AUMC Kids' Stuff Consignment Sale

What To Do First

What To Do First When Consigning

Determine Your Biggest Money Makers
  • Are clothes that no longer fit taking over?  Start with them. 
  • Are toys your child(ren) no longer play with taking up too much space in your home?  Clean and tag them first.
  • Lower priorities are items that may require extensive time to collect all the pieces for.  If you don’t get them tagged for this sale, there is always a future sale.

 Prep Your Toys & Gear
Taking the time to do a little cleaning will help sell your things quickly and at the best price.  Get your toys and baby stuff as clean as you can.  Covers of car seats and stollers can be removed, washed, hung to dry and placed back on the equipment.   

Check to see if there have been any recalls for your items at www.wemakeitsafer.com.   If so, it will not be accepted for sale.

Prep Your Clothes 
Wash, iron (if necessary) and hang up your clothes, sorting by size and gender.

  • Clean:  Before washing, treat any stains.
  • Iron:  You do not have to iron every piece of clothing but for the nicer pieces they will sell, and sell at a higher price, if you take a few moments to make them look their best.  To reduce the amount of ironing, place the item in the dryer for just 10-15 minutes with a damp t-shirt.  This creates steam in your dryer and can help reduce the wrinkles in the garment so you just need a minute or two with the iron to make the piece look great and sell.
  • Bundle:  Don’t forget about bundling and creating sets.  Instead of pricing each shirt, consider bundling several shirts together for one price IF they are all the same size and the same brand.  Same with pants.  Sell two or three pairs together, but keep it to a maximum of four pieces.  Make sure each piece is also of the same condition.  Do not try to sell one badly stained piece with other unstained pieces.  At Consignor Check-In the entire bundle will be rejected for sale. 

How to Hang Your Clothing

  • Just about every consignment sale requires that hangers should point to the left, like a question mark.  The AUMC Consignment Sale is no exception.  If clothing is not hung in this fashion you will have to rehang all your clothing before it is allowed on the sales floor.
  • Use appropriate sized hangers.  Infant hangers for Infant clothes.  Child-size hangers for child-size clothes.  For older kids clothing (size 14) they may best fit on adult size plastic hangers.  This is the only time adult size hangers are allowed on the sales floor and ONLY if they truly fit the clothing.  Stretched out clothing hung on too-large hangers will not be accepted for sale.
  • When you’re hanging clothing, always make sure items are hanging securely and neatly.  Clothes falling off or sliding around on hangers can quickly get lost in the racks or fall to the floor never to be seen until cleaning up after the sale.

Gather Your Tagging Supplies
Before you do anything, spend a few minutes assembling your supplies. 

  • Index cards or computer template and card stock
  • Safety pins for attaching multiple items together and for attaching sales tags
  • Masking tape for attaching sales tags to non-clothing items
  • Blue Painter's tape for attaching sales tags to books, puzzle boxes, CDs, DVD/VHS Tape Box.
  • Packing tape for sealing the open end of a clear plastic bag containing parts or groups of items
  • Ribbon, string or zip ties for attaching sales tags to non-clothing items or attaching matching shoes to one another
  • Clear plastic bags for packaging parts or accessories or for bundling similar items
  • A black pen for writing your sales tags
  • A red marker for marking a red X on sales tags for items you are not willing to sell at half price
  • A white-out pen for fixing mistakes on tags
  • Hangers

Tag Your Items
For complete instructions on how to properly tag your items, please refer to the Sales Tag Instructions.

  • Make sure there’s enough information on your tags that they can be matched up to your items if they’re separated from each other.
  • Patterns, brands and colors are great notes to add to clothing tags.
  • Toy sales tags should always have the brand name listed.  If there are additional pieces, mention it.
  • If there’s a small problem, be honest in your description.  If there’s a large problem, don’t consign the item.
  • Electronic items must have a working battery in the item.  Electronic items without a battery will be removed from the sales floor.

Pricing it Right 
Items that are reasonably priced will always sell better.  Click here for our pricing guideline to help you figure out the best prices for your clothing and other items. If you’re donating items, it’s always a good idea to discount them.

USE INCREMENTS OF $0.25, $0.50, $0.75 only.  

Do not use $0.37, $0.42, $0.68 and so on. 

Be Persistent!
Don’t give up if you get overwhelmed!   It’s okay if every single item you wanted to sell doesn’t make it out of the house.  The important thing is to not quit tagging. 
Try tagging five to ten items a day or working on one size from start to finish before you move onto the next section.


Adopted from an article by Elizabeth Renfroe.

 

 




 

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