Do you have mounds and mounds of children’s clothes like I do? I’ve been going through all of the baby and children’s clothes that I have been saving for the past 6 1/2 years and I’m trying to decide what I want to do with them! Of course, I would like to keep some of them, because we never know what the future might hold. But do I really need 12 pairs of boys size 18 month pants? NO!
Now, I know there is a lot of talk and worry about the new law (that has been postponed a year) requiring lead and other chemical testing of new clothes before manufacturers are allowed to sell them. If you are worried about consignment or thrift stores being put out of business by the new Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) see the article by snopes.com HERE.
As of now, and supposedly even after the act takes effect, we can still sell our used children’s clothes! But how? Where? Here are a few ideas for places to sell clothes, as well as a few tips for maximizing your profits…
Places To Sell:
1) Ebay – You can sell your clothing as individual pieces or as a “LOT.” Designer clothing like Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Tommy Hilfiger and GAP typically sells really well on Ebay. If you are interested in selling items on Ebay for profit, Suzanne’s site, Ebay Selling Coach, is a wealth of information!
2) Consignment Stores – Typically clothes are held at a consignment store anywhere from 30 – 90 days until they are given back to you or given to charity. You are given a percentage of the sale (I’ve seen anywhere from 40% – 60%). Click here to find Consignment stores in your area. If you need the money now and are willing to take less money, then going with a resell store like Once Upon A Child might be a good fit (they pay you up front, but it is generally much less than you could make at a consignment store).
3) Just Between Friends – Technically this falls in the consignment category, but they only do their sales twice a year. You tag all of your items, determine your price, bring it to the sale (usually a convention center) and they organize it all and sell it in a weekend. If you are willing to do the work that it takes to tag and price everything, it’s really the best of both worlds (you get the money in one weekend, and you get 70% of what your clothes/toys/baby furniture brings in!) I went to our local sale last year and it was PACKED! They really do advertise for this well. If you are interested in selling your clothes at Just Between Friends, click here to get more info and to see if there is a sale close to you.
Tips To Maximize Profits:
1) Make sure the clothes are washed (preferably in a fragrance free detergent) and free of stains. To get stains out (even VERY set in ones!) I think the best product to use is OxiClean. Not the spray kind — the powder. When I had our third child I got out all of the baby clothes from my first child only to realize that there were TONS of stains all over them… and they were stains that had been washed and dried into the clothes and left to sit for SIX years. I put the clothes in a plastic bucket, filled it with water, loaded it down with OxiClean (SEVERAL scoops), and let it sit overnight. I washed and dried the clothes like normal the next day and the stains were GONE. Wow! I’m definitely sold on OxiClean… it’s one of those products that’s worth every penny. You can get a 3.5 pound bucket of OxiClean HERE for $7.99 plus shipping (shipping is a flat rate of $7.99 if you order 1-3). This same bucket is $12.99 right now at Walgreens, which means if you order two of them, even with shipping, you are saving $2.00 by buying them online instead of at Walgreens. This also opens up a whole new world of saving/making money by buying stained clothes for super cheap at garage sales and using the OxiClean to make them look new again!
2) If you are going to be selling a lot of children’s clothes (or if you want to find stained clothes at garage sales/thrift stores and fix them up to resell them) then I recommend investing in a clothes steamer. We found one at Bed Bath and Beyond for less than $60 and if you pair that with a 20% off coupon that they are always sending out you can get a pretty good deal. This steamer that’s on sale at Amazon right now (with free shipping) is very similar to the one that we got and it’s also under $60. The one thing that prevented me from selling my clothes at consignment shops or at our local Just Between Friends sale was all of the ironing I would have to do. Having a steamer has been worth its weight in gold! Consignment stores and resellers typically require clothes to be steamed or ironed before they will accept them.
3) Most places will also require that you bring the clothes already on a hanger. You can get a pack of 10 children’s hangers at Walmart for $1, OR you can go dig through the hanger box in the Walmart Customer Service section! They have been more than happy for me to take hangers off of their hands in the past.
Do you have any tips for reselling children’s clothing? What has been your experience? Leave a comment and let us know!