1. Develop your game plan.
- Don’t want to wait until a couple days before the sale to get everything done. Pace yourself.
2. Start cleaning out closets, storage containers, the attic, the car, grandma’s house, etc.
3. The great divide:
- Worthy of consigning?
- Worthy of donating?
- Worthy of the dump?
4. For items worthy of consigning
- Take all items out in the light of day or under fluorescent light.
- Ask yourself would you want to buy this item? What if your name was on it? Would you want people to know you brought it?
- Check each item for
- Any stains?
- Any tears?
- Are the colors faded?
5. If items are made out of cloth; we recommend you wash the items to make sure they have a fresh smell; especially items that have been in storage or around smoke. Items that smell too intensly of smoke may not be accepted.
- Snap every snap, button every button, zip every zipper, tie every bow, etc.
- Freshly pressed and starched items will certainly catch the eye of the shoppers. Don’t forget about the appliqués and ribbons.
- A needle & thread works wonders…tighten loose buttons, secure hems and appliqués.
6. Shoes: only shoes in very good/excellent condition will be accepted. Please, no holes, worn laces or scuffs.
- Polish, wipe, wash…. do whatever it takes to make them look as good as new!
- Tie shoelaces neatly, buckle the buckles and clean out the Velcro to make the shoes look their best.
7. Toys, Toys, Toys are hot sellers!
- Wipe down, clean and sterilize.
- Include working batteries if required (batteries must be in the items to put on the floor)
- Check games, puzzles; anything with accessories to guarantee they are complete.
- Package accessories in a clear plastic bag and fold packing tape across the top of the bag to prevent anyone (especially children) from opening and scattering the pieces. Using a sharpie, write your consignor on the bag.
8. Bag It
- Place all loose items together into a ziploc bag. Things like bottles, socks, outlet plugs, hair bows, hats, feeding supplies, toy accessories/parts, assembly hardware, etc should be sealed into clear, plastic bags.
9. DVDs, CDs & VHS
- Please do not bring R-rated movies or programming with adult content.
- Please ensure that all of these items are in good working condition! It is very disappointing to get home an realize your new DVD does not play.
- Make sure the correct disk or cassette is in its proper case.
- Tape the case closed so the media inside can not come free from the case.
- Ensure that your books are free from torn pages and scribbles.
- Please do not bring romance books or books with suggestive or violent subject matter.
- Place loose items into an appropriately sized bag
- Seal the top of the bag using packing tape. Fold the tape down across the entire opening of the bag to prevent anyone from opening the bag.