Entering Inventory and Tagging
Entering you items into our system is quicker if you gather and organize first. The system remembers what you entered last so all you have to do is enter the price and description if it’s in the same category. Once you have entered a few items and are familiar with the categories (drop down list) you will FLY through tagging your items!
Entering you items does NOT have to be done all at once so feel free to log in and spend as much time as you need. But remember that all items must be entered by Monday, of the Sale Week. Tags can be printed after this time but inventory cannot be entered or updated. So remember to enter before the deadline so you are not caught short and miss out selling all the items you want.
Quick reminder before you start entering inventory into the system, please check all your sale items against the CPSC recall list. If any of your items are on the recall list, they ARE NOT to be brought to the sale (unless you have fixed the item to the manufacture’s specifications where applicable). Check for recalls now. You can order repair parts if needed and get them before the sale starts. Please remember YOU are the re-seller, not ThriftMouse. We are only facilitating the sale. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.
NOTE: If you have applied to consign with ThriftMouse, but have not been assigned a consignor ID, you can begin entering tags, but you cannot print them until you ID has been assigned.
- Log into the inventory web site using your email address and password you provided when you first signed up.
- Once you have logged in, you will see the Member Home page. This page lets you see the sale you are associated with, items you have in your inventory and any jobs you are scheduled for.
- Once you have joined our Sale, you will see the sale near the top left of the member home page. If you click “View Details” you will see the event specifics (dates and times) and other information you need to know for our sale.
- Select the “work” button if you would like to view open jobs and sign up for one.
- Managing your Inventory – these are the items you have entered that you intend to sell at our consignment sale. You will see your Inventory summary on the left side of the Member home page under “My Items for Sale”.
- Click “Manage My Items” to start working with your inventory.
- Click the “Add Items”. This opens an Add Items dialog box.
- Enter in the information for Item Name, Description, Size, Price, Category, Condition, Discount, Donate, & Count. Then press the “Create Item” button.
- If you have more of the exact same item, you can increase/decrease the “count” field before pressing “Create Item”.
- Once it saves, you will notice that the previous information is still populated into your next item’s field. This makes entering similar items very easy and you only need to change the fields that are different from the last on this before pressing the “Create Item” button to save the information on your next item.
- Once you are done entering you items, press the “Done” button to close the Add Items dialog box.
- If you need to edit an item you have already created, select/highlight it in the Manage Items screen. Then it will populate the information for that item on the left side of your screen and you can press “Edit Item”.
- To delete an item, follow edit item instructions, but press the “Delete Item” button.
- When you are ready to print tags, you can do this from your Manage Inventory table. Click the “Print Tags” button, from the drop down menu that appears, you can select “Print Tags for Non-Printed Item(s)”. Please remember that eight tags print per page. Print on white cardstock only. You can only print 10 pages / 80 tags at a time. It is best to print after no more than 80 items to avoid having to select multiple lines.
- Now you can start tagging your items per our guidelines.
If you still need addition information on entering inventory items or signing up to work a shift, the Consignor Guide is located on the bottom left corner of your manage items screen.
Helpful Inventory Tips
Other Printing Options
- Be as descriptive as possible on your tag description. During heavy shopping times, some tags are found on the sales floor. If you are detailed we can normally pair the tag back to your item. Brand Name, color, AND fabric description should be on every tag. If you just type "Summer dress" we may never find it or possibly put the tag on the wrong item.
- If you have clothing with a size range, please use the smallest numerical size. For example, 6-9 months, should be sized 6 months on your tag.
- Do not use S, M, or L as these designations are used differently from one brand to the next! Please choose the corresponding numerical size. Exception – Maternity may use S, M, or L.
- If an item runs small, (i.e. a 2T fits exactly like all of your 18 month items), label item as 18 months in the size area on the price tag and write “FITS LIKE 18MO” in the description area of the price tag. When you drop off, please have this item grouped with your other 18 month items.
- If selling more than one item together please note the number of pieces being sold as a set. Example: "set of 3" or “3 pieces”
- Wording and descriptions on your tag can be an important factor in helping an item sell. Using key words-- "like new", "hard to find", “barely used”, "Brand New," "Hardly Used," "Washed, but Never Worn," "Retails for ....", noting the brand name, etc. will definitely want to grab shopper’s attention and help them decide to purchase your item instead of the similar item displayed right next to it. Often it comes down to price, but sometimes it's the packaging that makes it sell.
- If it is gender neutral clothing, please tag it as “boys”.
- Ask yourself, "Would I buy the item at this price if I saw it in the sale?" If you think it looks too worn, outdated, or stained, etc. then donate it. If you find issue with it why would you want someone else want to go home with it? Consignor’s golden rule:
Don’t sell what you wouldn’t buy!
- Price competitively. Ask yourself, what you would pay for the item? Or think of the very least you would consider taking for it and that should be your price. Don't allow yourself to get emotionally attached to the items. This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and kids’ rooms. Do not let your time and energy go to waste by not selling everything you put in the sale. Today’s consumers spend less, looking only for items value priced. Price it to sell. You can also look at our pricing guide for additional suggestions.
We strongly recommend that you mark your items for discount so that they will go ½ price on Sunday. If your item hasn’t sold at full price during the regular sale, it will most likely not sell at full price during the half-price day. Remember 90% of Sunday shoppers are only shopping the sale items. Thus, we encourage you to discount since it's more satisfying to take home a bigger check than a load of unsold items!
If you will be donating your items that do not sell, please consider letting them go at half price instead of ‘N” for "no discount".
- Make note, we will sell your item for what is priced in the barcode. If you change a price on any item, you MUST print a new tag. Shoppers get very annoyed and sometimes put items back if the printed price differs from the sale price that the computer scans. Make sure you are thorough as you are tagging.
- Print tags on WHITE card stock. We ask you to use WHITE card stock only as it scans easier and this makes check-out go faster!
- Separate tags with scissors; a paper cutter comes in handy if you have lots of tags to cut.
- When using clear packing tape to adhere tags to toys, do NOT tape over the bar code.
- Please remember the barcode tells the computer the price, so they must look clear and crisp. Make sure nothing is printed on the opposite side of your tag, particularly nothing with a barcode!
- Do not attempt to shrink or modify the shape of the tag as this will make it difficult to scan. Tags should print landscape on page and fill most of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock.
- Changes to your tag involving the price or whether the item will be discounted must be made in the system, not with a pen.
- All tags MUST be visible! This is particularly important with clothing. Please make sure that all clothing tags are hanging outside the garment.
- If you know in advance that you will donate a particular item if it does not sell, please check the "Donate" field when you create the tag for that item, and we will take care of getting it to our Charity Partner! At the end of the sale, any unsold items will be sorted back out into Consignor number order so that individuals may easily Pick-Up their unsold items. At that time, consignors often choose to donate some or all of their unsold items. If you do not return for your items during the designated time they will be donated regardless of how they are marked - no exceptions. Please be on time.
- It is important that each tag be attached to the garment itself, not to the hanger. If a tag becomes separated from an item, the item will be placed in the lost and found for consigners to look through during pick up and, if not claimed, the item will be donated.
- On large ticket items such as furniture, toys, and electronics, we suggest you list 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.
Check with someone who has a laser printer. This type of printer is your best option. Or upload a .pdf copy of your tags to Office Max, Staples, Office Depot, Fed Ex Office, or another local printer. You can upload the file from your computer at home or work and pick them up within a short time.
The system to enter your items is very user friendly. However, if you have questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is our desire to keep this process quick and easy for everyone.