We know that tagging and preparing your items takes time! Let us help you make the process as simple as possible. Here are some tips on how to tag & display your items to increase its sell-ability.
Items MUST be separated by gender and/or category & size BEFORE drop-off.
Please scroll down to see Pricing Guidelines.
This is an example of clothing that is READY to go on the sales floor:
Note that all items appear clean, free of rips & stains. With hangers facing to the left, the tags should be pinned to the upper right-hand corner of the item. (Tip: 1-inch safety pins are easiest to work with.) All clothing must be on hangers when you arrive at drop-off.
CLOTHES: All hang-able clothing MUST be on hangers, including onesies. Consignors must provide the hangers that can be either plastic/metal - rusty hangers are unacceptable. Clothing must be in EXCELLENT condition (Items with stains, faded colors, strong odors, piling, holes, or broken snaps/zippers, missing buttons will be NOT accepted). (Piliing is when little balls of fabric appear on the surface of the material due to normal wear & washing.) Secure description tags to the upper right-hand corner of the clothing article with LARGE safety pins. Secure pants and shirts with wide necks to hangers with safety pins, as well. To prevent pants from sliding, try pinning them to the top angled sides instead of the bottom. **We retain the right to deny items that do not meet our standards** (Ask yourself if you would pay money for it in its current condition.) Outfits that have more than one piece, should be secured together. Items sold as a SET must be the same size. If they are not the same size, then they cannot be sold together. Consider grouping 2-3 onesies together on hangers. Be sure to indicate the # in the group!
SHOES: Shoes must be in new, or LIKE-NEW condition & clean. (Please wash several days before tagging them to allow plenty of time to dry. For small shoes: You can place them in Ziploc bags, place the tag inside the bag, & seal the opening with clear mailing tape. For larger shoes: Zip-ties work perfectly! Use a hole punch to put two holes through the top of your tag, then run the zip-tie through the top inner shoestring holes. Some shoes may not not fit in a Ziploc or have holes to run a zip-tie through, so you may need to just rubber-band them together or tie/pin laces together. Just make sure the tag is securely to attached to the shoes.
BABY GEAR & FURNITURE: All items must clean & in working condition. If it can be assembled, then we require that is put together at the sale by the consignor. This includes, but is not limited to, pack n' plays, cribs, swings. etc.
TOYS & GAMES: Please make certain that toys are COMPLETE & equipped with working batteries, if needed. Securely fastened together all pieces with packaging tape, Ziploc bags, or clear plastic containers, etc. Be detailed with your description in case items get separated. **If it is a very large toy - Put masking tape on the bottom that has your consignor # & your asking price. PUZZLES: All puzzle pieces must be included. If it is a box, the box secured closed with packing tape. ** For board puzzles, please wrap with a plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap) first & then use packing tape to secure the plastic wrap in place. This will protect the decorative surface of the puzzle. Or you can shrink wrap it, too. BEDDING: It is BEST to bring your bedding (blankets, pillow cases, bed skirts, etc) in a clear bedding bag or the new XL and XXL sized Ziploc bags. Shoppers can easily see the bedding without the need to remove it from the packaging. If it is a bedding set, you can either include a list of the items that are included or attach printed picture of all of it.
MOVIES: Only family-oriented Blu-Rays/DVDs in working order will be accepted. Please be considerate and DO NOT bring any items with questionable/inappropriate covers. We are NOT accepting VHS tapes any longer. MISCELLANEOUS SMALL ITEMS: We recommend using Ziploc bags for small items (video games,belts, hair bows, etc.) Place the tag inside the Ziploc, then safety-pin the card to the bag, & use packing tape along the bag's opening. If the item has a manual, please include it.
Pricing can be tricky - here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
#1: PRICE TO SELL! There's nothing more rewarding than cleaning out your closets AND making money at the same time! Allow things go for HALF-PRICE! It's better to get 50% and clean out your closets than to get items back that you don't need. And if you plan to donate your unsold items, at least let them go for half-price! A good rule-of-thumb is to price your items at 25% - 35% of retail. This varies according to the condition & brand of your items.
Minimum item price of $0.50 per item. You may use $0.50 increments, ex: $0.50, $1.00, $1.50, etc. To reduce the number of lost items, please place masking tape with your consignor # & price on the bottom of each large item and on the bottom of each shoe ALONG with the barcoded description tag. Items with no barcode on the card will be sold at our discretion, but consignors cannot expect credit for those items since the item doesn't have a consignor number. Competitively price your items, but PRICE TO SELL! What would you pay? Normally 25-35% of retail is a good general figure to go by when pricing your items. We would rather give you a bigger check than a pile of unsold items!
Here are some pricing suggestions, but ultimately YOU set the price. CLOTHING: $1-4 for play shirts, shorts, etc. (remember - no stains or holes!), $3-7 for nicer shirts or shorts, $5-10 for nice 2-piece outfits, $3-7 for jeans, $4-8 for nice dresses, $10-18 for multiple-piece sets. These are only examples for your more common brands, such as Carters, GAP, Old Navy, Osh Kosh, Gymboree, etc. Boutique and European brands such as Strasburg, etc. are priced a slightly higher.
EQUIPMENT: Stroller prices vary greatly based on their condition, style and features. Most stroller prices (excluding umbrella strollers) typically range between $20-65, with double strollers possibly going higher. Walkers and Bouncy Seats: $5-25. Exer-saucers: $10-35. Portable Swings: $10-25. Car Seats: $15-50 Pack-n-Plays: $10-50. MISC: DVDs/Blu-Rays: $1-6. (Please make sure they have the matching cases.) ***Remember: This is only a guide - you ultimately determine your asking price, but we have seen MANY overpriced unsold items at our previous sales****
EXTRA SELLING TIPS: Make your item look as new as possible. Take time to prepare your items - this will pay off in the long run, earning you more CASH! If you take time to wash and iron your clothing, it will look more appealing to a buyer. Also, button all the buttons, zip all the zippers, tie all the bows, etc. A good presentation is KEY. STAIN REMOVAL TIPS: Grease Stains: For dark spots on dark fabrics, which are usually a grease stain, use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Rub into the stain and wash as normal. Almost always works great, even if the item has been dried in the dryer. Occasionally it will take treating twice. Yellow Stains: Mix about 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent (such as Cascade) with 1/2 cup of Clorox 2 (the pink liquid) in about 1-2 gallons of water. Soak the stained item in the mixture for several hours, then wash as usual. Works for other types of stains as well.