The Modern Mummy Guide to Selling at Nearly New Sales | Modern Mummy

Monday, 22 April 2013

The Modern Mummy Guide to Selling at Nearly New Sales

Sorry for the radio silence last week..... I was super busy preparing to take part in my first ever baby nearly new sale at the weekend. It was BRILLIANT!

I have been having a major spring clean recently so I decided it was time for me to get rid of the clothes and other baby paraphernalia that Evie has already grown out of. It was either that or send it up into our already full to bursting loft. I also wanted to earn myself some extra pennies to put towards The Wedding Dress, so taking part in a sale was a brilliant way to de-clutter and make some money at the same time.

Those of you that have never been to a nearly new sale before, as a buyer or a seller, have been missing out... They are amazing! There are lots of national organisations that hold these sales - as do local individuals (on a smaller scale) - and they are a great place to get rid of things that aren't being used and are taking up space at home. Plus, of course, if there is anything you are looking to buy then you might find some bargains too! The general rule at these sales is that all items must be in excellent condition and people must only sell things that they would be prepared to buy. 

Nearly new sales are hugely popular; there's no denying having children is EXPENSIVE so opting for some second hand items is a great way of keeping costs down!

 Photo courtesy of Mum2Mum Market


If you're thinking of following in my footsteps and selling your own wares at one of these events then here are my top tips:

- Be prepared.
You generally only get an hour (max) to set your stall up. This sounds like a long time but it really isn't. Have an idea of how you are going to display things before you get there - clothes in age groups is always a good idea, tie sets together (eg outfits and hats, scarf, gloves combos etc), place toys together and maternity products together too. If you are selling a pram or a moses basket that has extras eg sheets, footmuff etc then make sure everything is there before you sell. It may be obvious but make sure everything is CLEAN!

Price your items up beforehand. Use sticky labels and tie on tags that won't fall off and get lost.

Popular makes such as Next, Gap, H&M, Mamas&Papas, Monsoon are worth advertising! Stick a sign up telling people they are there!

Brace yourself for when the sale opens. People FLY in and grab EVERYTHING! Make sure you have a bumbag/money box with lots of change. Its also nice (and handy!) to have a friend helping out too. Two pairs of hands makes the trips to and from the car when you're loading/unloading much easier and means you can easily nip off for coffee/loo breaks too.

- Be realistic.
Don't overprice your items. You only get a couple of hours to sell and you don't want to be marking things down in order to shift them. New baby clothes are the least popular - lots of first time mums want to buy new, and with prices so low on the high street they aren't going to spend £5 on three 2nd hand sleepsuits when they can pick them up brand new for the same price in Tesco (grrr). That's not to say they don't sell at all - they still do.  I found that vests sold for around 20p-50p each and sleepsuits for 50p-£1. Trousers and cardigans went for around £2 each and coats, dresses and shoes around £4 each.

Toddler clothes are a different matter altogether - they are really popular. Good quality items re-sell very well when they are in good condition. I'm hanging on to all Daisy's for Evie so had none to sell but I picked up some super cute Boden dresses for £3-£5 each!

Toys (especially wooden ones!) sell very well indeed. Ditto some baby paraphernalia like Bumbos (mine went for £15 which was the same price I paid for it at TK Maxx three years ago!) and easy to store playmats. A lot of my customers were Mums buying duplicates of things to keep at Granny's house! 

If you are selling large items like prams, high chairs, bouncers etc make sure they are set up so people can see that they are fully functioning and be prepared to give demonstrations! Some sales sell large items on your behalf and charge a small fee for this. 

- Go for simple.
Make things easy for yourself. Don't individually price items. Group them together with others that you are selling for the same price and display that price really clearly so that you're not being asked 'How much is this' every couple of minutes. 

Bundle things up - no one will want to buy a single plain vest for 20p but they may go for a bigger bundle, and 5 for £1 is still a mega bargain. 

Keep a list of the prices of larger individual items if you are selling lots.

- Take a clothes rail (or two).
Don't presume that a clothes rail is included in the price of your stall as at 95% of sales they are not. If you don't have one, borrow one. People are much more likely to browse through a hanging rail of clothes at eye level than bend down and rummage through a box on the floor. It's much neater too and doesn't require any mid-sale maintenance or tidying up!

Most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELF! Chat to your fellow stall holders and customers and have fun and the time will fly by!

If you are interested in selling at (or going to!) one of these events then Google is your friend! Research what is happening nearby and be prepared to book a table a couple of months in advance.

Happy selling! xoxox
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