Shopping FAQs

What is a consignment sale?

 

Think of us as a pop-up thrift store. Thousands of items, from different sellers, all divided by size and category. We have 200 sellers, but you won’t see any of them set up at a table. All the items are dropped off and then displayed in a way that’s most efficient for shopping. A consignment sale is not a mom-to-mom sale or a garage sale; there’s no haggling over prices, no table fees. Just pure shopping fun!

 

When and where is the sale?

 

The Moncton Multiples Consignment Sale happens twice a year at the Moncton Coliseum; once in the spring, once in the fall. Check our Facebook Page for the latest updates!

 

Our next sale is Saturday, September 14, 2019.

What are the hours & how much is it to get in?

 

Doors open to the public at 9am each sale; the sale runs until 1pm.

Admission is $2, cash only. Entry after 11am is free.

 

What about early shopping?

 

Volunteers, in exchange for four hours or more of their time, get to shop from 7am until 8am. (If you are interested in volunteering, please email monctonsalevolunteers@gmail.com. Please note: sellers do not get early shopping privileges unless they are also volunteering.

 

Members of Moncton Multiples, which organizes the sale as its only fundraiser, shop at 8:15am. (We also welcome multiple families who are not members to shop early; please contact monctonmultiples@gmail.com to inquire.)

 

Doors open to the public at 9am.

 

While many items are sold in the first few hours, with over 250 sellers taking part, there are still many large items and thousands of pieces of cloth available throughout the sale.

 

A few early shopping passes are given away each sale via contests on our Facebook page.

 

What are the line ups like?

 

There is always a line of people waiting for the doors to open. Our volunteers work to ensure this moves as quickly as possible; admission is often collected in advance of the doors opening, so that there is no delay. The line up to enter is usually down to a quick flow within 25 minutes of the doors opening.

 

Often there is a wait to pay for items, too. Our Sale Committee and our volunteers work to keep the lines moving as quickly as possible; at peak times, the wait can be in excess of 20 minutes.

 

What payments do you accept?

 

For purchases, you can pay by cash or debit. We do not accept credit or cheque. Admission ($2 for adults) is cash only.

 

There is an ATM inside the Coliseum.

 

We are not required to charge sales tax, as the event is run by a non-profit group as a fundraiser.

 

Can I bring my stroller in?

 

Yes, we allow strollers and wagons on to the sale floor. A tag will be placed on it at the entrance, so we can distinguish it from the sale items.

 

Do you provide shopping bags?

 

From time to time we do have some donated reusable bags available, but you are encouraged to bring your own items for carrying goods. Laundry baskets, large shopping bags, wagons, etc.

 

Do you have much for older kids?

We accept items in youth sizes up to 14 and beyond. The number of items in each size category varies from sale to sale, with our selection growing each year.

What are the prices like?

 

Each seller decides on the price, so you will see a large variation. Sellers are encouraged to charge roughly one-third of the retail price, depending on the quality of the item. Sellers are able to print price tags as low as $0.50 and as high as $500. You’ll see a range of prices!

 

What do I do with large items I want to buy; will you hold them?

Yes, as of 2017, we have expanded to use two Agrenas at the Coliseum, allowing us to offer a hold area for large items. To place an item in this area, you must purchase it first. All large items - strollers, play pens, high chairs, bikes, etc - are sold within this area.

Can we try on clothing at the sale?

Unfortunately, we do not have the space or security to allow for change rooms.

Do you have sorting areas? 

We have a designated sorting area at the back of the Coliseum. We ask that you respect the time and effort our sellers put into making sure they bring clean, neatly folded items to the sale, and only sort your potential purchases in the designated area. This ensures items do not end up on the floor, and allows volunteers to get those items back on the sale tables quickly, so another shopper can find them.  

I purchased an item is broken/doesn’t work/missing a piece/soiled. What can I do?

As this is a consignment sale, we can not accept returns or connect you with a particular seller. If you have purchased something that is faulty, please contact our Sale Committee and we will work to address the issue.

We do have a Quality Control station and volunteers who work to ensure the tens of thousands of items that arrive in one afternoon are in good condition. Look for the red stickers on items that require batteries; a sticker means it has been checked on site. If you are wondering about an item that does not have a sticker, take it to our Quality Control area at the back of the Coliseum, next to the Sorting Area. If you find clothing that is stained, please alert a volunteer who can bring it to Quality Control.

What happens if I want to purchase an item that doesn’t have a tag?

We will not sell an item without a tag, as we would be unable to determine which seller is owed the commission. If you find an item without a tag, you can bring it to the cash and a volunteer will check our Lost Tag board.

What happens to items that aren’t sold?

Each seller has the opportunity to reclaim their unsold items, or to donate them to the charity of the sale’s choice. We have donated hundreds of thousands of items to What Kids Need Moncton, Inc and House of Nazareth.

Do you take donations of items to sell?

We do not generally accept items for sale, as we have limited storage space and volunteer time to tag these items. However, if you have large non-clothing items you wish to donate to Moncton Multiples, please contact us to discuss.

How can I become a seller?

You do not need to be a member of Moncton Multiples to become a registered seller. Places are limited and are available to previous sellers first. Please send an email to our Seller Coordinator for more details.

How can I become a volunteer?

You do not need to be a member of Moncton Multiples, or a registered seller, to volunteer. Previous volunteers are given priority registration for each sale. Then volunteer registration opens to sellers and Moncton Multiple members, then to new volunteers. For more information, please email our Volunteer Coordinator. Calls for volunteers will also be posted on our Facebook sale page six to eight weeks before the sale.

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