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Consignment sales and retailers offer convenient ways for parents to recoup the costs of outgrown children's clothing and toys.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 7, 2013
/articleid/3762498/1/pictures/1971615">Photo - Stephanie Winburn shops for baby clothes with her 3-month-old daughter, Serena, at Once Upon A Child, 13801 N Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Winburn shops for baby clothes with her 3-month-old daughter, Serena, at Once Upon A Child, 13801 N Pennsylvania.

Sellers who want more control over how their items are priced opt for a consignment sale, like Just Between Friends or Sweet Repeats in Edmond. Individuals tag their own items and receive 65 percent to 70 percent of the profit after the sale concludes.

At Just Between Friends' fall Oklahoma City sale, 1,250 consignors participated and earned an average of $450 each.

“The families that participate do really well,” said Kathy Winslow, who runs the Just Between Friends sales in Oklahoma City, Norman and Edmond. “There's a little up-front time with supplies and preparation, but once you drop it off, we do the rest.”

She said the weeklong Oklahoma City sale at State Fair Park attracts 8,000 or more shoppers.

Successful consignors bring in clean items that are clearly labeled in original packaging, if possible, and with all the pieces. She said they should price items cheaply, even if there is sentimental value, to increase the odds it will sell. Boutique and name-brand clothing carry a higher return.

Sweet Repeats, a biannual consignment sale at the Edmond Armory, found a niche by accepting only sought-after brands.

“They know what they paid for the item and what it's worth. They like being able to price it accordingly,” she said of the sale's consignors.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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Once Upon A Child, 13801 N Pennsylvania Ave. and 10400 S Western

Just Between Friends, spring sale April 28-May 3 at State Fair Park

Sweet Repeats, spring sale April 19-21 at the Edmond Armory


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