Many toys have small pieces, so it's easiest to put all of those small parts into a ziploc bag and tape or ziptie that bag to the larger item. For instance, if you had a train track that included 3-4 trains and other accessories, place the train and accessories into a ziploc bag. Then, ziptie or tape the bag to the train track! 6 Days left to prep, enter and tag:)
When prepping clothes, sort all of them by size first! Once they are grouped by size, you can either make outfits OR you can group by type of clothing (2 pairs of pants, 3 shirts, 2 sweatshirts, etc.) Clothes sell best when they are "bundled". Happy prepping and tagging!
Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser is very helpful in cleaning your hard plastic toys. It's a quick, easy and least messy way to clean! Also, you can use the magic eraser to help clean scuff marks off most shoes (be careful because some materials are sensitive). Happy Prepping!
These are a few tips to help you prepare for drop-off!
1. Clean out your car and trunk before loading. I don't mean vacuum and steam clean the seats:) Just make sure all of your day-to-day items are temporarily removed so you have the space you need!
2. Print out 2 inventory sheets-one for your use and one for your check-in appointment.
3. Load your car the night before, especially if you're dropping off items before or after work! This way you're not throwing everything in the car at 5:30AM and wondering if you forgot things on your list!
4. Systematically pack your items. Put all of your larger clothes in first and smaller clothes in from (that way you will be able to hang them on the rack from smallest to largest. Then pack all of your other items. As you place them in the car, check them off your list!
5. When you arrive, let us know if you need to borrow a clothes rack! This will make your life easier is you have a lot of clothes!!
6. After you drop-off, relax! We will take it from there!
Consigning can be overwhelming, but doesn't have to be! When prepping and tagging clothes follow these steps:
1. SORT: Go through all of your clothes and make 4 piles: Keep (for memories or Pinterest keepsake projects!), Sell, Donate and "trash". Any clothes that have light stains or minor holes DONATE, clothes that are very meaningful KEEP, clothes that are in really great condition SELL and clothes that are severely damaged "TRASH" (you can cut them up and use them for cleaning rags, or if you're crafty you can use the good material and make doll clothes, headbands, etc. Pinterest has a lot of fun recycle ideas)
2. GROUP: Group together outfits, pairs of shirts, pairs of pants, etc.
3. HANG: Hang all of your outfits, clothes pairings, etc. Zip-tie multiple hangers so they do not come apart. Once all items are on the hangers, organize the clothes in sizes
4. PRICE: Price your items and enter them onto MyCM in order from smallest size to largest size. Doing this simple step will save you a lot of time when you begin tagging! *Note: also lay all other items in a line and enter them from left to right, this will also help to save time when you tag!
5. TAG: Print your tags, cut them out and then arrange them in order of item#. Depending on how you're tagging, you can hole punch your tags now. Your lowest item number will be the first item you entered (which should be the smallest size). Your tags should now be in the order of how you hung your clothes!
Onsies can be prepped 2 ways: (1) neatly folded or rolled and then placed in a ziploc bag or (2) hung on hangers. If the onsies have stitching, funny sayings or popular characters on them, you can hang them to sell better. If the onsies are plain white or simple patterns, then neatly placing them in a ziploc bag is best!
I was ordering supplies for the sale from my beloved Amazon, and I came across these " Snap Lock 5" Pin Security Loop Plastic Tag Fasteners". You can get 1,000 of them for around $5!I immediately thought these were great for tagging items! I ordered some and they work great (I will post some pictures later!) All you have to do is punch a hole in the tags and then fasten them to shirt tags, belt loops on pants, the holes where shoelaces are threaded on a pair of shoes, etc. You can easily spend more money on safety pins and prick yourself a couple times in the process! Happy tagging!
Consignors must emotionally detach from their items in 2 ways: (1) Consignors should make a pile of clothes they keep for memories and then emotionally detach from the rest that they want to sell and (2) Consignors need to emotionally detach from the original price they paid for an item. For a consignor to sell the majority of their inventory, they must "price to sell"! "Pricing to sell" means they are selling their items (mainly clothes) 50-70% of the retail price. More expensive items (bassinets, outdoor playhouses, baby swings, etc.) can sell very well at 25-45% off the retail price. Clothing has more "competition", so consignors have to price more aggressively these items!
If possible, include the original manual with the item. This is especially helpful when selling items that have a lot of features that are not self-explanatory. It also makes the item more presentable.
*To help prepare yourself for future consignment sales, make a "manuals" folder for all child-related items. After you open an item, place the manual in that folder. When your getting ready for the next sale, pull out that folder and find the manuals for the items you are consigning!
Do you have unused/gently used party decorations from your children's birthday parties? Do you have character cake pans or unopened character cupcake/muffin wrappers? How about leftover party favors or goodie bags?
Every birthday party I throw, I usually forget to open at least one party decoration and/or forget to add party favors to the goodie bags! I have a stockpile of "extras". If you are like me, then I have good news! You can consign these items!!
If you have a lot of items of a like character or theme, you can bundle them into one package. If you have cake pans or other larger items, you can consign them separately.
If you have any questions about what items you can consign, please let me know!