Consignors sought for upcoming event

Roseanne McKee Examiner-Enterprise
Jane Linn Smith, held by her grandfather, Lawrence Wickham, attended the Wee-Cycle Consignment Sale in August 2018, with her parents Amanda Smith and Nick Henderson. Roseanne McKee/Examiner-Enterprise

It’s Wee-Cycle time again for those wishing to sell clothes their children have outgrown and perhaps buy more.

“We’re in our seventh sale and this is our 15th time to do this,” Sara Freeman, Wee-Cycle founder/owner said.

The Wee-Cycle event is well suited to its long-time venue, the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey, because it’s large enough, and has chairs and tables available for use.

“It’s also nice to have people who don’t always go to the fairgrounds go see a part of the community they don’t go to on a regular basis,” Freeman said.

Creating the pop-up consignment store takes about a week, with consignors able to drop off items Aug. 20 and 21.

“We start Monday morning and finish on Sunday afternoon,” Freeman said. “The set up and organization is probably much more intense than people realize.”

Consignors should go ahead and start the process.

“We have plenty who are already working on it,” she said.

For those wishing to sell items, the process is straightforward.

“If you decide you want to consign, you go to our website and register as a consignor. There’s no charge to register,” Freeman said. “Once you get logged in, you can start entering your inventory.”

The inventory process can be done in one day or over time.

Consignors print their own tags using the software. They bring the clothes to the fairgrounds clean and tagged.

“All we have to do is merchandise them attractively for the sale,” she said.

The consignment drop-off deadline is just around the corner.

Consignors drop off items from 1-7 p.m. Aug. 20-21. Additional drop off details are on the Wee-Cycle website at www.wee-cyclebartlesville.com/.

“The website shows exactly where the tags need to go,” Freeman said. “If they take time to read, they’ll find everything they need to be successful. And, the website link is on our Facebook page.”

“A lot of people have a misconception that Wee-Cycle is just for baby stuff. We have everything from babies to teens. We have kids sizes up to 16-18 and we have Juniors sizes, home décor, electronics, books. So, we have things for the whole family,” Freeman said.

“We’re also trying this year to recruit people to bring furniture that could be used in a child’s bedroom or playroom, shelves, dressers, tables, things like that,” she added.

Consignors can make a nice bundle of cash too.

“My average consignor makes $235 and most consignors would tell you make enough to cover the items they buy. It’s interesting to hear what moms use their Wee-Cycle money for. Some go away for a weekend, others buy things for their family. Once you get a system down, it makes it much easier to make more money on the sale,” Freeman said.

“We have a pricing guide on our website but each consignor has the ability to set their own prices. Each also gets to decide if they want to sell their unsold items to the charities we choose. And, if they do that we do have a tax donation receipt.

“It is always local and those donations do stay in the Bartlesville area.”

Volunteers are needed to make the event a success.

“We use about 140 volunteers all throughout the week,” Freeman said. “All of those volunteerships are on the website. They’re just two-hour shifts. All volunteers get to come to our VIP shopping, which is not open to the public.”

The VIP sale for volunteers is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22.

The main sale takes place 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 24. They close from 3-4 p.m. Saturday to prepare for the discount sale, which takes place 4-7 p.m.

Consignment pickup is noon – 3 p.m. on Aug. 25.