Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How to Make $ with Consignment Sales

How to Make $ with Consignment Sales


Consignment Sales are popping up everywhere.  And I'm so glad because you can make money selling your stuff and save money buying stuff! What could be better? We have a Children & Maternity Consignment Sale here called Rhea Lana.  Consigners make 70-80% of the price they sell their item for along with a $9 fee to participate.  I've made several hundred dollars selling our toys, clothes, etc! Here are some of my tips for making money in consignment sales.

PREP ITEMS CORRECTLY

Follow the rules of the consignment franchise you are participating in.  Hang your clothes correctly on hangers and tag your items correctly.  Yes, it takes time to get ready-several hours.  And many times a couple of hours for two or more days.  If you have the luxury, it's easier to prepare while your kids are in school.  Make sure the kids clothes you sell are securely attached to the clothes hanger.  If clothes are loose, they often fall off and end up on the floor at the sale leading to no sale for you.  Take the time to prepare now so you can reap the rewards later.

GO THE EXTRA MILE

If your items look good, they will sell faster and for a higher price.  Make sure clothes are clean, stain-free, and loose threads are clipped.  Make sure toys are clean and in working order.  Put in new batteries so customers can make sure the toy works properly.  I bought a used wood toy kitchen for my son for $15 from a garage sale.  When I was ready to sell it, I cleaned it and fixed loose doors and resold it for $30.  Taking the time to clean and fix items makes you more money.  Make sure your items are tagged more than once in case one tag falls off.

DO NOT BULK CLOTHES TOGETHER THAT ARE NOT AN OUTFIT

Recently, I went to a Rhea Lana sale looking at clothes.  I found a shirt I liked for my son, but noticed a second shirt was attached to it that I disliked.  Because it was two shirts, it was priced higher.  Because of the higher price, I chose not to buy it.  I did not want to pay for a second shirt I disliked.  Unless it's an outfit, don't bulk it together.

DO NOT PRICE TOO HIGH

If you price your items too high, they will not sell-even if it is a more expensive name brand item.  I recently saw a beautiful Pottery Barn wood doll house with furniture included for $300.  Every other doll house was gone.  If you price too high, it probably will not sell.

DO NOT PRICE TOO LOW

Consignment sales are not garage sales.  People will typically pay a couple dollars more for an item they need or want at consignment sales.  With garage sales, kids clothes typically sell for $1 or less.  With consignment sales, the same clothes will typically sell for $3-$6 each.  And high end name brands often sell for more.

PUT ITEMS IN HALF PRICE SALE

When consigning with Rhea Lana, they give consigners the option of putting unsold items in the half price sale at the end.  When I went to a half price consignment sale recently, I picked up some shoes for my son along with some other items.  I waited in line and went to purchase when the sales lady informed me that the shoes were not in the half price sale.  I then chose not to buy the shoes.  The sales lady put the shoes in a pile of items customers had rejected because they were not half off.  Most likely, the shoes remained in that pile until the night was over.  And that means no sale for the consigner.

NEW ITEMS SELL WELL

If you or your kids get a gift you don't like or already have, then keep the tags on it and save it for the next consignment sale.  (Unless you decide to regift it.  Don't worry, I do that too.) Buyers like new and will usually pay a little more for it.  And if you are a super shopper, sometimes you can find an awesome clearance sale where clothes are only $1 each! Buy extras and sell for more in a consignment sale later!

KEEP SEPARATE SUMMER & WINTER BINS

Rhea Lana has two sales per year-one for summer/spring items and one for fall/winter items.  When your child grows out of his/her clothes, put it in your lidded plastic bin until the next consignment sale.  Use one bin for summer/spring and one bin for fall/winter.  Keep items you need for the sale there too such as tags, clips, safety pins, and clear packaging tape.

INVOLVE YOUR KIDS

I explained to my son that we had to sell some of his clothes and toys to make room for new toys and clothes for his birthday and Christmas.  Eventually, he was on board with selling his toys to make room for new toys.

IF YOU CHEAT THE SYSTEM, YOU CHEAT YOURSELF

Trying to get broken toys in the consignment sale only makes buyers angry and less likely to come back for another consignment sale.  How would you feel if you bought a broken toy? This means less buyers for you in the long run.  So don't cheat the system or you'll end up cheating yourself.


  
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

How To Throw An Amazing Party!

How To Throw An Amazing Party!

A week in advance, I put all of my Beverage & Food dishes on my dining room table and label each dish with the food that will be going on that plate.  

When I host parties, I'm often asked how I was able to get everything ready in time for the party.  I want to share with you how I prepare for an upcoming party and this is my step-by-step process! 

Step 1     PLAN EARLY! 

If you are hosting a themed birthday party, pick the theme of the party several months in advance.  This gives you time to find deals on themed party supplies without feeling rushed.  Check stores like Dollar Tree several times for their newest shipments and purchase your party supplies as soon as you see it.  I found three rolls of Superhero wrapping paper at a Dollar Tree and bought it right away hoping to get more, but I never found more! My point here is to purchase it immediately if it fits into your party theme and is a good price.  I also found favor bag packs at Party City on clearance for 99 cents each pack (each pack had 10-20 favor bags).  On a return trip to Dollar Tree, I found Superhero Capes that I used for prizes for $1 each! Score!

Step 2     MAKE LISTS!

Make lists of all the party supplies you want and need.  Include EVERYTHING.  Plates, Cups, Straws, Beverages, Food, Game Supplies, Party Printables, Decorations, Tables, Chairs etc.  I also make one list of all the Beverage and Food dishes I plan to have at my party along with the ingredients for each Beverage Punch/Food Dish I will make.  This makes it easier to shop for groceries at the Supermarket-I know I have every ingredient I need.  Enlist the help of family/friends if you have a really long grocery list-split the list up between two people and spend way less time in the grocery store.  Make sure you make a list for games and get all the items you need for each game and store in a bucket together.  Put party prizes in the same bucket.  I make another list for each day the week before the party to make sure I get everything finished.

Here is a list I recently made for the week before a party I hosted:

WEDNESDAY

Buy final ingredients from grocery store (things that would have gone bad if you bought it earlier.)

Clean House.

Sweep front entry.

THURSDAY

Put punch ingredients together except for ginger ale.

Order chicken nuggets.

Make rice krispy treats.

Blow up balloons.

FRIDAY

Decorate!

Put Greek Hummus together.

Make Ambrosia Salad.

Make Smoked Sausage in Crescent Rolls.

Make Cream Cheese Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups.

Make Pasta Salad.

Make Pretzels in Cheese.

SATURDAY (Party starts at 10:30 am)

Wake up at 6 am and get ready.

Put mac n cheese in crockpot by 8 am.

Turn oven on to 300 degrees to warm food.

Husband picks up chicken nuggets.

Decorate.

Put out Beverages and Food.

Step 3     DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AHEAD OF TIME!

I tend to get a little frantic the hour before the party.  In order to keep myself calm, I like to have as much as I can ready ahead of time.  If you are using party printables, have them cut, strung and put together a week in advance.  Make sure you have purchased all the party decorations, favors, games a week in advance including cups, plates, etc.  Make sure you have contacted family/friends about borrowing things (extra tables or chairs) you might need a week to two weeks in advance.  Ask friends/family to help in ways they are talented-such as making the cake, but remember to ask weeks in advance.  If you are using a caterer, contact them a month or more in advance.  If you are purchasing party food trays, order it a couple of days early.  A week in advance, I put all of my Beverage & Food dishes on my dining room table and label each dish with the food that will be going on that plate.  This way I know that a particular bowl/plate is clean and I can see if I need serving spoons.  Set up the party and decorate for the entire party a day or two in advance.  I recently hosted a backyard party and had to wait till hours before the party to finish decorating due to rain-remember some things are out of your control but try to have as much as you can ready the day before the party.  On the day of the party, give yourself several hours to set up beverage and food stations, warm up food, pick up food trays you ordered, and finish decorating.  Don't forget yourself! Before you prep for the party the day of, have your self ready first.  I wear an apron to keep my clothes clean. Make sure you have all of the beverages and food out and ready at least fifteen minutes before the party begins.  

Once the first party guest arrives, enjoy your family/friends and the wonderful party you created!


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Amazing Vintage Superhero Birthday Party!

Amazing Vintage Superhero Birthday Party!

This party almost turned out to be a complete disaster because of non-stop rain the night before and morning of the party! I woke up at 4 am to the sounds of thunder and watched in horror through my bedroom window as all of the outdoor tables, chairs, and tent got soaked and nearly blew away! I prayed hard that it would stop raining before the party. At 7 am, I sat down on the living room couch and almost cried.  But by 7:58 am, God answered my prayers and the rain finally stopped! Thank you God! It did not rain during the party at all! 

To welcome guests and let them know which house to go to, I strung up balloons on our garage lights outside.  Upon coming to the front door, guests were greeted by a chalkboard welcoming them and asking them to join us in the backyard for the party. {You can purchase this sign here in the Superhero Games & Extras Party Printable Pack.}


I made a ton of food and labeled each food dish- some dishes were labeled with Superhero themed names such as Kryptonite Krispy Treats, Wonder Woman Watermelon, and Power Punch.  For beverages, I provided bottled water that I labeled with Superhero duct tape purchased from Home Depot, Punch, and Lemonade.  I purchased lidded plastic cups from Target (one of the only places I could find it!) and straws for guests.  I had a variety of food including: Chick-Fil-A Nuggets, Watermelon, Crockpot Gluten Free Mac & Cheese, Greek topped Hummus with Pita & Veggies, Rice Krispy Treats, Ambrosia Salad, Smoked Sausage in Crescent Rolls, Cream Cheese Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups, Pretzel Sticks in Cheese Cubes, and Sweet Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad.  I purchased splatter screens from the Dollar Tree and used it as lids to keep flies out of the food.  I filled empty buckets and empty foil pans with ice cubes and then I placed the food in bowls inside the buckets/pans to keep the food cold outside.

I created the Superhero City Backdrop {see how here} and clipped the Vintage Superhero Bunting to it.  All of the Vintage Superhero Party Printables were designed by Dunham Design Company.  I used Superhero wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree as tablecloths.  {See all items I used for this party that were purchased from Dollar Tree here.}


Because we invited my son's entire class from school, I decided to host his 5th Superhero Birthday Party outside in our backyard.  I borrowed extra tables, chairs, and a tent from family members.  I planned three outdoor games with Superhero prizes including a Ball Toss Game (whomever gets the most points with one ball toss wins), Pin the Star on the Captain America Shield Game (whomever gets his/her star sticker closest to the center star wins), and Lawn Bowling Game (whomever knocks down the most pins wins).  I used empty plastic water bottles as pins.  



Here are close up photos of the Toss the Ball Game and the Pin the Star Game.  They did get a little wet from the still dripping surroundings due to the rain.  I simply cut out the circles and taped them on to Dollar Tree buckets for the Toss the Ball Game.  I cut out a larger Captain America shield for the Pin the Star Game and glued it on to thick black poster board that I purchased at the Dollar Tree.  My husband hung it from a tree branch and each child had to stick their star sticker closest to the center star on to the board while blindfolded.  Each winner received a prize Superhero cape that I also bought at the Dollar Tree! {I'm not getting paid in any way from the Dollar Tree for this post.  I promise.  Maybe I should be!} Do you want these games at your Superhero party? {Purchase Superhero Games & Extras Party Printable Pack here.}


This is the Beverage Station.  I like to keep Food and Beverages in separate areas so everyone is not crowded around one table.  I put a basket of party favors in our red wagon alongside the Beverage Station and Cupcake Dessert Table to remind guests to grab a favor before they left the party.  Did you notice the Party Favor Sign? It reminds guests to take home a favor bag and wishes them a "MARVELous time." Want the Favor Sign for your next Superhero Party? {Purchase Superhero Games & Extras Party Printable Pack.} I also labeled blue rock candy as Kryptonite alongside the amazing Superhero cupcakes.


Thank God I have a trained pastry chef as a sister! She made these decadent chocolate Superhero cupcakes in four designs including: Super J, Batman, Captain America, and Spiderman.  Don't these look awesome! They not only looked spectacular, but tasted absolutely divine! As you can see, my son loved them! And so did our guests!

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