How to Prepare your Items
Condition of Items
Spending a little extra time getting your items ready will make a HUGE difference on your profits. Clothes that are clean, pressed, and smell fresh, with buttons and zippers closed, loose strings cut off, look better and generally sell quicker. Sets (under size 6) tend to sell better than separate items. So match up separates if you can. (Jeans sell fine on their own)
Presentation. Presentation. Presentation. Starch, a little bleach, an iron, or a needle and thread work wonders! The same applies to furniture, large toys and outdoor play equipment. Remove all dirt, grime and marks. Make sure all parts are included; place any small parts in zip-lock bags, then securely attach the bag to the main part.
Launder & press your clothes first. The better it looks the more customers are willing to pay. Button buttons, snap snaps, cut off fly away strings…make them look their best. Clothing must be on wire hangers only! See our page on How To Consign for more details on clothing guidelines.
Clothing sets: Sets sell well from size 5 & under. Above size 5, unless you bought it together, sell them as separates.
1. Begin by hanging your item on the hanger. The hanger hook should point to the LEFT, when the front of the item is facing you. Then use one and a half -inch safety pins to secure the clothes to the hanger so they do not slip off (no tiny pins or straight pins!). For most items the pin you use to secure the price tag to the item will be enough to secure the item to the hanger. Be sure to go all the way through the item. Some items will need an additional pin on the left shoulder. As your looking at your hanging item, place your price tag on the right shoulder.
Special tip for camis, tank tops, or thin strap shirts: hang the shirt on the hanger, take a narrow strip of clear packing tape and tape a "tab" onto the hanger just on the outside of the strap....so the strap rests up against the "tab" and won't slip off the hanger!
2. As you pin the tag onto the item, catch both the front and back of the item’s material. This prevents the item from slipping off the hanger, onto the floor.
3. Pin sets (pants, skirt, overall and top) securely together by hanging the top first. Then turn the hanger over and pin the pants by the waist to the backside of the hanger, with the pin catching the top of the hanger to support the pants.
4. Pants or skirts alone should be hung as the picture shows, pinned at the waist. Make sure the pin goes through the pants/shorts twice or it will slide down and hang wrong. Button all buttons, zip all zippers, snap all snaps.
Non Clothing Items
Multiple Piece Items: Group items together in a plastic zip-lock bag. Pin or tape the index card on the OUTSIDE of the bag. You will seal the top of the bag with packing tape AFTER inspection.
Large Items with Extra Pieces: Put extra pieces into a zip-lock bag and secure to the larger item. You will want to make sure you put a bar code on the large items as well as the bag of pieces. If you write multiple index cards for one item, do NOT put barcodes on all the index cards. Write “1 of 2″ and “2 of 3″ on the index cards so customers/volunteers know that they belong together!
Shoes: Pin shoes together with a large pin or zip tie whenever possible. You would then pin your price tag to the connecting pin/zip tie. We recommend putting a piece of packaging tape across the top of your price tag where you’ll pin it. This prevents ripping of the tag and keeps the pin secure. DO NOT put shoes in plastic bags. No shoeboxes allowed. Be creative attaching your shoes, but do not do something that will ruin them. For example shoes that are taped together could be damaged when the customers tries to remove the tape.
Books & Videos: DO NOT put them in plastic bags. DO NOT tape them together. This ruins the covers when the tape is removed. If you are grouping multiple books or videos together you'll need use a heavy twine or string. However, they need to be inspected 1st. So, wait to tie them until you're at check in! Then you can tie the twine around your items as if you would tie a bow on a boxed present. This will catch the items on all sides and prevent them from separating. Be sure to be detailed in your description so if they do get separated our volunteers can place them back together! So, write the titles of each book/video in your set. Pin your price tag onto the twine.
Hats: For individual hats, please simply pin a large safety pin at the top of the hat. We use this pin to hang your hats properly so they will sell! Do not put them in a bag. If you are selling multiple hats together, you may put them in a bag. But still place a large safety pin at the top of the bag.
Bedding: If possible, please put bedding into heavy clear plastic bags (like the ones they come in). Do not tape the zipper closed until after it has been inspected. Please adhere price tag to the narrow side of the bag. This way the customers will see the tag as it is displayed. We suggest using a saftey pin and a little tape at the top of the tag. WE HAVE LARGE CLEAR BAGS THAT WORK GREAT FOR BEDDING. If you need one, you can get one at check in.
Onesies: Please hang your onesies. Do not bag them. We highly recommend hanging multiple onesies on one hanger; 3 onesies are not, typically, worth the $3 minimum.
Toys, Furniture, Equipment: All must be clean and in working order (batteries included). Bag small parts and attach to the main part securely. (Be sure to put a 2nd barcode on each piece of the item). Use ziplock bags when ever possible to group parts and secure together. Use a safety pin, if possible, to secure price tags to items. If a pin would ruin the item, be creative! Each piece is different. Just remember you do not want to ruin your items with tape & pins. Be smart about how you merchandise your things. The better they look, the faster they'll sell!
Car Seats: Car seats must be within 6 months of the expiration date printed on the seat. We can not accept car seats that have been in an accident. Please remove your cover & straps and WASH THEM! It might look clean to you, but once it's under our lights we'll see every spot! You must check the following web site for current recalls: www.carseat.org/Recalls/179NP.pdf
Tally Sheet for Non-Clothing Items
During the check in process you will place a 2nd Barcode on all your non-clothing items (hanger items). Because items are handled by customers and price tags can fall off, this 2nd barcode identifies the Consignor # and Price of each item. If the price tag is lost, we are able to create a new one if needed.
You will find your Tally Sheet on your MyReruns page. Simply enter the price, quantity and whether it can go at a discount or not then hit SUBMIT. You can add to your Tally Sheet as often as you need to.
During your check in, we will print these barcodes for you. We just have to pull them up and hit print…as long as you've entered them and hit submit prior to your appointment.
Use a min. 65lb card stock. Tags can not be paper or larger than 3×5. This is very important. Any tag that deviates from this will slow down the registers and cause problems. All price tags must follow our tagging guidelines, using our custom price tag program ensures that your price tags are properly made.
Description: THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure the description is clear enough to help us locate your item if the tag falls off the item. The description needs to be specific. Include Brand Name, color, and style of item. Example: “GAP black dress with red flowers” DO NOT just write “book” or “dress”, if we cannot match the tag to an item, the item will not be sold. More importantly, we want to prevent someone from taking a $3 Jeans tag and putting it on a pair of $35 Miss Me Jeans!!! If you don't write good descriptions, someone will switch tags to get their "own bargain"!
Good Phrases To Use: ”Washes Well!”, “Only Worn Once,” “Like New!” Noting the brand name is necessary. You can include these phrases WITH a detailed description.
Phrases to Avoid: Negative use of words, such as “Never Worn” should be avoided. Instead use “Brand New”.
Other Ideas: On large ticket items such as furniture & electronics, you may want to point out the retail price so buyers understand what a good deal they are getting. It’s also a great idea to attach a picture of that item with the pricing, if you can find it on the internet.
Sizing: When you designate a size please make sure it is numeric, ex: 10 Girls, 4T Boys, etc.; NOT small, medium, large.
Pricing: See Pricing section below.
Barcodes On Non-clothing Items: A 2nd barcode is placed on all non-clothing item. Because customers handle non-clothing items a great deal it is more likely the tags will come off. The 2nd barcode helps us identify the consignor and price of the item so we can re-tag it and get it on the sales floor. We have created an on-line tally sheet for you on your MYRERUNS page. You simply input the prices and quantities and when you come to check in your items we can print these off for you! You will then be asked to place the barcodes on the items.
Making Changes: Do NOT make any changes or corrections by hand on the original tags once they are completed. Make a new tag if a change is necessary! The bar code is what is used to ring the item up. The item will not ring up correctly if you do not print a new card with the corresponding bar code on it. We cannot sell an item if the tag has been altered by hand in any way.
Pinning The Tag: Use one inch or larger safety pins to pin the tags on (no tiny gold/silver pins, or straight pins), placing the pin horizontally and catching the front & back of the garment and the price tag twice.
When pricing your items, we recommend that you honestly ask yourself, "what would I pay this?" Pricing your items fairly means selling more of your things, Overpriced things just don't sell.
How you price items will depend on several factors: name brand, what kind of shape the item is in, how current it is (6 months? 1 year?), what it’s worth new right now, etc. There is no magic formula to use to price your items. Pricing fairly works.
Because your items are used, you need to competitively price your items. 75% off retail is a good figure to go by on toys and equipment. But it depends on the item, the brand, & the availability of that item. Always honestly ask yourself, “What would I pay for this item?”
There is a minimum price of $3 on hanging clothing items. This is to encourage you to put sets together vs. hanging a single shirt or pants to sell. We are not asking you to increase your prices, just to utilize our space better by putting sets together. Please keep in mind that these are guidelines only. If an item is not worth $3 by itself, pair it with other items.
We recommend NOT putting NDs on your items. However, we do understand that some items hold special meaning and if you can’t sell it at the price you want, you’d like to have it back. You can select that option (No Discount) and it will print an N/D on right hand corner of your index card.
If you are participating as a consignor only and will not be volunteering or donating in order to get your unsold items back, then there really is no purpose for using the ND. Let the item go half price (if it doesn’t sell at full price) otherwise it will be going to charity after the sale is over.