Supplies You Will Need
White card stock or cover stock. Regular printer paper makes for flimsy tags that do not scan well. Please use card or cover stock when printing your tags.
Safety Pins. It is good to have a variety of sizes. NO straight pins please! Use these to attach your tags to your garment. (a tagging gun works too!)
Tagging Gun. Super helpful if you want to use one but not required. (Would you like to purchase one? Send an email with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Tagging Gun" in the subject line. We will send you a gun and 500 tagging "barbs" for $17.00-we will send you a PayPal invoice)
Hangers. Shirt and pant hangers in appropriate sizes. (we STRONGLY prefer that you do not use wire hangers!) Please do not place items under size 8 on adult hangers. Likewise, items size 8 and above work better on adult hangers. Many retailers throw away their plastic hangers. Save them from the landfill! Call Old Navy, Carter’s or Osh Kosh and ask if they have any hangers you can pick up. Check Freecycle.com. Ask your dry cleaner. These are just a few sources of free hangers. Most dollar stores have kid size hangers and Wal-Mart sells them Cheap!
Packing Tape. Little fingers will be in attendance at the sail and they love to take things apart! Packing tape works wonders for securing toys, sealing DVD and game cases, and of course, attaching your tags to toys. Scotch tape doesn’t stand a chance against a 3 year old!
Rubber Bands. When selling sets and outfits you’ll want to rubber band hangers together.
Zipper Bags. Essential for toys with loose pieces, and easy to seal with packing tape.
Yarn. strong ribbon or zip ties. Great for tying shoes together and attaching some tags.
Bin. Please bring a sizeable plastic/rubber bin with you to drop off. We will use it for sort and then you can take your items home in it! Note: this is a requirement if you plan to pick up even ONE item. A box or a bag will not do.
Preparing Your Items
Make sure your clothing, shoes and toys and equipment are clean! Dirty items do not sell and will not pass inspection.
Test out items that require batteries. All sales are final, and shoppers rarely buy toys or equipment that they cannot test out. Include batteries with your items.
Hang your clothing so the hook of the hanger is facing left, just like a (?) question mark. When hanging pants on a shirt hanger be sure to pin the pants to the TOP of the hanger. Snap, button, zip: make sure all fasteners are closed.
If you have a shirt with a wide neck, or other item that is having trouble staying on a hanger, safety pin it to the top of the hanger on each side.
When selling outfits or sets, rubber band the hangers together at the bottom of the hook. Use two rubber bands just in case one breaks!
Use yarn or strong ribbon to tie shoes together. (zip ties also work but leave enough "give" for trying on) Many shoes have straps, loops or laces that can be strung together. Avoid placing shoes in bags. Shoppers like to try on shoes. If they have to take them out of a bag chances are they will not put them back in.
Hats, belts, scarves, purses & bags, mittens & gloves, socks & tights: attach sets together with safety pins. Avoid using bags if at all possible unless you are selling a group of the same items (ex. multiple pairs of socks.) These items do not need to be on hangers.
Individual blankets, sleeping bags, etc. do not need to be on hangers.
Bedding sets should be packed together in a large, transparent bag. Clear lawn & leaf bags or the extra large Ziploc storage bags work well. It is helpful to tape a listing of what is inside the bag on the outside.
Price your items to sell! You finally got it out of your house, you don’t want to bring it back home! A good rule of thumb is to price items at 25 to 40% of retail. (60-75% off!) Keep in mind what you would pay for that item at a consignment sale.
CLICK HERE for all the details on why you absolutely positively mark your items to discount AND to donate!!! Something is better than nothing: Mark your items to discount to 50% off on the last day of the sale. You will see this option when entering your tag information. Please also consider marking your items to donate. We help so many great organizations with your donated items! (IF YOU DONATE ALL YOUR ITEMS AND WILL NOT BE PICKING UP ANY OF THEM AFTER SORT, YOU ALSO QUALIFY FOR DROP-AND-GO CHECK IN.)
Enter, Print & Place Tags
In My Consignment Manager (our online tagging system) enter all information, including size, price and a good description. Inevitably some tags will be separated from their items. A good description will help us reunite them!
We cannot sell an item without a tag so please describe and attach with that in mind.
Print your tags using black ink, with your printer on NORMAL quality. Best quality is NOT recommended as it uses too much ink and the barcodes often bleed together ,making scanning difficult. Our tags print 8 to a page (If you are trying to print and the system is asking you for a "print code" please log out and log back in from the link on OUR website.)
For clothing, attach the tag to the garment on the top right side. Please do this in a seam (under the arm is a good place) in the item's original tag if no other place is available on the right or somewhere that you are not damaging the item with a hole!! This is particularly important if you are using tagging gun! Consider where tags are placed when you buy an item new from the store. Tags attached with a tagging gun often catch on each other and pull small holes into larger ones. Don't do all that work and then have the items not sell because of a hole that could have been avoided.
For shoes punch a hole in the tag and tie it on, or use a safety pin to pin the tag on. Do not use packing tape on shoes, it comes off.
For toys and equipment, attach tags with packing tape, safety pins or ribbon. Don’t be shy with the tape. We cannot sell an item without a tag. If your toy comes with small pieces, you must secure them as if you expect them to be shopped for during a hurricane. (In our experience, this is a similar scenario to dozens of small children trying to "just look" at your items during sail week)
For books & dvds use packing tape to attach the tag to the back cover. Do NOT use stickers. They damage the item (especially books) Books with sticker tags will be returned to you and not offered for sale.
Please see the tabs for "items we specifically do not accept" and "what to consign" for more detailed information.