In our house the organization and management of kids clothing is my job. And it’s a big job! It started when I was pregnant with my son who is now 8 years old, and I received two enormous Rubbermaid bins full of baby clothing. So began my journey into sorting, washing, folding, labeling and storing kids clothing to be passed down, worn in the next season, donated or sold.
I have bags, bins and boxes in closets and in the basement, in a somewhat organized, yet chaotic system. My husband has no idea how it works, and what goes where. One box for clothing that has been outgrown, another bin for things that are still too big, bags to be donated and more bags full to pass along to friends. Now that I have three kids, I am using a secret weapon to help me stay on top of the ever increasing mountain of clothing organization! Boomerang Kids.
If you haven’t consigned with Boomerang Kids yet, you need to! Consigning your kids clothing is a great way to get those bins of clothing out of your basement and make a bit of cash. Boomerang Kids only accepts clothing that is no more than 5 years old, and in excellent condition, so here are some tips to help you get started before you consign.
While sorting your clothing at home:
- Look for clothing items that are in excellent condition (no stains, tears, broken zippers etc)
- Only clothing that is less than 5 years old
- Name brands only, Boomerang Kids doesn’t accept house brands from Walmart, Target (like Circo, Cheerokee, or George)
- Check the website to find out what items are currently being accepted, and make sure you are bringing in appropriately seasonal pieces
Set up an account:
- Walk in and set up an account at the self-serve kiosk, you don’t need an appointment.
- Your Boomerang Kids account is where your commission is deposited; you can use it to shop in the store and also online!
- You can check our balance and see your items in stock or sold online, using your account.
- You receive 40% of the purchase price on clothes and toys and 50% for equipment.
Once you’ve set up your account, you then leave your items to be sorted by a friendly sales person. They will be examined quickly while you wait. Anything that can’t be sold will be donated to several local charities, unless you choose to have it returned at your drop off. Your items will be priced and photographed before they are available to purchase in store or online.
As a shopper, I can appreciate that only the best, current brands and the highest quality will be available for me to purchase in store. Also, when you shop online, you can choose in-store pick up and that saves you the shipping fees.
Boomerang Kids is also a great place to bring toys, books and baby equipment, and accepts 10 of each at a time. Toys and equipment must have working batteries and be no more than 10 years old. It’s always best to bring the items in and have a staff person look it over if you aren’t sure if it’s an acceptable item, or you can check the list of acceptable items online: http://www.boomerangkids.com/buy-and-sell/
As a mom of three, I make a trip to my neighborhood Boomerang Kids weekly. The staff is friendly, the washrooms are clean, and there’s always new items to browse. As I continue to consign my kids clothes and earn money, I rarely pay for my purchases. Boomerang Kids makes it easy, convenient and nearly effortless to sell your stuff. I highly recommend consigning as it keeps your clothing out of landfills and lets you make a bit of cash while you are doing it.
Boomerang Kids also offers great in store events, like free strollercize, Zumba and other workshops!
Visit a Boomerang Kids location closest to you in:
Old Ottawa South
Vicky is a mom of three kids, Joel (8), Mieka (5) and Leo (18 months). She's an occasional teacher, and also runs her own business as a Peekaboo Beans Play Stylist, where customers can shop from her pop up shop www.peekaboobeans.com/vicky