Before I forget:
Another home run item for me at consignment sales? Carhartt clothing. I almost always pick it up when I find it at yard sales. It always seems to show enough wear that I don’t list it on eBay, but that doesn’t stop it from selling right away at consignment sales.
So, I just did my JBF drop-off. I am not exactly sure how many items I dropped off, but I’d guess around 175. I was really happy as I was hanging and tagging all of my items. I had purged everything that had been through the consignment sale cycle in the past (the duds), and everything I took is cute and in great condition. It should all sell! Of course, I think that every time, and it never works out that way.
All was well at drop-off until I was headed out the door, and the guy who operates the consignment sale asked me if I had received my presale pass. Nope, I hadn’t. He handed me one. On it, it says:
NO CHILDREN AT PRESALE, PLEASE.
Now, I remember this from when I consigned at this sale a year ago, and being annoyed about it then. I hadn’t seen it in any of the communication this year though, so I was hoping the rule had changed. I was planning to attend the sale with my kiddos, and if they said something when we showed up, plead ignorance. No such luck.
Consignment sale guy and I had the following (totally cordial) conversation:
Me: This is a consignment sale for moms, by moms. Why aren’t kids allowed at the presale? We all have kids.
Consignment Sale Guy: You know, I really don’t have a good answer for that.
Me: Being able to attend the presale is the best benefit we get as consignors, and I’m sure I am not the only one who won’t be able to attend because of our kids.
CSG: (Hedging) Well, if they are really little and nursing, they could come in a stroller.
Me: I could put my two-year-old in a stroller.
CSG: Do you have a backpack carrier you could put him in?
Me: No. He’s two. He’s heavy. I don’t have a carrier that big.
CSG: Could you come later? Like on Saturday?
Me: I guess I will just have to wait and see.
So here’s the thing. I’ve seen the photos online of the crazy busy consignment sales that seem to have hundreds of people waiting in line for the doors to open, everyone wielding their own cart, ready to dash in like it’s Black Friday shopping. But that is NOT my town. Consignment sales are new here. I’ve attended the presale right when it started in the past. There is no line. It’s a trickle, not a flood. And it’s a big venue. So when he said he didn’t have a good reason, he was right. There really isn’t one.
So, I won’t go to the presale, and I won’t bother going on Saturday either. Maybe I’ll go on Sunday and see if there are any half-price items worth picking up. But, maybe not. Sunday is my husband’s only day off this weekend, and we still have a lot of moving to do, which may end up taking priority.
After this sale is over I think I will write CSG a note and suggest that he rethink that particular rule. Also, the $2 admission fee that they charge on Saturday. The other consignment sale in town doesn’t charge any admission fees, and when the gal who runs the sale sees me coming to the presale with my son in his stroller, she opens the door for me and gives us both a welcoming smile. And it makes a big difference.