Pricing Your Items for GKS

We have heard so many testimonies of how the Growing Kids Sale allows families in our community to affordably clothe their children each season. Anyone who has shopped the sale can testify to the great deals that keep them coming back every spring and fall. Not only the savings on buying, but there are very few outlets that allow families to earn as much as a 75% return on their gently used items while having their items shopped by thousands of moms (meaning more items sold!).

We strongly encourage each of our consignors to carefully consider the pricing of their items. If our consignors continue pricing their items fairly, Growing Kids will continue to be a win-win for both consignors and shoppers!

It is for these reasons that Growing Kids reserves the right to pull items from the sales floor that are considerably over-priced.

Pricing can be tricky - here are some thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Above all - PRICE TO SELL! There's nothing more rewarding than cleaning out your closets AND making money at the same time!

  • Let things go for HALF-PRICE! It's better to get 50% and clean out your closets than to get items back that you don't need. And don't forget - if you plan to donate your unsold items, at least let them go for half-price!

  • A good rule-of-thumb for ALL types of items is to price them at 20% - 30% of retail. This varies according to the brand of your items and the condition they are in. Generally items should never be priced over 30% unless they are new, never used, in the original packaging or with tags. Some boutique brands in excellent condition may also be priced a little higher than 30% of retail. Pricing at consignment sales is most similar to resale or consignment shops' pricing.

Pricing Guidelines

The best way to price your item is by figuring 25% of retail. However, if you do not know the retail price, here are some guidelines to follow:

CLOTHING
-Everyday tops or bottoms: $1-3 (remember - no stains or holes!)
-Nicer tops: $3-5
-Jeans / khakis / pants: $4-8
-Nice 2-piece outfits: $6-10
-Nice dresses: $6-12
-Multiple-piece sets: $8-16
-Swimsuits: $3-7
-Halloween costumes: $5-15
-Dancewear: $5-12

These are only examples for your more common brands, such as Carters, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Children's Place, Old Navy, Osh Kosh, Gymboree, etc. Boutique and European brands such as Persnickety, Matilda Jane, Baby Lulu, Baby Nay, Mis Tee V Us, Flapdoodles, Strasburg, Orient Expressed, Peaches N Cream, Baby Sara, etc. could be priced at 30-35% of retail, depending on their condition.

NEWBORN/INFANT CLOTHING
Because newborns receive so much gifted clothing and never wear-it-out, we always have an over-abudance of clothing in these sizes, and a lower sell-through rate. For these reasons, infant clothing (up to size 12 months) should be priced lower than other sizes, generally in the $1-4 range, and we strongly recommend allowing it to sell at 1/2 price, and donating unsold items so that our local pregnancy help centers that receive GKS donations can have these items for their moms in need.

SHOES
-Newborn & toddler shoes: $3-6
-Other sizes: $5-8
     Name-brands like Gap, Children's Place, Ralph Lauren in excellent condition: $8-10
     High-end brands like Chacos, Keen, Livie & Luca: 30-45% of retail depending on condition
-Cowboy boots: $5-10
-Ski boots: $8-15
-Slippers and flip-flops: under $3

EQUIPMENT & FURNITURE
-Stroller prices vary greatly based on their condition, style and features. Most stroller prices (excluding umbrella strollers) typically range between $20-65, with double strollers and combos usually ranging from $65-120
-Cribs should be priced at 25-35% of retail (we do not accept cribs made prior to 2012)
-Walkers and Bouncy Seats: $5-25
-Exer-saucers: $10-35
-Swings and Jumperoos: $10-40
-Highchairs: $10-40
-Car Seats: $10-50
-Pack-n-Plays: $10-50
-Outdoor play gyms: $30-100
-Bicycles: $5-25
-Cozy-coupes: $10-20
-Train tables: $15-$50 depending on condition & amount of accessories
-Rocking Chairs / Gliders: $20-75

MISCELLANEOUS
-VHS Videos: $2 or less REQUIRED!
-DVD's: $1-6
-Books: $.50-3 each (better paired together)
-Bedding sets: $15-45 (higher priced bedding does NOT sell well)
-Breast pumps (electronic): $20-85 (most current, high-end models: $100-175)

This is only a guide - you are free to price your items less or more than the average range, but keep in mind that the Growing Kids Sale reserves the right to pull items from the sales floor if they are considerably over-priced.


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