Kid’s Closet Connection first caught my eye in the fall of 2018. They were hosting their first sale in Fairbanks, AK and promoting it all over Facebook. Spring 2019 rolled around and I started seeing their ad again. At the time, we were moving out of our apartment and had so many baby items to get rid of.
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We had kept most of the clothing and toys Baby T had outgrown because we had thoughts of having another child right away. Our plans changed and Kid’s Closet Connection was the perfect opportunity to unload all of our items and make money from it.
What does the Kid’s Closet Connection process entail
The consignment process was pretty straight forward and all laid out on their website. I was completely unfamiliar with the sale at all and was able to sign myself up as a consignor on the website pretty easily.
Step 1: Sign up as a consignor with your email. Create a username and password.
Step 2: Go to the control panel.
Step 3: Schedule drop off time and schedule volunteer time.
(You do not have to volunteer. For no volunteer hours you receive 65% commission. If you volunteer once you receive 70% and if volunteer twice you receive 75%.)
Step 4: Create and print tags.
Step 5: Pin the tags to all of your items.
(Their website offers tutorials that show you exactly how to pin the tags.)
Step 6: Drop all of your tagged items off at the designated location at your reserved time slot. You must also help places your items in the correct locations.(Put clothing on the rack by the corresponding size, place toys on the appropriate tables, place shoes in size specific bins, etc…)
Step 7: Volunteer or shop the sale. (Optional)
Step 8: Pick up your items. (All items were set aside and put in a piles to be taken home.)
How much did I actually make
This whole endeavor was a time consuming process from start to finish. I spent three, six hour plus days organizing and tagging all of my items. I started with close to 700 individual items but after bundling them together my final total was 410 tagged items.
Out of those 410, 280 items sold. Because I volunteered twice, I received 75% commission minus a $10 advertisement fee. My total sales were $1,128.75 and my final check was for $836.56. The sale ended on Saturday, April 20th and my money was in my Paypal account on Thursday, April 25th.
What would I have done differently
There are two main things that I would change my second time around.
First, I would begin tagging my items much early. I did everything in three days. This caused me unnecessary stress and anxiety. They open their website for the next consignment sale as soon as the other one ends. That gives you 6 months to causally tag and inventory all of your items. As soon as your child out grows something just enter it in and tag it right away.
Second, I did not print out my inventory list or even take a final photo of it. It is easier to keep track of all your items when you have a hard copy of your inventory. They do keep a running list on the website, but websites aren’t always reliable. I would recommend printing out your list as soon as you are done entering in all of your items. After the sale is over you are able to print the list of your remaining item, so you can know exactly what you need to pick up.
When I picked up my remaining items I had some things missing. It was close to $50 worth of inventory. Keep in mind that some items might go missing or tags will fall off.
Would I do Kid’s Closet Connection again
I think that I would participate in Kid’s Closet Connection again or any other consignment for that matter. I learned a lot from my first time as a consignor and have more confidence for the next time around.