This is a guest review from my sister, Molly. She's full of great ideas and I love her contributions!
Recently I found myself with an abundance of of clothing my kids had outgrown. Most of it was either purchased on clearance or at garage sales, and some of it had been given to us as gifts. There were even a few brand new items with tags still on them that I hated the thought of putting in a garage sale. With our large family, we always seem to have lots of clothing that does not fit. I thought I would try selling these items at a used clothing store. The retailer that I chose to try out was Once Upon A Child. This is a national chain store for baby and kids resale.
We have a garage sale every year. Sometimes I make lots of money in the garage sale, andvsometimes I do very poorly. If you have ever had a garage sale you know they are a lot of work! If it rains it's a bust! I have sold my kids items on Ebay but sometimes it is not worth it. Between the money spent on listing and selling fees, and the time spent on shipping, receiving payments and simply listing the items, I sometimes question whether the payoff is worth the money and effort spent. I have also sold items in my local classifieds and on Craigslist, but you have to check email, answer telephone calls, and you have to be home to have buyers pick up items (if they even show up!). One more problem with this way of selling is you may not even sell the items or get a decent price.
The Once Upon a Child experience can be summed up in one word: EASY. All the items you bring in must be in-season, washed and stain-free. They don't require an appointment, so I walked in the store with two laundry baskets full of clothes. I filled out a simple form (name, address, phone number and email address for future coupons and promotions-yay!) and gave the form to the clerk with my clothes. The employee looked through my stuff while I shopped, then called my name to let me know she was done. The shop picked several items they wanted to buy, presented an itemized list with an offer, and I received a check. If you don't accept the offer, you can take all your items back without any questions. If you accept their price they write you a check.
The whole process took less than an hour and the store even had a great play area for kids! While I waited for the clerk to review and total up my items, I had a bit of time to shop around the store. I found their prices to be very reasonable! Higher than a garage sale, but about equivalent to a consignment sale. This store had baby items, accessories, equipment and kids clothing of all sizes. It was well-organized by size and gender, and very easy to shop. I will definitely be returning to Once Upon a Child. I really enjoyed both the selling and shopping experience!
Once Upon A Child is a national chain store with many locations. Go to their website to find a store near you! http://www.ouac.com
Marybeth's Note: Have you had experience selling used items at a local or national resale shop? What did you think?