Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Consignment Sale

A friend of mine, Jarrett, had a great recession recovery, clean out your closets, get off your butt and do something, idea. Consignment sale. She e-mailed about 10 friends to see who was interested. Well, sign me up! I have been trying so hard to de-clutter but I swear my clutter is like a bunch of rabbits. It multiplies overnight!!

It was simple and easy. Bring nice designer clothes, adult's and children's on hangers, tagged and ready to sell.
Each tag had the following info:

1. designer

2. size
3. price
4. seller #

(Each seller had a number so we could keep track of the money and also so the buyers wouldn't feel weird knowing who the clothes belonged to.)
I can't wait until we all show up at the front bike rack (school pick up) in each other's clothes!

We had clothing from: Milly, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, Mini Boden, Lilly, J.Crew, Orient Expressed and many more. Milly skirts were selling for $15.

We all pitched in and worked, and yakked, and ate peanut M & M's while visiting with our shoppers.

The sale was a huge success and plans are already underway for a Fall show!

Robin bought a long Lilly skirt for $15. Not this one. This one is from Ebay for $14.99. It was such a good deal she thought she could find a way to use the fabric for a fun project. I thought napkins for a summer picnic would be cute, but she is so creative she will come up with something! Another friend Lisa, had her mother-in-law make a quilt from all her girls old Lilly dresses. Isn't that a great way to reuse old clothes? Some of my children's Lilly things are so cute I don't want to get rid of them, but what is the point of them sitting in storage boxes in the attic. A quilt is a perfect solution. If you didn't save any of your children's dresses etc. just hop on Ebay and get some for dirt cheap!

I know I was there to get rid of things but I had to have this great AG denim skirt. Plus, don't you think other people's stuff looks better than your stuff?

I have already worn it twice and at $25 it was a deal. Sure, I already have 16 denim skirts but I totally needed one more!

Need to clean out your closets and make some extra money? A consignment sale is the way to go. We all had a great time and total made around $2500. Individuals made between $100 and $650. Not bad for your old clothes and a good time!

Why not have your own sale..what are you waiting for?


  1. I would so make that Lilly skirt into napkins! I was just thinking that IF I sewed and IF I had a bunch of old fabric, I'd make some fun summer napkins! Really! I wish I could get some Milly items at consignment! Wow. Also, it was fun to take a peek into your friend's house! You know how I like to peek into everyone's house!

  2. Oh, the sale was fun!! Now I have an idea for you. You should do a furniture consignment sale at your house. I'm sure all of your blog readers are looking at these pictures saying "you need to help this friend with her house". My sister has a friend who does this in Athens. Things people are tired of, or just don't like in their homes, but don't want to deal with Ivy Cottage, they trade with a friend or sell to a friend. Just a thought.

  3. Jarrett:

    The sale was fun and I have already started thinking about a furniture and accessory sale. Interested in joining me? Anybody else?


  4. That's a great idea- I want those blue vases!

  5. I am devastated that I didn't get the chance to go. You sold all of my friends - Lilly and Milly - please let me know if you ever road trip the sale to Texas!

  6. What a great idea! I take my kids' stuff to consignment stores in the area once they grow out of it, but since you have to split the profit with the store, you don't end up with much.

  7. I would love to have a sale like that... sounds like so much fun! Women power...we somehow wear all the hats!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sounds like it was fun and effective! Great idea. And I hear you about the clutter multiplying! I had to laugh at your rabbit analogy.


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