hangers, safety pins (or tagging guns and barbs), packing tape, ziploc bags, brightly colored curling ribbon (for boutique items), 60-67# white or light pastel cardstock paper (PLEASE DO NOT USE STANDARD PRINTER PAPER–THIS TEARS VERY EASILY)
Entering items and preparing tags
- When entering items in the MyCM system give as much detail as possible in the description field. This will help us match up items that get separated from their tags. It is much easier to match a lost tag to a “pink Kelly’s Kids striped shirt with flamingos” than to a “shirt”.
- If you check the discount box, then your item will be sold at half price on the last day of the sale. If you leave it unchecked, then your item will not be marked down. Discounting your items is optional.
- If you check the donate box, then your item will be donated if it has not sold by the end of the sale. If you leave it unchecked, then your item will not be donated. Donating your unsold items is optional.
We generally suggest pricing items around 1/3 to 1/4 of the price they were when new. Boutique brands, double strollers, and outdoor play equipment sometimes sell for closer to 1/2 of the original price. Think about what you would be willing to pay for the item. Sellers who price reasonably and allow items to be discounted on half-price day generally sell a high percentage of their items.
Once you are happy that your items are entered correctly print your tags. Remember: Once you have printed your seller tags you may not change the price without printing a new tag. The system will be locked out to changes once the sale begins.
Applying tags to your merchandise
- If you use child-sized hangers, please make sure your item will not fall off. Wire hangers are easier to pin through. You will not get your hangers back, so get cheap ones or ask your dry cleaner for some. White plastic hangers from stores are acceptable.
- Safety pins can be bought at discount stores, fabric stores or in bulk from craft stores online. They will hold your clothes on the hanger and tags on the clothes. Please use the one inch or larger size. Do not use clothespins, staples, or straight pins to attach clothing or tags. You may use a garment gun to attach tags, but it is not required.
- To help you get the most out of your high-end items, simply tie a brightly colored curling ribbon around the top of your hangers. This will allow shoppers to notice your boutique items while browsing (and allow you to price your high-end children’s fashions at top dollar).
- Ziploc bags are perfect for shoes, accessories, toys, and groups of books. Remember to tape them shut with the tag on the outside. The new, very large bags can hold bedding sets if you no longer have the original bag.
- Use packing tape to secure/attach all parts to toys and tags to non-clothing items. Please do not tape tags on soft items like stuffed animals or bedding – they won’t stay on. Do not tape over the barcodes on your tags.
- You must print tags on CARDSTOCK paper. Plain paper tags won’t hold up to all the handling they’ll receive. You can find 60, 65, or 67# cardstock at discount stores or office supply stores. Heavier cardstock will soak up too much ink from your printer and could cause the barcodes not to scan at checkout. Dark colors won’t scan either, so use white or very light pastel.
To get your items ready for the sale
The most important rule in tagging your items is to make it SECURE. Make sure items will stay on hangers securely, that bags & boxes are taped shut, and that items with many parts are taped together well. Toys WILL get handled by our smallest shoppers!
- Hang all clothing items on hangers with the hook facing left to look like a “?”. Clothing should be appropriate for the season of the sale. Jeans & capris or lightweight jackets will be accepted at both spring and fall sales. Styles should be current, especially for juniors and maternity items.
- Button all buttons, snap all snaps, and zip all zippers. Iron or use a winkle release spray.
- Attach the tag on the right side (as you are looking at it) of the clothing (over the heart). If you use a tagging gun please attach through the clothing’s tag and pull barcode tag through the hanger so it can be seen by shoppers.
- Use an appropriately sized hanger. Make sure that items will not fall off the hanger.
- Pin pants and skirts to hangers by the waistband. DO NOT fold pants over the bottom of the hanger.
- For two-piece outfits, pin pants or skirts behind the shirt so both pieces can easily be seen. Pin the waistband of the pants to the shoulders of the top, pinning through the hanger to let the hanger carry the weight of the pants. Pinning to the back or bottom of your shirt could cause your clothing to tear.
- If you choose to use the large plastic hangers for multi-piece outfits, make sure every item is securely attached to the hanger.
- Loose items such as socks, bibs, bottles, hats, and small toys should be placed inside ziploc bags and taped securely. Tape your tag to outside of the bag.
- Clothes do not sell well in bags, so try to use hangers even for small infant clothes.
- All shoes need to be placed in a ziploc bag or original box with the tag taped to the outside.
- All toys, equipment, and furniture must be in working order and clean. Small parts should be bagged and taped to the main part very securely. Clear packing tape is best
- Car seats should be clean, no more than 5 years old, and never been in an accident. CAR SEATS MUST INCLUDE AN INFORMATION FORM ABOUT THEIR AGE AND CONDITION. These forms can be filled out at check-in or download the car seat form.
- If you have the manual to an item, please include it.
- Make sure you DO NOT TAPE OVER THE BARCODE.
- To make the check-in process go as quick as possible, please get everything organized at home.