Preparing Books | Preparing Shoes | Preparing Equipment | Preparing DVDs
The Sales Event will be set-up similar to a retail store. Presentation is a MUST! Prepare your items so that they are appealing to buyers. Think: "Would I buy this for my children?"
At the very least, you need to:
Wash all clothing.
Wipe down all equipment and toys.
Inspect all items for stains, rips, tears or damage.
Make sure all parts are included and in working order.
Include the manuals or instructions if you have them.
Test any electronic items. Batteries must be included.
Price your items TO SELL. Use the philosophy "everything must go". The pricing rule of thumb is 40-50% off the retail price for baby equipment, 25-80% off for clothing and 20-75% off for toys and books. Items that are brand new and still have tags can be priced slightly higher. Price it fair enough that it has a good possibility of being sold in the first two days! Elect to make the item 50% off on discount day if you really want the item to go....every item sold is more money in your pocket!
Upscale & Boutique items (eg: Janie & Jackie, Lilly Pulitzer, Polo, Guess) should be priced higher then chain Stores (Gymboree, Gap, Old Navy, The Children's Place, Babies R Us). We do not accept items from discount stores including Walmart, KMart and Target unless they are BRAND NEW or EXCELLENT condition.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
1. Wire Hangers: Wire hangers are mandatory. You can get these from any local dry cleaner for free or a small price. You can also purchase from Ebay or Craigslist. Type "wire hangers" in their search area. You can also contact either Alison or Meredith to see if they have any for sale.
2. Cardstock Paper: ONLY 60-67# weight is acceptable in white or off-white. These can be purchased at Staples or Office Max for about $8.00 for 250 sheets. Regular white copy paper will NOT be accepted because they easily tear and get lost during sales. Tags will be printed 6 to a page. Do not double-side print
3. Safety pins: To secure pants and other clothing to hangers and to attach price tags. You can also use a tagging gun to secure tags, but safety pins must be used to secure clothing to hangers. Straight pins are not acceptable.
4. Clear Packing Tape: To secure tags to toys, books and other items where pins do not work. Painters tape is preferred for attaching tags to books so the books are not damaged when tape is removed.
5. Zip top bags: To put shoes and small parts/accessories in. Puzzle pieces must be counted and put in a zip top bag and then put in the puzzle box.
PREPARING CLOTHING ITEMS:
Button all buttons! Zipper all zippers! Snap all snaps! Make your clothes look as store-presentable as possible.
1. Wash/freshen all clothing items. We highly recommend ironing all clothes, but if this is not possible, throw them in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet to get out any wrinkles and give them a nice clean smell before hanging them.
2. Hang items on a hanger with the hook facing left like a question mark. Click here to see example.
3. Pin pants, skirts and shorts on both sides to the top portion of the hanger so they hang straight. Do not fold over the hanger as they will fall to the floor. Click here to see example.
4. Facing the garment, pin price tag to the upper right-hand corner. If the garment is made of a fabric that could be ruined by this, pin to the inside tag facing forward. If using a pricing gun, facing the garment place tag to the right armpit or waist . Click here to see example.
Small, low-priced items like onesies, bibs & socks are to be priced and packaged together. Use zip top bags. Tape the price tag to the outside of the bag. Tape ONLY two or three sides of the tag but do NOT cover the barcode.
NOTE: The minimum price on clothing is $2.00. You can combine items together on one hanger to make a complete outfit if you like. Example: Put 2 or 3 onesies or add in a coordinating pair of socks or hat to an outfit or garment. If you bought the items as an outfit, include them on the hanger this way, pinning the accessories to the hanger or garment. This will yield you a higher price.
Toys that are currently popular, in the original packaging, brand name (ie: Melissa & Doug, Fisher Price, Hasbro) and/or in new or excellent condition can be priced slightly higher.
Clean all toys with Clorox, wet wipes or Magic Eraser
The cleaner the toy, the better the chance it sells!
Check and/or replace batteries. Items will not be accepted unless you can show us the toy works.
Put any small/corresponding parts in a zip top bag and tape to the item
Affix tag with clear packing tape. Tape at least two sides of the tag but do not tape/cover the barcode/bottom of tag.
Instruction Manuals help sell an item. If you no longer have it, consider downloading the manual from the company's website and attaching to the item in a zip top bag.
PREPARING VIDEO GAME UNITS:
Verify system is working
Put any chargers/controllers/instruction manual, misc. parts in a Zip top bag and tape to the unit
Affix tag with clear packing tape. Tape at least two sides of the tag but do not cover the barcode.
Instruction Manuals help sell an item. If you no longer have it, consider downloading from the company's website and attaching to the item.
Affix tag with tape to the BACK of book. Tape at least two sides of the tag but do not cover/tape the barcode/bottom of tag. Painters tape is preferable for attaching tags to books because it does not damage book when removed but it is not required.
If you want to sell several books together for one price, use a large rubber band to secure all books together. Book bundles are great sellers!
Shoes should be priced low (between $2-$4) unless they are brand-new.
Clean shoes (The magic eraser works great on sneakers) and tie laces of left and right shoe together
Place shoes in Zip top bag if they can not be attached securely in another way. If both shoes do not fit in on zip top bag, place each shoe in a zip top bag and secure two bags together with packing tape.
Affix tag with clear packaging tape to the back of the bag where the soles of the shoes are or pin the tag to a fabric part or tag of the shoes if the shoes are not in a bag. Make sure the tag is secure. If taping the tag, tape at least two sides of the tag but do not cover/tape the barcode/tag bottom.
Tape the bag closed using packaging tape. This will keep inside contents from getting lost during sale.
Do a little comparative research on ebay and Craigslist to see what similar items are selling for! High-dollar items (strollers, swings, pack & plays, etc.) typically sell well at 40%-50% off retail pricing. If in excellent condition, these items hold their value very well.
Clean equipment with Clorox, wet wipe and/or Magic Eraser. The cleaner it is, the better it sells!
Affix tag with clear packing tape to item if there is nowhere to utilize a safety pin. Tape at least two sides of the tag but do not cover/tape the barcode/tag bottom.
Instruction Manuals help sell an item. If you no longer have it, consider downloading one from the company's website and attaching it to the item in a Ziploc bag
NOTE: At the drop- off, you will be required to setup your equipment (this includes cribs, changing tables, pack and play, swings, etc). We do not have staff to set up these large items. Please bring your own tools to do so if required.
Ensure that the DVD works. (DVD's will be checked for excessive scratches during check-in)
Place DVDs in storage case. If you do not have the original case, please purchase generic cases. These can be purchased at any office store or department stores that have a video department such as Target, Wal-Mart, etc.
Last updated on Jan 13 2017.