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P&K How-To: Consigning Children’s Clothes

Category: Parents & Kids Magazine January 2018 Issue

Here at the Kackley Zoo, hand-me-downs and consigned clothes are always big hits, especially when it comes to well-made clothes for children.  Buying consigned clothes is pretty easy, of course.  But if you want to clean out your own closets by using the consignment process, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

First, pick your place.  Consignment stores and the large consignment events all have differing rules, expectations, fees, and monetary returns.  What’s “important” is a personal choice.  Location of the store may be more important to you than how much you make.  The simplicity of the process may be more important than the location.  For a lot of people, it’s simply about where you’ll get your best deal.  But once you pick your place, then you’ll know what rules you’ll need to follow.
 
Next, pick your clothes.  Based on the rules you need to follow, you’ll be able to determine which of your kids’ clothes can be sent for consignment.  Be up to date on what’s in and out, fashion-wise.  No matter how adorable the dress is, if it screams a certain by-gone fashion period, then just pack it away, sell it yourself online, or give it to a charity thrift store, like Gateway or Salvation Army.  Seasonal items will only sell at certain times of the year, so follow those guidelines.  And be sure to ask if you should provide your own hangers.  
 
One mom mentioned that it’s important to not hold on to stuff too long.  If you don’t need to keep something for possible future kids, and you want to consign, do it sooner rather than later.  As clothing sits, it can develop all manner of mystery stains that become impossible to get out.  (And often, stained clothing isn’t considered acceptable for consignment.)  Of course, pretreating stains, and laundering everything thoroughly, in preparation for consignment is important.  OxyClean spray cleaner gets a solid thumbs up, and there are other enzymatic cleaners that can be used with great success.  Wrinkles are a turn-off, so iron everything that can be ironed.  If you live in a smoking home or in a home with pets, be extra sure that the clothes are free from smells and free from pet hair.  
 
Consignment is a super way to clean closets, stretch budgets, and keep kids looking oh-so cute.  Give it a try!
 

Leah O’Gwynn Kackley lives with her husband and three kids in the Rez/Fannin area.

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