How To Get Children'S Clothing Ready For Resale
How to get the most for your childrens clothing at a resale shop.
While donating all of your closet contents to the Salvation Army is a very charitable idea, why not consider holding back on the children’s portion and make back some of the investment for future sizes? Children grow so fast and it’s almost a crime to note how few times some articles of clothing are actually worn. Here’s what you need to do to get those clothes ready for resale:
Spend some time sorting through the closets and drawers to determine what is in resale condition. What has recognizable brand name value? What is a wardrobe basic? What is an heirloom and can’t be parted with? Go to the local warehouse club and get empty boxes. Uniform sizes work best and empty cigarette cartons are my best resource for sorting.
Before the sorting process begins, gather together the best of the best for resale and sort into colors for washing. Go through each article and determine which ones have stains and put those in separate piles. Wash the rest according to their specific wash and fabric cycle.
Take the stained clothing and sort by color. All whites and bleach resistant colors should be treated this way:
In a large plastic container, porcelain or stainless steel sink, mix one cup powdered dishwasher detergent, one-fourth cup household liquid-chlorine bleach, and one-gallon hot water. Stir well to dissolve the powder. Test the solution by applying it to a spot on the fabric that's not obvious. Place garments in the solution and soak for about five to ten minutes. Check the stains. Still there? Soak up to 20 minutes longer. Then launder in the washing machine following care-label instructions.
If they are darks or bright colors: Biz Bleach (must be this brand) leave a bucket of water and Biz on the dryer and as you get dirty baby/kids clothes just put them in to soak. When you are ready to wash just dump the whole bucket in the washer; the clothes, Biz, and the soaking water. It works!
With everything clean, sort the clothes by size and article category (pants, shirts, dress shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses), all outfits should be pinned together with a safety pin, nice items put on baby hangers.
If you are going to resell the items at a garage sale: organize an area that is just children’s clothing make signs to tape to the end of the boxes to indicate what is in them. Don’t jam them so full that you can’t sort through the contents; expect it to be jumbled quickly. If you have so many that boxes don’t make sense, consider a tarp with the label attached so people can sit and sort through en masse. Pricing should be $1-5 per article if the items are in great shape. Brand name outfits can sometimes fetch $10-15 if pinned together nicely and put on a hanger. Use masking tape with an indelible price tag to mark the prices.
If you are going to resell through a consignment shop: Iron as much as you can for easy acceptance by the consignment buyer. Sort by size and article of clothing. The easier you make it on someone going through your things the more success you will have in them accepting your contents. Many shops make you sort by season so keep corduroys separate from seer sucker. Call the shop in question ahead of time to clarify their policies. The better the brand and the better the condition will insure a better return. Baby Gap, Gymboree, Land’s End, Talbot’s Kids, Children’s Place, Healthtex, Osh Kosh B’Gosh are all sought after names.
If you are going to resell through an online auction site: Make sure your collection is in perfect shape, photograph in sets, neatly pressed, offer as much description as possible and sort by sex for pictures. When a bid is accepted, package neatly in nice tissue paper as if you are sending a gift, insert a thank you card and send promptly. Good service will insure repeat business, as will quality contents.
Remember that a good resale experience should be like a good retail experience, get your clothing back to a retail condition to benefit from a better cash return.