How to Tag Items with Frog in My Pocket Kids Consignment
It’s important that your tags stay attached to your items – if they become separated, we can’t sell your items. These consignment tagging guidelines will help. Want an easier option? Frog in My Pocket offers a busy mom service!
1. Print and Prepare Tags
- Only use 65, 67, or 110 lb cardstock to print tags (Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples sell packages or “by the sheet”).
- Use colored cardstock if you’d like to pick up your leftover items. Use white or ivory cardstock if you’d like to donate the items that didn’t sell to our charity partner. Do not use dark colors like red or dark blue – they will not be able to be scanned.
- Ten tags fit on each sheet you print. You can print any quantity of each price (and different prices can print on the same page). Depending on the number of items, you may want multiple sheets of some prices.
- Minimum price is $1.00
- Pricing increases in $.50 cent increments.
- If items are worth less than $1.00, bundle together to equal multiples of $1.00 (ie bags of socks, two onesies together, etc)
- Choose whether to print tags with “No Markdown” option. Most sellers only have a small percentage or none of their items noted as “No Markdown”. Chances are if an item has not sold during four full days of sale, it will not sell for full price. Unless an item is overpriced, most buyers will not wait for markdowns, but will snap up items at full price.
- Only the printed tags will be accepted – we scan tags for accuracy. Your pre-printed consignor ID number and barcode will be on the tag, which is how your sales will be tracked.
- Write a description of the item including brand, color and number of pieces (ie “2 piece set”). Use the description to “sell” your item – point out a name brand, note if it’s brand new, etc. A few tags will become detached from their items no matter how careful you are – a good description will help us match the tag back up to the item.
2. Attach Tags to Clothing
- Small size cable ties work best for nearly all items.
- Once a cable tie is connected correctly, it can’t come open.
- Use a hole punch to punch a hole in each tag, then place the cable tie through the hole and through the item’s label, button hole, belt loop, etc.
- Check to make sure zip tie is fastened – if inserted backwards, they will not lock.
- If there is NO place for the zip tie (a tagless t-shirt or pajama top, for example), use a safety pin through the hole in the tag, and position tag on garment’s upper right.
- Never attach a tag to a hanger, always attach to the item itself. Items get separated from their hangers!
- To hang pants, PIN or ZIP TIE the pants to the hanger shoulders, not the straight bottom edge. Do not fold pants over hangers.
- To hang sets, hang the shirt on the hanger, then pin the pants to the back of the shirt at the shoulders (catch the top of the hanger in the pin). Both parts of the set are then visible and can be viewed by the buyer without taking them off the hanger.
- If two hangers are required for a set (most sets can be pinned together on one hanger), attach the necks of the two hangers together with a zip tie.
3. Attach Tags to Shoes
- Keep shoes secured together with some extra long cable ties. Or connect several short ties together to make a longer loop.
- Shoes will be displayed on shoe shelves or racks.
- Do not put shoes in ziploc bags unless there is no way to cable tie them together.
- If necessary to use a ziploc bag, seal the bag with clear packing tape and tape the tag to the bag.
- Use detailed descriptions
- Use one tag per pair of shoes
- Suggestion: “laminate” your shoe tags by using clear packing tape on both sides after writing the description. Your tag will be less likely to be separated from the pair of shoes.
4. Attach Tags to Toys and Equipment
- Packing tape, masking tape, and cable ties will be used for toy items.
- Consider “laminating” the tags by using clear packing tape after the description is written. Tags may fall off when shoppers browse through piles of toys.
- Secure all pieces carefully. Toys will be played with and moved around during the sale – we are not responsible for parts of toys being separated. Use tape carefully. Ziploc bags are great – put small parts in a bag and tape securely (and carefully to avoid damage) to the larger item.
- Batteries MUST be included for all battery-operated items. If a shopper can’t try it, they won’t buy it. Items without batteries may be pulled from the sales floor.
- Cribs, swings, pack ‘n plays, and other large equipment must be completely set up by the consignor at drop off. Again, if a shopper can’t see it, they won’t buy it.
5. Attach Tags to Multiple Piece Items and Clothing Sets
Help us keep multiple piece sets together and ensure you get top dollar!
- For all multiple piece items and clothing sets, write “1 of 2″ and “2 of 2″ with descriptions on each tag.
- Only mark the PRICE on one tag, the “1 of 2″ tag.
- On the second tag, write “see other tag”.
- Examples include: Car seat with two bases, matching crib and changing table, rocker with foot rest, multiple piece clothing sets, etc.
6. Attach Tags to Socks, Undergarments, Receiving Blankets, etc.
These small items should be grouped together for sale.
- Package groups of the same item into a ziploc bag (ie 10 pairs of socks, 6 pairs of underwear, 3 receiving blankets, 2 crib sheets, etc)
- The number of items in each bag can vary – you can have 2, 5, 10, etc pairs of socks in one bag.
- Seal the bag with clear packing tape.
- Tape a tag with a detailed description to the bag. Description should include a count of items in the bag.
- Group like items of the SAME SIZE together. Each bag should equal at least $1.00, or be a multiple of $1.00 ($2.00, $3.00, etc).
7. Attach Tags to Books, Videos, Board Games, Puzzles…
- Check DVDs, CDs, etc to make sure they are in the correct case, and seal the case with masking tape.
- Blue painters tape works best. It’s less likely to tear the surfaces of books, boxes, etc.
- Wrap wooden puzzles in plastic wrap or place in a ziploc bag – tape will destroy the front of a puzzle. Two gallon ziplocs work best for most puzzles.
- Check books for missing or torn pages.
- For a single book, attach a tag to the front or back with blue painters tape.
- For multiple books, ziploc bags work great. Seal the bag with clear packing tape and attach a tag to the bag that lists every title in the bag.
- Check puzzles, games, and multi-pieced items – assemble the puzzle or count the pieces to make sure all are there. Write “All Pieces Included” on the tag, then seal the box to prevent pieces from escaping.