Tips For Selling!
Come prepared! Bring enough bags (Kroger,
Farmer Jack, etc.) to put the items in that you sell.
Come with plenty of oneís and change.
It your responsibility to have this for your customers.
Donít leave your money accessible to
the general public. A Hip bag is a good idea since it has more than one
Make sure that you get to the sale
allowing plenty of time to set up your table(s) in an organized manner.
You will be offered a lower price at one
time or another. It is up to you if you want to bargain. You do not have
to take anything less than you want. But remember you are reselling used
items and will not get retail price for them.
Make sure if you have items under the
table that they are accessible and easy to see.
Making a sign to let the public know what
size and sex of clothes you have will make things go easier.
Make sure that your items are CLEAN. If
there is a problem (zipper needs replacing) you should make sure that is
known. It is the responsibility of the buyer to check it out, but if you
are up front and let them know, they will know that your table is a
If you have a rack, make sure that it is
secure so it wonít fall over if the items are pushed from one end of
it to the other by buyers. At one sale, a lady put a few socks full of
sand over the bottom of the rack to make it more stable.
Make sure that if your two &
three-piece items are connected together by safety pins or a single
run-thru with needle and thread tied off will do the trick.
It is a good idea to have a helper at
your table. First, for one of you to be there during the sellers
pre-sale time. You want to make sure that someone is at your table at
all times. Also, during the day you may need to take a quick break and
it isnít the organizers responsibility to watch your table. Also, if
you get busy, itís nice to have extra hands helping.
If you are not willing to barter on the
price, post a sign that all prices are firm. On the other hand, if you
are willing to barter, you may want to put a sign saying "no
reasonable offers refused". Many people wonít even consider going
down in price for the first hour or two. Itís all up to you. After
all, itís your table.
If you are sharing a table with someone
else, make sure that you have different tags to collect as you make the
sale to assure both parties get their rightful monies.
Sometimes after the sale the organization
accepts donations. If you donít want to haul the unsold stuff back
home, inquire about it. There are always places that you can donate your
items to, such as:
- Second Hand Rose (Mt. Clemens) which supports
Turning Point - a safe house for abused women and children
- CareNet Pregnancy Information Center in Berkley
- The Metro Crisis Pregnancy Center in Dearborn
- Federation of Youth Services, a teen
maternity/parent home (313-267-4488)
- Clothes for children 2 years and
younger can be donated to Pregnancy Aid, 17325 Mack Avenue
(just across the street from Staples in Grosse Pointe) or call to
schedule a "pick-up" and yopu will receive a tax-deducatable
contribution. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to assist
those with unplanned pregnancies alternatives to abortion and
provide help. 313-882-1000
- and many more!
If you have big items, you need to decide
what price to put on them as they are usually in the big item room and
if you are willing to come down, state how much & at what time
during the sale.
Remember that this will be a long day.
You may want to check if the organization will have refreshments
available. Other wise, pack a lunch and drink to make your day go
If you sign up to rent a table and the
sale is from 9 am - 12 pm you need to be there with your items until the
end of the sale. NEVER start to pack up more than 15 minutes prior to
the end of the sale. The organizer has advertised that the sale will be
open during those hours. After all, if you go to a local store and their
hours state they will be open until 9, you expect to be able to shop
Clearly label each item with price AND
size. It also helps to sort your items by size.
Make sure all your items are clean. Do
your best to get out stains. If you are selling large items, make sure
you clean those also - people are more likely to buy an item that looks
newer, than one where they would have to clean up before use.
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interested in renting a table, please look at the list for your area.
Find the specific sales that you are interested in, and see "Table
Rental Info" for more information. If you have any questions
about renting tables, or organizing a sale, or shopping at the sales,
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