Preparing toysMake sure that all toys are clean. All parts need to be included, and toys must be in working order! If they require batteries, please replace with fresh batteries so toys can be tested by customers.
Package small toys in plastic baggies. Seal with clear packing tape along the top.
Attach tags with one piece of clear packing tape above the bar code. It is important to not cover the bar code, as it will not scan through the tape.
If toys have small parts, put small parts in a baggie, sealed with clear packing tape and wrap the small bag of parts to the larger toy with plastic wrap or tape.
Multiple Piece Items
Group items together in a plastic zip-lock bag. Pin or tape the tag on the OUTSIDE of the bag. 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. Do NOT attach your tag to your large items; we will use multi-piece/tear tags when you drop off so please bring the printed price tag unattached. For the extra bag(s) - use painter’s tape -OR- an index card and write “1 of 2″ and “2 of 3″ on along with your consignor number and the item number (NO BARCODES) on the tape or index card so shoppers and VIPs know that they belong together!
Both equipment and furniture are very popular items and do well at consignment sales if they are presented & priced well. Be realistic with pricing, if a shopper can pay just a little more and get it brand new then the item probably will not sell.
Also, with these types of items the more information you can provide a buyer the better. If your item is a higher end brand or has special features, note these on a separate card and attach to the item. Better yet, if you can find a brochure or picture from a website stating the retail price and product features, attach it to your item noting “Retails for” or “Price when purchased”. Always attach the original instruction booklet and/or warranty information whenever possible.
Please note that you will be required to assemble anything that requires set-up. Examples include: bassinets, port-a-cribs, changing tables, swings, slides etc.
Outdoor toys should be cleaned (and pressure washed when possible). You can take them to your local self-service car wash and use the pressure washing wand.
Outdoor toys will be tagged at drop-off using our claim tags, so bring your tag unattached.
Assemble puzzles and count pieces to verify it is a complete set before sealing the package, then mark "all pieces included" on tags and seal to prevent loss. Please secure pieces of puzzles together in Ziploc bag and tape to the back. Or you can use saran warp to wrap the puzzle with pieces in place and use clear packing tape to secure. Please do NOT use “Press N Seal” or Tape on the puzzle pieces, as it will tear off the paper fronts/pictures when it is removed. You can put your price tag on the back using blue painter’s tape. Or you can wrap it under the saran wrap.
Check games to make sure all pieces are included. Seal the box and attach the tag with blue painters tape.
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 together please use a heavy twine or string. 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 (list all books to be sold together on the tag) so if they do get separated our VIPs can place them back together! Write the titles of each book in your set. Tie your price tag onto the twine adding a small piece of tape to top of tag to reinforce it from tearing. Or use blue painter’s tape to attach the price tag to the back cover of the book.
If the book was previously owned by a library, it must be stamped "withdrawn" or "discarded". Otherwise it still belongs to that library and will be rejected during inspection. Unstamped lawfully purchased books can be stamped by contacting the library they were purchased from.
CDs & DVDs
Please make sure that the correct CD/DVD is in the correct case. Please check the back of your DVD's for scratches and cleanliness! Tape shut and add consignor tag to the back of the case using blue painter’s tape. If you have multiple/sets then group set with twine or string (like books). You may also add a piece of blue painter’s tape to the inside of the CD/DVD with your consignor number and item number on it.
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 safety pin and a little tape at the top of the tag. Even better, include a picture of the set on a bed!
Please use a pant hanger if possible so your blanket can be hung. If there is a manufacture’s label, please put the tagging barb through that label so you do not put a hole in the blanket when tagging.
Toys, Furniture, Equipment
All must be clean and in working order (batteries included – the dollar store sells batteries for $1.00). Bag small parts and attach to the main part securely. For the extra bag(s) - use painter’s tape -OR- an index card and write “1 of 2″ and “2 of 3″ on along with your consignor number and the item number (NO BARCODES) on the tape/index card so customers/VIPs know that they belong together! Use ziplock bags when ever possible to group parts and secure together. Use a tagging gun, zip tie, or 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 must be 4 years or newer, please check the expiration date printed on the seat. We can NOT accept car seats that have been in an accident, even minor ones. 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!
Video Games/ Handheld Games
Since these games can be small and easy to lose we ask that you:
1) Attach your tag to the case of your games along with a separate note that says
“Games will be given at the register at the time of purchase”.
2) Then put the actual game in a clean Ziploc type bag with a duplicate tag (be sure to
mark the duplicate tag “DUPLICATE” on the face of the tag) and tape it shut.
3) At drop off let the inspector know that you have video games to consign. We will put your games in a basket that we will keep behind the register.
If no longer have the case for you game:
1) Secure your game to a piece of cardboard with zipties by poking a hole on each side of the game, then thread the zipties through the holes to secure the game cartridge.
2) Tape tag to the cardboard.
3) Place the your game/cardboard into a Ziploc bag, bigger the better, and tape shut.
Large collections of toys like Rescue Heros, Thomas, Groovy Girls need to be packaged in Large Ziploc Bags that are secured closed by tape or tied. You do not want little hands to toss your items about. Pictures of the items inside are helpful too.
American Girl/Bitty Baby doll clothing should be packaged in ziploc bag with index card facing out that details what's inside. Children's clothing that will sell w/doll clothing should have a full index card attached to it stating what is included for both doll & child if it is not obvious to the eye. Please mark if the outfit is for Bitty or AG.
A dead battery on a Barbie Jeep may keep the item from selling. For the price of a $30.00 battery at a discount store, you can easily sell the item for $75.00 if in good to excellent condition. Keep in mind that most manufactures sell replacement parts via their website.
When in doubt about how to tag an item, please email us to ask!