Here are just the most important rules to remember when preparing your items. Not following these rules may result in your items being turned away.
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You set your own price. We suggest anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the original price with a minimum price of $2. Brand names and quality items usually bring more. Make sure you price to sell! Great places to do some research on pricing are e-bay and local consignment stores. We very strongly recommend that you mark your items to go 1/2 off for Sunday. If they did not sell at full price on Saturday, they are very unlikely to sell at full price on Sunday, but many shoppers will return specifically for the discounted items.
You have to bring a minimum of 20 items, or $50.00 worth. The minimum price per item is $2.00 with the exception of books. You can group two or more items together to reach a higher amount and to print fewer tags. We have found that clothes from newborn to 3T sell better in sets, 4T and up sell better as separates. Check out our new Pricing Tips.
You can price items above $50.00 at less than half price during 1/2 off day. For example you could price a carseat/stroller set at $100.00 regular, and at $70.00 during 1/2 off day. Please see further down the page for details on how to do this.
All items should be cleaned and clothes should be ironed. All parts must be present. If your item has a couple of smaller parts (e.g. doll house with furniture) please put all the small parts in one zip-loc bag.
Clothing on hangers must be hung with the top of the hanger facing left, making a question mark shape. Pin sets together on one hanger. Clothing items on hangers sell better. Small clothing items such as onesies, infant shirts, sleepers, etc. can be put in zip-loc bags on tables. Please have your items on hangers when you arrive, it will make the check-in process a lot quicker. We will have a limited amount of hangers available for sale for $0.25 each, for those whose clothes are not hung properly.
Car seats and cribs must have the owner manual attached (zip-loc bag taped to it works well), and must be checked for recalls with the Consumer Safety Commission.
We do not accept car seats that are older than 4 years, or cribs that are manufactured before June 2011.
Your description must include the brand name and a description of your items. We will not accept any items with tags that are generic, such as “clothing”, or “toy”. Make sure sets are properly labeled with the number of items, e.g. “Gymboree pant/shirt set, blue w/stripes”.
All items must be entered through our inventory system. You will be able to enter your item description, price, donation preference and discount preference. You can print your tags at any time, however, we found that it is easiest to print tags after you have entered a few of your items. You will be able to fit six tags onto one page of cardstock and then cut them out. Or you can enter all your items and then print all of them at the same time. Just make sure you have all your items entered and your tags printed by the deadline. You will not be able to access the inventory system after that date because we are setting the program up for the sale.
Do not use paper for your tags, use white cardstock only! Paper is too easily torn from the garment and can be lost. We cannot sell items without tags! You can get reasonably priced cardstock at local stores such as Target, Michael’s and Sams Club.
Mark your tags for donation and for 1/2 off day as you wish. You can mark each tag individually, so you don’t have to discount all items, or donate all items, but only selected ones. If you mark your items to donate, they will automatically be marked to go half off.
Make a new tag if you made a mistake. Do not cross out, or overwrite anything on your tag, no whiteout, no changed prices. Please do include “obvious” things such as color or long-sleeve/short-sleeve on your tags. This is the only way that we can see if shoppers tamper with your tags, or exchanged higher priced tags for lower ones! (Yes, unfortunately, that does happen). It also helps us to match a missing tag to a tagless item to put them back out on the sales floor instead of having them removed. You can change your tags at any time and print a new one for the same item, up until the deadline noted on the sign-in screen.
Large items: You can price items above $50.00 at less than half price during 1/2 off day. For example you could price a carseat/stroller set at $100.00 regular, and at $70.00 during 1/2 off day. To do this you have to enter the item twice into the inventory system. Once with the full price, a second time with the reduced price. Mark both tags with DISCOUNT NO! You can then hand write (this is the only time you are allowed to handwrite on tags!) on the tags which tag is for which day. One will read “Friday Only”, which includes the Thursday pre-sale, the other “Saturday Only”. We will mark your inventory sheet manually with the adjustment when you check your items in. Attach both tags securely to the item.
Tag location: Attach the card with a safety pin to the upper left front of clothes, or if you are looking at your item pin it to your right. You can punch a hole at the top of the tag to make it easier to slide the safety pin through. Remember all clothing is to be hung on hangers with the top of the hanger facing left, making a question mark shape. DO NOT STAPLE the tag to clothing or other items!
If you are using a tagging gun, DO NOT put the barb through the front of an item as that will leave a hole. Find a seam like under the arm or the side of the pants, or you can put them through the sizing label of your item.
Back-up tag (optional): You can also put masking tape with your consignor number on your items. Should the original tag get lost, we at least know whose item it is, and can possibly re-tag it. Put the tape in a visible, but not distracting, place (like on the inside tag of clothes, or the bottom of a stroller or tricycle).
Hanging sets: Sets must be securely pinned together. Pants should be pinned to the bottom part of the hanger, not to another clothing item. You want shoppers to see both pieces without having to take them off the hangers. Please pin single pants to the hanger by the waist, or use pant hangers.
Tagging toys and baby equipment: You can punch a hole in the top of your tag and attach the tag securely with a ribbon or string. Do not use scotch tape.
Tagging onesies, socks, small items, small toy sets: Onesies, socks, bibs, rattles, hair bows and other small items will sell much better if sold as a set. Please put several similar items together in one ziploc bag. Clearly label what is in the bag on your tag. DO NOT tape your bag shut, we will open it up at inspection, and then seal it for you. Multiple items that go together must be securely attached together. Your pieces will get lost if they are not securely bundled. Zip loc bags and zip ties work great.
Tagging toys and equipment with multiple items: For items with multiples pieces, print the same tag with the same item number multiple times and attach them to the appropriate items. You can then mark the tags by hand (this is the second only time you are allowed to handwrite on tags!) item 1 of x, item 2 of x, etc. Only use multiple tags for items that belong together, e.g. a doll playhouse (first item) with equipment (in a ziploc bag, second item).
Tagging shoes: If shoes have laces, tie them together or put a curling ribbon through the eye holes or velcro to help keep them together. Attach your tag with ribbon or string.
Make sure your tag description includes what the item actually is such as “toy”, or “pants”. Due to Minnesota tax law we must charge tax on all non-clothing items, clothing items are tax free. When you enter your items you can pick from a vast selection of categories to place your items in, such as “toys”, or “clothes – girls”, etc. Here are a few of the most common items and which category they must be placed in to correctly charge sales tax:
Examples of nontaxable clothing that can be categorized under “Infant Accessories”, or the appropriate clothing category (shoes, clothing-boys, etc.): Baby receiving blankets, bandanas, bathing suits and caps, belts, bibs, caps and hats (ski, hunting,fishing, golf,baseball), costumes, dancing costumes, diaper inserts, diapers (cloth and disposable), ear muffs, footlets, gloves for general use (cloth, leather, canvas, latex, vinyl, etc.), gym suits and shorts, hats, karate uniforms, mittens, neckties, rainwear (ponchos, jackets, shirts and pants), scarves, snowmobile suits and boots, sun visors, steel toe shoes and boots, suspenders, uniforms (athletic and nonathletic). Other items not listed here like new baby bottles or non-clothing items can be categorized under “Baby Equipment”
Examples of taxable clothing accessories or equipment that must be categorized under “Accessories”: Barrettes, costume masks (sold separately from costume), crib blankets, sheets, mattress pads, rubber sheets, etc., doll clothes, hair clips, hairbows, hairnets, handbags, headbands, jewelry, purses, sunglasses (nonprescription), umbrellas, ballet and tap shoes, cleated or spiked athletic shoes, gloves for use only in a sporting or athletic activity (baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, golf, etc.), goggles (nonprescription), hand, elbow, knee guards, helmets (all types), leather glove guards, life preservers and vests, masks or shields (protective such as baseball masks, chest protectors, mouth guards or shin guards), skates (roller, ice), ski boots, helmets (all types).
For the full list see the Clothing Sales Tax Fact Sheet 105 from the Minnesota Revenue Department.