • Go often – Good baby gear doesn’t last. If you are looking for something in particular visit the store on a regular basis or put your name on a waiting list to be called if one comes in.

Sellers

  • Know your prices – know what your product is worth and don’t be afraid to speak up if the shop isn’t offering you a fair price.
  • Call before your go – while many shops won’t give you a price for clothing or toys, they will have a ballpark figure for the bigger stuff (strollers, playpens, highchairs).
  • It’s all about presentation – Makes sure the items you are hoping to consign are clean with all of their accessories. Your items could be worth considerably less their value if they are not presentable or are missing pieces. Toys should be sorted and bagged accordingly or else there may be a fee to do this for you.
  • Brand Name and Trendy Clothes – Many consignment shops don’t want department store generic labels or hand me downs from your sister’s 10 year old kids. They are looking for bigger name products like Gymboree, Baby Gap, Ralph Lauren and Old Navy that are cleaned, pressed and neatly packaged.



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  1. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the advice. I am going to help a friend with this this weekend so your tips will come in handy. 🙂 I would not have thought to think about what the price should be before hand.

  2. Tara says:

    An excellent and well thought out bunch of tips! Way to go! I would also add, as a resale and consignment store owner myself, that children’s clothes do not need to be folded when you bring them into the store to consign or sell. In fact, I recommend to parents to lay them flat in a laundry basket instead. This avoids wrinkling and you can fit more into the basket that way. Never bring your clothing items into a store in a bag…they get wrinkled and the owner/buyer is likely to think they were not recently laundered when they are stuffed into a trashbag.

    Check out this web site, http://www.howtoconsign.com, for even more great tips about how to prepare your items for consignment, whether children’s clothing and gear or furniture and women’s clothing. The site also has a comprehensive list of resale and consignment stores across the U.S. and Canada. The tips there will help you get top dollar out of your underloved items.

    God bless,
    Tara
    http://www.bornagainresale.net

  3. Kate says:

    Great Tips! Also remember resale and consignment stores look for items that complement their inventory. If they don’t take what you are offering to sell keep checking back as season and inventory requires a constant influx of merchandise.

    -Kate
    http://www.neveroutgrown.com
    “A practical Store for Stylish Kids”

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