Preparing your items

​Please contact us if you have any questions before you prepare your items! We will be happy to help!​​


Supplies

The following items are helpful to have on-hand during preparation:

 

  • scissors

  • white or light colored card stock with NO shine or embellishments   (For printing tags - regular paper is too thin, dark/blue/green card stock and card stock with different shine and embellishment does not always work with the register scanners and SLOWS down us helping customers!)

  • clear packing tape 

  • a tagging gun or med-large safety pins    (Tagging guns are optional. Tagging guns or safety pins are used to attach tags to clothing and soft items.  No straight pins or stapling allowed.  Please be careful to tag items or insert pins through existing seams or tags on items.  Most tagging guns and safety pins leave holes in clothing and soft goods, leaving shoppers sad or reluctant to purchase.)

  • ziploc bags

  • zip ties/string/narrow ribbon

  • hangers 

  • replacement ink cartridge for printer (just in case!)



Gather items

Plan ahead! It will be worth it!

Don't forget to pull out toys (big and small), outdoor toys, outdoor play equipment, books, outgrown sports equipment, shoes, and more.  You would be AMAZED at how big the checks are for our consignors who dig it all out and bring it to the sale.


Refer to our accepted items list and check for recalls. Please refer to our SAFETY page on this site for more information. Also, recall information can be found on the CPSC website.  Recall information can also be found on an excellent website called We Make It Safer. They do a fantastic job of keeping up with newly released updates on recalls - these can be very tricky to find on the CPSC website. And the search engine is much easier to use...

*Note: We now have two clothing limits.

1. INFANT CLOTHING 0-9 months: 50 total clothing items in sizes Newborn-9 months, regardless of gender.

  • ten size 3 month girl clothing items

  • twenty size 9 month girl clothing items

  • fifteen size "newborn" boy clothing items

  • five size 6 month boy clothing items

2. ALL CLOTHING: 150 TOTAL clothing items. Unless...see below!

  • Returning consignors who have a 70% sell through (sold at least 70% of all items in the previous sale) will earn an unlimited clothing limit.

  • Returning consignors may ALSO email us to get approval to bring more than 150 clothing items. 

  • New consignors will be held to the 150 total clothing item limit until they participate for one sale and demonstrate at 70% sell through OR they may email us to get pre-approval and will have to send pictures and descriptions of type of clothing being sold.

Sort items

Ensure items are clean, current style clothing, in excellent condition and in working order.



Clean items.  Think of what it would take for you to purchase an item.  Shoppers are more likely to purchase an item that is in clean, great shape!



Clothing sells better if pressed, hung nicely, zippers zipped, etc.


Clean & wipe down toys and furniture. The nicer it looks the better it will sell!

Sweet Repeats reserves the right to remove any item from the sale, even after check-in, if we discover damage, tears, stains or items not in working order. For every 10 items rejected, Sweet Repeats will deduct a $10 handling/administrative fee from the consignor's check. Inspecting and pulling worn, damaged and overly loved items takes a lot of time from us providing great customer service and making the sales floor look great!


Enter items

Log in and use our free & easy to use online system to enter your items and create bar-coded tags you can print at home!


You will have the ability to choose to allow your items to be discounted (Sunday is 50% off day for items designated as such) or donated when entering your tags online. Do you really want all that stuff back to clutter up the house again? Make more money by allowing it to be discounted on the final day of the sale  and help children in our community by donating what is left!

 

Pricing items

 

TIP #1

​Price your items as if you were the buyer


The best approach to pricing is to stop and ask yourself - what would I pay for this?  Keep in mind - many retailers offer brand new items at great prices - so make sure that you are not overpricing your items.  Shoppers are looking to snap up great deals! Generally, you will want to price items at about 1/4 to 1/3 of their original retail price. If your item is a name-brand or boutique-brand such as Janie & Jack, Gymboree, Hanna Andersson or other higher end, you can price closer to 1/3 original retail - but do realize there is a limit! Again, go back to the question - what would I pay for this?  And, then use your best judgment!



The Consignment Pricing Guide on Consignment Mommies is also a great resource to see the ranges of pricing on bargain, basic, better than basic and boutique brands!  

 

 

TIP #2

Package or bundle items

 

Package similar items together for quicker sale. For example, similar theme/age books, same size footie pajamas, pairs of socks, blankets, smaller toys, teethers, onesies, etc. Ziploc bags, recycled plastic containers, ribbon, rubberbands, zipties and more can be used to help create your bundle so that items are not separated or lost. When bundling clothing, keep in mind that it is best to keep it accessible so that shoppers can examine for damage and stains. 

Bundling can help with selling items that might be hard to sell as an individual item or that might not sell well at minimum prices. Pricing starts at $2 (mandatory minimum set by software).  Price can increase or decrease by 50 cents.  

 

 

TIP #3

If you don't want it back, price LOWER and mark it to go HALF off for discount day!

 

Now, keep in mind - by saying price it LOWER, that does not mean price it at bargain basement yard sale prices.  This is a quality consignment sale and you should be able to get fair prices for your items!  There is just a balance. I have heard many people lately complain about how high people are now pricing used items on Craigslist or facebook groups. There IS a middle ground to pricing like it's a yard sale and pricing it at 70% of original price. Don't stress too much about it. I am able to price and get through it all fastest when I quickly ask myself that same ol' question - what would I pay for this used item?

 

If you don't want to bring an item home, price it fairly and consider it for the 1/2 off discount for the last day of the sale.  This is an option that you select online when pricing your items. Most shoppers that come back for discount day are really there for the 1/2 off and even BIGGER BARGAINS! You would be surprised how big your check will get if you price fairly and allow your items to be discounted.

 

I struggle with this, as I am still a bit attached to items for sentimental reasons. I find that many items that I price based on emotion often come back home. Some emotions that get me when I am pricing my own items - I get sentimental, I can't believe I paid so much for something and try/hope to get something back for it, or because I get caught up in pricing and start to get excited and a bit greedy.

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As with everything sale related, feel free to email with any questions!

A note on DONATIONS:

While it's not a pricing question, you will have to decide if you want to have your unsold items donated. We work with a great local organization and your donations help clients of foster care and many of the local shelters and centers. Check out our DONATE page for more information! We are now also able to upload your donation reports to make tax time easier! We are working with our charity on how to get you a receipt, but do realize that your donation is tax deductible.



Tag items

One tag per item.


If an item has multiple parts, list all pieces under the description - BUT only include ONE tag for entire set.  Do not print multiple tags for that one set and put a tag on each piece of the set.


Provide a good description of your item on the tag  in the event the tag is separated from the item, we may be able to match them up with a proper description.


Remember to tag your items securely!


Contact us with questions about hard to tag items.


Your item will not sell and will get lost without a tag!

Best shoes only and connect with zip ties/string/ribbon or put in Ziploc bag.



TIP: Larger items sell better if a print-out showing the original retail price is attached. This allows shoppers to clearly recognize the value of your item.

Clothing​

Check for stains, holes, tears, etc.  Only bring items in great condition.


Hang clothing on children's hangers with the opening of the hook facing left (like a question mark) with the tag pinned to the right hand side of the garment as you face it. See examples on the "PREP EXAMPLES" page.


Secure or safety pin all other items of an outfit (hat, bib, booties, etc.) to the top left of the hanger so that your tag does not get covered.

After items are tagged and hung, sort by gender and size for quicker drop-off.

 

If getting all unsold clothing back at pick up is important to you, consider marking your hangers! Around the "neck" of the hanger, you can use washi tape, colored tapes or ribbon to mark you hangers and make them easier to find!
 

*Note: We now have two clothing limits.

1. INFANT CLOTHING 0-9 months: 50 total clothing items in sizes Newborn-9 months, regardless of gender.

  • ten size 3 month girl clothing items

  • twenty size 9 month girl clothing items

  • fifteen size "newborn" boy clothing items

  • five size 6 month boy clothing items

2. ALL CLOTHING: 150 TOTAL clothing items. Unless...see below!

  • Returning consignors who have a 70% sell through (sold at least 70% of all items in the previous sale) will earn an unlimited clothing limit.

  • Returning consignors may ALSO email us to get approval to bring more than 150 clothing items. 

  • New consignors will be held to the 150 total clothing item limit until they participate for one sale and demonstrate at 70% sell through OR they may email us to get pre-approval and will have to send pictures and descriptions of type of clothing being sold.

Sweet Repeats reserves the right to remove any item from the sale, even after check-in, if we discover damage, tears, stains or items not in working order. For every 10 items rejected, Sweet Repeats will deduct a $10 handling/administrative fee from the consignor's check. Inspecting and pulling worn, damaged and overly loved items takes a lot of time from us providing great customer service and making the sales floor look great!



Toys, Equipment, Baby items, Books, etc.


TIP: If available, attach any instruction manuals or owner's guides to your toys and equipment. Any extra information can really grab a shopper's attention!


Secure all small parts belonging with toys in a Ziploc bag taped shut. Secure the bag to the toy using clear packing tape or zip ties/string/ribbon.


Grouping smaller toys together as one item in a Ziploc bag or in other clean clear packaging may make the items more attractive to shoppers. Creative ideas for reusing common household packaging will be shown on our Pinterest page and our Prep Examples page.


Books are HOT sellers! If you decide to sell books as a group, secure with rubber bands, ribbons, twine or use Ziploc bags. Do not tape tag to books or books together, unless using masking tape or blue painters tape.


Games, puzzles and toys sell SO WELL! They must have all parts. Package items so that they can be inspected at drop off, but so pieces do not get lost.  Email with questions.


All battery-operated toys and games must contain working batteries. As a price saving tip, buy fresh batteries for your gadgets and toys staying home and use the old batteries (that still work) in the items you are selling. Or, visit the dollar store for cheap batteries.

 

Preparing items for drop off

 

FIRST - Be organized! Be ready to assist volunteers in getting items to the right locations on the sales floor. If you have items organized, your drop off will be MUCH faster!

Tips:

  • Have clothing sorted by size and gender.

  • Consider using clean plastic garbage bags, boxes, bins, etc to put like items together.

  • Do NOT rubber band clothing! (for returning consignors - this is opposite of what we've done in the past!)

  • Double check that all items are in great condition and clean! We will be inspecting at drop off.

  • Make sure all clothing is on hangers, tags are securely affixed, cardstock is used on tags, etc.

Hangers

 

We will continue, as lines and time permits, to remove hangers from clothing as much as possible. Hangers that are removed will be available at pick up on Sunday (for current participating consignors only). Hangers will be loose in boxes and not sorted by size or style. Consignors are asked to only take the number of hangers they used in that specific sale and to keep hangers tidy when picking up.

 

Some interesting thoughts...

 

Clothing does sell. Very well! But, so do toys, shoes, books, gear and all kinds of other things! So, when clearing out the closets, bring the best of your clothing and then bring LOTS of toys, shoes, books and more! You will notice a huge boost in your check when you focus on diversity!

If you've hung 50-100 clothing items, why not stop and first check out all the other closets and rooms in your house for games that no longer get played, toys that can clear up some space, and outdoor items that are no longer age appropriate? Toys, books, shoes and outdoor play items ALWAYS sell well!

Sweet Repeats reserves the right to remove any item from the sale, even after check-in, if we discover damage, tears, stains or items not in working order. For every 10 items rejected, Sweet Repeats will deduct a $10 handling/administrative fee from the consignor's check. Inspecting and pulling worn, damaged and overly loved items takes a lot of time from us providing great customer service and making the sales floor look great!

 

Consignors are responsible for properly adhering tags. Items that lose their tags can not be sold and will be removed from the sales floor.

 

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