How to Tag Hanging Clothing Items
When hanging and tagging clothing, it is important to adhere to the following standards for the uniformity of shopping.
Remember – if you are using safety pins, please DO NOT use pins on items where the pin could damage the material: (leather, silk, satin, raincoats, delicate items, athletic shirts (Under Armour type material) anything that will pick or leave a hole)
- Launder & press your clothes. The better it looks the more customers are willing to pay. Please note: Ironing is not required but extremely wrinkled clothing will not sell as fast as smooth, cared-for clothing.
- Clothing must be on hangers (they sell better than bagged items). The hanger hook should point to the LEFT, when the front of the item is facing you (the top of the hanger should look like a “?” question mark).
- Use a tagging gun, to secure the price tag to the item. The most important thing to remember while tagging your items is to NOT tag in a way that will cause damage to your item(s). Just remember “Tag or Seam”. If you are using a tagging gun, tags can be attached to the inside “manufactures/brand tag” on a garment or through the seam allowance of a garment to avoid damage. Never tag through the material of a garment with a tagging gun. It will damage your item and cause it to be pulled from the floor. Put the tagging gun needle through the price tag first, then put the needle through the manufacture’s clothing tag. If no manufacture’s clothing tag, then use an INSIDE seam allowance to tag on the right side as the item faces you (or the actual left side) of the garment.
Example of item tagged through seam allowance
Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing more frustrating than to buy a shirt, take it home, and remove the tag only to find a hole were the tag was attached! This is why we strongly recommend you to use a tagging gun.
***Any items that are tagged through the front or back of the garment (and NOT using our "tag or seam" method) will be turned back to the Consignor. This creates a hole in the item, and is deemed damaged. ***
- If you do not have a tagging gun, please use 1 1/2 inch safety pins to secure the tag to your item. Just remember “Tag or Seam”. Tags can be attached to the inside “tag” on a garment or through the seam allowance of a garment to avoid damage. Never tag through the material of a garment. It will damage your item and cause it to be pulled from the floor. This is to make sure you do not put a hole in your items. We also suggest you use a piece of clear packing tape over the safety pin only to help prevent tag switching.
- If hanging pants, skirts, or shorts on a regular hanger, we suggest you use zip ties or cable ties to secure them to the TOP part of the hanger, not the straight bottom edge. This keeps them from sliding around and helps to display them. ONLY use safety pins to secure pants, skirts, shorts to hangers when a zip tie will NOT work. Zip ties can be wonderful when tagging! Punch a hole through the center of your tag, thread zip tie through and attach to pant with belt loops, shoes, belts, anything you can secure a zip tie around. Easy and removal does not cause damage!
- If hanging sets be sure both items of a set are the same size. Otherwise, please sell separately. Start by hanging the top first. Then the second item using a second hanger facing the opposite direction of the shirt so as you have the hangers together both sizes show the fronts of the items. Secure the hangers together using a Zip tie through the triangle (not around the neck or it will slip off) or secure using a rubber band. If using a tagging gun you can attach the manufacture’s clothing tags or inside seams together to secure the pieces.
- Button all buttons, zip all zippers, and snap all snaps.
- Be sure the clothing will not fall off the hanger.
Clothing – We currently go up to sizes 18 in Boys and Junior or Girls size 18. See our page on Accepted Items for more details on clothing guidelines.
For individual hats, please use your tagging gun to attach the tag to the manufacture’s label on the inside or use the seam allowance. Do not put them in a bag. If you are selling multiple hats together, you may use this same method with the tagging gun to keep them together.
Please hang your onesies. Do not bag them. Clothing sells better hung.
Please group together a few pairs by size. Place in a zip-lock bag with price tag. Please make sure that bottoms of socks are NOT worn or dirty. Please do not seal bag shut until after drop off inspection.
Got Clothes? - This is my personal strategy for organizing clothes to sell...
You have this huge pile of unsorted clothes. It seems overwhelming, and where do you start? We all know the feeling. These are the steps I use to get my clothing items ready for a sale.
Work in the evening after the kids go to bed and only work for an hour or two in a night. Doing a little bit at a time will make this less overwhelming.
If you have to stop before hanging your items (#5 below), use clean garbage bags to put each size into a different bag until you return to prepping for the sale another evening.
- First, wash all of the clothes.
- Sort them by size and gender. Remember that you go with the smallest size on the tag. Example “6-9 month” items go into the 6 month pile. And if the item is gender neutral, put with the boy’s clothing pile. Do this in the room with the best lighting in your house.
- LOOK for stains, rips, worn knees, missing buttons and any other items that need to be set aside in the “Not For Sale” (NFS) pile.
- If they are wrinkled, now is the time iron. You can also use wrinkle release or put them in the dryer for a few minutes with a wet towel.
- Next, hang all of the clothing items. Hanger should point to the left (make a “?”). Button, snap and close zippers. Look for more stains, missing buttons, snaps, broken zippers and put to the side with the earlier NFS pile. Keep each size and gender pile separate as you are hanging.
- Take the NFS items from step 3 and 5. Try stain treatment methods on the stained clothing (see Item Prep page for more information on stains) and wash them again. If there is a button to be sewed on, do your sewing. Any items that cannot be fixed, should be disposed of.
- Now, place post-it notes or index cards with the gender and size on the first hanger of each pile. I use a small piece of tape to make sure it stays on that first hanger. Example: “Boy 3 mo” or “Maternity Medium”. Or rubberband the piles together by size.
- Put all the piles away hanging in an extra closet, in a box or storage bin. Only leave out the pile(s) you want to inventory and tag that evening.
- When entering tags, start with one pile of hung clothes. You know that everything in that pile is the same gender and size, so all you really change is item description and prices as you go through the pile. Log in and input items.
- As you finish entering the item, make a new pile of entered items face down. Adding the next entered item on top of the first item still face down. Continuing on through the whole pile keeping them in the order (this will make tagging faster; printed tags will be in same order as your pile).
- When you have finished entering everything in the pile, turn over the entered stack (the stack with everything face down). Now they are in order from first entered item on top to the last item entered on the bottom.
- Print tags. Cut our your tags and stack the tags so they are in order from first item to last item entered. Thus, they will be in the same order as your stack of clothes! NO need to hunt through the pile for were that one item went to.
- Tag your clothes. Do random checks every item or so to make sure that you are tagging the correct item (just in case you got them out of order when you were cutting). But most of the time, you can just tag the first item to the last in a few minutes using this method. PLEASE make sure you are following our tagging guidelines so you are not putting holes in your clothes!
- Keep that post-it note with the size and gender on the first hanger of each group. Put them back in an empty closet, storage bin, or box. This post-it note will assist you with drop-off.