This morning I dropped off my stuff for the fall Kids’ consignment sale. All 206 items.
That’s a full back seat …
and a full trunk.
When you have that much stuff, you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make drop-off easier. And I do. Because let me tell you, I volunteer at the sale every year, and I’ve seen a lot of people do it the hard way.
Here’s what I recommend:
- Sort your clothes by size and gender. Then, wrap a band around the top of the hangers to hold each bundle together. This will make it easier to put your stuff out on the racks, and it’ll help to keep things from sliding off their hangers during transport
- Sort toys, books, shoes, bedding and other loose items into several different bins, so they’re easy to put out, too
- Stick an address label on your bins and racks. Volunteers may help you put your consignment items out on the floor, and this will ensure that your stuff gets back to you (or at least make it easier for you to identify if it doesn’t)
- Load your stuff into a clean car. You don’t want a dirty trunk or seats to undo all of your hard work
- Sign in before you unload anything. Then, ask if they have any racks available. Wheeling all of your stuff in on a rack is so much better than hauling it in by the arm load
- Unload your clothes first. Most sales check clothes for holes and stains before you’re allowed to put them out, and it can take a while. Work on putting out your toys and other loose items, while you’re waiting
- Bring extra tags, pins and a pen with you, so you can make any last minute fixes