Selling the clothing her kids have outgrown isn’t necessarily a business or a hobby for Kristen Yartz. It’s more of a way of life, says

“I don’t really see this as a business. I see it as a way of being more fiscally responsible for your family. Here is something you can do to make some money on something you don’t need anymore,” Yartz explains.

Yartz is one of many area moms who have found that reselling children’s clothing can be a lucrative way to supplement a family’s income. In addition to caring for her two daughters, ages 6 and 3, Yartz works part-time as the membership services coordinator at Three Rivers Market in North Knoxville. By participating in seasonal consignment sales, Yartz contributes an extra $1,200-1,600 to her family’s budget by selling an average of 500-600 items (clothing, shoes and toys) each year.

Although Yartz is a veteran seller, this spring was the first time she participated in multiple sales during the same season. In the past, she limited herself to participating in the Duck-Duck-Goose Children’s Consignment spring and fall sales. A few weeks ago, in addition to working the Duck-Duck-Goose spring sale, she also consigned with Jack and Jules, a new consignment sale in the area.

Yartz’s preparations for this selling season began some time ago. “I basically worked on it for five months, but I worked a little at a time. The time-intensive part is washing your clothes, pinning them to the hangers so they won’t fall off, and figuring out prices. I probably spent about an hour a week,” says Yartz.

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