This section will serve as your guide for preparing and tagging your items successfully. Following these guidelines will have a substantial impact on how well your items sell. Please read this section carefully and keep these guidelines in mind as you prepare for the sale. We realize that this is a lot to take in, but the information here is important in order for the sale to run efficiently, give our shoppers an enjoyable experience, and most importantly to make you some money!

If you have any specific questions that are not answered here, check the FAQ page.

Please note that due to limited space and item counts from previous sales there will be a limit of 30 hanging items per size and gender for all infant clothing up to 18 months. If you bring more than that at check in, you will be asked to choose the 30 you’d like to consign and the rest will be sent home with you.

Items that ARE accepted: (all items must be in GREAT condition)

  • Children's clothing, infant through size 10, gently used or new with tags
  • Maternity clothing (current styles only, please) and pregnancy related items (belly bands, Snoogles, etc)
  • Kids Halloween and dress-up costumes
  • Clean children's shoes in like-new condition (no dirty soles, scuffed toes, etc)
  • Small children's furniture in good working order - changing tables, bassinets, highchairs, etc (must be assembled at the venue during consignor drop-off); if you are in doubt as to whether a large item is acceptable for the sale, you may email us pictures for pre-approval before you drop-off
  • Baby equipment - play yards, strollers, swings, exersaucers, activity mats, bouncy seats, baby carriers, etc
  • Car seats and booster seats under five years old (please call DOT @ 800-424-9393 to ensure that they have not been recalled) Car seat waiver *must* be signed
  • Nursery items - clean, gently used bedding, Boppy pillows, baby bathtubs, monitors (under five years old), mobiles, etc
  • Kids' toys, including small ones like action figures and blocks, as well as large ones like play kitchens and rocking horses (all toys must be in good working order with batteries included and no broken or missing pieces)
  • Pretend play, dress-up clothes, and very gently loved dolls
  • Sports equipment, clean and in like-new condition
  • Children's bikes, ride-on toys and wagons in great condition
  • Books, including children's storybooks, as well as books on pregnancy, childbirth and childcare
  • Children's games, with all associated pieces
  • Electronics, including Leap Pads, Nintendo/Playstation systems and games, handheld video games, etc
  • Children’s movies and shows on DVD (VHS is accepted, but not expected to sell well)
  • Any kid-related item in good condition!

Items that ARE NOT accepted: (please look your items over carefully to ensure they meet our standards before spending time tagging them)

  • Large furniture - beds, large rocking chairs, dressers, etc.
  • Clothing that is out-of-date, stained, torn, faded, with missing buttons or broken zippers
  • Any recalled item - check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website if in doubt about a particular item
  • Cribs - read more here.
  • Mattresses (unless new and still in packaging)
  • T-shirts from schools, camps, sporting events, vacation spots, etc. (basic t-shirts or those that coordinate with outfits are accepted)
  • Juniors clothing
  • Adult clothing, with the exception of maternity clothes
  • Underwear or nursing bras (unless new in original packaging)
  • Diaper pails that have not been used with liners (those such as Diaper Genie, Diaper Champ, etc will be accepted)
  • Battery operated items without batteries
  • Car seats, booster seats or infant carriers older than five years
  • Anything broken or with missing parts

Preparing Clothing

  • Clothing needs to be free from stains, fading and piling, missing buttons, etc. and basically in excellent used condition.
  • Clothing can be from any season, but keep in mind that shoppers will generally be buying for the upcoming season. The most important thing is that the items be clean, flaw-free and up to date with current styles. Clothing that has been pressed will look much nicer on the rack and is likely to sell better.

A few other tips for success:

  • Infant clothing 12 months and under does not sell as well as larger children's sizes, since so many people get lots of clothes in these sizes as gifts and babies outgrow them so fast - so price to sell!
  • All clothing items should be clean, pressed, and have all zippers and buttons closed. Stains sometimes rise up after being stored - please check each item carefully before tagging! Also, sometimes clothes that have been stored take on a stale scent that can be eradicated with a quick run through the wash, making your items infinitely more attractive to shoppers.
  • Clothing in sets generally sell better than single items - match up outfits or hang two or three pieces as a set (especially in the case of infant sleepers, etc) whenever possible.
  • If your item is a recognized name brand (ex. Gymboree, Hanna Anderson, Janie & Jack), be sure to write it in the description on the tag to draw attention to it.

Hanging Instructions for Clothing:

  • PLEASE carefully check your clothing for stains that may have risen while being stored BEFORE hanging and tagging them! We do not want you to waste your time preparing items that WILL be returned to you at drop-off, or later pulled from the sales floor if a stain is discovered after the sale begins. Consider how frustrated you would be if you purchased an item at the sale and later discovered that it was stained...please look carefully with that in mind. Lighting can affect your ability to see stains, so view them by natural light whenever possible. Stains sometimes rise when clothing is stored, but often a quick wash will remove the stain and the item may still be entered in the sale.
  • Clothes should be hung on hangers with the hook pointed to the LEFT as you are looking at the garment (like a question mark). Plastic store hangers are preferred if you are able to obtain them, but wire hangers will be accepted as well. Please use child-sized hangers for infant and smaller toddler sizes. Please see the FAQ page for more information on where to find hangers.
  • If you can't get a hold of hangers specifically for pants (or outfit hangers), then pants should be pinned by the waistband to the top, angled sides of the hanger in the manner shown in the example on the Tagging Page. Don't pin them to the bottom of the hanger, as the pins will slide, causing the garment to look sloppy.
  • If shirts or dresses are in danger of sliding off the hanger, it is advisable to pin the shoulders of the garment to the hanger as well. Items will not sell if they are in a wrinkled heap on the floor! But please be careful about where you are pinning so you don't damage the garment.
  • If you don't have outfit hangers: In the case of a two-piece set, first pin the pants to the angled top sides of the hanger, then slip the shirt over top of the hanger. Or you may use a separate hanger for each item and secure the hangers together with a rubber band.
  • For tagging instructions, please visit the Tagging page.

Preparing Onesies & Accessories (hats, socks, gloves, etc)

Accessory items will be placed in bins and baskets, so do not use hangers for these items. The best way to sell onesies and socks is to package them as sets of 2 or more, fold them and place them in a Ziploc bag. (Make sure the bag is large enough that the items aren't crumpled.)

Preparing Shoes

Shoes must be exceptionally clean and in like-new condition. No scuffed, worn or dirty shoes will be accepted. If the shoes can be securely attached together through the laces with a large safety pin, ribbon, or plastic zip ties, it is preferable to do so, as items generally sell better when they are not in bags. However, if there are no laces and they may not otherwise be kept together as a pair, place the shoes in a Ziploc bag with the tag taped with clear packing tape.

Preparing Toys

Toys should be very clean, in good working condition, and include all associated pieces. Tags may be attached to soft toys with safety pins, and to plastic toys with clear packaging tape. If a toy comes with multiple pieces, those pieces should be placed in a Ziploc bag, and then the opening of the bag should be securely taped shut with clear packing tape, with the tag taped to the outside. Imagine your toy in the hands of an industrious little toddler and tape accordingly. We are not responsible for lost or damaged pieces. Toys typically sell very well, particularly those appropriate for ages 3 and above, so clean out those toy boxes!!

Preparing Books, Videos, Games, Puzzles

When attaching tags to books, videos, games, or puzzles, please use blue painter's tape (which has a more temporary hold than some other kinds of tape) to avoid ruining their covers. Board games and puzzles in a box MUST include all associated pieces (please write "all pieces included" on the tag so the shopper is reassured that is the case), with the box securely taped shut with painter's tape so they stay together. Puzzles that are not in a box (such as board puzzles) may be covered with cellophane wrap to keep the pieces in place, or put inside a Ziploc bag with the opening taped closed with clear packing tape, tag attached to the outside.

Preparing Bedding and Room Decor Sets

Often people put bedding sets in large plastic bags in order to keep them clean, but this makes it difficult for customers to view the pattern or visualize their room dressed with the items. If you put bedding in a bag, consider printing a picture of the set on the bed and attaching it to the set so that customers are more likely to want to take a closer look! Multi-piece decor sets may be sold as a group and tagged 1 of 3, 2 of 3, and so on. Alternatively, you may consider offering pieces such as rugs, lamps, and the like individually for shoppers who may want to add one or two pieces to their child's room without buying the whole set.

Preparing Furniture and Equipment

All items must be in great condition, meet current safety standards and the fabrics should be clean and up to date. Please do not bring any furniture or equipment that is over 5 years old. Here are some specifics:

  • Car seats must be less than 5 years old and have never been involved in an accident
  • Bouncers, swings etc should have all pieces and batteries included, so shoppers can see them work
  • Cribs and other large items must be fully assembled at drop off
  • Breast pumps must be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized before selling
  • Include instruction manuals for strollers, car seats, and other equipment whenever possible.

All consignors will sign a waiver stating that all the items they are selling are not part of a recall, have not been in any accidents and meet current safety standards.

For more info regarding recalled items, please visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html

Consignment Sale Pricing Guide

This pricing guide has been created as a reference to give you an idea of the range that various categories of children’s items typically sell for on consignment.

We encourage you to price your items at levels you are comfortable with, but we know it’s sometimes difficult to determine. A general rule for pricing items is to calculate 25-50% of the original retail price paid (the higher end of that spectrum being reserved for new or like-new, high end and boutique brands).

It is by no means necessary that you adhere to the suggested prices, but it may help to give you a starting point. Not all categories of children’s items are listed, but you should be able to get a good idea of what we think is best. You may also consult Craigslist to find out what a particular item is likely selling for in the Seattle area.

When considering how to price each item, ask yourself what you would pay for it in its current used state, and price it as such. If you have items that you feel are only worth $0.50 (like onesies or knit pants) consider bundling them together to reach a reasonable dollar amount.

Many items will be discounted 50% during the last couple of hours of the sale. If you wish to discount an item you must simply check the "discount" box on the screen while creating that item's tag. If you plan to donate a particular item to charity if it does not sell, you may want to consider allowing the item to go half-price so that you are hopefully able to recoup at least some of the cost of the item.

We hope that you will consider this sale a great opportunity to clean out your kids’ rooms while making a little extra cash! Do not let your time and energy go to waste by not pricing your items to sell.

** The lowest accepted price is $1.00 and all items must be priced in increments of $0.50 **

The following are examples of how children’s goods are often priced on consignment:

(Please consider the item’s brand, model, age, and condition and price accordingly. Standard brands would typically fall on the lower range of the prices listed below, while premium brands often can command the higher price points.)

Kids' Clothing     Maternity     Baby Equipment    
                 
Shirts $2-5   Casual Tops $2-5   Stroller - single $25-35  
Pants $2-6   Dressy Tops $4-8   Stroller - double $35-70  
Dresses (casual) $3-8   Skirts $3-7   Stroller - jogger $40-70  
Dresses (dressy) $5-12   Pants $5-8   Travel System $50-85  
Skirts/Skorts $2-5   Dresses $5-10   Bumbo Seat $10-15  
Sweaters $3-8   Career Outfits $10-16   Exersaucer $10-20  
Lightweight Jackets $3-7         Boppy Pillow $7-10  
Coats $5-12   Furniture     Crib/Bedding Sets $20-50  
Shoes (casual) $2-7         Infant Carriers $10-50  
Shoes (dressy) $4-9   Bassinet $20-40   Bouncy Seat $5-15  
Outfits (2+ pieces) $4-15   Crib $50-110   Breast Pump $40-100  
Infant Rompers $2-5   Glider/Rocker $40-90        
Pajamas $2-4   Changing Table $40-90        
Onesies (best in sets) $1-3   Pack-n-Play $20-45        
      High Chair $10-40        
      Swing $15-35        

Materials Needed to Prepare Items for Sale:

  • Hangers - plastic store hangers are preferred. (We cannot ensure that consignors will get their hangers back, so please do not use nice hangers that you care about putting back into your closets.)
  • White or light-colored heavy card-stock to print tags from online tag creator - do NOT use thin copy paper!
  • Scissors or paper trimmer to cut the printed pages of tags apart for individual items
  • A tagging gun (available for purchase from retail supply stores, like Uline. If you don’t have access to a tagging gun, you may use one inch or larger safety pins. Absolutely no stick pins!)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Blue painter's tape

Tagging Instructions

Every item that consignors include in the sale MUST be tagged with a card-stock tag. Please do not print on copy paper or other thin paper, as these will likely tear and become separated from the item. The tags must be attached to clothing and other soft items by a tagging gun or with one inch or larger safety pins. Plastic items like toys should have their tags firmly affixed with packaging tape, while on items such as books, puzzles, etc, tags should be attached with blue painter's tape, so as not to damage the covers.

Please remember the barcode tells the computer the price, so they must look clear and crisp. Make sure nothing is printed on the opposite side of your tag, particularly nothing with a barcode!

Do not attempt to shrink or modify the shape of the tag as this will make it difficult to scan.

Changes to your tag involving the price or whether the item will be discounted must be made in the system, not with a pen.

** All tags MUST be visible! This is particularly important with clothing. Please make sure that all clothing tags are hanging outside the garment. **

What Appears on the Tag:

Size - Sizes must be numerical, as clothing and shoes will be organized in number order - no Small, Medium, Large, except in the case of maternity clothes.

Description - the description field gives you an opportunity to give information about the item such as the brand name, what it is used for, what pieces are included, etc. In the case of a more expensive item, such as a piece of furniture or a stroller system, it is sometimes helpful to include the original retail price, thereby demonstrating to the shopper what a good deal it is. The consignor may also occasionally provide a comment or extra bit of information about the item, such as, "jacket is reversible," or "instructions in box." The online tag creator does not allow much room in the description field (only 2 lines, 24 characters on each line), but you may handwrite more information on the back of the printed tag if necessary.

Price - Consignors set their own prices using only 50 cent increments (no items under $1.00). A general rule for pricing items is to calculate 25-50% of the original retail price paid. When deciding on price points, you should keep in mind the popularity, brand, and condition of the item. Again, we encourage consignors to set their prices at levels they are comfortable with, but if you need a reference, click here to consult our Pricing Guide.

Discount - During the last couple hours of the sale, anything that says "Discount Yes" will be sold at half of the price listed on the card. If you are planning on donating the item to charity if it does not sell, it would be wise to allow it to go for half price during this time.

Donate - If you know in advance that you will donate a particular item if it does not sell, please check the "Donate" field when you create the tag for that item, and we will take care of getting it to a child in need! At the end of the sale, any unsold items will be sorted back out into Consignor number order so that individuals may easily come to Consignor Pick-Up and grab their piles. At that time, consignors often choose to donate some or all of their unsold items. If you do not return for your items during the designated time they will be donated regardless of how they are marked - no exceptions. Please be on time.

It is important that each tag be attached to the garment itself, not to the hanger. If a tag becomes separated from an item, the item will be placed in the lost and found for consigners to look through during pick up and, if not claimed, the item will be donated.

Please see the examples below for proper tag placement.

Safety Concerns

It is the responsibility of the consignor to make sure that no items have been involved in recall or present a safety concern to the consumer. All consignors will complete a Consignor Agreement verifying that none of their items have been in an accident or have been recalled for any reason. If there is an item that causes you any doubt, please consult the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website, or call their hotline at (800) 638-2772.

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