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Our daughter is 2 and I'm fixing to put some of her clothes that are still usable for our elongated Texas summer on sale at a monthly community market and the rest will be auctioned online. The proceeds will supplement her college fund so I'm interested in making as much money as possible.
I say, if it comes from Walmart, the cheaper the better for seller and buyer. Buyers will recognize it as coming from Walmart so they already connote cheap cheap cheap with those things. No point wasting time trying to get a lot out of them. Items that come from Target could easily go for $2-5, depending on what the item is. Mid-range brands like The Childrens Place, Carters (not Child O' Mine, Carters for Target), etc could command a bit more.
If you have higher end brand clothing (Gymboree, Janie+Jack, Tea Collection, Land's End, Hanna Andersson, etc.) your buyers are on ebay and they're ready to pay almost anything below retail. We have a good amount of these and I've been watching the auctions. I'm convinced that is where our market is. Plus, I don't see these brands at garage/yard sales and neither does my friend who is in the re-selling business.
The difficult items are boutique items. They don't have wide appeal and even though a few moms and many grandmoms may think they're "darling" and "adorable", they get very little use so they could lose a seller substantially more than they might imagine.
I guess, in the end, your sale purpose will guide you. If you want to declutter, price stuff to sell quickly. Bundling some types of items (cloth bibs, burp clothes, onesies, etc) is a good idea. If you want to make as much as possible as I do, you may have to wait for the right buyers or work to find them.
Wow, I am shocked how many cheap people are writing comments on here. My friend and I are having a kids clothes and everything baby garage sale in a week and I went here to get some good advice on how to price the goods. Its crazy how some people think. I know that I am not going to charge a fortune for a lot of things, but I definately are not going to sell clothes for $.10. That is ridiculous. I know that a lot of people in my area would not be outraged by spending $2-$3 on a decent outfit. Anything stained or damaged it going to be thrown out before I would consider selling it. I agree with 25% of what some people said, and the rest need their heads checked. There is a difference between being frugal and being just darn cheap.
Why price good clothes for $1 or less?!? At our last sale, we priced name-brand seperates in good condition from $2 to $5 and outfits at $5 or more (some up to $12/outfit or dress). We were selling baby girl clothes from new born to 24 months (as well as ladies clothing). We made $700 on just the baby clothes. If you have a nice, clean sale with each item clearly priced, you can recoup some of the money invested in cute kids' clothes.
By Mary Murphy04/18/2009
Grouping like items is a good tip. 20 years ago I had cloth diapers (my kids had 5 dozen!) that I was trying to sell. They did not move at a couple of sales until I stacked and masking-taped bundles together. Of course, maybe the right buyer just happened to come along. . .. I also have bagged up small items and sold them for .25 or given free to a child coming to the sale. It's a good way to get rid of clutter.
By Patricia (Guest Post)11/11/2008
I would suggest www.mommyauctions.com for selling your baby clothes. You can make more $ than you will at a garage sale. Selling baby clothes online usually gives you a better return.
However, if you are just looking to get rid of this stuff as fast as possible and are not interested in selling online, than I say keep it very simple. Have a section of clothing for $1, $2, etc. :-)
By Stacie P. (Guest Post)11/01/2008
I don't usually have a problem selling Jeans for $3 and t-shirts for $1-2. Good church clothes I can sell for $5-8 dollars depending on how fancy they are. I try to price what I would pay at the consignment shop I use. I've put kid's socks and underwear out for a nickel a piece and sold the whole box!
If people get insulting and want something for nothing. then take it to a consignment shop after the garage sale or write it off on your taxes and give it to Goodwill. At least you will get a 50/50 cut on it on consignment and that's probably better than what the rude people are offering you.
By lawyermom (Guest Post)09/23/2008
I go to a lot of garage sales (hobby) in the 'burbs and have 2 kids. An average and fair price is $1/item if the clothes are in good shape and "name brand" (think Baby gap, Gymboree, etc). .50 per item if the items have gone through several kids, are lightly stained, or non-name brand. If I find name brand, great condition clothes for <$1/item I've scored!
Keep in mind that people go to garage sales for great deals -- they spend time and don't know what they'll find. You can search eBay and Craigslist and find what you want, so I'll pay more for the same thing on either site because I sought it out.
I've been to some sales where people are trying to sell very used baby/kids clothes for $2-4 and they are surprised that nothing sells. And yes, definitely price items on a box or table (not individual tags).
By justjill (Guest Post)09/10/2008
I think it all depends on your aim. If you're looking to clear out and get rid of things you don't need, price it to sell and be ready to haggle. Personally, if it hits my driveway, its not coming back in my house. Better to sell it for a quarter than have to haul it somewhere to donate it. If you need to make back some of your original purchase price, look into consignment shops which will give you between 70 and 80% of the price they estimate they'll get. If you really need your money back then Ebay or Craigslist are probably the way to go.
By Michelle Christensen 08/07/2008
Thanks for all these great hints. I'm having a sale next weekend and will be pricing my clothes to move, 50c per item, any item. The better clothes are being sold in lots on Ebay. I understand the frustrations some people have (the insulting haggling, etc.) and why people avoid having sales all together!
By jerry (Guest Post)08/02/2008
I do several yard/garage sales It doesn't matter osh kosh, gap, old navy, etc. People want cheap. If you don't need/wear it let it go. This is why so so many yard sales do not do well. People are to high, sure you have tons of things and you are always asking yourself there must be something someone wants of yours. Sure there is but again too high.
Antiques are an exception. Next if you are trying to sell Grandma's/Grandpa's Antiques /Collectibles then ask a little more but just because they passed away etc does not make there items worth gold prices.
Another thing never have sales while town wide sales and or fairs are going on around your area. If you need other tips etc please email me @ jerrysfish925 AT mchsi.com I would be very happy to let you in on my own personal tips.
By CPR (Guest Post)07/15/2008
I would keep it simple and price the clothing as cheaply as possible. Since your child isn't using the clothing, it is just taking up space. As a father of two I feel space is more important than getting "top dollar". I would say roughly around one dollar per piece of clothing. If you have clothes left over you could always donate it to womens shelters or Goodwill.
By Mary Johnson (Guest Post)07/08/2008
If you cannot use it. PLEASE get rid of get. As cheap as possible.
By Amy (Guest Post)06/25/2008
I am in the process of having a huge garage sale and am finding this info really helpful. I have been washing, ironing and sorting everything by size and putting outfits together. I'm especially concerned about my daughters clothes. I am lucky enough to have very generous people in my life and my daughter has had some adorable clothers. I hate to part with them, but it's time. I want to be able to sell them, but not just give them away. Am I on track with the following prices:
This is as far as I got, keep in mind all are in excellent condition and are name brand.
Thanks for your input>
By Vicky (Guest Post)06/15/2008
If you're willing to go to a little trouble you can make a lot more on your clothes. I've done this several times & sold out! Shoppers are usually impressed. 1) Wash them & get out as many stains as you can; 2) As soon as you take them out of the dryer, neatly fold them & group by sets, or put a couple of items of same size together, 3) Put each item/set/group into large ziploc bag, 4) On outside, with Sharpie marker, write brand, size & price. 5) Group the bags together on table on in bin. Depending on brand and condition, you can get $2.50-$4.00 per bag. Ironing will smooth out pills from knit items & get you more. If you don't want to do all this, you should to price things around 25-50 cents max.
By cheryl (Guest Post)06/06/2008
I have no problem spending $2-3 for kids jeans. Not .50. Price according to the brand and condition. If it doesn't sell you can always go down in price. Good luck.
By Janice Whitby05/07/2008
To amom, I have to agree. It think it is very immature of buyers wanting clothes for practically free because they are inconsiderate and selfish. What you priced these clothes are very reasonable, and actually I could buy these on the spot, but to those buyers that want them for "FREE", they have no respect whatsoever.
By amom (Guest Post)04/18/2008
I'm not big on doing garage sales because of the amount of work involved and because I hate having people haggle with me over prices that are already well below what they would pay for the item in a store. Last summer I had a few garage sales (each weekend for 3 weeks, basically to get rid of the same stuff and some extras I'd add each week from my storage unit). My dislike for garage sales was reinforced big time!
I had a table full of clothes belonging to my daughter, the sizes ranged from newborn through 5 and even some 6. These were almost all name brand, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Gymboree, etc. Most were pretty expensive new, such as $40 jeans, shirts that were $30-$45 new and dresses that were around $50+ new. When my daughter was young she had so many clothes a lot of them hardly got worn. These clothes were pretty much in new condition.
I had them priced around $3 - $4 for most items, t-shirts I'd ask $2 and some were $1. I couldn't believe how many women would come and throw a fit at what I was asking, then be really rude when I wouldn't give them the clothes for $1 or even $.50. By the end of it I finally got fed up and was giving a lot of them away at $1 and still had women trying to get even more off! I'd cut the price down to $1 a piece and $.50 for a t-shirt or shorts, then they'd try and get several free pieces because they were buying 10 or so things.
I'm going through another clean-out right now but there's no way I'm dealing with that again. I'm going with Craigslist or eBay this time. I'd rather take the time to photograph them and list them than deal with some of the rude people who seemed to think it was their right to get these clothes practically for free. If they're priced that way to begin with fine, but I don't think they should act so rude just because the prices I had didn't make them happy!
By Guest (Guest Post)04/14/2008
When I had my garage sale last year, I posted a sign that had all shirts 25 cents, all pants 50 cents, sleepers 75 cents, coats $1, and shoes $1. They sold very well! Like a prior post said, people who are shopping yard sales are not likely looking for brand names, so pricing according to brand might not work so well. Having everything priced the same is easier for everyone. If you have something that is name brand and worth more, sell it on eBay.
By sarah 04/07/2008
Grouping small items together will get you more money and get rid of stuff faster (bibs, booties, etc.)
I do the same thing with my daughters small toys that she collects thru the year, like the McDonalds ones. I put a handful in a paper bag, and write "GRAB BAG $1" on it. They are gone in minutes, no joke!
By Kim 04/02/2008
i would not personally price clothing any more ever then 5 an outfit people dont wanna pay it good will here charges 1.29 a piece baby outfits and kids are 2.29 a piece i had all my sales and charged no more then 3 i sold almost everything and i donate alot and do freecycle too i hope that helps
By Grannie (Guest Post)02/23/2008
Go to your local Goodwill store and see what they are charging for the items there that are similar to what you are going to sell. Here, they sell all onsies for $1.99 if it is new or well used. They charge $2.99 for sleeper type outfits, same as above, it doesn't matter what condition, all are the same price. I disagree with the person that said not to charge more than 10% of the original cost.
I'd rather give it away that get that little for the work I put into having the garage sale! It really depends a lot on where you live and the quality of the clothing you are selling. I've lived in really small towns where the people would pay $5.00 and $6.00 for some of my daughter's clothes. And...they were eager to be repeat shoppers every year at my annual yard/garage sales.
Don't give the clothes away at a garage sale. Follow the advise of the one's that suggest online sales if you can't get the money at a garage sale.
By amy (Guest Post)02/17/2008
Try posting them on craigslist. You will probably get more out of it that way. Or give them as gifts to someone who is expecting.
By jb (Guest Post)02/12/2008
Sell your stuff on ebay. Put your things in lots by size and season. Also, on ebay, labels are worth a lot so highlight that in your descriptions. Ebay is a lot of work but you'll make pennies for your things at a garage sale.
By Vickie Kibellus02/08/2008
I have had luck packaging same sizes. Like 3 pants, 3 tops, socks and a couple of toys for 3-5 dollars depending upon condition. They can always remove an item from the bag and make an offer.
By Becky Petersen01/18/2008
50cents and a $1.00. If it is nicer and bigger, maybe a bit more. Baby socks? Like someone said, bag them up and sell the whole ziplock bag full for $1. Some of it depends on if you want to get rid of it or pack it back up and try to sell it another way. Is your purpose to make money or to declutter?
from all that i've read and seen on tv you should charge 10% of what it costed NEW, example if you gave $6.00 for a shirt you shouldn't ask more than 60 cents, folks are looking for good deals, not to pay 1/2 or full price for used items. with my yard sale ( and I only wear name brand clothing) I charge no more than $2.00 for adult jeans, 50 cents for kids jeans, 5 cents for like baby socks, bib's, burp clothes, 25- 50 cents for shirts or shorts, 50-75 for 2 piece outfits, your new stuff i'd go no more than $3.00 if they still have the tag, $1.50 or so if new with no tag. shoes 50-75 cents on kids shoes.
another good tip I've found at my many yard sales i've given and I always make at least $500.00 in 3 days is I put like items together, with baby stuff you can also put like a bunch of small toys in a bag for 1.00, bag of socks for 1.00, bag of bottles for 1.50, and like someone else said if they buy a bunch of stuff make them a deal, like if you'll take all my baby bib's and you have 25, let them have them all for 1.25 making them 5 cents each, after all you don't need this stuff taking up your space, you can use the extra money and if marked cheap enough folks will buy more from you.
I like a good bargin as we all do, so I'd never give say $2.00 for a shirt, $5.00 for a pair of used jeans...unless they were $100.00 pair of jeans and a $50.00 shirt!
i've given probably 20 yard sales in my 23 years of marriage, so I do know a little about what i'm talking about. like I said put like items together, if you can even put same sizes together, put mens in one place, womens in another, kids in another, babies in another, household items together, toys on a blanket so kids can see and reach them, put books together, and all your small things like nail polish, make-up, baby socks, bib's, small toys etc in a bag( like a sip lock) and price them as 1 unit.also ALWAYS price your stuff, I hate nothing more than to go to a yard sale where stuff isn't priced and have to ask how much is this? I always cut little pieces of paper and staple them inside the shirt or pants, because lets face it, not everyone is honest and will try to remove the price tag if its one of those sticker type price tags, and if your like me you can't possibly know what you priced each item, also if things are worn a lot, have holes, stains make a freebie box, some little girl may want this stuff for her doll, or someone may want it for the material for quilts!
I hope this helps!
By denise (Guest Post)12/25/2007
It's a custom to price yard sale stuff 10% of what you gave for it according to magazines I've read, but if its new with tags go 1/2 price, if they buy a lot then give them a better deal.
By Beth (Guest Post)12/18/2007
Wow i don't think i would want to shop most of the yard sales by recent poster. I shop yard sales to find stuff cheap! Unless something still has tags, I never would charge more than 25 cents a piece, 50 cents per outfit or coat. Things with tags, I usually hang and charge 1-2 dollars.
By Erika (Guest Post)12/15/2007
If you don't have luck, you could always list them online. You could always auction them too. Check out mommyauctions.com. I have listed stuff there and it's a really cool site for moms.
By Regina Arlauckas 11/17/2007
I did it this way - for stuff that was basically new - I put it on hangers and tagged the hangers -that way I knew it was a priced item. Usually around $2-4 depending on the item (some were sets).
For most other things I did 50 cents per item, fill a bag for $5 and put out plastic grocery sacks.
By Helen 11/17/2007
according to where you live. Older people around maybe 10 cents. Near an army base almost full price.
By Kim Churchman 11/17/2007
One-fifth of new.
By Starlight (Guest Post)11/17/2007
I would just keep it simple and price everything $1.00. If something is new with tags then maybe $2 or more depending on the item. It will keep the sale running smooth, keep your sanity because you won't have to wonder what the price of everything is, and you won't even have to mark most of it - just put up signs. I did this once years ago and it was a great success. Good luck!
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