I totally missed “spring cleaning” this year.
Maybe that’s why I’m suddenly geared up for fall cleaning instead. I’ve suddenly gotten the urge to purge — and thanks to the rise in popularity of Facebook “yard sale” groups, Craigslist and the myriad kid-centric consignment sales in our area, I’ve got myself convinced I can make some cash doing so.
The problem, however, is that I’m not a particularly organized person. I’ve been thinking for weeks about participating as a seller in this weekend’s Twice Blessed kids’ consignment sale at Christ Church United Methodist in downtown Charleston. Dropoff begins in two days. I’ll let you guess how much prep I’ve done…
Still, I’ve got a mental pile of items I’m ready to part with — outfits I bought specifically for family photos, shoes that are highly unlikely to be the right size/season even if we do decide to have another child, and some items with the tags still on because they never really worked for us. So I think it still might be possible to make a quick profit (one that will probably promptly be spent on new fall/winter clothes). And if I get in over my head, the good news is that there’s another sale in just a few weeks. And more after that.
I asked some friends and searched the web for selling advice and one point got driven home over and over: Set reasonable prices.
Not a price close to what you paid. A price that someone would be willing to pay — especially when we’re talking about used (even very gently used) clothes.
That might be tricky for me, but I am going to try and keep it in mind!
I found some other good tips here — like what a difference ironing your clothes can make.
Any other suggestions for a first-time seller?