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When selecting items to consign, BE PICKY! Look at everything as though you were going to purchase it. Items will be closely inspected and anything with stains, holes, fading, or obvious wear will not be accepted. Please also check for current fashion (within the last five years).

CLOTHING

  • All clothing must be hung on hangers with the hook pointing to the left (like a question mark) and the tag safety pinned (NO straight pins) to the right shoulder as you are facing it. Any kind of hanger is fine (plastic, wire) as long as the article fits securely on the hanger without falling off.

  • You may attach tags by using a tagging gun, however, the plastic barbs must be inserted through a seam or through the manufacturer’s tag! Barbs will damage clothing if they are inserted incorrectly.

  • Pants must be hung by safety pinning the waist band to the cross bars (not the bottom) of the hanger, or by using a hanger with pant clips.

  • When hanging a multiple piece outfit, make sure each piece can be easily seen. Here’s how: Turn the shirt around so that you are facing the back of the shirt, then safety pin the top of the pants/skirt to the shoulders of the shirt. Try to grasp the lines of the hanger in the safety pin as well, so the pants do not weigh-down the shirt.

  • DO NOT use Ziploc bags for clothing, onesies or pajamas! Shoppers won’t buy items they can’t fully see. All clothing must be on hangers (unless new, in original store packaging).

  • Have multiple items you want to sell together? There are two options: 1. Hang the first item on the hanger and pin the others to the shoulders of the one on the hanger. 2. Put each item on its own hanger and rubberband the hangers together. In either case, make sure to put the quantity in the description on the tag.

  • If a shirt has a wide neck and doesn’t stay on a hanger securely, safety pin the shirt onto the hanger near the shoulders or neck to make sure it stays.

  • Make your items look brand new. The more time you take to wash and iron your clothing, the better they will look to a buyer. Also, button all the buttons, zip all zippers, tie all bows, etc.

  • Please do not use S, M, L on your tags except for maternity clothes.

 

STAIN REMOVAL TIPS

  • Grease Stains: For dark spots on dark fabrics, which are usually grease stains, use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Rub into the stain and wash as normal. Almost always works great, even if the item has been dried in the dryer. Occasionally it will take treating twice.

  • Yellow Stains: Mix about 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent (such as Cascade) with 1/2 cup of Clorox 2 (the pink liquid) in about 1-2 gallons of water. Soak the stained item in the mixture for several hours, and then wash as usual. Works for other types of stains as well.

 

SHOES

  • Laces and shoes must be in excellent condition! All shoes will go through strict inspection and will not be accepted if they are dirty, scuffed, smelly or overly worn.

  • Shoes must be tied in pairs by shoelaces or ribbon.

  • Attach the tag with a large safety pin or punch a hole in the tag and tie it on with ribbon.

  • Please do not put the tag on the shoebox. Shoes are easily separated from their box.

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders on making shoes look new again!

 

LOOSE ITEMS

  • Many small items such as belts, bottles, bibs, and hairbows, fit GREAT in Ziploc bags. We DO recommend using Ziploc bags for small items. Attach the tag to the outside of the bag with packing tape or a safety pin. Make sure not to cover the bar code with the tape.

  • Tape the bags closed with packing tape to prevent little hands from reaching in.

 

TOYS

  • All items must be clean, in working order and include working batteries if required.

  • Small parts should be bagged and taped or cable tied to the main part of the toy very securely.  If parts get separated, the item will not sell.

  • Several small items can be grouped together in Ziplock bags (books, rattles, grab bags or small toys). Please list all items on tag. Please DO NOT cover the bar code with tape.

  • Games and Puzzles should have all pieces and be tied or taped closed.

  • Books can be priced individually by taping the tag to the book (blue painter’s tape works best). You can also combine several books with ribbon or twine, or you can place them in a Ziplock bag. Make sure to tape the bag shut and tape the tag to the outside of the bag. Also include the number of books in the description line.

  • Stuffed Animals will only be accepted if they are quality and good condition. 

  • Movies and video games must be age appropriate. We do not accept “R” rated movies or “M” rated games. Please check every DVD case to make sure that the movie/game is in the case.

  • Large toys and outdoor play equipment must be clean! Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work wonders on these items.

 

EQUIPMENT & FURNITURE

  • Make sure all items have not been recalled by the manufacturer. This information can be found at the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall website.

  • Car seats that are more than 5 years old can not be accepted. The manufactured date should be on the bottom. Check the recall list or call the Dept of transportation 1-800-424-9393.

  • Equipment that requires batteries must have working batteries in them (swings, bouncy seats, monitors, etc.).

  • Cribs & toddler beds must meet safety requirements and must be assembled on the sales floor. Please allow yourself time during drop-off (and bring a helper, if necessary) to assemble these items.

  • Be careful of where you place the tape so it does not damage the item when removed.

 

MAKING YOUR TAGS

  • Login to your Consignor Homepage (using your consignor # and password).

  • Enter the information for your tags.  Write good descriptions!  If a tag is separated from an item the only way we can match it back up is by the description. Good examples are: brand, color, description and size. If your item is “NEW” or “Only worn twice”, put that on the tag. Those phrases catch shoppers’ eyes! Instead of just writing Black Shoe, try a more detailed description such as NEW Black and White Nike Boys Shoe Size 8.

  • Print your tags on white cardstock (regular paper tears too easily). Set your printer to draft to create clear bar codes. 6 tags will print per page.

  • For added security, consider placing a piece of packing tape over the safety pin once the tag is pinned to the item.

  • Track your sales online. Your account will be updated each night by Mid-Night!

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PO Box 1192

Blue Springs, Mo 64013

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