How to Consign Online - Our Consignor Checklist
Step 1: Register
- Read and accept online consignor agreement;
- Pay $10 non-refundable fee (Refer a friend and we’ll return your fee)
Once registered, use **Consignor Login** (in menu) to:
- Sign up for a drop off appointment
- Sign up to help out on our NSU Crew (optional – to increase earnings from 60% up to 75% and shop earlier)
- Enter Inventory
- Print tags of SOLD items and drop them off!
Drop off hours are by appointment only for registered consignors. Sign up for an appointment through your Consignor Login
Drop off dates: Oct. 18 & 19
As long as you consign at least 20 acceptable items, you earn access to our private presale!
Please refer to the terms of your signed Consignor Agreement regarding fees for sold items requiring a refund and items that are not dropped off.
Refer a Friend
Any consignor who consigns at least 20 acceptable items will have their $10 registration fee returned if a new consignor who consigns at least 20 acceptable items to the sale names you as the person who referred him or her to our sale. Two new consignors cannot refer each other and “new” is defined as never having consigned at either an online or in-person sale.
Be sure to ask your friend to tell us when they register that you are how they heard about us. If you meet 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!
Accepted Items for ONLINE Sale
How do these differ from an in-person sale?
- Quality inspection is in YOUR hands so please be thorough and only list your best items! Inspect your items under bright light prior to listing. Once your drop your items with us, they have already been purchased and a happy shopper is coming to pick them up – please don’t disappoint. Shoppers will have an opportunity to quality check their items before taking them home. 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. A rejected item, with Next Size Up approval, will result in a refund to the shopper, a fee to the consignor, you will not get paid for the item and it will not be returned to you (please refer to your seller agreement for details) so be sure to carefully check your items PRIOR to listing them for sale. If you’re not certain you should list it, save it for an in-person sale where we can see the item at drop off and advise you.
- We will accept larger clothing sizes – current styles and popular brands in young women’s/young men’s clothing, as well as maternity wear which are not accepted at in-person sales and Halloween costumes which are normally only accepted at our fall sale.
- There will be no quantity limits on infant sizes.
- Next Size Up reserves the right to remove any listing that does not adhere to our quality standards, acceptable items, or contains a poor quality or stock photo.
- List items that show/represent themselves well in a photo for online and save others that don’t for an in-person sale.
- 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.
- 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.
Sizes and Limits
Clothing and shoes infant to young women/young men
- Spring and summer current style kids clothing
- Spring and summer popular brands and current styles in young women and young men
- Dance, dress up and Halloween costumes
- Infant sleepers will be allowed up to size 24 months
- Exceptions: jeans, lightweight pants, long sleeve shirts and lightweight jackets (windbreakers, raincoats), sweatshirts and lightweight fleece jackets are allowed.
- NO winter coats, snow suits and snow pants, snow boots, heavy sweaters, heavy fleece, winter hats & mittens, corduroys, fall/winter dresses or out of season holiday items (exception – 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, sleds 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.)
- NO Rock ‘N Plays in any brand (recall issue)
- 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 consign your BEST
*large furniture items and cribs CANNOT be marked to donate and if brought to in-person sale, 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 clothing/shoes
- Play jewelry (lead)
- 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
How does this differ from an in-person sale?
- We will not be picky about types of hangers used for clothing, but do require them!
- If you have more than one item bought by the same shopper, do NOT package them together. For ex. if you had 3 books sold separately and were bought by the same shopper, do not bag them together as it will throw off our counts during bag check.
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 and ready for drop off (see tagging page).
All items may 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.
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 current style, 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 are picky about our in-person hangers but you can use any hanger for online consigning.
- 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).
- Shoes can be placed in a ziplock bag. Otherwise, you can 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 taped to the bag or to the shoes themselves via a pin or zip tie (not tape); do not bring shoes in their boxes unless they are new and sealed.
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.
- 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.
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
How will this differ from an in-person sale?
- You will need to upload a photo for each item and check a box to mark it ready for online sale (see below for details).
- Although choosing the correct category, size and your description are important at in-person sale, they are what drives the shopper to your item in an online sale. Shoppers will be searching specific brands, sizes, labels etc. so the more descriptive you are, the more likely shoppers will find your items in the online store. A bike listed in the game category will NOT be found!
- You’ll still mark items to donate or not donate even though that isn’t an option at our online sale since you’re only dropping sold items with us (but if item doesn’t sell, it will be ready for our next in-person sale)
- Do NOT use the quantity button if you have multiple items that are the same (instead enter them each individually as they will each need their own photo).
- Since you’re not printing tags until after the sale is over, you may find it easier to attach a sticky note or something to each item as you enter it to note its item #. That way, when it’s time to print and attach tags, you know which tag goes with which item. This is especially helpful if you have items that are being sold separately and are similar to each other.
- Be careful of duplicate items (we don’t want to sell an item that doesn’t exist and then have to deal with a refund/fee). Be organized with you 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 is SO IMPORTANT in an online sale! It will shoppers to search/find your items! If your category is not accurate then your item will be lost in the mix and will NOT sell! It also triggers which items require us to charge the buyer sales tax. Do NOT use any of the “other” categories unless you absolutely cannot find another one to accurately represent your item. If you do find the need to use the “other” category, be sure you have included key searchable words (brand, type of item etc) in your item description so it can be found in our store.
- Indicate the SIZE when applicable so that your item can be hung in the correct place. All kids clothing should have a number size (if the tag says S, M or L, google that brand’s sizes to see what the equivalent numerical size is). Junior clothing should be sized according to junior size and young men/women will be sized XS, S, M, L, XL (for young men/women clothing you can also note numerical size in description if there is one). Just be sure your clothing category is correctly identified as boys, girls, junior or young men/women so it is clear. Also, if an item is marked size 3-6 months, 8-10 etc, always choose the SMALLER size to identify it by since a) it’s better to buy something too big than too small and b) used clothing has often shrunk anyway.
- Write a clear, concise DESCRIPTION ((clothing must include brand, color, type and all other items must include as many identifying features/key words as possible (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book, Fisher Price monkey piano, Evenflo pink exersaucer with safari animals, etc.)) Note NEW if an item is new. Do NOT use commas in your description. 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”).
- 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 1 with EVERY item! If you have more than one of the same item, enter them each INDIVIDUALLY for the online sale because each needs their own photo uploaded.
- DISCOUNT: We highly recommend marking your items to “discount” which allows them to sell for 50% off on discount day. You’re better off getting 50% off than nothing at all and discount day 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. You’re better off to price it reasonably, giving it a better chance to sell at full price on full price days then you are to overprice it and only have one shot to sell it for 1/2 price!
- DONATE: Although, we will not be taking donations for our online sale, you still need to select whether your item should be *donated” to charity. That way, if it does not sell and you want to bring it to a future in-person sale, it will be listed correctly in your inventory. 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.
- PHOTO: Click the camera icon to attach an image to your item. Image must be 5MB or smaller and must be a .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png file (you will get an error message if you try to load another file type). Square photos are best (vertical mode). Don’t use portrait/horizontal or landscape as they upload sideways to Shopify. Photo tips: Backgrounds should be uncluttered, clean and plain. Use dark backgrounds for light colored items and light backgrounds for dark colored items, no stock photos (must be of actual item), get close to the item, everything in your listing must be shown in your photo (nothing more, nothing less). You are limited to one photo per item but you can use apps like piccollage to create a collage of images of your item. Double check your photos are correct by clicking on them before marking them “ready for online sale”. *Please note, photos do NOT carry over from sale to sale so you may want to save them on your device (however, also consider whether your photo needs a refresh if the item didn’t sell).
- READY FOR ONLINE SALE: Click this box when you are finished making any changes to your item. After the inventory deadline, I will load all of your items into our Shopify store and you will see a lock on your items. The lock on the items shows that you can no longer make changes to them and they been listed for sale.
- IDENTIFYING ITEMS FOR TAGGING LATER: Since you’re not printing tags until after the sale is over, you may find it easier to attach a sticky note or small piece of masking tape to each item as you enter it to note its’ assigned item #. That way, when it’s time to print and attach tags (which also show item #), you know which tag goes with which item. This is especially helpful if you have items that are being sold separately but are similar to each other and you need to ensure that the right tag goes on the right item. It may also be helpful to place items by item # in bins or piles once they’ve been entered so you know where to find each item #.
- PRINTING TAGS: Once the Shopify sale is over, I will upload your sold items and instruct you to print your ONLINE sold item tags. These tags will be different from our in-person tags.
- ***Be sure you have not entered any DUPLICATE items as that could result in more than one person purchasing your single item and therefore, refund fees being assessed to your account.
Information for returning consignors
If you have unsold, non donated items from our last in-person sale, they are still in our system as inactive inventory and you can easily bring them into your active inventory for this sale. Keep your old tags on them in case they don’t sell online and you want to bring them to a future in-person sale (unless you edit the price or other information). If the item sells, just staple the new online tag over your old one. If you have unsold items from our last online sale, they also can be brought into your active inventory.
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.
- Add a photo to the item (photos are cleared out from sale to sale)
- Check the box “Ready for Online Sale” (once the inventory deadline arrives, I will upload all items marked as such and you will see a lock on your item (meaning no changes can be made and the item has been loaded into our Shopify store to be sold). Do NOT mark an item ready unless you are certain it is truly ready to be put up for sale.
All items that you sold (or donated – if in-person) 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. Also, be sure to consider why an item didn’t sell and consider adjusting the price and/or updating the description and/or category. Also be sure to take a great photo!
How to Tag Your Items
How will this differ from an in-person sale?
- Print ONLINE SOLD TAGS (different from in-person tags)!
- You will ONLY tag your sold items! Once the Shopify sale is over, I will upload all sold items to your inventory and give you instructions to print your sold tags and attach them to your sold items.
- Attach tags to clothing using safety pins or tagging guns (pin/tag to clothing tag at neck or somewhere that won’t make a visible hole but is easy for us to see).
- You can use regular printer paper (vs. cardstock) for tags
Go to “print tags”> “print ONLINE sold tags” (it’s very important that you don’t print the larger tags used for in-person sales). Online tags have the shopper code you will need to sort your items at drop off.
Be sure you print at a high enough quality setting that the bar codes are crisp and clear for our scanners
Do NOT combine items together that were sold separately – even if they were bought by the same shopper and have the same shopper code on the tags. We need each individually sold item separate in order to count that the correct number of items are in each shopper’s bag.
If you have an item that was sold as a set or with a bag of accessories etc., be sure they are secured together so they won’t get separated. If you have something that could get separated, be sure to tape a small piece of paper to the additional parts with the item description, your consignor #, the item # and shopper code from the main tag and note “PART 2 OF 2”, etc. That way, if they get separated we will know how to match them up.
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 safety pin, pin tag to clothing tag either at neck or a seam where it won’t make damaging holes in the item.
- 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) and hangers are secured together.
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 tape a piece of paper to each additional item including the item # and your consignor id from the main tag (in case the parts get separated from the main item).
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) or place shoes in ziploc bag with tag taped to outside.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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|