The Children's Closet Sale 

South Coast's Premier Children's Consignment Sale

Tagging Instructions

1. Register online to receive your Consignor Number. You will get an automated email immediately with your ID number please contact me if you do not receive that email.

2. Log in to enter your inventory.

3. The inventory management system is user friendly, and a fill-in-the-blank format. It will walk you through the tag creation process. Remember, every item needs a tag to be sold and every tag must have all fields completed. Tags must be printed on White Card Stock only.

4. If you paid $50 for a large item and it was barely used, tell the buyer! Use words in your description like “new,” “used once,” etc. Key words will tempt buyers to grab an item as soon as they see it.

5. When typing the description please place the BRAND ON LINE 1 (i.e. Gymboree) and the ITEM DESCRIPTION ON LINE 2 (i.e. pink floral print dress)

6. Choose your category and sizes carefully to ensure accuracy when item is displayed in the store.

7. Please do not use S, M, L or XL (Maternity clothing only). Everything must have a numerical size. If the item is a slim or plus, please note that with the size. All clothing must have a size selected if a general non-size catergory is selected the item will be pulled from the sales floor

8. You will be able to specify, during the inventory process, to discount any items to 50% off for the ½ price. You will also be able to designate if you wish to donate any unsold items to charity. If your goal is to get rid of items we suggest you designate to discount and donate…ensuring that you may, at the least, receive ½ of your asking price.

9. Review all of your tags for proper information, discounts and/or donation notation and pricing.

10. All tags must be printed on white card stock. Tags printed on regular paper will rip and fall of items during the sale. Tags printed on regular paper will also winkle and not allow us to scan at check out. Tags printed on dark paper also so not scan at check out. WHITE CARD STOCK ONLY

11. No handwritten changes are allowed on tags. Items with handwritten tags may be pulled from the sales floor. If you have made a change in the system or to the tag you MUST re-print a new tag!

  

Items Okay to Sell & Pricing Recommendations:

 

Clothing:

 All Items must be sorted by gender and then by size… This is a must, you will be required to come back at a later time if items are not pre-sorted.
• Seasonally appropriate –

Spring Event (March)- lightweight long sleeved tops and sweatshirts, lightweight pants, jeans, lightweight jackets, shorts, short sleeves, tanks, & swim suits. No corduroys, fleece or lined gym pants, turtle/mock neck or thermal shirts. Clothes your child would wear April-August

Summer Event (April/May) - lightweight sweatshirts, lightweight pants, jeans, lightweight jackets, shorts, short sleeves, tanks, & swim suits. No corduroys, fleece or lined gym pants, turtle/mock neck or thermal shirts. Clothes your child would wear June-August.

Fall Event (September/November) - no summer weight fabrics, prints. No shorts, swimsuits, sundresses, etc. Short-sleeved golf and dress shirts for boys and camis/tanks designed to wear under other garments for girls are accepted. Short Sleeve tees pairs with long pants are okay as long as they are for fall/winter. Clothes your child would wear September-March.

• Current and recent styles only (less than 6 years old).
• Jeans can have some slight fading in the knees but no thinning fabric unless it is by design. Some fraying (less than 25% of hem) is acceptable on jeans. No excessive fraying from wear is acceptable for dress pants.
• Check zippers, buttons, Velcro, and other closures to make sure they are secure and working.
• Check for odors – no tobacco, musty, pet or mothball odors.
• Check for stains:

  • Baby items – check tops and collars for formula stains, bottom half and waist for body fluid stains. Cloth diapers and training pants should smell fresh and look clean. Obviously, they may have some light stains, but nothing dark or excessive.
  • Negotiable stains on all clothing are:
    • Small ink marks less than the length of your pinky.
    • Small amount of discoloration on hem.
    • Very small stain on white item that can be bleached. (Smaller than half of the length of your pinkie).
    • Check for excessive wear. Fabric pills or balls on sweaters, hoodies, etc. If it can be shaved easily with a sweater shaver and still maintain the quality of the item, it can be sold.
  • Make sure items hang securely and are neatly presented.
  • Athletic Gear – No dirt stains unless slight and noted on the tag.
  • Check for frayed ribbons, trim on dresses
  • Underwear & bras new in package only
  • Graphics on shirts must be tasteful and age appropriate. No profanity, nudity, drugs or alcoholic beverages represented clothing.


When entering inventory online. You must select a size (if it is a range you must use the smaller number example 12-18months will go under 12months). If an item is homemade you must select the size that it corresponds with. You are NOT allowed to use non size selections from the drop down menu for clothing (for example we have many consignors that as a default enter all their clothing items as ”Non-Size Item” under the gender. Those items will not be placed on the sales floor. They will be rejected no questions asked (You cannot correct them by writing on the tag.. you must correct them in the computer and put a new tag on it)!! I understand sometimes you accidently put one or two under choice and that is okay. It is the consignors that do it for the most part! Explanation.. I spend hours laying out the floor pan and knowing exactly how many items I have coming in for each size and I also know on average how many items fit per foot so when 500+ items come through with no sizing it throws everything off and puts extra work on myself and volunteers who have to rearrange at the last moment
• Active vs Inactive Inventory- Please only activate the inventory that you are actually bringing to the event. Yes that will mean you have to go through each item one at a time but as stated above.. I spend hours analyzing what is coming into the sale and when you activate more than what you are bringing it throws our counts off and puts more work on myself and my volunteers.
• Hanging Sets – Please do not pin pants to the bottom of a shirt.. the pants weigh down on the shirt and put large holes in the shirt… especially after hanging on full racks all weekend. These items will be rejected at drop off. Please pin the pants under the shirt on the hanger or on a separate hanger and secure the two+ hangers together.


Sizing - Sizes should be as follows:

Preemie/Newborn, 3mon, 6mon, 9mon, 12mon, 18mon, 24mon, 2T, 3T, 4T, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, & 14.

For items with a range, please us the smaller size for example 6-9 months would be marked 6mon.

For Items listed as XS, S, M, L, or XL please use corresponding number size.


Hanging - All Items must me on a hanger, the hanger must be pointing (Open Side) to the left so that it looks like a question mark -?-.


Tagging - All tags should be places on the upper right side of the item.


Pricing - You set the price of your items.  Items should be about ¼ of the original cost.  Items with tags that have never been worn or from higher end store scan are priced closer to 1/3 of the original retail cost. 


Shoes:

Shoes should be in almost new condition.

o Seasonally appropriate shoes only.
o Shoes should be in almost new condition. Good amount of tread left on the sole. No dented toes on dress shoes. Trim is in good shape, not missing or peeling.
o Please clean shoes as good as possible. Shoes must be clean from top to sole. No dirt stains
o Be sure to laces, latch the Velcro and/or buckle all buckles. Make sure all laces are clean and are in good shape.
o Shoes need to be securely attached to one another. Tags must be securely attached.  


Presentation - Shoes need to be securely attached to one another. Place in zip-lock bag or attached together using zip-ties.  


Tagging - Attached tags using safety pins or tape to zip-lock bags.


Pricing -Pricing should follow the ¼ off new retail pricing rule but should not be priced more than $10.00.  


Baby/Children Equipment & Furniture:

All baby/children equipment MUST be checked for recalls. They should be cleaned and all battery operated items need to have working batteries. Any operation manuals should be attached to the item (If you have lost or missed placed the originals, some can be downloaded off the internet). Any large item must be set up by the consignor. Tags need to be securely fastened to all items without damaging the item.

All baby/children equipment MUST be checked for recalls at the following websites:

www.recalls.gov

www.cpsc.gov 


Presentation - Baby/Children Equipment are huge sellers but the items needs to show well. They should be cleaned and all battery operated items need to have working batteries. Any operation manuals should be attached to the item (If you have lost or missed placed the originals, some can be downloaded off the internet). Any large item must be set up by the consignor.  


Tagging - Tags need to be securely fastened to all items without damaging the item.


Toys & Outside Toys:

All Toys equipment MUST be checked for recalls. Make sure all pieces are together in Ziploc bags. It is also a good idea to tape the bags closed to prevent them from being separated during the sale. All items that require batteries need to have working batteries. All items should be cleaned to the best of your ability. Any large item must be set up by the consignor.

All Toys equipment MUST be checked for recalls at the following websites:

www.recalls.gov

www.cpsc.gov

Presentation- Make sure all pieces are together in Ziploc bags. It is also a good idea to tape the bags closed to prevent them from being separated during the sale. All items that require batteries need to have working batteries. All items should be cleaned to the best of your ability. Any large item must be set up by the consignor.


Tips - WD-40 works great for removing crayons/markers. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will get just about anything clean.


Tagging - Tags need to be securely fastened to all items without damaging the item.


Pricing - Pricing should follow the ¼ off new retail price rule


Books/Music/Videos & Video Games:

Books should be in good condition and free from tears. CD/DVDs need to be in working order. Please no videos or video games that are not suitable for children under 13.


Presentation - Group similar books together in sets. Music & videos & Video Games should be in their cases when possible.


Tagging - Tags need to be securely fastened to all items without damaging the item.


Pricing - Pricing should follow the ¼ off new retail price rule.


Car Seats:
• They have to be in excellent condition! Cleaned thoroughly as per the instructions of your owner’s manual! Most straps cannot go through the wash.
• You must have the owner’s manual (you can download from manufacturers website)
• You must sign a waiver that the car seat has never been in an accident.
• Expiration Dates: Infant Carrier Seats (must have base) and must have at least 18 months left before expiring. Infant/Toddler Seats must have at least 4 years left before expiring.
• Booster Seats must have at least 4 years left before expiring. If there is no expiration date or manufacture date you will not be able to sell the car seat.


Items Not Okay to Sell

Safety is our number one concern. The Children’s Closet Sale reserves the right to remove any item from the sales floor for a safety concern even if not listed below.

VHS Movies (starting 2017)

Crib Bedding Sets, Bumpers, Crib Skirts, Crib Comforters (Starting 2017)

Crib Mattresses (illegal to sell in MA)   

Breast Pumps (starting 2016)

Car Seats or Car Booster Seats  (Must contact me first)

Bicycle helmets

Stuffed Animals – UNLESS NEW WITH TAGS

Children’s jewelry

Food (including formula)

Opened baby care products such as soaps, lotions, powder, diapers, etc.

Used hair accessories

Used underwear

Used Socks (over 12 months old)

Toys from fast food restaurants