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How to make money from your kid’s used clothes and toys

Ever wanted to be a consignor at a kids’ sale, but just aren’t sure of the best way to do it? We have a few tips from a “pro” herself! Christine Wise has been a consignor at 10 different sales (in five years) and says she’s learned a few things along the way. She advises that consignors plan early! Go through your kids’ clothes in plenty of time before the sale so you can get organized and get a feel for what you have and what people are looking to buy.

Start early. As soon as I’m switching my kids’ closet out into the cold weather clothes that are upcoming, I take all of their warm weather stuff and just kind of keep it all together on the hangers and put it in the tubs so it’s always ready to go for the next upcoming sale.”

So plan now for next year’s sale! If you’re not looking to consign quite yet, but would still like to find some great buys, here is everything you need to know about the big sale:Whale of a Sale Children’s Consignment Event

  • Offers big savings on clothing, toys and gear
  • Sept. 18-20
  • More than 500 consignors will bring 50,000+ children’s items (new and gently-used upscale items, offered at a fraction of retail cost)
  • Public sale hours are: Fri, 9/18 from Noon-7 pm; Sat, 9/19 from 9-4 pm; and Sun 9/20 from 11-3 pm Half Price Day. Facebook fans of Whale of a Sale may also shop early Friday, Sept. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. Demand to shop early has led to a VIP pre-sale Thursday ticket that can be purchased for $10 (at www.whale-sale.com) for customers wanting to shop before the general public.The sale is at Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 96th Street.
  • Event features popular brands, such as Gymboree, Baby Gap, Ralph Lauren, Janie and Jack, Peg Perego, Graco, Fisher Price, Pottery Barn Kids and many more. Shoppers can expect to find upscale fall and winter clothing, toys, furniture, strollers, bedding, accessories, bikes, maternity and a variety of area vendors. Back this year, women’s activewear clothing will also be sold including popular brands Lululemon, Athleta and more. Three public shopping days and one private pre-sale day accommodate hundreds of customers.
  • Admission is FREE!

To learn more about the sale, visit www.whale-sale.com.

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