If there is one acceptable thing to “hoard”… it has to be hangers.
Here’s the drill: You’re all signed up to consign in your favorite consignment sale and you can’t wait to clear out your closets and cash in on those overgrown clothes. But wait–where in tarnation are you gonna find 200+ hangers??!!
Important: Always check your sale’s guidelines on hangers. Some only allow wire hangers, others prefer plastic. Some don’t care what you hang clothes on as long as they don’t fall off!
Tried & true ways to get your hands on hangers:
1. Social Media
Hit up your Facebook friends and Insta followers for hangers! Easy Peasy.
2. Dry Cleaners
Ask if they can spare a stash of recycled hangers.
3. Thrift Stores or Goodwill
Many have boxes of used hangers in the back. You might need to untangle them, but…. hard to beat free, right?
4. Friends, Family, & Neighbors
Who do you know that wears a suit or uniform to work? Bankers, attorneys, salespeople, military personnel, caterers, police officers, even funeral home employees! See if you can find a hanger “buddy” or two who will collect their hangers throughout the year for you. Give them a bin or one of these cool hanger organizers.
Now you can ask your neighbors for hangers from the comfort of your home! Some neighborhoods or Homeowner’s Associations also allow residents to post requests.
6. Your Sale Organizer
Some sales order hangers in BULK for their consignors to buy at rock-bottom prices. Or find a friend or two also consigning and order a box to split! Many sales have facebook groups just for consignors. Super easy to find a friend!
7. Buy Online
Many supply stores sell hangers in bulk. BEWARE of shipping costs! You might need to buy a LOT to make the shipping affordable (or free!). Look for standard #14.5 gauge hangers.
- Cleaner’s Supply (free shipping if you spend $99+)
- 3 Hanger Supply
- Norton Supply (free ground shipping!)
8. Walmart or Dollar Store
In a pinch, you can pick up affordable hangers here, especially if plastic is ok.
Ask Alexa to send hangers your way, especially if you’re a Prime mama and you need them in a jiffy.
10. Store Checkouts
Never hurts to ask for extra! Old Navy, Walmart, and Carters have been known to give away hangers. Keep an eye out for stores going out of business too!
Even if you don’t know any attorneys or bankers, chances are good they have a housekeeper tossing old hangers. Connect with a local cleaning lady who wouldn’t mind collecting stray hangers for you. Refer some business her way in return.
12. Pro-tip: Think ahead for next sale.
A great time to post a “hangers wanted” ad is at the tail end of consignment sale season. Shoppers are unpinning clothes and swapping wire for their plastic hangers.
Kristen Shambarger caught the Consignment Sale fever back in 2012 when she was expecting her twins. She has been consigning, volunteering, and shopping consignment sales ever since, and currently oversees her local moms of multiples sale in Marietta, Georgia. Kristen now loves to use her knack for writing to help moms all over the world fall in love with the awesomeness of consignment sales