When we participated in our first craft show five years ago, we were total rookies. We only had a handful of products to sell, and everything fit on one not-so-enticingly-arranged table.
Participating in your first kids’ consignment sale, and not really sure how to price your stuff? Yep, that’s the tricky part. But, I can help you with that. Having participated in several consignment sales, I’ve learned a lot about how to price items for maximum sales and profits, and I’ve developed a pricing guide around what I’ve learned. You can print it here, but before you do, I’d like to explain a few things about my pricing strategy:
When my kids were little, I used to participate in a lot of surveys. It was a fun way to earn a bit of extra cash after they’d gone to bed, and sometimes I’d even get to test new products. One time we were sent a case of diapers to try out. That was awesome.
But then life got busier (as it tends to do), and I kind of got out of the habit. I just had too many other things taking up my time. But I think I need to get back into the habit. Because with a 13 and 15-year-old, I spend a lot of time waiting in the car for kids, and that would be the perfect time to answer surveys. Unlike back in the day, you don’t have to be tethered to a desktop computer and a dial-up connection to do it. You can actually complete surveys on your phone or tablet. Go figure. And you know what, I think the new way is a lot more fun. Clicking answers on a touch screen just seems like less work.
Whenever I talk about surveys, I hear from readers who want to know how much they can make. They’re hoping it’ll be enough to hang up their day job. And I’m here to tell you, the money will never be that good. But, if you sign up for several survey sites, and complete the surveys they send you, you could make enough to buy all of your Christmas gifts, to cover the cost of a family vacation or to make a dent in your debt (think extra credit card or mortgage payments).
So, after 15 years of survey-taking, which survey companies are my favorite? Here’s the short list:
Setting up at craft shows takes a fair amount of planning and prep, but it can be a good way to bring in some extra money, if you’re crafty. My family and I participate in several shows a year, and overtime we’ve perfected our pack list.
It’ll be a couple weeks before I find out how much I made at the fall consignment sale that kicks off today, but I thought I’d go ahead and share some of my consignment sale tips with you. These are my tricks for making the experience as hassle-free (and profitable) as possible.
Before you do anything, spend a few minutes assembling your supplies. These are my pricing must-haves:
Two years ago, my husband took a holiday job as a driver’s helper for UPS. This year, he decided to take a holiday job at HoneyBaked Ham. If you’ve ever wondered what this job entails, we’re here to tell you.
These days we all spend a lot of time online. If you aren’t getting paid for that time, you’re missing out on free money. Because there are actually quite a few companies that want to pay you to do whatever it is you do online, whether that’s watching way too many cat videos or visiting this site. If you’ve been looking for a way to earn extra money, without doing extra work, this is a way to do it. Check out these five companies that are willing to pay you to surf the web.
It’s always been my goal to have a yard sale where we sell absolutely everything. I mean, isn’t that everyone’s goal? It takes so much work to round up the stuff you want to sell, to price it, to haul it outside, to arrange it on tables and racks and then sit there baking in the sun while you try to sell it all. The last thing you want to do after all of that is box everything back up and then figure out what you’re going to do with the leftovers. So, when we had a yard sale this weekend, I finally got serious about selling everything, and I’m excited to report that we got to hang up our first ever sold out sign. Woo hoo!
Our strategy for having a sold out yard sale is really simple, and it something that you can easily replicate. Here’s what we did.
Every time I prepare for a kids’ consignment sale it gets a bit easier. When I first started out, it used to be a multi-day project. Now, it’s something I can knock out in an afternoon. And that’s largely because of a few small investments that I’ve made along the way. Here’s a look at what I use to prepare for a consignment sale faster and with fewer hassles.
The trickiest part of having a yard sale? Trying to figure out how to price everything. If you price things too high, they won’t sell. If you price things too low, you won’t make as much as you could have. It’s all about hitting that sweet spot in the middle, where you end the day with a pocketful of cash and a cleaned out house. But how do you know where that sweet spot lies? By hosting a ton of yard sales, or by referring to my new yard sale pricing guide.