Seller School – Preparing Your Items

We know that tagging and preparing your items takes time! Let us help you make the best use of your time by giving you some tips to aid your item’s “sellability”, as well as some tips on how to effectively tag and display your items.

SUPPLIES TO HAVE ON HAND

  • wire or tubular hangers
  • medium to large safety pins
  • packing tape
  • masking or painters tape
  • zip ties
  • large ziploc bags
  • stretch wrap
  • card stock for printing barcode tags. (Note:  You can typically purchase standard, white cardstock at Wal-Mart, Sam’s or any office supply or retail store.  DO NOT use designer or slick cardstock, as they may cause problems with scanning of your barcodes.)

CLOTHES

  • All clothing, including baby blankets and bibs, must be on a wire or tubular plastic hanger. NO flimsy plastic or pant hangers accepted.
  • The hanger hook must face left when looking at the front of the hanging clothing item.  The hook will look like a ? when looking at the front of the garment.
  • The barcode tag must be on the left shoulder of the garment (this will be on the right as you are looking at the item on the hanger.
  • When hanging an outfit that includes pants or a skirt, hang the pants with the shirt so that they can easily be seen. Here’s how: Place the shirt on the hanger with the hook facing left. (NOT pinned to the hanger.)   The hook will look like a ? when looking at the front of the garment.
    .  Turn the hanger around so that you are looking at the back of the shirt, then safety pin the top of the pants to the shoulders of the shirt, making sure 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 don’t want to buy items they can’t fully see. All clothing items must be on hangers. Consider grouping 2 or 3 onesies together on hangers.
  • If you have more than one of an item that you want to sell together, there are two options: hang one on the hanger and pin the shoulders of the others to the one on the hanger OR put each item on its own hanger and zip-tie the hangers together. In either case, make sure to put the quantity in the item description when entering your inventory.
  • If a shirt or dress doesn’t stay on a hanger well, use one safety pin to pin the clothing item onto the hanger near the shoulders or neck to ensure that the shirt stays on the hanger.
  • For added security and protection, consider putting masking tape with your consignor number and item number on the inside collar or waistband of your clothing item.  This will ensure that we can still sell your item if the tag gets lost.   This is optional.

SHOES

  • Must be clean on top, bottom and inside
  • No boxes or ziplock type bags
  • Limit 8 per gender
  • Use zip ties or curling ribbon to secure shoes together
  • DO NOT tape or rubberband shoes together

SMALL ITEMS

  • Many small items such as belts, bottles, and other miscellaneous fit GREAT in Ziploc bags. We DO recommend using Ziploc bags for small items. Use packing tape and attach the barcode tag to the outside of the bag.  No barcode tags inside the ziploc bag. NO clothing, baby blankets or bibs in ziplocs!

TOYS

  • Please make certain that all pieces of a toy item are securely fastened together and that your toy is complete. You may use zip-ties, packaging tape, curling ribbon, Ziploc bags, clear plastic containers, etc. but please make sure that all the items are secure.  We have found that stretch wrap is great for securing big pieces together and wrapping around puzzles to keep them together!  This can be purchased at stores like Wal-Mart.  We have signs posted asking parents to keep their children with them , but we cannot control that completely and inevitably children take things apart , scatter pieces, and/or remove barcode tags that are “in their way” of play, so the more secure you can make your toy and the barcode tag, the better.

BOOKS

  • If selling a single book, use masking tape or painters tape to attach the barcode tag.  DO NOT use packing tape, as it is likely to damage the book when removing the tag.
  • It selling a group of books, we recommend placing them in an appropriate size ziploc bag and attaching the barcode tag to the outside of the bag.  We highly recommend that you also attach a 3×5 card to the outside of the bag, listing the titles of the books.

BEDDING

  • It is BEST to bring your bedding in a clear bedding bag, like the bedding was purchased in. This allows the shoppers to easily see the bedding without needing to take it out. It also keeps any smaller items (like pillowcases, bedskirts, curtains, etc.) with the bedding.
  • If you do not have a bedding bag, an alternative that we highly recommend are the XL and XXL sized Ziploc bags, which work very well for bedding. They come 3 or 4 in a box and you can get them at Wal-mart! To see what we’re talking about, visit Ziploc.com.
  • We highly recommend that you attach a 3×5 card to the outside of your bedding bag, listing the contents of the bag.

ENTERING YOUR INVENTORY

  • Write good descriptions! If a card is lost from an item, the only way we can match it back with the item is by the description you write! Good examples are: brand, color, 2-piece, etc. If your item qualifies as “NEW” or “Only worn twice”, write that in your description. Those phrases catch a shopper’s eye and give the item greater appeal!
  • For added security and protection, place a piece of packaging tape over the safety pin once the barcode tag is pinned to the item.
  • Consider donating unsold items!  Donated items go to families in need all over the Big Country and as far away as Africa.  If an item is marked to donate it will automatically be marked to sell at a discount during the discount sale days.

EXTRA SELLING TIPS

  • Make your item look brand new. The better your clothes look and smell, the better they will sell.  The more time you take to wash and iron your clothing, the better it will look to a buyer. Also, button all the buttons, zip all the zippers, tie all the bows, etc.
  • For added security and protection, you may consider placing a piece of tape with your written consignor number and item number on the inside of the collar or waistband in case the barcode tag gets lost, so we will be able to sell the item or know who to return it to.
  • Make sure that none of your items have been recalled by the manufacturer. This information can be found at the WeMakeItSafer website or  U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall website.

CLEANING AND REPAIR TIPS

  • Grease Stains – For dark spots on dark fabrics, which are usually a grease stain, 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, then wash as usual. Works for other types of stains as well.
  • Oxy Clean – great for all types of stains – soaking clothing in a sink with water and Oxy Clean is the first treatment for most stains. Great for stained shoe laces and cuffs. Just soak and then wash as directed in the washer. On white fabrics, add a little Clorox bleach to the Oxy Clean on a toothbrush to remove spot.
  • Goop – hand cleaner – good for grease – goes on without water – apply liberally and let sit, then put in regular wash cycle. Has been found to remove stains from clothes that were washed and dried with a crayon.
  • Mother’s Miracle – cleaning solution new mothers can’t do without! Great for spit-up, urine, blood, etc.
  • Carbona Stain Remover – various solutions for many types of fabric – the rust solution is a very good one.
  • Tilex – great for mildew stains on white fabrics. Remember, it is a bleach! Must be used carefully, especially on colored fabrics. On whites, spray on and let sit – just rinse if blue spots occur. On colored fabrics, it’s easy to cause bleach spots, but carefully spray on and rinse quickly. Using Tilex on colored fabrics is really a last resort.
  • Rit Dye Color Remover – another last resort, but can be effective. Follow the directions carefully. On small stained areas, it is easier to use the stove-top method. For larger loads, use the washer.
  • Hot Water – is great for kool-aid and jello-type stains. Hold fabric taunt and pour from a height. Soak or repeat if necessary.
  • Goo Gone – removes tree sap, gum, tape residue, and crayon. Just spray on, let sit for 10 minutes, and wash as usual.
  • Fabric Link’s website has a long list of problem stains and how to fix them.
  • White Oxford-type shoes – Use a spray preparation solution (found at shoe stores) on scuffs and marks.  For scratches that have taken off the original color, use a shoe spray.  Instead of spraying diretly on the shoe, causing a caked-on look, spray onto wax paper.  Then dab at the scratch with a foam paintbrush.  This will give a smoother finish.  Don’t forget to soak the laces in Oxy Clean.
  • Oops – Latex paint remover – great for getting all kinds of stains, marks, and stickers off plastic toys.  If the toy is made of thin plastic, test a small area before cleaning.  On most thick plastics such as Little Tikes, Oops will take off scratches, scuffs, crayon, pen, pencil, etc.  On stubborn marks, use a steel wool pad.  Will also take crayon off chalk boards without damaging the finish.  Wear rubber gloves.
  • Power Wheels – Local repair stores have decals.  You can clean fuses and switches with a Q-tip and alcohol.

Toll Free Numbers to Order Parts

  • Little Tikes:        (800)321-0183
  • Fisher Price:       (800)432-5437
  • Power Wheels:   (800)432-5437
  • Mattel:               (800)432-5437
  • Tyco:                 (800)432-5437
  • PlaySkool           (800)752-9755
  • Hasbro               (800)255-5516
  • Games (Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Hasbro)  (800)836-7025




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