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Twin Cities
Kids Sales

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2/11/2  April, 2011
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Welcome To Our April Newsletter
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Hi Henriette,

welcome to our second Newsletter. April is a busy month for sale owners and bargain shoppers alike. It is the month with the most sales, and with the most sales on the same weekend! Can you guess how many? No need to guess, just check the calendar below.

It is the mission of Twin Cities Kids Sales to bring the Kids Consignment Sale concept to as many families as possible, and educate them about the benefits and advantages these sales bring to the community.

So, here we are, with a website, a Facebook Page, and now even a Newsletter. Please help us spread the word and forward this email to your Mommy Friends.

TwinCitiesKidsSales.com

What you can find in the March issue

  • Upcoming Sales in April
  • Plan Ahead for May
  • Featured Sale - From Yours To Mine, LLC Lakeville
  • Dear TCKS - "I don't know how to price my items. HELP!"
  • Trivia - Just for fun
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls
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Upcoming Sales in April

Spring Sale Season is in full swing, and April is our busiest month. We help you keep up with all the dates and locations:

Just Between Friends - Eagan
Thursday, March 31 - Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am - 7:00pm at the Eagan Community Center. Thursday, $2.00 admission, Saturday many items 50% off.

E.C.F.E. - Cottage Grove
Saturday, April 9, 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Cottage Grove Middle School

Just Between Friends - Maple Grove

Thursday, April 14 - Saturday, April 16 from 10:00am - 8:00pm at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes Shopping Center. $2.00 admission Thursday, many items 50% off Saturday.

From Yours To Mine, LLC - Lakeville
Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16 from 10:00am - 7:00 pm at the Hasse Hockey Arena in Lakeville. $1.00 admission Friday - free admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Many items 50% off on Saturday - open until 5:00pm.

E.C.F.E. - Lakeville
Saturday, April 16 starting at 8:00am at the Kenwood Trail Middle School. $1.00 admission until 10:00am, many items 50% off starting at 11:15am, and $5 Bag Sale starting at 1:30pm.

E.C.F.E. - Roseville
Saturday, April 16 from 8:30am - 1:00pm at the Parkview Center School. Many items 50% off starting at 11:45am.

Kids Consign It - St. Cloud
Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17 from 9:00am - 5:00p at the St. Cloud Armory. Many items 50% off on Sunday, open 12:00n - 4:00 pm.

Lake Area Discover Center - Stillwater
Thursday, April 28, 8:00am - 4:00pm and Friday, April 29, 8:00am - 2:00pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater.

Just Between Friends - Elk River
Thursday, April 28 - Saturday, April 30, 10:00am - 7:00pm at the Elk River Ice Arena. $2.00 admission on Thursday, many items 50% off on Saturday.

Treasure Hunt Sales - Lakeville
Saturday, April 30, 8:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday May 1, 12:00n - 3:00pm at the Hasse Hockey Arena in Lakeville. Many items 50% off on Sunday.

St. Stephens Lutheran Church - Bloomington
Saturday, April 30, 8:00am - 2:00pm

Multiple Connections - Maple Grove
Saturday, April 30, 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Maple Grove Junior High.

check Twin Cities Kids Sales for more details

Planning ahead for May
Just Between Friends - Andover Blaine
May 5-7
Flip Flop Kid Swap - Hastings
May 6 - 7
Christ The King Lutheran Church - Bloomington
May 6 - 7
Minnetonka ECFE
May 8
Just Between Friends - Eden Prairie
May 12 - 14
Just Between Friends Woodbury
May 12 - 14
  qmark Dear TCKS

Q: I have no idea how to price my items. HELP!

A: One of the great things about consignment sales is that you as a consignor set your own prices.  But how should you price your items?  It’s an important question, because if you price correctly, you’ll sell more and earn more!  Here are some pricing tips to help you get started:


TIP #1

As a general rule, price your items at approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the what you paid for it, depending on brand and condition.  Designer or boutique items (like Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, etc.) can be closer to 1/3, and store brands (like Kohl’s and Carter’s) should be closer to 1/4. Sizes smaller than 24 months should usually be priced lower than 1/4 of retail because of the large quantities most sales get in those baby sizes.  If an item is new with tags, you can price it up to 1/2 of retail, but keep in mind, people will be shopping for bargains!  Certain popular items like indoor/outdoor climbing toys that are in excellent condition can also be priced closer to 1/2 retail.

 

TIP #2

If you bought something on sale, use the sale price as a starting point. For example, Gymboree jeans that were on sale for $10 new can be priced around $3-4. A $15 BabyGap dress could be about $5. A $6 shirt from Old Navy? $1.50 or so.

 

TIP #3

If you don’t know the retail price of a toy or other item, check the price online (amazon.com, toysrus.com, etc.).  Attach a print-out or ad that shows what your item cost NEW.  Oftentimes this will include a more detailed description of the item, and it will show buyers how much they are saving!

 

TIP #4

Owner’s manuals increase the value and price of an item, particularly electronics items or those requiring assembly, so be sure to attach the manual if you have it.  If you don’t have a manual, print one off the internet. Check the manufacturer’s website, or www.manualsonline.com has thousands that you can print for free.

 

TIP #5

Got an oddball item?  Check completed listings on ebay to see what comparable items have sold for, or look on craigslist to see what the asking price is for something similar.  

 

TIP #6

It’s a good idea to discount your items for the 1/2 price sale.  A lot of merchandise sells during the 1/2 price sale and much of it is discounted. Especially if you plan to donate your unsold items to charity anyway, it makes sense to give them a chance to sell at half price first.

 

TIP #7

Finally, use your best judgment, and always ask yourself, "What would I pay for this item for my child?"  Your common sense answer is often just what another mom would be willing to pay too.  The bottom line is price to sell!  You’d much rather receive a nice big check after the sale, than have to pick up lots of items that didn’t sell because they were overpriced.

 

Wishing you a successful sale season!

 

Kelly Kurz, Owner is the owner of Treasure Hunt Sales, LLC in Lakeville and are in their second year of  hosting sale events. To find information about the sale please go to www.TreasureHuntSales.com


Do you have a question for Dear TCKS? Email it to TCKidssales@Charter.net

In Next Month's Issue
  • Upcoming Sales for May
  • Featured Sale - JBF - St. Cloud
  • Dear TCKS - "Why can't I bargain?"
  • Trivia - Just for fun
  • April Recalls
and other fun and interesting stuff you always wanted to know about Kids Consignment Sales!
Disclaimer
All information provided is subject to change without notice. Please check the website of the individual sale that you are interested in for detailed and updated information about sale dates, times, and location.

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From Yours To Mine, LLC -    Lakeville


Who are you? Tell us about yourself, the sale organizer(s). 

Henriette Roe, SAHM and former travel agent. Organizing and planning has always been one of my passions, so the idea to organize a sale gets me exited every time. My husband Dean also helps at the sale, or watches our 3 kids while I’m off to the sale.

Tell us about your very first consignment sale you attended/participated/shopped.

The first time I experienced a consignment sale was the Minnesota Valley Moms of Multiples Sale in Eagan. I loved the energy the sale created and was impressed by the organization and coordination of such a big event.

How long have you been organizing sales? When was your first sale?

From Yours To Mine, LLC was founded in January of 2007, and we had our first sale at the Apple Valley Community Center in April of that year. We also hosted a special Kids Holiday Sale in Burnsville Thanksgiving of 2010. So we are coming up on our 10th sale event.

Whose idea was it to start the sale, and why?

After 3 years as a stay-at-home mom the need to plan and organize something, anything, was getting the best of me. And after another mom told me about kids consignment sales, which are very popular in the southern States, I thought it would be a great way to utilize my planning and organizational skills while still being a stay-at-home mom to 3.

Tell us about your growth. How does your first sale compare to your last sale in regards to participants, location, your own organization.

We had our first sale at the Apple Valley Community Center and had to rent two separate rooms. We found out right away that they would not be big enough for a second sale with 56 participating consignors we were bursting at the seams immediately.

We moved to the Dakota County Fairgrounds into a 9000 sq. ft. building for our second sale in the fall of 2007. The Fairgrounds and the building served us well for the next 3 sales, until we found that 9000 sq. ft. were starting to be too small, too.

We have been at the Hockey Arena in Lakeville since Spring of 2009 and hope that 17000 sq. ft of space will serve us for a long time. We love the facility. Drop off for our consignors is convenient with the drive up door in the back, there is plenty of parking for our shoppers out front, and the lobby is big and spacious for our vendors. With over 200 consignors and thousands of shoppers we feel that we are in a great place.

What’s your favorite part about running the sale?

Definitely meeting all our wonderful volunteers. It is great to see volunteers and consignors invested in our sale, and I have made many new good friends through it.

What’s your least favorite part about running the sale?

Tear down. By that time I’m just so very tired, I just want to be done.

Any anecdotes you would like to share?

We once had a consignor almost buy her own item. She just fell in love with this outfit she found and was showing it to me until she looked at the tag more closely and realized it was her own. She took it back home, not ready to part with it yet.


Next sale information: When, where, details:


Friday, April 15 from 10a-7p $1 admission, free with the donation of a non-perishable food item


Saturday, April 16 from 10a-5p, no admission and many items 50% off


Hasse Hockey Arena - Lakeville, MN

8525 - 215th Street W (County Road 70)


www.FromYoursToMine.com

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March Recalls

Please note that this is not a complete list. Please check the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the latest updates.

Generation 2 Worldwide "SafetyCraft" Brand Drop-Side Cribs Pose Risks of Strangulation, Suffocation; Hardware Linked to Deaths and Injuries
Second Infant Death Prompts Re-Announcement of Delta Enterprise "Safety Peg" Drop-Side Crib Recall to Repair
Girls' Jeans for Toddlers Recalled by Parigi Due to Choking Hazard
Pogo Sticks Recalled by Bravo Sports Due to Risk of Serious Injury
Matilda Jane Recalls Girl's Chelsa Dress Due to Choking Hazard
Kid O Products Recalls Wooden Puzzles Due to Choking Hazard
"Camp Nod" Lantern Nightlights Recalled Due to Shock and Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at The Land of Nod
Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Sunsations Due to Strangulation Hazard
Fun World Recalls Little Pet Vet and Dr. Littles Halloween Costumes with Toy Stethoscopes Due to Choking Hazard
Manhattan Group Recalls Parents Wooden Activity Toys Due to Choking Hazard
AOSOM Recalls Wooden Playpens Due to Choking and Laceration Hazards
Rattles Recalled by Rhino Toys Due to Choking Hazard
Baby Jogger LLC Recalls Baby Jogger Jump Seats Due to Fall Hazard

Trivia - Just for fun

Thomas a Tattamus took two T's,
To tie two tups to two tall trees,
To frighten the terrible Thomas a Tattamus!
Tell me how many T's there are in all THAT!

Click here for the answer

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The Dirt on Laundry

By Ashley Shaver

courtesy of Consignment Mommies

Let me introduce myself. I'm Ashley Shaver.  Mother of four.  Lover of wild cowboy boots, garlic cheese grits, and sweet tea.  Owner of Rhea Lana's Children's Consignment Events. Children's clothing hobbyist. Laundress Extraordinaire.

I'll let you in on "The Dirt". These are my Top 10 little laundry secrets!  From one mom to another...so you can extend the life of your kids’ clothes and make money re-selling them, too!

1) Read your care labels

2) Sort It Out

3) Use Tide

4) Bake Cookies, Not Your Clothes

5) Stain Removers

6) Grease Stains

7) Blood

8) Grass

9) Pen Ink

10) Gum

For the full article and detailed tips on how to remove stains and keep your kids clothes pristine please go to www.ConsignmentMommies.com

Tel: (952) 564-7566
Email: TCKidsSales@Charter.net
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