Item Prep Tips and Cleaning
We want you to be successful as one of our consignors. So please use this information to help you prep your items for our sale. Taking a few minutes to make sure you clean and organize your items will benefit you by making your items more desirable to purchase and bring in more money to you!
Tips for Preparing Items
Using your tagging gun:
- Everything MUST be CLEAN.
- Wash all clothing, bedding, and anything made of cloth - Check for damage, stains, rips, tears, missing buttons and snaps.
- Wipe down all toys. Sanitize with Lysol/Clorox wipes. The cleaner they are, the newer they look, and the better they will sell.
- Clean, fresh smelling, and like new items appeal to shoppers, and YOU will SELL MORE!
Clothing - Use scented dryer sheets to give that fresh clean smell. Where necessary, iron them. Button buttons, snap snaps, and zip zippers. They will display better and be more desirable to shoppers.
- A fresh laundering and ironing will help sell your clothing items. You can also use Febreze and Wrinkle Release.
If your clothing items have been stored in boxes for some time, run them through a cool dryer with a damp towel to remove the wrinkles and make them more sellable. Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray works as well.
- ALL clothing (except undergarments) must be on hangers. As you face your item the hanger will look like a question mark "?".
- Please thoroughly clean baby equipment, including washing fabric covers to car seats and strollers to make sure your items sell.
Hang all Snuglis, Bjorn Carriers, Slings and Head Supports on hangers and zip tie to hanger so they cannot fall off.
Toys get played with! We cannot be responsible if your toy parts get separated. If there are multiple pieces being sold together, secure well.
- Listing the retail price helps shoppers see the great deal they are getting. Printing a page from the internet with this information is helpful on large items / high dollar items.
Consider providing manuals and/or internet reviews for high-dollar items, especially if they have unique features. Secure them to your items using a Ziploc bag. You can find and print a manual for most items by visiting www.manualsonline.com or by going to the manufacture’s web site.
Make sure DVD’s and CD’s are in their CORRECT original packages and not scratched up.
Toys and baby equipment MUST have batteries as needed to ensure that they are in good condition. Dollar stores sell batteries.
Print photos of hard to see toys and instructions help items to sell.
Please also see Consignor Tagging Guide for additional information.
Make Your Tags More Secure
- Remember that the needle is very sharp, so keep it covered when not in use.
- Plastic barbs simply load into the top of the gun.
- Tags should only be attached to the sizing tag in clothing (manufacture’s label/tag) or through a seam allowance. Remember “tag” or “seam”. Never just place needle through the garment as it will damage the garment.
- Poke the needle through the price tag and then through the area you're attaching the tag and squeeze the trigger.
- You may use the tagging gun to attach items like a pair of gloves to each other if done properly so as not to damage them.
- If improper use of the tagging gun has damaged an item we will not be able to accept it.
ThriftMouse works hard to prevent theft before it can occur. If you are using safety pins instead of tagging gun barbs, one way you can help is to put tape over the safety pins in your tags. This can prevent your tag from being removed and replaced by a tag from a less expensive item.
Still concerned about items getting separated, you can also put your consignor # on each item with painter’s tape.
- We recommend completely covering the top area of the tag and tucking the extra tape over the edge. This makes it impossible to open the safety pin without removing the tape and damaging the tag.
- Making the tag difficult to remove seriously discourages those trying to switch tags without being noticed.
- Clear packing tape is recommended.
Other Tagging Notes
Clothes Stain Removing Tips
- Please do NOT waste time tagging items in a way we will not accept!
- When hanging pants, be sure you Zip Tie the pants to the hanger shoulders (unless you are using pant hangers), not the straight bottom edge, to keep them from sliding around and to display them best. Or you can use string to attach them through the belt loops to the hanger. For non belt loop items, you can use pins. Please pin on the inside seam so not to damage the clothing piece.
- For sets, please state how many items are included in the tag description. You can add a piece of blue painter’s tape to each item with your consignor number and item number if you would like. Please make sure you securely attach all items together.
- Do NOT use straight pins, paper clips, clothes pins or staples.
- Remember to button, zip, tie, etc ... each article of clothing.
- Handcrafted items such as blankets, tutus, embellished clothing, burp cloths etc., are allowed but DO NOT put any business advertising or contact information on your tag or items.
- DO NOT tape over the barcode!
- All toys with small pieces must be in a clear Ziploc bag with the tag taped on the bag securely. PLEASE TAPE BAGS SECURELY CLOSED! Tape and package your item as if it is going to be given to a class of kindergarteners and you don't want them to open it.
- Make sure all removable parts of the toys are securely taped/tied on so little hands won’t separate them.
- PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE WHEN PACKAGING TOYS & GAMES. CHECK FOR MISSING PARTS. DO NOT BRING ITEMS IF THEY HAVE MISSING PARTS. Think of the child who will be receiving this toy and how disappointed they will be if it is missing pieces. Please check carefully.
- If you use a zip tie/cable tie to attach the tag to your item; please leave us enough room to get scissors through the zip tie to cut it off.
These are only suggestions, please use at your own risk. But if they are stained now, they are not sellable, therefore you don’t have much to loose but try to remove the stains so you can sell it.
Please use this list as helpful hints to get stains out of your clothing items.
- Oxy Clean – great for all types of stains – soaking clothing in a sink with water and Oxy Clean is the first treatment for most stains. Great for stained shoe laces and cuffs. Just soak and then wash as directed in the washer. On white fabrics, add a little Clorox bleach to the Oxy Clean on a toothbrush to remove spot.
With Oxy Clean Warm/Hot water is the key here. Make a paste with warm water and apply directly to the stain with a toothbrush. Allow this to sit for at least an hour. Rinse in warm water and reapply if necessary. Soak in a sink of warm water and dissolved Oxy Clean crystals for an hour or so before washing in warm water. This has been effective, but can take more than one application.
Also good to add along with your regular detergent occasionally to brighten the entire load.
- Dawn - 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.
- Baby Powder – for grease stains on clothes that have already been dried in the dryer, rub baby powder into fabric and let sit about 5 minutes, baby powder will soak up grease. Then wash as normal. May have to do several times.
- Aerosol Hairspray – Ink. and some non-washable markers: can be cleaned with regular aerosol hairspray by spraying and then washing
- Hydrogen Peroxide - Blood and a variety of other stains can be cleaned by soaking stain with Hydrogen Peroxide them washing. If dried blood, get damp with COLD water then soak in Hydrogen Peroxide.
- Goop (hand cleaner) – good for grease – goes on without water – apply liberally and let sit, then put in regular wash cycle. Has been found to remove stains from clothes that were washed and dried with a crayon. Found at Wal-Mart and hardware stores.
- Sunshine - Sometimes stains will fade / be ‘bleached’ by placing the item outside in the sun.
- Mother’s Miracle – cleaning solution new mothers can’t do without! Great for spit-up, urine, blood, etc. Found at BabiesRUs.
- Clorox bleach pen – on a toothbrush is a good spot remover on white fabrics.
- Biz - is great for all kinds of stains. Soak clothing in a sink with water. Just soak in the sink then wash as directed in the washer. Great for stained shoe laces and cuffs.
- Fels-Naptha - is an old fashioned bar soap. Just wet bar and rub in. It won't hurt if it dries in, works great on most stains, especially good for ring-around-the-collar and perspiration stains.
- Carbona Stain Remover – various solutions for many types of fabric – the rust solution is a very good one.
- Tilex (normally a bathroom product) – great for mildew stains on white fabrics. Remember, it is a bleach product! Must be used carefully, especially on colored fabrics. On whites, spray on and let sit – just rinse if blue spots occur. On colored fabrics (should be used as a last resort), it’s easy to cause bleach spots, but carefully spray on and rinse quickly. Using Tilex on colored fabrics is really a last resort.
- Rit Dye Color Remover – another last resort, but can be effective. Follow the directions carefully. On small stained areas, it is easier to use the stove-top method. For larger loads, use the washer.
- Greased Lightening (sold with household cleaners) - Just spray on your stain (DON’T be alarmed when clothing changes color, it will return to original color during wash), let it sit for a while and then wash as usual. Most stains will come out in the wash. Difficult stains may require spraying a couple of times.
- Hot Water – is great for kool-aid and jello-type stains. Hold fabric taunt and pour from a height of about 8 inches. Soak or repeat if necessary. Comes out every time!
- Goo Gone – removes tree sap, gum, tape residue, and crayon. Just spray on, let sit for 10 minutes, and wash as usual.
- Yellow Stains after storing - Mix a cup of regular (powder) dishwasher soap, a cup of non-chlorine bleach, and a scoop of your regular laundry soap. Put that in a load of hot water, add the clothes and soak overnight. Finish the cycle as usual in the morning.
- Fabric Link’s website has a long list of problem stains and how to fix them… http://www.fabriclink.com/Stains/Holidaystain.cfm
- Another great web site with lots of practical solutions - Barefoot Lass's Stain Removal.
- The Magic Potion - Ultimate Stain Removal
1/2 Cup Clorox color safe bleach crystalsOther Cleaning Tips
1/2 Cup Cascade Dishwashing Crystals
Mix together to dissolve in HOT water. Throw in your items & let them soak overnight (24 hours works best). Rinse Well then Toss in washer and wash as normal
If you still see spots or you don't wish to try this process first. Wash clothing like normal & lay out on green grass on a sunny day. You'll be amazed what sun will bleach out naturally!
- White Oxford Style Shoes - Use a spray preparation solution (found at shoe stores) on scuffs and marks. For scratches that have taken off the original color, use shoe spray. Instead of spraying directly on the shoe, causing a caked-on look, spray onto wax paper. Then dab at the scratch with a foam paintbrush. This will give a smoother finish. Don't forget to soak the laces in Biz while you're doing this! Shoe Laces - Soak your white laces in Biz and your shoes will look 80% better!
- Oops - latex paint remover is great for getting all kinds of stains, marks, and stickers off plastic toys. Test the toy if the plastic is thin, test a small area before cleaning. But most thicker plastic toys such as Little Tikes will do well. On most thick plastic such as Little Tikes toys, Oops will take off scratches, scuffs, crayon, pen, pencil, etc. On stubborn marks, use steel wool. Will also take crayon off chalk boards without damaging the finish. Wear rubber gloves. Found at Walmart and hardware stores.
- Magic Erasers – GREAT for cleaning toys, shoes, and will even help remove scuff marks and crayon! Even gets tough marks off of most plastics! Test a small area on the toy first before using all over. Try cutting one sponge into smaller pieces to get the most use out of it. Found at Dollar Tree and other stores.
- Un-Du Adhesive remover (previously called Scrapper's solution) - will remove bar code labels, stickers, and goop. Has a built in scraper to help lift stickers off.
- Power Wheels- Local repair stores have decals or call the manufacture and they'll send you new ones. You can clean fuses and switches with a Q-tip and alcohol.
- Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover – takes off ink and marker.
- Rubbing alcohol is great for removing pen marks from plastic.
- Armour All – restores the luster to all types of plastic and metal.
- WD-40 will remove crayon marks with ease.
800 numbers to order parts:
Little Tikes - 1(800) 321-0183
Power Wheels - 1(800) 348-0751
Fisher Price - 1(800) 432-5437
PlaySkool - 1(800) 752-9755
ThriftMouse is in no way endorsing the use of any of the above products (name brands) or methods. These are tips used by myself and other individuals. Follow manufacturer instructions for use and check the care label of your garments. We are in no way liable for damage done to any piece of merchandise as a result of the use of these tips on our website.