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I keep empty storage containers in each kid’s closet. This way as I notice an outgrown item, I can just toss it into the bucket. Usually once each season (spring and fall) I will go through the entire closet to take out anything that has grown small or will be small by the time the next season rolls around.
I take advantage of closet length baskets. Especially in Aspen’s room where she does not have a dresser. This is a great way to store PJs, pants and undies. Anything that wouldn’t hang on a hanger. I provided a list of baskets we love [here.]
We also use closet shelves to store the kid’s ever-growing collection of books, puzzles and craft items that need to be put up high.
This past week, I put aside my fears (you know introvert and all) and consigned with Rhea Lana’s for the very first time. I’ve shopped with them for year’s and love their events but have always been intimidated to actually sell with them. You guys, it was super easy and everyone was so helpful. I just wanted to break it down for you because I know several of my readers have questions about consigning.
Rhea Lana’s is a nationwide children’s consignment event. They run sales each spring and fall all across the country. Currently, they are in 21 states and you can click [here] to see if there is a sale coming to your area soon. I’ve shopped several other consignment events and Rhea Lana’s is by far my favorite (plus they are an Arkansas based company which get’s extra props from this home-girl.) So just how easy is it to sell your outgrown items with them? Super!
Several weeks before the event starts, find your local event on Facebook. They provide so much information to consignors about how to prep your items, tagging your items and so much more. They have seriously gotten this process down to an art and it makes the whole process run seamlessly. Log onto their website and register to become a consignor.
Start gathering your items. I began by making sure all my items were safety pinned onto hangers (trust me, it’s super frustrating when things fall off the hangers, take an extra few minutes to pin them on,) and a Rhea Lana approved tag was pinned on the left shoulder as is their requirement. I was not even looking forward to this, but set up a little station in our living room and worked on this a little at a time while watching TV.
Don’t worry about inputting your items until you have everything prepared. I even rewashed a few items to get stains out and ironed those extra wrinkly outfits. Once I had all my items prepped, I sorted them by size and by gender. This will help make drop off a breeze. I used their handy voice entry system to input most of my items. There were a couple of things that my southern accent couldn’t get across, but for the most part, the voice entry was great.
“Gymboree. No, not tambourine. Gym-bor-eeee”
I got over 100 items entered in one afternoon. As you enter each item, write the number provided on the tag. Now keep these in numeric order, trust me it makes life easy. Don’t list anything over $20 unless you want it to be put back behind the checkout booth for safe keeping. I could have easily listed a dress for $19 and had it out on the rack with the rest of our items and most likely to be seen.
When it comes to pricing, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want while being reasonable. I pretty much stuck to the 30% rule and added a little extra if it was brand new or only worn once. I found several high priced brands for a steal (yay me!) but would have totally paid more for these items. Hey, if it’s marked too high and doesn’t sell, there’s always next time and you can mark it a little cheaper.
So much stuff! I’m all ready for drop-off day. We even added a few toys and toddler accessories. Everything sold quickly.
Introvert alert again, I was pretty nervous about drop off. Not knowing what to do or where to go. Can anyone else relate with my anxiety? So it wasn’t that bad. You walk in and sign up, they give you a form to fill out and grab your labels for you. Then you can grab a cart they have on hand to load all your stuff from your car. We literally parked at the curb and unloaded it all, no worries. Once inside, find a table and start tagging your items. This is where that numbering and keeping them in order comes in handy. Once someone checks your items, because they have standards on nice and clean items, you then go put your items up at their well-marked sections. I’m not kidding when I say every item has it’s own section. So handy!
Once the sale goes live, you can track your income on their app. It’s seriously addicting, yall. As a consignor, you get to shop early and I easily made back what I spent on spring summer clothes for both kids.
After having experienced my first consignor event, I can highly recommend Rhea Lana’s as a way to control the chaos that is our kid’s closets. Now things look
so well organized exactly the same a week later. Kid’s will be kids and dad’s will be dad’s.
How did you guys get those kid’s closets organized? Let’s see those before and after’s, post on Instagram and use our hashtag #thedeclutteredabode. Also, join me tomorrow night on Facebook Live and we will talk all things closet clutter.