Getting Ready for a Raleigh Kids Sale
Top 10 Essential Tagging Supplies – and where to find them, cheap
1. Cardstock for tags (65, 67, or 110 weight only). Look for white if leftover items will be donated, colored if items will be picked up. While you can buy smaller packages, the best deals for cardstock are 250 sheet reams from Office Depot, Staples, or other office supply stores. Amazon is a possibility too, with several “free shipping” options. Just make sure you’re ordering the right weight – 67 weight is ideal.
2. Scissors or a paper cutter to cut your tags apart. If you’re a first time consignor with not many items, scissors work great. But if you’re tagging a couple hundred items, you may want to consider an inexpensive paper cutter, which can serve double duty for art projects, scrapbooking, and more.
3. Plastic or wire hangers (For any item over size 2, wire hangers are REQUIRED. Plastic hangers can be used for sizes 2 and under). Ask your local dry cleaner if they will allow you to take home “recycled” hangers, and ask any of your friends who dry clean to save their hangers for you throughout the year.
4. Cable or electrical zip ties. You can find them at Northern Tool Supply, Lowe’s Hardware, Home Depot or Walmart. We found that Northern Tool Supply had the best pricing, especially if you can grab a coupon! Sign up for their mailing list.
5. Safety pins (Larger pins for attaching items of clothing together or securing pants to hangers, smaller for attaching tags). AC Moore often has “50% off” coupons for one item – use it to score one of their big safety pin boxes and you’ll be set. Walmart and other retailers also sell safety pins.
6. Pens - they don’t have to be fancy, and any ink color is great for Frog in My Pocket. Some sales require specific ink colors, so check their guidelines.
7. Hole punch - this is essential, but again it doesn’t have to be high tech. You can grab a hole punch for $2-3 at most office supply stores.
8. Ziploc bags in assorted sizes for socks, underwear, toys, games, and small items. Costco has the best cost per bag. It’s a “super-size” pack, but hey, when do extra ziploc bags not come in handy in the kitchen?
9. Clear packing tape for attaching tags to Ziplocs, toys, etc. Also for “laminating” tags attached to shoes or other heavy items. Grab extra tape at “Back to School” sales, it never goes bad!
10. Painters tape for attaching tags to books/games/puzzles (this kind of tape will limit unintentional tearing of books and boxes when the tags are removed). This tape runs about $5/roll most places, but one roll will attach tags to hundreds of books. We like to buy 1″ tape, and cut it in half lengthwise, with half the strip at the top of the tag and half at the bottom. The tag is secure, the back of the book can still be read, and that roll goes even farther.
With these 10 tagging essentials, you have everything you need! Grab that bin of outgrown clothing, freshen it up in the dryer, and get started. Download our easy printable tagging guide here for questions about accepted items, how to tag clothing, and more.
Want to learn how easy it is to consign?
Check out our step-by-step guides. How to Become a Consignor
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