Merchandise Prep

Merchandise Prep2023-02-27T01:37:12+00:00

How to Prep The Merchandise

You will be using our online tagging procedure for tagging your clothes.

  • REGULAR CONSIGNORS MUST HAVE ALL ITEMS ENTERED BY 10:00 pm on Monday, February 27th!

Below you will find examples of ways to describe your items.

  • Brand Name: Gymboree

  • Description: “yellow dress w/blue polka dots” A clear description of your items will aid us in finding the item on the rack should a tag come off. In addition, should you have to come in and locate your unsold items, it will help YOU find them!  You MUST put in good descriptions so that we can assign the correct item number should your tag come off!  DO NOT JUST PUT “BOOK” AS YOUR DESCRIPTOR OR YOUR ITEM WILL BE REJECTED!!  DESCRIBE THE BOOK/ITEM.  If the tag comes off, there will be no way of knowing which book it belongs to or how much it costs.

  • Size: 4T  (do not mix sizes in outfits)

  • Price: $5.00

  • Donating:  Donating is optional. If you choose to donate the items that don’t sell, a “D” will print on the corner of each tag. You do NOT have to donate everything that does not sell. Just toggle the switch to donate when you enter your items into the inventory system.  Items marked to donate will automatically be marked to discount.  If you choose to donate everything, you will be allowed to do a “drop-n-go” drop off where you don’t have to stay for inspection.

  • Discounting: Discounting is OPTIONAL; marking items to donate will automatically cause the item to be discounted.  Please note: THE FINAL DAY OF THE SALE, ITEMS WILL DISCOUNT FOR 75% OFF UNLESS YOU CHOSE NOT TO DISCOUNT THEM. There will be no changes made to tags after they have been printed. If you bring an item to drop off, and either the price or discount field has been altered, it will not be accepted. This assures us that everyone gets proper credit for their items.  Items will sell for what is printed on the tag.  If you change anything in the system, but do not reprint a tag, it will sell for what is printed on the tag, NOT what is in the system.

  • CardUse 60-67# cover stock paper, PRINT 8 tags per card. You MUST use only white or light pastel colors. DO NOT REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR TAGS, AS THEY WILL NOT SCAN! Click HERE to download examples of good tags vs. bad tags.  If you print on plain printer paper, the items will not be accepted!

  • Tagging Guns: You may choose to use a tagging gun to attach your tags to your clothing. This must be done in such a way that the tag hangs on the top right side of the garment, in the same place you would pin the tag. It is recommended that you attach the tags in the shoulder seam and let it hang down on the right side (as you are looking at the item).  DO NOT STICK GUN THROUGH FRONT OF CLOTHING AS THIS COULD DAMAGE THE ITEM, PREVENTING IT FROM SELLING!

  • Safety Pin: Safety pins must be one inch or larger.

  • Safety Tags: – REQUIRED – Because tags do occasionally fall off, attach a small piece of masking tape with your consignor number to the inside of your clothing items near the tag. Label all other items on a flat surface. This will help us identify to whom the item belongs should the tag be lost; otherwise, we ware unable to sell it.  Label EVERY item – not every lego or puzzle piece, but if you have multiple pieces to a toy or a clothing set, each piece needs to have a safety tag.

  • ClothesOnly the up-coming season’s clothing items will be accepted for the sale. It is IMPORTANT and NECESSARY that each consignor reads HWGA’s Acceptance Policy. HWGA reserves the right to deny any unacceptable items.

  • Presentation: It is recommended that consignors do their best to present their items in the best possible condition. Button all buttons, zip all zippers, snap all snaps, sew loose hems or seams. Items that are cleaned, ironed, and starched with all pieces attached, sell much better! Present them at their best!

  • Pricing: YOU SET THE PRICE! Price to sell, keeping in mind the quality, name brand and condition of your items.

    • Below you will find our pricing recommendations
      • It is recommended that you start with 1/3 the original price on clothing, and 1/2  the original price on large outdoor toys and baby equipment, depending on the condition.
      • We highly recommend you let your items discount. If priced “fairly” it’s going to sell at full price anyway. Don’t price things too high and lose sales. Isn’t your goal to make more room in your attic/basement?
      • If you are going to donate your unsold items, they  will automatically discount. This will give it a chance to sell before it goes to donation.
  • $3.00 Rule: We have a $3.00 minimum price. If you have an item that you do not feel is worth $3, pair it with something that will bring it to $3.00 or more. You can put similar items together for one price (e.g. 2-3 shirts).

Preparation of Specific Items

  • CLOTHES: must be hung on wire hangers with the hook pointing to the left and the tag on the right shoulder if you are facing it. (Make a question mark with the hanger) Use the wire hangers, any size, on the smaller clothing sizes as well. Wire hangers take up less room on the racks. You can get wire hangers from your local dry cleaner. You MUST group all clothing items by size and gender for easier inspection and placement at drop off.

  • CLOTHING SETS: must be pinned securely with pants hung on the backside of the shirt and pinned at the waist on the hanger. First hang the shirt on the hanger and then pin the pants on the back (both pieces can be viewed without unpinning the garment.) See our video

  • PANTS ONLY: Pants should be hung at the waist at the top of the hanger. Pin them high on the top of the hanger with the pins somewhat close together. This prevents them from sliding on the hanger.

  • FOOTED SLEEPERS: Please pin up the feet of sleepers so they do not hang down and get caught on the clothes on the rack below.

  • LARGE ITEMS YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO CARRY AROUND: Please DO NOT attach the tag.  Collect all of your large item tags into an envelope and bring with you at check in.  We will attach them to a claim check during your drop off appointment.

  • SHOES: Bring only your best. Shoes must be tied in pairs by shoelaces or zip ties, not boxed. Laces and shoes must be in excellent condition. Attach tag with a LARGE safety pin through shoelace eyes or buckles as well as a “safety tag”. We are specifically looking for seasonally appropriate dress and casual shoes for this season’s sale. No used bedroom slippers.

  • TOYS, NURSERY/KID FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT: must be in working order (batteries included and working) and clean.  Small parts should be bagged and taped to the main part very securely.  Use HEAVY tape.  We recommend packing tape. Please group all “like” items together. No stuffed animals will be accepted unless they walk and talk. No exceptions.

  • LOOSE ITEMS: must be in clear Ziploc bags with the tag attached to the outside of the bag. Be sure to identify each item on your tag in case the bag gets opened so we can identify the items that belong together. For example: If you have several action figures/legos/train cars, etc. that you want to sell as a group, put them in a Ziploc bag, tape the top closed, and attach your tag on the front of the bag.

  • LINENS: must be hung on wire hangers. This includes receiving blankets, bed sheets, crib pads, swaddlers, sleep sacks, and pack-n-play sheets.

  • BOOKS: If you are selling a group of books, you may either put them in ziplock bags, taping the excess around the edges, or you may tie them together with curling ribbon. Then you can SCOTCH tape the tag to the bag or to the back of the last book. If you are selling a single book, you can scotch tape the tag to the back of the book.  Please make sure any string/ribbon you use to tie books together does not cover the barcode on the tag.

  • GAMES/PUZZLES: If you have frame puzzles, DO NOT TAPE THE PIECES TO THE FRAME. This can cause the paper to tear and we will not be able to sell your puzzle. It is recommended that you use either saran wrap or the sealing wrap to keep your pieces together or to put it in a large ziplock bag. Tape boxes of games and puzzles to prevent pieces from falling out. You MUST make sure ALL pieces are with games and puzzles before bringing them in to sell.  It isn’t fair to our customers to buy something and get it home only to find out it is missing pieces. If your item is returned due to missing pieces, you will be charged a $5 return fee.

  • HATS: Just pin the tag to the hat, do not hang on hanger.

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