How to Consign on Budget

I have heard from some people that they are discouraged about doing a children’s consignment sale, such as Just Between Friends Fort Worth, because they feel like it’s too much work, it costs a lot of money to prepare everything and just too time consuming all together. They turn to dropping their clothing off a consignment shop, donating or having a yard sale. I would have to disagree! It costs me very little to get ready for a sale and I make so much money than I would, any of those others ways!

How to prepare for a children's consignment sale on a budget

You may remember some of my other posts, where I talk about tips for prepping for a consignment sale, tips for shopping at a consignment sale, and all the great consignment finds I have purchased and money I have made, but this one is about preparing for a childrens consignment sale on a budget. I’m cheap at times, I like a good deal – I’ll admit it. I’ll also admit that I love the Dollar Tree for certain items! After thinking about it, I realized that almost all of my supplies came from the Dollar Tree – which doesn’t end up costing much money at all.

So what do you need and how much does it cost? Here is my list of items I always gather when getting ready for the semi-annual Just Between Friends Fort Worth sale!

Preparing for a Consignment Sale: What You Need

  • Children’s Hangers
  • Tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Plastic Zip-lock Bags (2 Sizes – Gallon & Quart)
  • Card Stock
  • Replacement Batteries
  • Zip Ties
  • Optional: Tagging Gun

Really, there isn’t too much you need!


Although, many consignment sales may recommend wire hangers, they are hard to come by and are not as budget friendly. Now that my daughter’s clothing is bigger and fits on hangers better, I use the plastic tube hangers – I can find them for 10 Hangers for a $1 at Walmart and 6 hangers for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Total price per sale? $.10 per hanger


I print out my tags on card stock. Sometimes you can find this at the dollar store – if not, then look on Amazon – they are inexpensive as well. I purchased a package of 250 sheets during my first sale for about $9, and still have plenty left – so that equals about $2 each sale!

I started by using safety pins to attach my tags but I now use a tagging gun. I purchased one on eBay for about $5 with 1000 barbs included. It makes tagging go by A LOT FASTER than pinning! Note: Make sure to check with your consignment sale, as they may have very specific rules as to where to place the tag and where to use the tagging gun.

Total price per sale? $3!

Packaging Toys & Small Items

I use gallon zip-lock bags ($1) and quart size zip-lock bags ($1) for toys that have multiple pieces, sets of books, socks, baby shoes, bows, bibs, etc. I tape the top of the bags so that they can’t be easily opened or come open in the pile of goodies. I also either tape the tag to the outside, or insert it into the bag so it can be scanned through the bag. Easy packaging and clean-looking!

Total price per sale? $2 for 30 bags + tape


I use zip ties to keep my shoes together. I find at the sales that many shoes get separated and then they don’t sell. I would hate that to happen to my shoes, so I zip tie them together either by the laces or if they have the loop in the back. This keeps them together. It also allows you to pin the price tag onto the loop of the zip tie. The dollar store usually always has neon zip ties! I have one package I have used for 3 sale so far.

Total price per sale? less than $1


When selling toys, they always seem to sell better if the buyer can test it out. So if you have a toy that uses batteries and the batteries are dead or not in there, make sure you add in some batteries so they can test it out. Dollar store batteries don’t always last a long time, but they are cheap and will work for the sale! You can buy a few multi-battery packages for only $1 each.

Total price per sale? less than $.50 per battery

So there you have it, hit up the Dollar Tree or any other (true) dollar store where everything is $1 or less. You can find almost all the supplies you need and have it cost you very little! Saving money is what consignment sales are all about!

Do you have any great money-saving tips for a consignment sale?

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