I am participating in my second ever consignment sale this weekend. I dropped off 169 items (I think). It is a JBF (Just Between Friends) sale. It is the first time they have ever had one here.
Randomly, the way I found out about it was because the wife (it’s a couple running it) e-mailed me in response to a Craigslist listing, saying if my items hadn’t sold, that I should think about consigning at their sale. At that point I was already planning to consign at a different sale that starts next week. Two sales back to back sounded crazy. And several things about the JBF sale put me off, including:
It starts out at 65% (the other starts at 70%).
They specifically say that you can’t bring your kids to the presale, which means I wouldn’t be able to shop at it.
The next day (first day open to the public – which is actually today) there is a $2 admission fee. (The other sale doesn’t have any admission fees).
I decided I would attend as a shopper, see what it was like, and think about consigning the next time. But . . . . something kept bothering me. That is exactly what I did with the “other” sale, BBD (Baby’s Bottom Dollar), last year. I attended their very first sale as a shopper, and heard about how great all of the consignors made out. I consigned at their second sale, and . . . the word on the street is that they had twice as many consignors, but definitely not twice as many shoppers, so no one did that great. I felt pretty discouraged by the end of it. (You can read about my first consignment sale experience HERE if you are so inclined.)
I’ve got a lot of stuff I’d like to unload that isn’t eBay worthy, but is still worth something. But even more than the money, I want it GONE! Out of my house please. So a couple days before the drop-off began I decided I would participate in the JBF sale in addition to the BBD sale. I tagged around 170 items. It went pretty smoothly, I wasn’t overly stressed out about it (maybe because I knew I had a second chance next week with whatever doesn’t get tagged or sold this time).
What I do like about the JBF sale:
Their tagging system doesn’t close down. You can tag right up until you bring items to drop off.
Their location is also at the fairgrounds, but much bigger, so everything is more spread out. It is easier to see all of the toys, etc (everything isn’t just piled on top of each other).
The couple was very nice and gave me a pass to attend today so I didn’t have to pay the entrance fee.
What I’m not loving about the JBF sale:
The presale was yesterday, but they haven’t updated the sales reports online. They said it would be done by this morning, but nope, not yet.
I saw a lot of my toys still on the tables when shopping this morning. Which was discouraging. I was hoping some would have sold yesterday.
I found NOTHING to buy. Not one thing.
There was a Stitch costume like this that I REALLY wanted to buy when I was dropping my items off, but was sure that it wouldn’t make it through the presale, and it didn’t. There was a wooden Cranky toy for $6 that I was going to buy until I realized that it didn’t actually crank (it seemed to have all the parts, but it must have been broken somewhere). I picked up some blue rain boots thinking I would buy them for my youngest, until I saw they were $12. Maybe I am just too used to yard sale prices, but $12 seemed like a lot to me, especially since I have some bookmarked on Amazon that I really love for not that much more.
So, consignment sales are big business. But I don’t think my town has figured it out yet.