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Old 03-30-10, 12:37 PM
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Question Gently worn clothes question

For those of you who shop a lot at consignment shops and/or garage sales I need your opinions please.

My mom and I have spent the past two weeks getting ready for a HUGE twice a year consignment sale in a nearby town. All of DS's baby toys, clothes, and gear. Anyway a friend of mine asked if she could come over before I bring it all to the sale to sell and see what was there for her son's size. I said ok. But here is the thing - I am not sure how much to charge her for things? I am already not sure about the prices I have been placing on the stuff for the sale in general but I don't want to offend my friend. I am trying to make some money but I feel bad charging her too much even thou she specifically offered to buy the clothes and was not looking for free hand me downs. Since I make 70% of what the items sell for at the consignment sale, do you think it is reasonable to charge her 70% of what I would have asked for it there or is that too stingy? For example: a $3 outfit would make me $2.10 at the sale so just charge her the $2.10.

Advice is much appreciated!
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Old 03-30-10, 12:44 PM
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This is just me, but if you'd make 2.10 off a $3 outfit at the sale, I'd say charge her an even amount to make it a little easier ($2 instead of 2.10) It just kinda makes it easier to keep track of, but obviously it's up to you
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As far as pricing goes, around here they charge at consignment shops half of what you would pay for the item new (which I think is crazy). Then when you are selling to them they give you half of that. So brand new an item is $10, they sell it at consignment for $5, and the person selling to consignment gets $2.50. I hope that helps with pricing.

As far as selling to friends, I always keep out my really expensive stuff and let them go through all the stuff I don't care about. Then I give them whatever they want. I personally can't afford to give away that expensive stuff because it makes me the money I need to buy the kid's new clothes.

If you have things already priced, I would let her look at them and then give her a discount. Even if it is 30%, she'll feel like you gave her a deal and you won't lose out on anything.
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Old 03-30-10, 01:19 PM
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Oh, I think that's fine. If she specifically said that she's not looking for hand-me-downs and offered to pay you fair price for the stuff, then do it. It'll probably make her feel better about it and you'll make some money in return.

I think the idea of charging 70% of your "list" price sounds like a good one.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 03-30-10, 01:29 PM
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Sounds very reasonable to me.
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