Editor’s Note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland.
Do you have a lot of children’s clothes, toys and equipment your kids have outgrown taking up room in your home? Have you thought about holding a garage sale, but think it’s too much work? Have you thought about consignment, but maybe you were intimidated by the details or wondered if it was worth your time?
Well, you should consider Rhea Lana’s then! Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland hosts a bi-annual consignment event in the western suburbs of Chicago consisting of gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, baby items, DVDs, games, sports equipment, maternity clothes and much more.
The fall sale is under a month away, Sept. 11-17, to be held at 1199 E. Ogden Avenue in Naperville, near the Ogden 6 movie theater.
“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 Christine DeGraf, the owner of Rhea Lana’s of 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. They even have an app! During the event, consignors can track their sales online or on their smart phone in real time. And 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.
“Growing up with divorced parents, money was tight. Saturday mornings spent shopping garage sales with my mom and my sisters are some of my most cherished memories. Then when I had a daughter of my own, she outgrew everything so FAST! And she was born big so half the wardrobe I had already laundered and waiting for her didn’t even fit!” DeGraf says. “It all seemed like an endless cycle of spending.”
Her mother-in-law, who lives in Arkansas, mentioned something called a Rhea Lana 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, six years later, the most rewarding thing about Rhea Lana’s are the families the sale helps,” she says. “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 guarantees all items. In other words, if an unsold item gets lost and can’t be returned to the consignor, then Rhea Lana 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 event is run solely by volunteers, who receive a special shopping pass to shop during the pre-sale even earlier that consignors. Many of the consignors also volunteer, but it’s certainly not required, just an option.
For shoppers, DeGraf makes sure the event has a boutique feel, with organized racks and tables – no digging through piles of clothes!
Shoppers can find a one-stop shop for all their children’s needs, with each seasonal sale featuring thousands of items and sizes from birth through teen. Items are gently used and quality checked before they are accepted, with prices set at about 25 percent of retail price.
And for shoppers looking for even better bargains, the event offers special days when most items are discounted 25 percent or 50 percent off!
Consignors for the fall 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’s of West Chicagoland 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.
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 items.
- Enter and price your items.
The Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland 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 by searching with the hashtag #rhealanasofwestchicagoland.
Finally, here is the detailed schedule for the fall sale, being held Sept. 11-17 at 1199 E. Ogden Avenue in Naperville.
- Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 am. to 8 p.m. (25 percent off day!)
- Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (25 percent off morning!)
- Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (50 percent off day!)
- Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to noon (50 percent off day!)