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I'm getting ready to have our first yard sale here and was wondering what the going rate for kids clothes is around here? I have dozens of boys jeans that are in very good condition but I'm wondering if asking $3 per pair is reasonable or too high? Would appreciate your advice!

Jul 27, 2010 - 04:56 pm
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I think $3.00 for good condition jeans is fine. I wouldn't go any higher than $3.00 for any clothes though.

Jul 27, 2010 - 04:58 pm
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Yeah I was thinking the same thing except for the kid's jackets I have.

Thanks, Leslie!

Jul 27, 2010 - 05:11 pm
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We do $1 for everything, with select exceptions. Probably too cheap for many things, but we see garage sales as a way to get rid of stuff; making money is a bonus.

I don't think 3 bucks is too much to ask for a nice pair of jeans.

Jul 27, 2010 - 05:58 pm
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3 bucks is a great price seeing as how goodwill charges 499 for used jeans

Jul 27, 2010 - 06:14 pm
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All righty then, thanks guys for your input. Gonna go mark up my stuff then!

Jul 27, 2010 - 06:15 pm
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I'd say depending on the brand..sometimes that makes or breaks it. Holes? Way worn out? If it's in good condition, which I will tell you, decent boys clothes are VERY hard to find at garage sales!! They are so much rougher on clothes than girls are...I remember selling some of my son's jeans for around $3-$5 a pair that didn't have bad wear marks, holes, and were still nice looking. And that was about 5 years ago.

Good luck to you! Hope you sell lots!

Jul 27, 2010 - 06:27 pm
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Thanks, artlvr! The jeans I have are in really good condition-- no holes or worn patches. Some were only worn two or three times before the kid outgrew them. I saved them to pass down to the next boy but he doesn't like the style--relaxed. I also have similar girls clothes that was given to me for my daughter, who doesn't want them. Grrr!

I'm taking PI's advice and pricing most stuff at around $1. The good jeans and shorts (all boys) are $2-$3. I figure what doesn't sell will go to the Salvation Army right afterward. The tax right off is pretty decent.

Jul 27, 2010 - 07:21 pm
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I think it also depends on the neighborhood. We get a diverse crowd and I'm not above giving deep discounts to those who seem like they really need it. Last year I delivered a truckload of furniture to a nice lady who lived down by Manual and had no way of transporting it. I like doing that, and ... of course ... we got rid of some of our clutter.

Jul 27, 2010 - 07:24 pm
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PeoriaIllinoisan writes:
I think it also depends on the neighborhood. We get a diverse crowd and I'm not above giving deep discounts to those who seem like they really need it. Last year I delivered a truckload of furniture to a nice lady who lived down by Manual and had no way of transporting it. I like doing that, and ... of course ... we got rid of some of our clutter.



$3 for a $18-$20 pair of boys jeans in GOOD to excellent condition IS a "deep discount"! Of course, you always walk the line of pricing too high and it doesn't sell.
Once we are starting to dwindle down, and some of the scavengers come along, I give em a bag and tell em to fill it for five bucks...seems to help unload a bunch!
Haven't had a yard/garage sale in a couple years...now that the kids are older, those age clothes just do not sell anymore..


Jul 27, 2010 - 07:38 pm
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Chillicothe is having its "City Wide" garage sales this Saturday - maps at Krogers' among other places, plus in the Chilicothe paper today. Lots of people who don't normally have sales are having them Saturday, including me, so you can usually find good stuff. This will be my first sale in 5 years so there is a LOT. I will also have lots of young men's clothes, including name brands. Tons of T-shirts at 50 cents each or stuff a plastic grocery sack for $3.00 (I tried it, you can fit 10 T-shirts in a bag.

Jul 28, 2010 - 09:17 am
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If you are so inclined...ebay is a great way to make money on your kids clothes. I have sold over the years and you can make decent money (especially this time of year)...usually more than garage sale prices. If you just want to get rid of it...1 of the easiest ways is to put it in a clothing lot and sell all of the same size at once. Jeans that are slims or huskys seem to sell higher. Matching up outfits seems to do well too...selling a lot of say 3 complete outfits (shirts/pants).

Just a thought.


Jul 28, 2010 - 11:10 am
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Price everything at $2 and then put up a sign that says 50% off. ;-)

Jul 28, 2010 - 12:08 pm
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Carly, I try not to do ebay simply because I don't want the hassle of having to box things up to ship. I also find ebay frustrating to navigate. The few times I've been on there it seemed that just looking for something specific was a daunting task. Unfortunately, I do have a few Pampered Chef items I know I'll only be able to get rid of through their site as they are employee specific. Blegh! Just the thought of having to deal with them gives me a stomach ache.

Your ideas are great, though. Thanks for the suggestions!

Jul 28, 2010 - 12:36 pm
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I used to sell on eBay all the time; our business has daily UPS pickup, so that wasn't a problem, more just the hassle of feedback and paperwork. The nice thing about it was the paypal slush fund that I built up which I would use to buy Peoria memorabilia and CDs. I do miss that.

Jul 28, 2010 - 06:01 pm
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I used to sell on ebay but now I just sell it on Craigslist. I made $60.00 the other night selling about 5 of Abby's old outfits. I make way more on Craiglist than I would at a garage sale. I only sell the name brand stuff though, the rest goes to the Goodwill.

Jul 28, 2010 - 06:30 pm
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