Now that you have all your stuff gathered, it's time to move on to the next step – actually pricing your stuff to sell. What's a good price? What will someone be willing to pay for each item?
Generally, we find things sell at Encores for more than garage sales, but less than a consignment store, somewhere around 20-40 percent of what you paid for the item. Think on the lower end for generic clothing and toward the higher end for good name brand clothing and equipment. When in doubt, go a little lower. Worst case, your items sell first.
Also, keep other consignors in mind. There are always a lot of 0-9 month clothing items because babies grow so quickly, so consider pricing those sizes lower. As the clothing gets bigger and harder to find (i.e. jeans for boys, swimsuits) it usually sells for higher prices. Equipment usually sells very well, but you still have to consider what shoppers will be expecting to pay for a used item.
In all your pricing, you need to take into consideration how new the item is, if it still has the tags on it, the size, season or style, the brand name and overall condition. If you’re unsure of what to price something at, ask a friend what she would pay, or think what you would pay for the item. Be smart – you want to make money, but you also don't want your time and energy wasted. At the end of the sale you want less stuff and more money to do your own shopping with!
Price at $1 or above
Price in $.50 increments ($1.50, $2.00, $2.50, etc.)
Sell smaller items together as a set. For example, if you're selling several onesies that aren't worth $1 each, sell them as a set of three for $1.50 in a ziplock bag. The same goes for socks, books (only two per bag), and other less-expensive items. We do not recommend making "sets" of clothing on a hanger (ie. a pair of shorts and a t-shirt). Shoppers do not like being forced to buy a shirt they don't like in order to get a pair of shorts they do like. Tops and bottoms that are meant to go together are fine to hang together.