Editor’s Note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley.
With the nice weather finally here, you’ve probably been doing some spring cleaning and finding lots of children’s clothes, toys and equipment you are ready to part with. You have probably also thought about having a garage sale – but those are so much work, and what if the weather doesn’t cooperate, or what if you don’t live in an area that gets a lot of traffic?
Well, you should consider Rhea Lana’s then! Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley is hosting its bi-annual consignment event from May 7-12 at 404 South Route 59 in Naperville, in Westridge Court next to the Art Van furniture store.
The sale includes gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, baby items, DVDs, games, sports equipment, maternity clothes and much more.
“Family, friendship and affordable fashion are passions of mine, and sharing that passion in the communities around where I grew up could not make my heart any fuller,” says Chistine DeGraf, the owner of Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley, as well as West Chicagoland.
DeGraf says there are several things that set the Rhea Lana experience apart for consignors.
All Rhea Lana consignors earn 70 percent of the price of their items, with the ability to earn up to 80 percent for referring their friends to consign. Consignors receive a special shopping pass to shop during the pre-sale, the day before the event opens to the public.
Items for sale can be entered on a computer, on a smart phone by hand or with voice recognition. During the event, consignors can track their sales online or on their smart phone in real time. Once it’s all over, there is no waiting to receive your consignor check, instead they are ready on pick-up day.
DeGraf, who lives in Glen Ellyn with her family, says she has always been a bargain shopper.
Her mother-in-law, who lives in Arkansas, mentioned something called a Rhea Lana’s consignment sale in her area. Once DeGraf learned about the concept and checked a sale out in-person, she was hooked!
“The fun of the event itself, the quality of the items, the fact that it was a one-stop shop for everything a mom could need for all her children sold me,” she says.
“And now, seven years later, the most rewarding thing about Rhea Lana’s are the families the sale helps. I hear from so many moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas thanking me for holding a sale where they can afford to buy everything their children need for the next season and still have money left over.”
So how exactly does Rhea Lana work?
Consignors enter their items into an easy-to-use online system, prepare and price their own items, and make 70 percent on all items that are purchased during the week of the sale. Consignors can review their sales online throughout the week and then pick up their check on the final day, along with their unsold items. Unlike many consignment events, Rhea Lana’s guarantees all items. In other words, if an unsold item gets lost and can’t be returned to the consignor, then Rhea Lana’s will pay the consignor 70 percent of the price of that item. Finally, if consignors choose, their unsold items can be left to be donated to local charities.
Rhea Lana’s events are run solely by volunteers, who receive a special shopping pass to shop during the pre-sale even earlier than consignors. Many of the consignors also volunteer, but it’s certainly not required, just an option.
Consignors for the May event are being accepted now; DeGraf has coached lots of first-time consignors through the Rhea Lana process.
“I often say that it seems like more work than it really is. The first time can be intimidating, but just take it one step at a time,” she says.
For those who are visual learners, DeGraf directs them to the Rhea Lana Facebook page, where they’ll find photos and videos on how to prep everything, as well as a video of what supplies to gather before getting started. These directions are a good starting point, too.
Then DeGraf says consignors just need to go through the seven steps:
- Register as a consignor.
- Gather clothing, shoes and more.
- Gather baby equipment and indoor and outdoor toys
- Prep your clothing.
- Prep your big items.
- Place tags on your times.
- Enter and price your items.
The Rhea Lana website has a lot of great information about how to consign, volunteer and shop with the organization. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram! The hashtags for the Fox Valley sale will be #RLFV and #RLFVSpring17.
Finally, here is the detailed public sale schedule for the spring Fox Valley sale, being held May 7-12 at Westridge Court, 404 Sourte Route 59 in Naperville, next to Art Van Furniture.
Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10, 10 am. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Half-price sale)
Friday, May 12, 9 a.m. to noon (Half-price sale)