Smart Moms Get “Green” with Seasonal Children’s Consignment Sales

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According to a recent ConsignmentMommies.com poll, more than 9 million children’s clothing items and shoes were recycled through consignment sales last year

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“Children’s consignment sales have given new meaning to the three Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—as families across the nation are taking advantage of resale and promoting a greener way of life,” said Chrissy Freeman, ConsignmentMommies.com founder.

Green is the new black among moms who shop and sell at children’s consignment sales. Good for moms’ wallets and the environment, this trendy seasonal sale phenomenon helped moms recycle more than 9 million children’s clothing items and shoes last year according to recent estimations by ConsignmentMommies.com, the leading resource for all things kids consignment.

“Children’s consignment sales have given new meaning to the three Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—as families across the nation are taking advantage of resale and promoting a greener way of life,” said Chrissy Freeman, ConsignmentMommies.com founder. “Moms can shop and save on the quality children’s items their kids need and feel good about their eco-friendly purchases.”

ConsignmentMommies.com polled My Consignment Manager, a consignment software provider; Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems, Inc., a national children’s consignment sale franchisor; and independent children’s consignment sale owners to gather insight into more than 750 of these seasonal shopping events. Based on the resale patterns at these children's consignment sales for spring and fall 2011, ConsignmentMommies.com can extrapolate that industry-wide:

  •     More than 8.2 million children’s clothing items were purchased;
  •     Kids’ shoes were a popular buy with more than 850,00 pairs sold;
  •     Nearly 81,000 outdoor plastic toys like Cozy Coupe cars and outdoor playhouses weighing as much as 100 pounds each found homes with new families;
  •     Consignors sold more than 72,000 Fisher Price Little People toys; and
  •     Baby gear is in demand with shoppers purchasing more than 43,000 gently-used strollers and high chairs.

“The information we collected is hugely significant as it indicates children’s consignment sales are positively impacting the environment by extending the life on millions and millions of products that may have otherwise ended up in landfills,” added Freeman. “With approximately 2,500 sales nationwide and more popping up each year, the children’s consignment sale industry has ignited a grassroots green movement among America’s families.”

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About ConsignmentMommies.com
ConsignmentMommies.com is the leading online resource for all things kids consignment. Founded in 2009 by a mother-daughter team from North Carolina, the website lists more than 1,800 sales and 750 stores with over 10,000 ratings and reviews provided by actual consignment shoppers and sellers. The site also features an open networking platform for shoppers and consignors to get advice and share ideas. Follow ConsignmentMommies.com on Twitter @ConsignMommies or become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/ConsignmentMommies. Visit ConsignmentMommies.com for more information.

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