How Does a Consignment Sale Work

Mom2Mom Sale, Consignment Sale, Kids Consignment Event. It can all be quite confusing. In Michigan we call them Mom2Mom Sales and we use tables. Down south they are a completely different animal called a Kids Consignment Sale.

Mom2Mom Sale

  • $20 Table Fee
  • 8 ft Table
  • Fee to list big items
  • Shoppers go table to table
  • $1 to $2 fee to shop
  • No tagging
  • Pay sellers directly
  • Pay at each table

Consignment Sale

  • $10 Consignor Fee
  • No Table
  • 70/30 Split. Consignor earns 70% of item’s price
  • Shoppers browse clothing on racks like a retail store
  • Free to attend
  • Sellers list and tag their own items
  • Shoppers pay at a checkout station
  • Consignment sale mails check

Michigan Mom2Mom

Michigan has a ton of Mom2Mom Sales throughout the year, while consignment sale events are just starting to make an appearance.

While it may seem overwhelming, preparing to sell at a consignment sale is a process that gets easier every sale.


As a consignor the benefit of a consignment sale means no more babysitting a table. Once you list and drop off your items your work is done. Visit other sales that day or shop the sale you’re consigning in. Mani/pedi anyone?

We tend to remember more of what we see than what we read (if you’ve read this far thank you) so we’ve included this nifty infographic from our friends at American Consign out of Los Gatos, CA.

How Consignment Events Work

What should we call it? Mom2Mom Sale, Kids Consignment sale or Mom2Mom Kids Consignment Sale?

Image Courtesy of American Consign



  1. Nice article – Mom2Mom Sales aren’t a big thing in California but Kids Consignment Sales are certainly growing in popularity. Thanks for the link and sharing my infographic! -Sally, American Consignment Co.

  2. BJ Strawter says:

    You’re welcome Sally, and I’m happy to hear your first sale went well! Thanks for infographic, you did a great job putting it together! – B