How to Consign - Our Consignor Checklist
Step 1: Register
- Read and accept online consignor agreement;
- Pay $10 non-refundable fee (Refer a friend or sponsor and we’ll return your fee)
Once registered, use **Consignor Login** (in menu) to:
- Sign up for a drop off appointment asap
- Sign up to help out on our NSU Crew (optional – to increase earnings from 60% up to 75% and shop earlier)
- Enter Inventory and print tags (see Step 2)
- Check your nightly earnings
Drop off hours are by appointment only for registered consignors. Sign up for an appointment through your Consignor Login asap – they fill up quickly!
Drop off dates: May 4 and May 5; Restocking: May 7
As long as you consign at least 20 acceptable items, you earn access to our private presale on Wednesday, May 6 at 6PM!
You choose to pick up or donate your unsold items.
Reminder: ANY unsold items that are not picked up in time will be donated to our charities. (Watch for email with pick up information. Pick up is Saturday, May 9, 7PM-8PM.)
Your earnings check will be processed through our online banking system three weeks after the sale!
Refer a Friend
Any consignor who consigns at least 20 acceptable items will have their $10 registration fee returned if one of the following people names you as the person who referred him or her to our sale:
- A new consignor who brings at least 20 acceptable items to the sale (two new consignors cannot refer each other.);
- A new sponsor – a vendor or advertiser – who has not previously applied to work with us.
Be sure to ask your friend to tell us when they register (or apply to advertise) that you are how they heard about us. If you met the criteria, we will refund your consignor fee through either Paypal or your consignor payment three weeks after the sale. Thanks for spreading the word!
Help Us Get the Word Out!
The more we can spread the word, the more successful the sale will be for everyone involved!
Please share our flyers with family, friends, co-workers or anyone else who may benefit from the sale by emailing them or printing them. Also consider placing them (with permission if necessary) anywhere that families frequent.
Thanks for helping us get the word out!
- In order to maintain the quality of the sale, all items must be in new or gently used condition. Clothing must be free of stains, damage, odors or visible wear; toys must have batteries so buyers can test them; puzzles, games and the like must be complete with no missing pieces.
- When you register as a consignor, you will be asked to sign a consignor agreement outlining your responsibilities. One such responsibility is to check to make sure you are not consigning items that have been recalled by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (search for recalled items here).
- If you wouldn’t purchase the item for your child then please assume that others wouldn’t either.
- We will do quality checks at drop off so please don’t be offended if we turn something away. The better the merchandise, the happier the shoppers, and the more money you will make now and at future sales! This is NOT a yard sale.
- It is impossible to list every item that we will accept or decline but use the information below as a reference and please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.
Restock Consignors – Those with a designated restock appointment on Thursday, May 7 can consign anything on the acceptable item list EXCEPT for books and clothing is limited to 25 of your best summer clothing items. These clothing items must be one or more of the following: short sleeves/tanks, shorts, capris, light cotton leggings, light summer dresses, light summer skirts, bathing suits, short sleeved pajamas, or infant size 0 – 24 months light cotton sleepers/sleepsacks. All other acceptable NON clothing items can be restocked without limits.
Sizes and Limits
Clothing infant to size 18 (youth XL) & shoes up to big kids size 7
*Infant sizes 0-18 months clothing (includes items labeled with sizing of 18-24 months) is limited to 50 TOTAL items per consignor (not per gender or size): an outfit will count as one item and you can group up to three of the same sized, same brand items together (a shirt with matching pants and hoodie, 3 same themed onesies, dress with shirt and sweater, etc). Bring your best items for current season and save items that can go into the next season’s sale for that event).
- Spring and summer clothing
- Dance and dress up
- Infant sleepers will be allowed up to size 24 months
- Exceptions: jeans, lightweight pants, long sleeve shirts and lightweight jackets (windbreakers, raincoats) are allowed. Sweatshirts and lightweight fleece jackets are allowed but do sell better at the fall/winter sale so you may want to hold onto some of those for next time.
- NO winter coats, snow suits and snow pants, snow boots, heavy sweaters, heavy fleece, winter hats & mittens, corduroys, fall/winter dresses or holiday items including Halloween costumes
- Fall and winter clothing
- Halloween costumes, dance and dress up
- Exceptions: short sleeved pjs only paired with PANTS and bathing suits will be accepted
- NO sandals, summer dresses, sun hats, shorts, tank tops, short sleeve tops (including onesies), or other spring/summer clothing items
- hats and mittens (season appropriate), belts, ties, backpacks, sunglasses, new with tag socks, etc.
*Accepted all seasons (i.e. skates, etc. can be consigned at spring/summer sale)
Baby Equipment & Items
- Swings, strollers, exersaucers, high chairs, pack ‘n plays etc.
- Car seats/bases (less than 4 years old and accompanied by a completed Car Seat Checklist)
- Bumbo seats MUST have safety strap installed
- Safety equipment (bed rails, gates, childproof locks, etc.)
- Potty items (diaper pails, training seats, sealed disposable diapers, non stained cloth diapers, etc.)
- Feeding items (plates, bottle warmers,bottles etc.)
- Bottles should be sold WITHOUT NIPPLES
- No used sippy cups with plastic inserts or straws
- Bath items
- No bath toys that fill with water
- Bath tubs ONLY manufactured on or after 10/2/17 (further information)
Furniture, Decor & Bedding
- Toddler or twin beds, changing tables, gliders
- Cribs (NO drop side cribs or any cribs manufactured before July, 2011)
- Children’s dressers, desks, bookcases, etc.
- Kids’ decor items such as prints, rugs, lamps, frames, etc.
- Bedding (blankets, quilts and sets) – not a high demand item so only bring your BEST
*large furniture items and cribs CANNOT be marked to donate and must be picked up if not sold – charity partner will not accept them
*NO mattresses (unless being sold with crib or bed)
Toys (any season) & Crafts
- Games and puzzle with ALL PIECES
- Bikes and ride-on toys
- Outdoor toys (slides, swings, sand tables, sand boxes etc.) – BEST SELLERS!
*Battery operated toys must have working batteries to be sold
- Craft items
- Electronic games and equipment (up to E10+ rating; Leapfrog, Playstation, etc.)
- DVDs in original case (up to PG-13 rating)
- Music (CD’s only)
- NO VHS or cassette tapes
- Kids and parenting books
Items that must be NEW WITH TAGS
- Underwear (in the original package)
- Socks or Bibs (unless they are being sold with an outfit and are in like new condition)
- Washcloths and towels
- Receiving blankets and burp cloths
- Stuffed animals (unless battery operated i.e. Tickle Me Elmo)
- Diapers (in original sealed package)
- Breast Pump (in original sealed package)
- Used items from list above
- Off-season, damaged or outdated children’s clothing/shoes
- Maternity or adult clothing
- Rock N Plays (all brands)
- Bath tubs manufactured before Oct. 2017
- Bumbo seats without installed safety strap
- Bath toys that squirt/fill with water
- Cribs manufactured before July 2011 or drop side cribs
- Car Seats/Bases more than 4 years old and without car seat checklist
- Mattresses (unless being sold with crib or toddler bed)
- Crib bumpers sold alone (must be with a set)
- Baby food, formula or opened diapers
- Kids meal toys
- Loose miscellaneous toys or bags of random toys
- Battery operated toys without working batteries
- Incomplete or broken toys, games, etc.
- VHS tapes
How to Prepare Your Items
Remember that a little effort will go a long way in ensuring that:
- You get the best possible price for your items;
- Shoppers are pleased and will return sale after sale;
- Items are properly tagged with your information so that you get credit for them (see tagging page).
All items will be inspected at drop off. Please keep in mind that you will need to fix any items not properly prepared or tagged before they can be accepted.
**Zip ties can be your best friend!**
CHECK FOR RECALLS
Check all items against the Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall List.
Ensure that what you are selling is safe for the next family. It is illegal to sell recalled products and you, the consignor, are the seller.
- Inspect clothing under bright light. Clothing must be clean and free of ANY stains or other damage, odors (smoke, mothballs, etc.) and pet hair. Button buttons, zip zippers, snap snaps, and clip off any loose threads.
- Hang clothing on hangers – no loose clothing will be accepted. We recommend (and prefer) wire hangers. We will accept thin, flat plastic hangers (like those that are used at retail stores) but not thick plastic tubular or wooden hangers.
- Hold the hanger in front of you (or place it on a table) with the hook to the left, making it look like a question mark (?).
- Do not drape pants or other bottoms over hangers, and do not use the plastic slide-clip pants hangers, as they will fall off. Instead, use two safety pins (1 inch or larger) at the waist to attach the pants to the TOP of the hanger (they will slide around at the bottom) or use pants hangers with secure clips.
- Use twist-ties, rubber bands or zip ties to attach multiple hangers together when selling sets or outfits that cannot be hung together on one hanger.
TIP: Remember the minimum price is $1.
Consider grouping items like onesies together on a hanger, and selling outfits and sets together. All items in a set must be the same size and will sell best if they are the same brand. For shirt and pants sets, don’t tuck the pants inside the shirt where they won’t be seen: instead, hang shirt facing front, then turn the hanger around and safety pin the bottoms to the TOP of separate hanger facing out the other way. Hang accessories that came with the outfit, such as hats, in a ziploc bag pinned to the hanger. Be sure to tape the ziploc opening shut so it cannot be opened.
- Be picky and choose only your best shoes that are in NEW or LIKE NEW condition (very clean with no scuffs, dirt or visible wear).
- Tie shoelaces together or if there are none, use rubber bands or a plastic zip tie to hold them together. Make sure the tag is attached to the shoes themselves via a pin or zip tie (no tape); do not bring shoes in their boxes unless they are new and sealed. If you HAVE to put shoes in a ziplock bag, be sure they attached together inside the bag and the tag is securely attached to the shoes (not the bag). Otherwise, shoes will get separated and tags lost.
TIP: Items that are not worn every day, such as dress shoes, will likely be in the best condition and will therefore sell better.
- Wash and only bring your best – this is not a big seller.
- Bring items to drop off with hangers and large safety pins but DO NOT secure them until AFTER inspection.
- Wipe toys clean – there should be no visible dirt, even on outdoor toys. Toys that are cracked or show excessive wear or fading will not be accepted.
- Test and insert working batteries. Inexpensive batteries can be purchased at the Dollar Store and similar retail outlets.
- Check that games and puzzles are complete, then tape boxes shut.
- Place any loose parts in ziploc bag, tape bag shut and secure to toy using zip ties or clear packing tape. Scotch and masking tape are not strong enough to prevent toys from being separated when handled by shoppers.
TIP: Consider grouping like toys, such as Hot Wheels cars or action figures, together in sets.
Car Seats & Bases
(Must be less than 4 years old)
- Check seat/base manufacture or expiration date on back. Seat/base must be less than 4 years old.
- Use the car seat checklist to determine whether your seat/base is able to be sold. If it is, print, complete and sign the car seat/base checklist and bring it with you to dropoff.
- Clean straps and covers, and all the gook that collects under the covers!
- Include the manual (place in plastic bag and use packing tape to attach to seat) – download from manufacturer’s website if necessary.
Baby Equipment & Furniture
- Clean ALL parts and insert batteries as needed.
- Place small parts and manual (download from manufacturer’s website if needed) in ziploc bags and tape to item.
- In order to legally be sold, cribs must have been manufactured July, 2011, or later. See more information here.
- Plan to assemble your items at drop off, as they will be much more likely to sell if people can see exactly what they are getting. If you absolutely cannot assemble an item, then you must include a picture of the item fully assembled.
TIP: If your item is still available retail, include a printout from a webpage or store showing the retail value. Shoppers will appreciate the value you are offering them.
- Books can be sold individually or multiple books can be packaged in a ziplock bag with tag taped to OUTSIDE of bag (try to be careful where you tape the tag so the book isn’t damaged when the tag is removed).
- DVD’s – please check for scratches and package in original case.
How To Enter Your Inventory
Once you are registered as a consignor, you will be able to enter inventory.
TIP: It may be easier if you sort your items into types (ie: size 5 girls clothing, books, etc.) before you start. It also helps to then sort those groupings by price (ie. put all $1 items in a pile, $2 items in pile etc.).
For each item:
- Choose the correct CATEGORY. This will help ensure that we have adequate rack and table space, and will determine which items require us to charge the buyer sales tax.
- Indicate the SIZE when applicable so that your item can be hung in the correct place. All clothing should have a number size (if the tag says S, M or L, use other clothing or your child’s age at the time he/she wore it to determine number size).
- Write a clear, concise DESCRIPTION (clothing must include color, brand, type and any identifying feautures) and all other items must include as many identifying features as possible (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book, Fisher Price monkey piano, Evenflo pink exersaucer with safari animals, etc.) – this is important in case a tag gets separated from its item. DO NOT WRITE “SHIRT” OR “BOOK” etc. as those items will be turned away. Items with multiple parts: Clothing sets should only have one tag but the description on that tag should mention if there is more than one item being sold (i.e. “2 PC set: Gap red shorts w/ blue heart shirt”). However, if a non-clothing item has more than one piece (ie: a large toy with a bag of accessories ziptied to it) then be sure to enter “PART 1 OF 2” (or whatever number is appropriate) on second line of the main tag description. When tagging the additional parts or accessories, you will want to tape a small piece of paper to the additional parts with the item description, your consignor #, the item # from the main tag and note “PART 2 OF 2”, etc. and ziptie the accessories to the main item. That way, if they get separated we will know how to match them up.
- Choose a PRICE. Check out our Pricing Guide for help. We recommend that you charge approximately 30% of what the item would cost retail. There is an abundance of infant clothing, so price it competitively. Think about what you would pay for the item.
- Indicate QUANTITY of the item you are selling (this will generally be one, unless you are selling identical items). Each item will print an individual tag with a unique item number.
- DISCOUNT: We highly recommend marking your items to “discount” which allows them to sell for 50% off on Saturday. You’re better off getting 50% off than nothing at all and Saturday shoppers tend to zero in on the discounted items and leave the full price items behind. *TIP: If you are going to discount, DO NOT mark the item up just because you are going to discount it on Saturday. You’re better off to price it reasonably, giving it a better chance to sell at full price Wednesday – Friday then you are to overprice it and only have one shot to sell it for 1/2 price!
- DONATE: Select whether your item should be *donated” to charity if it goes unsold. Reminder – cribs and other large furniture (changing tables, bureaus, toddler/twin beds, etc.) can NOT be marked to donate as the charity will not accept them. If you are marking an item to be donated, it will AUTOMATICALLY be marked to discount. *SORT FEE – please see below.
- Once you’ve entered at least 6 items, you can start PRINTING tags (they print 6 to a sheet, so printing 6 at a time will save cover stock). Or you can choose to wait and print them all at once.
*Please note that there is a $20 Sort Fee that will be assessed ONLY to consignors who mark their items to be picked up (versus donated) but then do not come to retrieve them at consignor pick up. Sorting items by consignor number takes our volunteers a lot of time when instead, these items could have quickly been pulled to the donation area if they had been marked as donate to begin with. Our hope is that no one will be assessed this fee since it can easily be avoided.
Information for returning consignors
If you have unsold, non donated items from our last sale, they are still in our system and you can easily bring them into your inventory for this sale. You can even use the same tags (unless you edit the price or other information).
Please remember that in order to place those items into this sale you must bring them from your inactive inventory into your active inventory. If you don’t do this, our computers won’t recognize the bar codes on those items when customers try to purchase them.
In order to do this, go into the consignor login and:
- Click on “Work with Consigned Inventory.”
- Click on “Work with Inactive Inventory.”
- Check off those items you plan on putting up for sale again, and click on the “Make Selected Inventory Active for Upcoming Sale” button.
- If you need to change the price or otherwise edit the information for the item, you will be able to do this once you go back into your Active Inventory.
All items that you sold or donated at the last sale have been cleared from your inventory. While working with your inactive inventory, you should delete any items that you no longer have or no longer intend to sell.
How to Tag Your Items
Wire hangers – A LIMITED supply is being sold by one of our consignors (50 for $5.00 or 100 for $10.00) – please email us to be put in contact with her. Otherwise, try your local drycleaner, Freecycle, Old Navy, ask on Facebook groups or ask your friends! You can also find some reasonable prices on Amazon or Walmart etc.
The following supplies are available for pickup in Franklin by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tagging guns with 500 barbs = $10
- Refill barbs, 500 = $2
- Replacement needle = $1
Be sure to print your tags on 65-pound or 67-pound white cover stock. (for example, this paper available at Staples). Cover stock is heavier than paper – which may tear off – and lighter than card stock, which might be difficult to poke pins through. Be sure you print at a high enough quality setting that the bar codes are crisp and clear for out checkout scanners.
Also note that once you have printed a tag, you cannot edit information on it (either online or by hand). The barcode will still contain the original information. To make a change, you MUST make the change through your consignor account, and then reprint the tag.
Items on Hangers
- Lay the item on a table in front of you, so that it’s facing you and the hanger is forming a question mark (?).
- Using a TAGGING GUN, put the barb through the item’s tag or the right (as you are looking at it) armpit seam so that you do not damage the clothing item. Tagging guns with 500 barbs and one replacement needle can be purchased for $10 and picked up in Franklin by emailing email@example.com. We order ours from http://www.bargainprice4u.com (click on tagging gun set) if you’d like to order one on your own and have it shipped to your home (please note they come from China so be sure to order well in advance).
- If you have multiple (maximum of three) articles of clothing that you are selling together, attach the tag to the front, outermost garment. Make sure the item description on the tag states how many pieces are in the set and identifies what they are (i.e 3 pc set: purple leggings, plaid shirt and grey hoodie).
Toys, Baby Equipment, Furniture, etc.
- Tape the tag to the item with CLEAR PACKING TAPE. Scotch tape will fall off during handling, and tape must be clear. Do NOT tape over the barcode on your tag and try to put the tape in a spot that will not damage the item when removed.
- When there are multiple parts to an item tape the printed tag to the main item, and then handprint tags for the additional parts.
For example, a Little People Garage with cars and people that have been put in a ziploc bag and taped to the garage – you would tape the printed barcode tag to the garage. The printed tag should say in the description “Little People Garage Part 1 of 2.” Now handwrite a tag that includes your consignor number and the same item number from the printed tag, and write “Little People Garage Part 2 of 2” and affix to the bag of cars and people. Tape all ziploc bags shut.
- Use a safety pin or zip tie to secure the tag and to attach shoes together. (Tags taped on shoe bottoms will fall off.)
- Please be sure to choose the “sports” category for any sports gear such as cleats or skates.
- Secure tag on back cover using clear packing tape – one piece of tape should be fine so covers aren’t damaged when tag is removed.
- If you are selling items as a set then note each item in tag description and tape bag shut.
- Large Items – Please be sure to have all items tagged when you arrive at drop off. Our volunteers will then instruct you on how to affix large item claim tickets to certain large items (along with your original tag so please be sure to have that).
- Tape all ziploc bags shut so parts don’t get separated and lost.
- Please note that hangers, pins, etc. cannot be returned after the sale.
While pricing is solely at the discretion of the consignor, we understand how difficult it can be to properly price items to sell. That is why we have put together the following tips and guide for reference.
- Think about what YOU (as a buyer) would pay for the item and although it can be tough, try to set aside the sentimental value it may have for you.
- Price competitively (especially infant clothing as there is an abundance) – there may be many of the same items and shoppers are going to gravitate toward the lowest priced item.
- We recommend marking items to go ½ price on the last sale day because if an item doesn’t sell at full price on sale day then it most likely won’t sell at full price on ½ price day. Also, last day shoppers tend to zero in on the 1/2 price items as they feel the full price items are no longer a bargain.
- If the shoppers feel they are getting great bargains, they will spread the word about the sale. The more shoppers the sale attracts, the more you will sell!
- Remember that if you mark an item as “donate”, you can may be able to use it as a tax deduction.
- Presentation matters – shoppers are looking for clean quality items and will happily buy them.
In general, 1/3 of the retail price is a good starting point for a used item and you can go up or down from there depending on a number of factors. Condition, brand, popularity/demand, originality (i.e. handmade items), age, model, etc. all effect the price of the item. Items that are new with tags (NWT) can sometimes sell for 50% – 75% of original retail.
As an example, we’ll take a look at toys. Brands such as American Girl, Disney, Legos, Little Tikes, and Thomas are all very popular, high quality items and can be priced higher (about 50% to 60% of retail) than similar items of lesser known brands. Toys that are popular but no longer made, such as Fisher Price Rescue Heroes, can also be priced a bit higher due to demand. Big ticket items such as Little Tikes and Step 2 playhouses, climbers, kitchens, tool benches and sand and water tables that are complete and in good condition are very sought after and will get top dollar.
In the guide, we offer price ranges for your average item. Consider all of the factors mentioned above when deciding where in the range (or possibly outside of the range) your item falls. We tried to point out with an * some common expensive items such as strollers that can be priced well above the range. For example, a one year old $500 Bob stroller could certainly sell for at least $250 which is outside of the $20-$70 range.
Larger sizes normally cost more. High end brands like Gymboree, Janie & Jack, Gap, Ralph Lauren, etc., should be at the higher end of the range; brands like Osh Kosh, The Children’s Place, Carter’s and Old Navy in the middle and discount brands such as those from Wal Mart and Target at the bottom. Boutique clothing should be marked as such on the tag and can be priced higher than the maximum range shown below.
|Jumpers (for doorway)||$8-$15|
|Pack ‘N Plays||$20-$50|
|Glider with Ottoman||$50-$100|
|Umbrella Strollers||$5-$15* premium brands may be beyond this range (ex. Chicco, Maclaren, etc.)|
|Single Strollers||$20-$70* premium brands may be beyond this range (ex. Bob, Peg Perego, Bugaboo)|
|Double Strollers||$30-$80* premium brands may be beyond this range(see above)|
|Strollers w/ Car Seat and Base||$50-$90* premium brands may be beyond this range (see above)|
|Bedding Sets||$10-$50* higher end for premium brands (ex. Pottery Barn, CoCalo)|
|Boppy Pillows||$6-$15 (higher end if selling w/ extra cover)|
|Infant Carriers/Slings/ Backpacks||$6-$35 (higher end for Bjorn)|
|Books||group together since minimum price is $1|