When spring hits, we have a tendency to want to clean out as much as we can. Many of us get down to crunch time and have to decide what to tag for this season and what to save for fall. Of course, if you can tag it all and be ready, GO FOR IT! In case you are time crunched, here’s a list of items that can wait until fall.
1. Heavier fabrics:
Save velvet, corduroy, fleece and other heavyweight items for the fall. Most sales won’t take them. They’re low on shoppers’ lists of things to buy in March and April.
2. Long-sleeved shirts:
Unless it’s a boy’s dress shirt that would be great for Easter, save long-sleeved shirts for fall sales.
3. Backpacks and lunch boxes:
Although they’re always handy, wait until the fall to tag these items if you’re running low on time.
4. Camo/hunting gear:
These outdoor items are always hot sellers in the fall.
5. New/like-new toys:
Parents are always looking for gift-quality toys for Christmas. If you’re running low on time to tag this season, you won’t have a problem selling these items in the fall.
6. Lightweight and heavyweight coats and jackets:
This is an obvious one, but sales still seem to have them show up for spring and summer sales. Save coats, hoodies, etc. for fall.
All styles of boots are hot sellers for fall, especially riding and hiking boots.
Anything that can look like a Halloween costume might just fit the bill for some little girl or boy. You don’t have to, but you can always save dress-up clothes for fall.
9. Sleeping bags/camping gear:
There’s just something about autumn that screams camping out in the backyard. If you have room to store it, camping gear can be a lower priority for this spring.
10. Dark-colored dress and casual shoes:
With the exception of the classic black, darker shoes aren’t as popular in the spring as light or bright colored shoes, sandals and flip flops. Save them for fall.
Always check your sale’s website or consignor information to see what’s acceptable to consign each season. With a little planning ahead, you can optimize your tagging time and get the best return on your investment by looking at things from the shopper’s point of view. What items will get the biggest bang for your buck this season? Tag those items first and you’ll never go wrong.
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.