Seriously? A GARAGE sale? What ARE you thinking?

Now, far be it from How To Consign to discourage you from finding a new and loving home for things that you just don’t love any more or can’t use right now. To say nothing of

those possessions that you must have been possessed to acquire.

After all, HTC is all about recycling, reusing, re-homing your material stuff.

But we want you to think twice, maybe even thrice, about having a garage sale, tag sale, yard sale, stoop sale… whatever you call them in your town.

Why is a garage sale an iffy proposition?

* Have you got the time? It’s not just the two days of getting up at the crack of dawn. It’s the prep time beforehand and cleanup after.

* Have you got the money to invest up front? Garage sales aren’t free. Supplies, ads, baby-sitters….

* Do you have enough items? “Unless you have enough items so that you can … make a couple of hundred dollars, … take the better items to a consignment shop and give the rest to charity for the tax deduction,” says Gary Foreman, Certified Financial Planner.Why a garage sale isn't always the best choice, from HowToConsign.org

* Is it too valuable for a yard sale?

* Are you willing to risk it? Damages, accidents, liability of strangers in your yard?

* Are you confident in your pricing?

* How are your haggling skills? 

* Is your timing good? Will people come to your sale?

* Do you live in the right place? How do the neighbors feel about it? Can you keep your home secure while you’re in the driveway?

* Is there a shop convenient to you that deals in that type of item? Use the experienced services of a professional resale shop.

Cash in on your Kids!

HowToConsign.com helps you turned cluttered closets into CASH!It’s amazing, isn’t it, the amount of stuff our kids can generate… and outgrow, under-use, and even just plain ignore. You know it’s a shame to let the usefulness of so many items go to waste… so you’ve decided to get all those underloved, gently-used items together and let them be loved by another family.

Congratulations, you’re over half the way to passing on previously-enjoyed items to another family…and to fattening up your family’s budget at the same time.

If you’re like most Moms, you want to get the most monetary return out of outgrown clothes, toys, and gear…but where to start? Sometimes it can be overwhelming, so let’s look at it step by profitable step:

Gather your items up gradually. If you’ve put a basket or bag in each child’s closet or the laundry room to collect outgrown clothes and a basket in the family room or basement for no-longer-played-with equipment, you’re ahead of the game. You have your batch all collected up.

If not (what Mom is ever as organized as she’d like?) start with the most obvious places first, the places where you store things you’re no longer using. From too-small clothes to past-interest sports gear, attic to basement to garage, these are the items which might need the most freshening up. Then venture into closets, toy boys and bedroom shelves. Visit your local consignment or resale shop or check their web site online at The Professional Resalers Directory  to see what they can sell.

Okay. Now it’s all in a pile and you’re ready to make your items best sellers!

First, of course, is cleanliness. Freshly-washed clothing sell best. And that means freshly-washed within the last few days, not when you packed them away. Using a fragrance-free detergent and fabric softener is safest, since many families have sensitivities to scented washing products.

Next is wrinkle-free. Wrinkle release spray works on minor wrinkles. If they still don’t look as great as they did new, take a few moments with an iron or garment steamer. The more brand-new your clothing items look, the more they’re worth. A touch of spray starch on a crisp shirt or dress can sell an item lickety-split!

And spot- and stain-less. Next, as you’re hanging or neatly folding (each shop has its preferences), hold each garment parallel to the fluorescent lighting in your laundry room or kitchen. These lights show color variations indicating spots, stains, and fading. Work on removing stains (my favorite online stain removal chart is on Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing web site.) If stains or fading remain, put these items aside for donation to your local charities.

Check zippers, buttons and fasteners. Clip any loose threads and make sure hems are secure and pockets hole-free.

Is the outfit complete? If you have accessories that match an outfit, they often enhance the value of the item.

Shoes are good sellers in most shops, but they need to be sparkling clean. Magic Eraser is a must-have tool. Baby wipes do a great job on most shoes. Be sure to clean the soles as well as the sides of shoes to give them a fresh appeal. Replacing shoe laces can turn a so-so pair into a sure sale.

Spiff up gear. That same Magic Eraser will also work wonders on toys and equipment. (And a regular eraser in hand as you page through your children’s books can up their value!) If you’re refurbishing a bike or metal ride-on toy, remember auto polish. That extra sheen means extra dollars for you.

Now that’s what HowToConsign.com calls turning your cluttered closets into cash!

It’s February: Time for some CPR around your place!

February is the PERFECT time to do CPR on your closet or storage space:

Consider… Purge…Reorganize

Consider: Go through your possessions. Love it? Maybe it’s just not for YOU or your home. But it could be JUST what someone else wants. So consign or sell it at a profit or donate it to your favorite cause’s thrift shop.

Purge: If you don’t use it at least a few times a year, don’t let it hang in your closet or sit in a cupboard all unloved and forlorn. Pass it on.

Reorganize: Take a look at what remains, the things you love. Would a pair of red jeans or a brass lamp jazz up your wardrobe or your decor? An artist’s manikin accent your collection of oddities? You know what I’m going to say:

Shop consignment, resale and thrift to reorganize your most-prized possessions!

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Loyal To Local

There's nothing more local than shopping RESALE!I’m sure you’ve all heard of the “Shop Local” movement, as a way to support your town’s downtown, to keep your community’s economy healthy, and even to do your part to shop sustainably. Great idea, for sure. But did you know that

resale is as local as it gets

because the money flows right back into your community in ways you may not even have though about?

For example: An older couple is downsizing. They use a consignment shop to find new homes for things they no longer need. Selling their cherished furniture gives them cash for the landscaping at their new home (the landscaping company might even be your sibling’s!), and doesn’t involve shipping merchandise via diesel truck or (horrors!) sending that comfy couch to the landfill.

Or a local college student sells his last-year’s clothes or dorm decor at a resale shop and turns right around and spends the money on pizza at your cousin’s place and new boots at your shoe shop.

And the family whose babies are now elementary-school age? Infant clothing gets donated to the local nonprofit thrift shop. Some of it is given to needy families within your area, keeping them solvent, while other items are sold to fund the charity’s mission within your community.

Every buyer: of furniture, that cool leather jacket, or those adorable ruffly party dresses size 2T, benefits not only by the great prices at resale, but by not having to spend the time and the gas to go to the mall. Besides, your little ones like visiting Heloise’s HandMeDowns because the local owner knows her name… and hands out candy!

Sellers benefit. Buyers benefit. And resale shop owners and managers earn their living, staff members have local jobs close to home, and everyone buys groceries, pays rent or mortgage, and sometimes even flowers from your daughter’s flower shop!

Can’t get more local than local resale! Stay loyal to local!