In the past, I’ve mentioned five things I’m glad I didn’t consign over the years. Here’s a list of things I’m glad I consigned and why.
This season, I conquered the storage area under our stairs. I was so glad that I didn’t find baby equipment. I had gotten rid of it at a consignment sale many years ago. Why? Safety guidelines have changed and continue to change on a daily basis. Don’t forget that high chairs, exersaucers, playmats, etc. can take up a lot of storage room. You’re better off selling those high-ticket items and replacing them with newer versions purchased at your favorite consignment sale.
Most of my kids’ clothing:
Consignment sale shopping turned my preschooler into a clothes hound. That hasn’t changed in the past 12 years. If I had kept most of her clothes, we would have needed a bigger house. Pick the special outfits and let everything else go. Sell them while they’re in good shape, in style and sellable.
If I never step on another Lego in the middle of the night, it will be too soon. Keep the special toys,but let most things go when your kids outgrow them. Do your children struggle with letting go of things? Remind them of other children who need toys. Share the experience, along with some of the profits, from consigning their toys. You can even find places to creatively store toys until it’s time to drop them off.
Decor, accessories, and misc. stuff:
When you update your child’s room, bathroom or playroom, go ahead and sell anything you replaced with new things. Like fashion, decorating trends cycle out every few years. If you don’t sell it now, you’ll be letting the Elsa and Anna toy box go for $3 in a yard sale instead of $20 this year.
Everything that had no practical purpose beyond childhood and no sentimental value whatsoever:
Am I the only who accumulates way too much stuff over time? The birthday and Christmas presents with batteries that couldn’t die fast enough? The playset that was too great of a bargain to pass up, but is collecting dust? Do we really need all that stuff? If your kids are living a life of excess, it’s okay to let things go that they don’t need, want or use.
Do you have something specific you want to buy for your family? A special trip down the road? Do your kids have Disney dreams on your Dollar General budget? Declutter and use the money you make consigning toward something that matters! It can be a lesson for your whole family.
About the Author
Elizabeth Renfroe has a passion for all things consignment sale-related. She enjoys coordinating the Children’s Market Sale at First United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Alabama.