The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale, a pop-up sale that is held two to three times a year in San Luis Obispo County, will have its next sale Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.
How it works
Any parent is welcome to consign at the sale and there is no fee to consign. The first step is to register as a consignor on The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale’s website. Then they will be able to enter their own items, set prices, print out tags and then drop off the items before the sale. Consignors make 60 to 70% of their sales; percentage depends on whether or not they volunteer at the sale.
After the sale, consignors can either pick up their unsold items or elect to have them donated to local charities.
About the women behind the sale
The consignment sale is run by Maryanne and Amanda, both local moms. Maryanne has been involved in every Spotted Whale sale except for one (when her youngest was only 2 days old) since it was started by two other local moms almost seven years ago. When the previous owners decided it was time to sell, she didn't know how she was going to fit it into her already busy life, but said knew she wanted this great resource for Central Coast families to continue. She invited her good friend, Amanda, to be her business partner. Four years later, they love what they do.
Maryanne, being a former science teacher, loves the idea of recycling gently used items. As a stay-at-home-mom, she loves being able to earn money off items her kids no longer use and buy great gear for her two daughters at a fraction of the price. She also loves being able to help other moms throughout her community do the same.
Amanda grew up in San Luis Obispo and always knew that after college, she wanted to move back here to raise her family. She believes the Central Coast is the best place on Earth and is thankful her family is able to live here. When Maryanne invited her to be a part of The Spotted Whale, she loved the idea — even though she didn't have kids yet. Now, her 2-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, stays styling with all the great finds at the sales. Amanda is an adjunct math professor at two community colleges and works for Cal Poly as well, but she makes time for Spotted Whale because she believes in what it does for our awesome community.
While the sale is taking place, volunteers, consignors and VIP pass holders (purchase online for $10) will be able to shop Friday, May 11. Volunteers shop at 5 p.m., consignors at 6 p.m. and VIP pass holders from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final hour of the sale, many items are marked half off.
What to expect at the sale
There are usually 100 consignors selling more than 10,000 items from maternity cloths to baby gears, toys, shoes and clothes up to size 12-14. While the sale has items from many different consignors, the items will be organized by type, gender and size and all items will be gone through to be sure they are in great condition.
In addition to the consigned items, there will also be a vendor fair with local moms who own businesses for moms and kids.
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