How To Consign

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Preparing Your Items

  1. All items must be clean and without stains
    1. Wash all clothing, bedding, cloth toys
    2. Wipe down all toys
    3. Remove dirt from shoes, etc.
    4. Inspect all items for stains, rips, tears, damage
  2. Clothing
    1. Clothing must be hung on wire hangers - no exceptions.  Adult size wire hangers can be used even on infant clothing - they will fit fine.  You can get these from your dry cleaner or purchase them at the 99 Cent store, or Walmart.  You will not get the hangers back. We also have sources for you to buy hangers - you will receive this information once you register.  Or click here to find a hanger source.
    2. The minimum price on clothing is $2.00.  You can combine items together on one hanger if needed.
    3. Only in-season clothing is accepted (The Torrance and Pasadena sales all seasons are accepted).
      1. Spring - only Spring/Summer clothing accepted - no heavy coats, fleece, sweaters, etc. accepted.  Long pants and light jackets are accepted.
      2. Fall - only Fall/Winter clothing accepted - no shorts,  water shoes or sleeveless garments accepted. Short sleeves are still accepted.
    4. We require you to use a tagging gun to affix your tags to clothing.  Either put the barb/tag through the size tag in the back of the clothing or in a seam under the right armpit (if the garment is laying on a table in front of you).  Please put the barb through someplace that the barb will not damage the clothing - seam or size is the best.  We have an inexpensive source for you to buy a tagging gun or you may borrow one of ours at drop-off.
    5. Hang the garments on the hanger so that the hanger makes a question mark (?) when the clothing is lying on the table in front of you.  See the clothing photo below.
    6. Clothing must be sorted by size and gender before you bring them to the sale.  Banding each size together with rubber bands is also helpful.
  3. Shoes
    1. All shoes must be cleaned top and bottom.
    2. Shoes showing too much wear and tear will be rejected. 
    3. Shoes notoriously lose their tags and become separated from their mates at the sale.  We suggest attaching them together with zip ties, loop ties or at minimum a safety pin.  Knotting their shoelaces together is also helpful but zip ties are the best!
    4. Do NOT place shoes in their boxes or in plastic bags - they must be affixed together somehow as suggested above.
    5. Tags easily get ripped off shoes. Therefore, we recommend "laminating" your tag with packing tape before you affix the tag to your shoes - that way the tag won't be so easily ripped off.
  4. Toys
    1. Toys that require batteries must have working batteries.
    2. If the toys have loose parts, secure these extra parts in a plastic bag and securely tape them to the main toy.  Shoppers are rough – they will separate toys, try them out, etc.  If parts aren't secured well enough, they will get lost and separated and make it difficult for your toys to sell.
    3. Tape your product information tag securely to the toy so that it cannot be torn off easily by the customer.
  5. Books
    1. Children’s books and parenting books are accepted.
    2. Books sold as groups should be sealed in a ziplock bag or taped together with painter's tape, so as not to rip the books. Scotch tape doesn't hold, and packing tape is damaging.  However, we recommend selling books individually and not grouping them.
    3. Tape the product tag to the back cover of the book.  Use regular scotch tape and only tape 2 sides of the tag down.  This will prevent damaging the books' covers when removing the tag.
  6. Linens
    1. All linens must be hung if possible (big crib sets in large plastic zippered storage bags are fine.)
    2. Secure the items to the hangers with safety pins or tagging gun so that they don’t slide off or fall to the side.
  7. Baby/kid equipment (e.g. strollers, bouncers, exersaucers, etc.)
    1. Instruction manuals are always helpful - include them when you can.  Download them from the internet if you've lost them.
    2. Ensure everything is clean – trays, pads, bars, etc. – spit up and gunk get caught everywhere!
    3. If items have multiple pieces that might get separated (e.g. bouncy seats and their activity bars, the 7 pieces that come with your pack and play, cribs with 8 pieces), make sure that the product tag is on the main piece.  Hand write additional tags with your consignor #, the description and mark them with 1 of 8, 2 of 8, 3 of 8, etc.

We've created some videos for you on how to tag major categories:  Clothing, toys, shoes, puzzles and books, etc.  Take a look on youtube:  
 

Making Your Product Tags

 Pricing 
 

Category Type Suggested Price
Clothing Target/Old Navy/Carters $2-4
  Children's Place/Gap $3-5
  Gymboree/Pricier Brands $5-10
Shoes Depends on brand and size of shoe. $2-10
Toys Original Price $5-10 $2-5
  Original Price $10-15 $4-7
  Original Price $15-20 $5-10
Exersaucers   $25-55
Bouncy Seats   Average $10-25
Baby Swings Smaller portable swings $20-35
  Larger stand alone swings $35-65
Pack & Plays Range varies depending on how many accessories are included (e.g. bassinet, changing table, mobile, light, etc.) and age of item $25-75
Strollers Low End $25
  Average Graco $50
  Peg Perego $50-$100
  Bugaboo/High End $150+
Jogging Strollers   $50-150
Books (I also recommend checking the Discount box on books - there's a lot of Sunday bargain book shoppers) $1.00
DVDs only DVDs are accepted for kids and parents $2-$8
Cribs no drop-side cribs $75-200
Boppys   $5
Maternity  Average everyday pieces $2-10

 

Putting Product Tags on Your Items

 

Loss / Theft / Damage

 

HOW TO TAG YOUR CLOTHING

Use wire hangers. This is the direction that the hanger should face.

 

HANGING PANTS ON WIRE HANGERS

Safety pin the pants to the TOP of the wire hanger - they will not slide off the hanger!

 

TAGGING ITEMS WITH MULTIPLE PIECES

Put the computer generated tag on the main piece & hand-written tags on all additional pieces.

 

How to "mark" your hangers and tags

I suggest that you "mark" your hangers and tags to make it easier to find your items at the end of each sale.  At the SCV (Valencia), Pasadena and Torrance sales you find your own items at the end of the sale.  Marking your hangers and tags makes it much much simpler and faster to find your items.  Here are some examples of how you can mark your items.

 

Tagging Guns

We've secured an inexpensive supplier for tagging guns.  We've found that using the tagging gun is the best way to tag clothing and other items with fabric.   These are typically $25-35 at retail.  Through this source, you will get one needle and 1000 1.5" barbs for only $10.00 (including shipping!!!).  These are coming from Asia so they do take one or more weeks to get here.  Order early!!

This is totally optional - you do not have to use this type of tagging gun.  I understand that Michaels and Joanne's and even some Wal-Marts have tagging guns.  They may be more expensive but you can use your Michael's/Joanne's coupons to cut the price down.

We also caution that you should always place the tagging gun barb through a seam or somewhere not noticeable so that you do not damage the garment.

 To order go to www.bargainprice4u.com.



Here's a great video on how to use the tagging gun.