8 steps towards better shoe sales
Some kids are quiet, cerebral-types.
And some kids play hard.
Stomping in puddles, playing in dirt piles, running through wet cement, mud and poo.
Whether they’re exploding balls of gas and energy or tend to err on the side of caution...
They wear the crap out of their shoes.
That’s why I try to keep as many pairs of shoes as possible on hand at my consignment shop. Whether they’re going through giant growth spurts or just putting their shoes through their paces, kids require regular footwear upgrades.
But despite all the wear and tear kids’ shoes endure, consigners sometimes overlook their condition before dropping them off at Little Daniel’s Den.
I get it, though. Sometimes I focus so much on making sure my son’s clothes are clean that I forget to check to see if his shoes are falling apart or in need of a wash.
Here are eight tips to ensure your shoes make it to the shop’s shelves and not the landfill:
1) WASH THE SHOES
Run your kids’ shoes through the wash if they are washing machine-friendly. Throw in an old towel when you wash the shoes. That will help reduce wear on your machine.
2) BRUSH THE SHOES OFF
If the shoes are not machine washable, run a brush over them or wipe them with a cleaning cloth.
3) TURN THEM UPSIDE DOWN
Be sure to check the bottoms of the shoes. A lot of times the tops look clean and folks forget to check underneath… mud chunks, rocks, gum wads, and dog poo are popular stowaways.
4) STORE SHOES IN SEPARATE CONTAINERS
Put any shoes in separate bags from any clothes you drop off, just in case of scenario #3. I’ve seen good clothes ruined because they were brought to the store in the same container as some dog poo sneakers. So sad! Shoes can also become distorted when weighed down by heavy clothes. While you're at it, throw in a scented dryer-sheet for good measure.
5) SEARCH YOUR SOLE
Check to see that the soles haven’t unglued from the shoes. Case in point: I thought my son’s summer sneakers were just fine until he informed me that he was tired of tripping on the soles. They were unglued everywhere but the heel. Woopsie!
6) CHECK THOSE LACES
If there are shoelaces, give them a wash or at least make sure they are not frayed or broken. A new, inexpensive pair of laces could also make the difference between a sale or no sale.
7) CLEAN VELCRO
Check out my blog Velcro Victory for a cool life-hack on cleaning hook-n-loop.
8) USE YOUR NOSE
Give them a sniff - especially if your child is quite active. If your nose is a tad offended by the odor, put a few drops of lemon oil on a cotton ball and put it inside the shoe overnight.