Here in North Dakota, our weather has been unseasonably pleasant. So pleasant, in fact, that one of the twins decided she needed to pull out her shorts and tank tops on Sunday afternoon.
When I start digging through clothes, I realize that there is A LOT of clothing outgrown each season. For our family, we hand-down, or donate most of our outgrown clothes. But there are many other options for dealing with the extras in your kids’ bedrooms!
Many people save up clothes to have a garage sale. This can be a fun way to earn some extra money, but it has a downside as well. A rummage sale requires you, or someone to be present for the whole time you have your sale–not so easy for a busy mom. And, unless you choose the right weekend, your rummage sale may or may not have a lot of traffic. . .and let’s not forget rain. . .
Other moms sell their clothes back to local resale shops. Personally, I’ve had horrible luck with this. I remember bringing in a HUGE tote of adorable baby clothes only to be offered $5 for the lot. I found it to be insulting, which is why I began donating in the first place.
I have friends that have great luck with the Facebook Buy Sell Trade sites. These can work, but you often only sell an item at a time and you have to arrange for a pickup location or meet at your home. And if your buyer does not show up, you are out your sale.
Bismarck moms Kristi and Jen experienced all of these problems first-hand and decided that they wanted to offer Bismarck/Mandan moms something different. After many late nights and more coffee than you want to imagine, Later Gator Consignment Sales was born.
Later Gator schedules two massive sale weekends a year. Consignors (those are moms like you!) sign up to provide items for sale. They then start gathering items to sell at home and price and tag their items. Later Gator has a slick, online item registration and then print out tags on cardstock. Each tag has a barcode that has the consignor’s unique number. The tags are then attached with a tagging gun. (does that sound like a huge investment? It is not, this one from Amazon is just over $10, split the cost and share with a friend!) If the pricing and tagging seems overwhelming, you can hire a Gator Tagger! All that is left to do is drop off your items at your designated drop off time and Later Gator does the rest!
Consignors earn 60-75% of the purchase price back on their items. If a consignor volunteers at the event, she can earn a higher percentage the more she volunteers! At the first event in September, all of the volunteers agreed that they had a blast!
What can you sell at a Later Gator Consignment Sale? Just about anything related to kids (and pregnant and new moms too! Sell your old maternity clothes and Boppies!) According to Kristi and Jen, toys are the biggest sellers. Here is a list of accepted items.
Consignors also have exclusive access to the pre-sale! Get first dibs on all of the great things that other people are selling! Consignors who also volunteer get even earlier access to the presale and more money from their sales. A true win-win!
After the sale is over, you have two options regarding any of your unsold merchandise. You can leave it with Later Gator sales and they will donate it to the Arc of Bismarck. OR, you can pick up your unsold merchandise and pack it away (tags and all!) and it will be ready for the next sale!
About two weeks after the sale, watch your mailbox for your consignment check!
Later Gator’s online merchandise system has some distinct advantages to your average rummage sale. If you end up donating merchandise at the end of the sale, you can generate a report for writing off the donation on your taxes. During the sale, you can access your account and find hourly sales updates–from the comfort of your couch!
The Later Gator Consignment sales are well attended. The September sale had over 800 customers.
The next sale is April 7-10.
April 7, from 7 PM to 9 PM is the “Mommy-to-Be/ New Mommy” Pre-sale. Admission is $5 ($10 value) and spots are limited. Tickets will be pre-paid online only and no tickets will be sold at the door.
April 8 4 PM-9 PM is “Charity Night” ADMISSION FEE: $5. Here’s your chance to shop early even if you can’t consign or volunteer! ALL money collected at the door will support Carrie’s Kids.
April 9 AM- 5 PM Free Admission
April 10 Noon-4 PM: Free Admission- HALF PRICE SALE. Most items will be marked down to half-price and local area vendors will also be available for shopping.
Consignors earn passes to allow them to enter the sale early on Thursday! Thursday, April 7, 2016: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
The Later Gator Consignment Sale will take place at the Bismarck 4H Building. 3715 East Bismarck Expressway – Bismarck, ND 58501