MMB’s Spring 2019 Mid-South Children’s Consignment Sale Directory

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The “Sport” of Consigning

If last spring had been an Olympic event, it would’ve been a 200 meter sprint. Shoot out of the gate and run like crazy to tag, drop off, pickup, and repeat in a matter of approximately 14 days.  There were a few preliminaries to participate in, but the bulk of the “games” landed within a 2 week period.

Fast forward to the Spring 2019 season, and it’s the epitome of an Olympic marathon. Slow steady strides, breathe in and out, focus on the destination.  This Spring sale season is going to be a long one folks. 

Like 13+ weeks long!

If you are new, this should be a great season for you to jump into the consignment game. Lots of time in between to gather your stuff, small batches at a time, and be ready for drop off day. If you are a seasoned veteran of the consignment game, you have already gotten out your “consignment calendar” and started to plot out your pre-sale training regime. 

If you missed my previous Spring and Fall posts about getting in on the fun and navigating the consignment sale commotion, you can check them out here on the Memphis Moms Blog site:  Spring 2017Fall 2017and Spring 2018.

In my first few posts on children’s’ consigning, I focused on how to get started, supplies needed, tagging tips, and seasonal considerations of selling your treasures.  Last January, I shared about how you can make the most of your time, energy and available resources while consigning. Last Fall 2018,  I shared about how it has become a sort of family business. To me, it’s a real source of additional income for our family.

A couple of rather noteworthy changes this year:

  1. Check each sale page for changes, even if you are comfortable with the rules! Several sales are really really cracking down on specifications for tagging.  Some only allow tagging guns and some are choosing to reject items that aren’t attached properly with safety pins. 
  2. Shoe preparation is hard, and the one thing I hate most. Until I found zip-ties.  Zip-ties are a lifesaver for shoe sorters and consigners. 
  3. Our dear friends at Emmanuel United Methodist have decided to close their sale this year.  They were one of the very first sales I signed up for after having my 3rd child and only girl.  They were supportive, encouraging, welcoming, and offered so much beginner’s advice that, at the end, I felt like a seasoned veteran.  YOU WILL BE MISSED!

Consignment is a great way to purge a large quantity of items at one time without haggling with people over price, opening your home to strangers, or driving to a “meet” location.  The process is fairly easy once you get the hang of online item entry, the various tagging processes, and item limits from sale to sale.  My advice is to choose one and try it out.  Pick a smaller church sale and enter 30 or so items to sell. Rule of thumb, 60-70 of your nicer quality items will do better than 100 average quality ones. I promise you will be pleased with the results.  And don’t forget you can deduct your sales on taxes (what they take, if they are from a non-profit organization.)

Here is what you need to know about Spring /Summer consigning:

  • Holiday outfits. Easter outfits, vacation outfits (a ’la Disney/ destination trips).  Think seersucker, bubbles, appliquéd, and smocked. 
  • Bathing suits/ cover-ups/ sandals
  • Sports equipment and gear. Licensed team gear and outdoor sports equipment are big sellers.
  • Outdoor equipment. Bikes, water tables, playhouses, scooters.
  • Homeschooling supplies and educational videos/cd’s. Consignment sales are a great place to pick-up supplementary workbooks and learning materials.

Here is what you need to get started:

  • Merchandise tagging gun. I promise, you will thank me.
  • Hangers ($ store plastic kid sized hangers are perfect)
  • Large safety pins (NOT the $ store kind)
  • Rubber bands / zip-ties
  • Masking tape and clear packing tape
  • Sharpie pens
  • Ziplock bags – in assorted sizes
  • Zip-ties – for pairing shoes securely
  • Heavy cardstock or hanging tags like these:  Merchandise Tags
  • A planning calendar.  Great for getting strategic and recording all the dates to volunteer, drop off and pickup.

January – February

Kids Town
Sale Dates:  January 31 – February 2, 2019
Location: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN
Contact: info@consignkidstown.com
Consignor Percentage: $10 fee and receive 65% – 70% (volunteers)
Item Limit: 150 hanging clothing items
Tagging Service:  No

Sweet Repeats
Sale Dates:  February 6 – 9th, 2019    
Location:  6645 Poplar Ave, Ste 110, Germantown, TN 38138 (old Jos A. Banks location)
Contact: sale@sweetrepeatsmemphis.com
Consignor Percentage: $10 fee and receive 50% – 65% depending on your tagging/entry method
Item Limit:  minimum of 10 items, excluding large items.
Tagging Service:  Yes.  You earn 55% if you drop off and they tag.  You earn 50% if they pick up from your home.

Rhea Lana’s – North Mississippi
Sale Dates:  February 27 – March 2, 2019
Location: Olive Branch Shrine Club, 9765 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS
Contact: rhonda@rhealana.com
Consignor Percentage: $10 fee and receive 70% – 80%
Item Limit: Yes. Juniors 15 item max, infants 25 item max, maternity 15 item max.
Tagging Service: Yes.  VIP Consigning –they do it all and you earn 40% of sales.

Children’s Clothing Exchange

Sale Dates:  February 27 – March 3, 2019
Location: 1134 N. Germantown Parkway Suite 101, Cordova, TN 38016
Contact: info@ccexsale.com
Consignor Percentage: receive 65%
Item Limit:
Tagging Service:  Yes. They will tag if you bring in the items and printed tags.

March

Sycamore View Consignment Sale  *proceeds benefiting missions

** Back again this year ONLINE registration!!! No pre-registration meeting required
Sale Dates: March 1 – 2, 2019
Location: 1910 Sycamore View Road, Memphis, TN 38134
Contact: svccsale@gmail.com
Consignor Percentage: 70% – 84%
Item Limit:  50 items max for no Disc. Limit 200 items
Tagging Service:  No
*Wire hangers only!

Germantown UMC Children’s Clothing Sale  *proceeds benefiting missions

Sale Dates: March 22 – 23, 2019
Location: 2333 West Street, Germantown, TN 38138
Contact: info@gumwclothingsale.com
Consignor Percentage: 70%
Item Limit:  200 item limit
Tagging Service:  No
*Prefer to have tags pinned to shoulder. Do not use tagging gun.

Blue Door Exchange  – Blue Door Exchange 38111  *Private residence

Sale Dates:  March 24 – 28th, 2019
Location: 4227 Amber Lane, Memphis, TN 38111
Contact: bluedoorexchange@comcast.net
Item Limit:  No item minimum or maximum.  Over 100 items please call first.
Tagging Service:  Yes.  They sort, inventory and tag all your items for you.

Second Blessings Children’s Consignment Sale  *Private residence

Sale Dates: March 28 – 30th, 2019
Location: 2052 Cranbrook Drive, Germantown, TN 38138
Contact: secondblessings@gmail.com
Consignor Percentage: $5 fee and 65%
Item Limit:  10 item minimum – no max
Tagging Service: Yes. You prepare tags and they will attach for you at the location.

Lil’ Blessings

Sale Dates:  March 29 – 30th, 2019
First Baptist Church – Olive Branch
Location: 9155 Highland Street, Olive Branch, MS
Contact: info@lilblessings.org
Consignor Percentage: $5 consignor fee and receive 70%
Item Limit:  More than 300 items must reserve 2 drop off appointments
Tagging Service: No

April

Highland Children’s Clothing Sale  *Proceeds benefiting missions
Sale Dates:  April 5 – 6, 2019
Location: 400 N. Houston Levee Road, Cordova, TN 38018
Contact: info@highlandclothingsale.com
Consignor Percentage: 75% – 85% (Highest return if you volunteer)
Item Limit:  75 hanging items – 50 other
Tagging Service:  No

Rhea Lana’s – Germantown / Collierville

Sale Dates:  April 27 – May 2, 2019
Location: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN
Contact: carmen@rhealana.com
Consignor Percentage: $10 fee and receive 70% – 80%
Item Limit:  Minimum of 15 up to 300 items
Tagging Service: VIP Consigning –they do it all and you earn 40% of sales

No dates set yet

Rhea Lana’s – Greater Memphis

Sale Dates:   
Location:  540 South Mendenhall @Sanderlin,  Memphis, TN 38117
Contact: ellen@rhealana.com
Consignor Percentage: $10 fee and 70% – 80%
Item Limit:  No item limit but prefers between 75-100 hanging items.
Tagging Service:  VIP Consigning –they do it all and you earn 40% of sales

Too Good to Be Through Consignment  (Brighton, TN)

Sale Dates: 
Location: Garland Community Center Gym, Brighton, TN
Contact: michelepike1@aol.com
Consignor Percentage:  $10 fee and receive 65%-80%.  Higher percentage if you volunteer.
Item Limit:
Tagging Service: No

Just Boys Consignment Sale  *Private residence

Sale Dates:
Location: 320 South Grove Park Road, Memphis, TN 38117
Website:
Contact: justboyssale@yahoo.com
Consignor Percentage:
Item Limit:
Tagging Service:

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Lorrin is a born and raised Memphian who juggles family life, a full time IT job, and an in-home sewing and monogramming business. She graduated from the University of Memphis in August of 2001 with a BBA in Management Information Systems. After several years in the corporate world, she made a move into the educational sector and is currently the Data Systems Administrator for an area K2-12 private school. That move turned out to be a complete blessing to her and her family. After dating for 7 years, she married her husband, David in 1999. She and David have 2 very protective big brothers, Reece (September 2007), Dylan (November 2009) and a sweet little girl Emma Grace (February 2014). In her free time she enjoys walking Emma, Cardio Barre, sewing, cooking (something other than chicken nuggets) and family trips to the beach. A little on the obsessive compulsive side, her latest addiction has been binge watching the Curse of Oak Island and Hunting Hitler on the History Channel.