Getting cash for your child's clothing and toy castoffs is not an easy racket. While it's tempting to buy $3 tees and leggings at Target, savvy shoppers instead buy brand names they know will sell through to Portland's bustling market of consignment shoppers. They know brand names like Hanna, Gymboree, Tea, Posh, Patagonia and Boden can fetch between 25 to 50 percent of what they originally paid for them, if sold in the right season. But this can take legwork, foresight, timing and good luck to buy and sell wisely.
That's why consignment sales like Pass It On (PIO) prosper in heavy resale areas like Oregon. Huge selection and lots of foot traffic work to provide brisk sales for buyers and sellers alike, all under one roof. Pass it On is held twice yearly in Portland and Eugene, and next week the PIO sale comes to Hillsboro Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17, off HWY 26 at 7451 NW Evergreen Pkwy and Cornelius Pass Road. The former office building backs up to McMenamin's Roadhouse, and the entrance is on Evergreen Parkway.
Pass It On strives to reduce clutter, reuse what someone else outgrew, and recycle things when done with them. As the oldest and biggest Portland-based consignment sale, PIO offers free admission and free parking for people shopping for:
- Babies and kids clothing in sizes preemie to juniors
- Boys’ and girls’ spring and Easter holiday outfits
- Maternity and nursing clothes and supplies
- Baby gear, equipment and toys for all ages
- Books, VHS, and DVDs, household furniture, small kitchen appliances, sporting equipment, tools, crafts, instruments, and even home decor
- New Melissa & Doug items at 20 to 25% off retail
- Formula and diaper drive
- A selection of handmade items from local moms
- Goody bags for the earliest shoppers
If you have 400 or less items to sell, you have till tomorrow March 7 to register and get your inventory listed. The best thing is, sellers don’t have to be onsite after drop off, as the tags and PIO staff sells everything for them. There is one central check out line and they take cash, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover but not American Express).
Created by Kim Zerbe in April of 2006 with 75 consignors in a 3200 square foot venue, PIO has now grown to over 600 consignors in 30,000 square feet. After the sale is over, PIO helps local families in need by donating much of what doesn't sell to Northwest Children's Outreach.