Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mom to Mom Sale Vendor FAQ's

Q. How much does it cost to rent a table?

A. Tables are $30 each, $32 if you pay via Pay Pal. There are no other costs to you.

Q. How much can I expect to make at a Mom to Mom Sale as a vendor?

A. This varies according to what you have to sell and what the buyers happen to be looking for. Every sale is different, sometimes you sell everything and sometimes you have things that nobody wants. It is a good idea to sort clothing into sizes, seasons and gender and use racks if you have them. You might have great stuff, but if shoppers have to dig for it they might be inclined to shop at your neighbour's table if it easier for them to access. We provide the shoppers, you have to do the selling! With hundreds of potential buyers walking by your table you could easily find yourself making $100 at the low end, $350 on average and upwards of $1000 at the high end. Again, it will all depend on what you have to sell. If you've got lots of large items expect to make more, if you are only selling clothing don't expect to make $1000 (although it has been done).

Q. How should I price my items?

A. In general I always recommend selling for no more than half of what you would have paid for it new, and on sale, particularly with clothing. Buyers don't want to buy you used clothing for the same price that they can get it on sale new. New clothing still needs to be cheaper than retail. Remember, your items are USED, you got your use out of them now getting something back for them should be a bonus. If you want to sell high you risk not selling at all! Consider the hassle of putting something up on Ebay and shipping it, or taking the time to meet up with potential buyers and then remember that you've got someone willing to buy it right infront of you. Sell things that you aren't emotionally attached to.

Q. Can I bring a helper?

A. Yes, I highly recommend that you bring a helper to give you a break when you need one and to help keep a watchful eye on your goods.

Q. What can I expect on Sale Day?

A. You can expect it to be EXTREMELY busy for the first hour and a half, all of the die hard bargain hunters will be lined up waiting for the doors to open. The crowd slows down to a steady pace after that and it is usually slow during the last hour or so which allows vendors to relax a bit, slash prices, do some shopping of their own and gradually pack up.

Q. What are my responsibilities?

A. You are responsible for the set up and take down of your table and area. You may have to move your table into place and you will definitely have to move your table to a designated space at the end of the sale. You must not leave any garbage behind, take everything you have left back home. By doing this you help keep the cost of table rentals down, as the cost of a cleaning crew would result in additional costs to vendors.

You are also responsible for the items you sell, please ensure that the items you sell meet current safety standards (especially for things like car seats, cribs, play yards, bassinets, cradles, baby gates, swings etc. ) as outlined on the following link

You are also responsible for the safety of your area, make sure that nothing can fall over and that there is nothing sticking out into the aisle that could pose a safety or tripping hazzard.

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