Consignor 101 Helpful Tips for Consignors
Tips for Preparing for Future Sales
- Make sure you read through all of our consignor pages before you start entering and tagging your items. This will save your from having to re-do your tags to meet our standards.
- Gather your supplies – tagging gun, barbs, etc.
- If this is your first time consigning, we suggest that you begin with the current season. Try to gather everything together, but don’t be overwhelmed! Don’t attempt to do it all in that first sale. Take a manageable amount to work on, and organize/store the rest for later! Each season if you clean out a bit more, you’ll eventually have organized closets with room to spare!
- The most difficult part is getting your items together and prepared/cleaned for tagging. So just work an hour or two in the evenings.
- Start working on item preparation early, so you do not have to marathon it for drop-off.
- For clothing, start with your largest size and work your way down to the smaller sizes.
- You may have difficulty letting go of some things. Keep special outfits and meaningful toys. But remember if you plan on using equipment later for other children, you’ll probably want to get something newer. And you’ll realize a more significant profit if you turn things around quickly. Playpens kept in hot attics over prolonged periods of time usually have yellowed, dry-rotted netting. And later children may not wear the same size clothes during the same season. So learn to let go. Clean out those closets…make some money!
- Many websites can be helpful in pricing your toys and equipment. We suggest that you print out current pricing information and attach it to your item. This is helpful in selling your item, by pointing out to the buyer what a deal she/he is getting! The following websites may prove helpful:
- Print out manufactures instructions for your items. Check your manufacture’s website for production instructions or search online for product manuals.
- If this is your first time consigning, we suggest saying "YES" to discounting your items on our half price day! Once your items are out of your house, you don’t want to bring them back home. While people are shopping they always have a “maybe” pile that they would like to buy if only the items were a little cheaper. When they see items marked for discount, they will come back on Sunday to shop the discount day and always end up buying more! Save “No discount” for special items that you are having a hard time parting with.
The biggest tip we can give you is to prepare your items throughout the year; doing a little at a time.
- Find a spot in your home for your consignment items, the back of a closet, an extra rod your laundry room, a storage bin in your basement, etc., any place where you can put aside items you come across that you want to consign.
- Sort as you do laundry. When you find clothing still in great condition but your child has outgrown put it on a hanger in your spot or bin. It’s clean, may need to be ironed but ready to go.
- Sort as you clean. When you find a toy, book, or anything your child has outgrown just put it in your storage bin or spot. If you use storage bins make sure they are NOT the “see through” type – a child never wants a toy more than when they think you are going to get rid of it!
- Sort when you switch closets over season to season. This way all your items are prepared and ready to be tagged when you are!
The biggest question we get is “Where can I get hangers?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. Below are the best tips we can give on obtaining hangers:
- Check with local dry cleaners for wire hangers they may be discarding.
- Speak with the manger of Old Navy, Marshall’s, Walmart, etc. about any unwanted hangers they may have at their store. Best to try this approach in the “off season” (a month or two after a sale) as they probably get many phones calls prior to our sale.
- Check or post to Craigslist or Freecycle.
- Collect your hangers throughout the year. Let friends and family know you’ll take any hangers off their hands.
- Ask to keep hangers when you buy new clothes for your kids or speak with store managers to see if they ever dispose of their hangers and if they would be willing to let you know when they get rid of hangers and/or if they would let you collect some. Ask for additional hangers when making purchases.
- Ask at consignor pick up. We sometimes end up with extra hangers at the end of each sale. We try to get as many surplus hangers as possible onto a “Help Yourself” bin during the consignor sort & pick up for consignors who want them.