Preparing Items for Frog in My Pocket Kids Consignment
5 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Items for a Raleigh Kids Consignment Sale
Frog in My Pocket will accept your quality, gently used, clean and current clothing, toys, books, and equipment for infants, kids, teens and expecting mothers.
1. Inspect Your Items
Prepare every item as if YOU were going to buy it.
Everything must be:
- Clean, fresh, wearable and/or usable (See our tips for cleaning clothes, car seats, strollers, toys, baby equipment, and all your other stuff.)
Nothing can have:
- Stains, holes, missing buttons, broken or damaged pieces or missing parts
2. Gather Your Supplies
- Cardstock for tags (white or colored, 65, 67, or 110 weight only)
- Scissors or a paper cutter to cut your tags apart
- Plastic or wire hangers (For all other sizes over size 2, wire hangers are REQUIRED. Plastic hangers can be used for sizes 2 and under)
- Cable or electrical zip ties are REQUIRED. (You can find them at Northern Tool Supply, Lowe’s Hardware, Home Depot or Walmart). Long zip ties will be necessary for hanging shoes together
- Safety pins (For attaching items of clothing together or securing pants to hangers)
- Hole punch
- Ziploc bags in assorted sizes for socks, underwear, toys, games, and small items
- Clear packing tape for attaching tags to Ziplocs, toys, etc. Also for “laminating” tags attached to shoes and other heavy items
- 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)
3. Prepare Clothing
- Wash all clothing. Lay flat immediately after drying. Iron if necessary.
- Sort all clothing by size. 24 months and 2T will hang on the same rack
- Fill out tags with all required information – each tag should have size, brand, and description. Your tags will be preprinted with the price you select.
- Attach tags to items as you complete them.
- A numerical size must be on all tags. S, M, and L varies by manufacturer and age. Please include the closest number size such as 4, 6, etc.
- 0-3 months = 3 months, 3-6 months = 6 months, 6-9 months = 9 months, 12-18 months = 12 months. Hang 9-12 month items in the 6-9 month or 12 month section.
- For Juniors clothing, please size by XS (size 0 – 4), S (size 6-8), M (size 9/10), L (size 12), and XL (size 14 and up). Juniors area will be divided into XS, S, M, L, and XL.
- For Maternity clothing, please size by S (size 0-6), M (size 8/10), L (size 12), and XL (size 14 and up). Maternity area will be divided into S, M, L, and XL.
- If an item is not true to its size please write that on the tag, such as “fits like 18 months”, then place on the rack the size “fits like”.
- Put all clothing except undergarments on hangers and face them the same direction, so they look like a question mark. This will make them easier to hang and easier for buyers to look at
- Place undergarments in Ziploc bags. Do NOT put sleepers, pajamas, and other clothing in bags – they will not sell. The exception is “underwear” snap shirts such as Gerber, these should be grouped in bags. Carters snap shirts/onesies should be on hangers, usually in groups of 2-4 shirts on one hanger, depending on if the onesies are plain or “decorative”.
- Snap all snaps and button all buttons. This helps keep items on hangers and shows buyers that all are accounted for
- Join shoes with extra-long cable ties. Shoes should not be in Ziploc bags, and should be clean, have no scuffed toes, and be “like new”.
4. Prepare Small Items like Socks, Undergarments, Receiving Blankets, etc.
Small items should be grouped for sale:
- Package groups of the same item into a Ziploc bag such as 10 pairs of socks, 6 pairs of underwear, 3 receiving blankets, 2 crib sheets, etc.
- The number of items in each bag can vary – it is your decision how much you want to bundle in a bag
- Seal the bag with clear packing tape
- Tape a tag with a detailed description to the bag. The 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, or be a multiple of $1 ($2, $3, etc.)
5. Prepare toys and equipment
Toys that are clean, in good condition and have all their pieces will sell best. Toys that are dirty, missing pieces, or broken are not allowed. We quality check our items and remove items from the sales floor that do not meet guidelines.
- Wash all toys, playground equipment, car seats and other kid’s stuff
- See our cleaning tips for special treatment, including Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Secure all pieces carefully, or they may be lost during the sale. Put small parts in a Ziploc bag and tape securely to the larger item in a way that will not damage it
- Batteries MUST be included for all battery-operated items. If a shopper can’t try it, they won’t buy it. Items without batteries are not accepted for the sale
- Changing tables, swings, pack ‘n plays, and other large equipment must be completely set up by the consignor at drop off. If shoppers can’t see it, they won’t buy it
- Check DVDs, CDs, and other software to make sure they are in the correct case and seal open cases with masking tape
- 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 – only books with intact pages are accepted
- Use Ziploc bags for multiple books. 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 it’s all there
Now you’re ready to start tagging!
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