Five Reasons Consigning is Better Than a Garage Sale {and a Giveaway}

EDITED: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! (In this case, if you played, you won!)

I’m going to let you in on a secret- I kind of like organizing kids clothing. It’s probably because I’ve never had to do it for a living. Each season, I like to sort through the clothing for both my children, packing up what doesn’t fit and finding of a spot for things that do fit.

Do you know what I like even better than organizing their closet? I like selling their outgrown clothing at Indy Kids Consignment Sale.

It’s easy. It’s profitable.

It keeps baby/kids stuff out in the universe where it can do some good, instead of loaded in my garage, where it just gets more outdated every season that it sits.

It’s an invasion of Little People!
Toys sell fast at every sale.

I was a little hesitant when I signed up for my first sale, but it couldn’t have been easier. The IKC Sale website has answers to just about every question, and previous consignors are happy to give advice as well. Is it better than having your own garage sale? You bet.

Here’s why:

1) You make more money. Once you’ve set your prices, they’re set and you make at least a 60% commission. You have the option to sell everything at half-price on Saturday, but it’s not required. At the last garage sale I had, people wanted to give me $1 for 2 dresses I had marked at $3 each.

2) You don’t sit in your driveway all day. As a matter of fact, you don’t even need to attend the sale. All you need to do is drop off your inventory at your appointed time. The IKC staff does the rest.

3) It takes less time. See the above. Then add in the amount of time you spend getting your items ready- even if you don’t tag all the items and enter them into a database (you don’t do that for garage sales, do you?), you are still spending the time to sort through things and get them set up on tables. After that, you sit in your driveway all day. I spend a few hours getting my inventory ready, but that’s it.

4) You have the choice to donate unsold items. IKC is happy to have you pick up unsold items, or they will pack up your items and donates them to a worthy cause. Again, this is less work than tearing down your garage sale and then driving to Good Will with everything that doesn’t sell.

5) Access to the Pre-Sale. Consignors make the IKC Sale go-round. All consignors are eligible to shop the very first moments of the sale, and consignors who volunteer during the sale get to shop the earliest (their commission is higher)

Last fall, the boy was wearing a 3/4T, the girl a size 6.


First Day of School, 2012.
The boy is wearing size 6 shorts, the girl a size 8.

Are you convinced yet?

This year’s fall sales will be September 13-15 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, AND there’s a brand new sale in at the Hancock County Fairgrounds set for September 27-29. In addition to the fall sales, there is a new Holiday Sale happening at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds November 16-17. Talk about opportunities to be out with the old and in with clothes that fit your growing kids!

The consigner registration deadline for the Hamilton County Sale is September 4th, and for Hancock County it’s September 22nd. Consignors who register for both sales will save 50% on their second registration fee (so it’s $10 for one sale, $15 to do both).

{The Giveaway}

Indy Kids Sale has graciously offered two pairs of tickets to their popular Pre-Sale. Instead of waiting until Thursday, Pre-Sale ticket holders get to shop on Wednesday afternoon, and therefore get first dibs on the great deals!

TO ENTER: First, leave a comment telling me what you are on the hunt for this fall. I’m looking for winter jackets for my two- their arms have grown inches and inches this year.

Second, link to post about this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here telling me you did for an additional entry. FYI, you can find IKC Sale on Facebook :

Thirdly, feel free to also post about this giveaway on Twitter- here’s a Tweet to make it easy: “Enter to win pre-sale passes to the Fall @IKCSale from @gotchababy. Clothes don’t buy themselves, & your kids have grown!”

This giveaway will be open until Monday, September 3 at 9pm. The winner will have 24hours to respond, if there’s no response, I will choose a new winner. Good luck! (And mark the sales on your calendar!)

Traffic Jam! Big toys are accepted too!

3 Replies to “Five Reasons Consigning is Better Than a Garage Sale {and a Giveaway}”

  1. I’m looking for baby gear, oh and maybe a jogging stroller. I always find so much stuff! Bummed to not be able to sell at this fall sale, but if I haven’t given birth yet, I’d LOVE to be able to shop early!!

  2. I’ve got a list of baby gear we’re in the market for, too. And that picture of the parking lot of Cozy Coupes? We came home from the IKC sale with one of them last spring!

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