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12 Ways to Make Money with Consignment in 2012

We’ve compiled a quick reference list of the many ways to make & save with consignment sales! If you’ve been wanting to “take the plunge”… NOW IS THE TIME! Our community of swap savvy mamas knows that you can make some serious money with consignment sales and stores throughout the year…and here are the best tips all in one spot!

Difficulty Level: Easy

1. Shop Consignment Sales

Save over $600 each season

10 Tips for Successful Consignment Sale Shopping
2. Sell Your Kiddos Outgrown Clothing & Unused Toys

Average consignors make $200-300 / season

How to Consign at a Seasonal Consignment Sale
3. Volunteer & Maximize Your Earnings Many sales will offer an increased earning % and/or early shopping privileges


Difficulty Level: Moderate

4.  Shop Garage & Thrift

Make $1,000 -$15,000 per season

Making Money with Consignment Sales: Off Season Tips
5. Become a Power RE-Seller

Make $1,000 -$2,000 per season

10 Tips for Power RE-Sellers

Note: Legend has it that some professional resellers can make $30k plus each year. These seasoned pros are well-connected and well-informed.

6. Become a Manager or Paid Volunteer with Your Favorite Sale

Make $500 – $2,000 per season

Some consignment sales will hire seasoned volunteers or veterans.  If your local sales don’t have paid positions, you could also ask for an increased consignor percentage by working extra.

Note: for most of these positions, you should have volunteered / been active with the sale for many years!

7. Tag For Your Favorite Sale Many sales offer a valet or VIP consigning service where they tag & price items for consignors (similar to a consignment store’s drop n’ go set up)
Tagging Services – How to Start Your Own
8. Start Your Own Tagging Service If your local sales aren’t offering a tagging service or aren’t ready for the logistics, you can always start your own
Tagging Services – How to Start Your Own
9. Shop Sales to Resell on Ebay If you have a good pulse on ebay trends and in-demand items, you can find hot deals at consignment sales and then resell.
Shopping Consignment Sales for Ebay 101
10.  Turn Your Crafting Into an Upcycling Business Stay tuned for more ideas! For starters, check out our Upcycling Little Tikes: 13 Ways to Pimp Your Cozy Coupe
11.  Be a Vendor If you have a great family-friendly business, craft or service, you can be a vendor at many seasonal sales.  You’ll get a booth and a captive audience of savvy mamas!


Difficulty: Hard (But Rewarding!)

12. Start a Consignment Sale Buy a franchise or start your own from scratch… 2012 is the year to take the plunge!
Start Your Own Sale Resources

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