- Cardstock (60-67 lb)
- Computer and printer
- Safety pins (avoid cheap, flimsy pins, and one-inch or larger work best)
- Tagging gun and barbs (if using this tagging method)
- Cleaning supplies (kid-safe and eco-friendly cleaners/wipes, toothbrush, etc.)
- Zip-top bags (various sizes)
- Clear packing tape
- Zip ties and rubber bands
- Plastic wrap
- Screwdriver/tools to open battery compartments and assemble furniture/equipment
- Bins/baskets for sorting and transporting
- Inventory sheet
Toys, Equipment, and Shoes:
- Use child-friendly cleaners and sanitizing wipes to remove dirt/grime from toys and equipment.
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser removes scuffs and marks.
- Spray off large yard toys with a water hose.
- Use a toothbrush to clean dirt from the bottom of shoes.
- Wash fabric shoes in the washer and dry them in the sun.
- Create a paste of OxiClean and water to use on stains. Apply it to the stain using a toothbrush and let it sit for five minutes. Wash clothing in the washing machine. Inspect clothing before drying to make sure the stain has been removed. For stubborn stains, treat stain as above, place clothing in a bucket of hot water and a scoop of OxiClean, and soak for 24 hours before washing. You can add vinegar to the fabric softener compartment to remove OxiClean residue and an extra rinse to make sure clothes are clean. If stain is still visible, create a paste of OxiClean and water, apply it the stain, and put clothing in the sun. Inspect and reapply solution every couple of hours until the stain is no longer visible, and then wash/dry as usual.
- Dawn dish soap can be used to remove grease and oil stains. Rub Dawn into the stain and wash as normal. You can also use a combination of hydrogen peroxide, Dawn, and baking soda. Mix two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of blue Dawn dish soap and one tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it set for up to a day (test on an inconspicuous part of the garment first). Wash/dry clothing as usual.
- Presentation makes a big difference. Look at each piece through the eyes of a shopper. Items will not sell if they are falling off hangers, wrinkled, have a strong odor, or are covered in dirt or pet hair. Button all buttons, zip all zippers, snap all snaps, and tie sashes/belts. Items will sell better when displayed neatly.
- Sort clothing into sizes, by type/category, and by girl or boy. Sorting will make it easier during the pricing, tagging, and check-in process.
- Hang clothing including shirts, sweaters, shorts, skirts, pants, dresses, jackets, swimwear, and leotards. Hang items on the hanger with the hook facing to the left like a question mark (?).
- Do not hang blankets, sheets, towels, carriers, purses, bags, shoes, accessories, or toys. These items will be displayed on tables/racks or placed in bins.
- Shorts, skirts, and pants should be hung with the waist band safety-pinned to the angled part of the hanger, or you can also use a pants hanger.
- Group tops and bottoms together to make a set. Both pieces should be the same size, and brands should be kept together if possible.
- When hanging an outfit, place the shirt/dress on the hanger first. Flip over the shirt or dress and pin the shorts, pants, skirt, or bloomers using safety pins at the top of the angled part of the hanger. To avoid damaging fabric, do not pin or tag bottoms to the top. If you use two hangers for outfits, please rubber band or zip tie the hangers together.
- Matching outfit accessories such as socks, booties, hats, and hair bows should be safety pinned through the tag of the shirt/outfit or to the top of the hanger. Items may need to be placed in a plastic bag to make sure they stay together and then taped or tied to the hanger.
- Onesies, sleepers, undershirts, and tanks can be hung or placed in plastic bags. Sleepers and onesies that are larger or new with tags will display better on hangers. Smaller ones that are placed in plastic bags will sell better in multiples and with similar styles, colors, and brands.
- Check local dry cleaners for hangers. You can also often find large quantities of hangers at Goodwill or consignment stores cheaper than at a retail store.
- Make sure equipment and toys are clean and in working condition with fresh batteries and non-corroded battery compartments. Power riding toys should have batteries and charging cords, and their batteries should be fully charged when dropped off at the sale.
- Toys will sell better when all pieces are included. Package small toys together and sell as a set. Include instruction manuals if possible.
- Items with multiples pieces should be packaged in a way to reduce the risk of separation. Place small pieces in a zip-top bag, tape the bag shut, and tape or zip tie the bag to the larger item. When possible, use large plastic bags (XL/XXL Ziploc, space saver, or bedding bags) to enclose everything to reduce the risk of small pieces getting separated from the larger item.
- Group like colors and styles together for socks, hair bows, bibs, burp cloths, and small accessories. Place items in zip-top bags and tape the top of the bag shut.
- Shoes need to be clean and in like new condition. Remove dirt and scuffs and make sure laces are not dirty or worn. Place shoes in a zip-top bag if possible, and tape the top of the bag shut. You can also zip tie or safety pin shoes to each other or tie the laces together.
- Bedding is best displayed in a large clear bag to keep pieces together and allow shoppers to see pattern and contents.
- Please make sure puzzles have all of their pieces. Place puzzles in zip-top bags, or you can saran wrap the puzzle with pieces in place.
- Double check that DVDs and CDs are in their cases and not scratched. Flip through books to make sure there is no writing, coloring, or stickers.
- Baby gear and furniture will display better when assembled. You are welcome to put furniture together during registration (bring all parts and tools with you).
- Give yourself plenty of time to purchase cardstock, pins, barbs, printer ink, bags, and other supplies so that you do not run out of a necessary item close to the deadline.
Tags should be detailed and complete. The more information that is included, the better chance of selling an item or replacing a missing tag. The following information is displayed on a tag:
- Consignor #: Each consignor chooses a four-digit number for identification purposes, which is shown on the top left of the tag.
- Donate: Yes in the Donate field means the item will be donated to charity if it does not sell (No means you want to keep the item). Clothes and shoes will be donated to Mission Frankfort Clothes Closet (ministry of First Baptist Church at the Singing Bridge), and other items will go to New Leash on Life Thrift and Architectural Salvage (supports Franklin County Humane Society).
- Discount: Yes in the Discount field means you would like to reduce the item half off during the last four hours of the sale (No indicates you would like to keep the item at regular price during the entire event). If your goal is to get rid of stuff, let items go at ½ price. Your sales will increase, and you will take home less. If you plan to donate an item, please mark it ½ price.
- Size: The following size chart is a guide of how clothing will be organized during events. Sizes run different according to brand and may not line up with this chart, so please choose the label with the closest match. Note in the description line if an item is slim, husky, X, short, petite, tall, plus, or has another identifying factor.
|0-3 Months and 3 Months||0-3 Months|
|3-6 Months and 6 Months||3-6 Months|
|6-9 Months and 9 Months||6-9 Months|
|9-12 Months and 12 Months||9-12 Months|
|12-18 Months and 18 Months||12-18 Months|
|18-24 Months and 24 Months||18-24 Months|
|2T and 2||2|
|3T and 3||3|
|4T and 4||4|
|5T and 5||5|
|6, 6X, or Youth X-Small||6|
|7 and 7X||7|
|8 and Youth Small||8|
|10, 12, 10-12, and Youth Medium||10-12|
|14, 16, 14-16, and Youth Large||14-16|
|18, 20, 18-20, and Youth X-Large||18-20|
|Junior’s X-Small and 0-1||Junior’s XS|
|Junior’s Small and 3-5||Junior’s S|
|Junior’s Medium and 7-9||Junior’s M|
|Junior’s Large and 11-13||Junior’s L|
|Junior’s X-Large and 15-17||Junior’s XL|
|Women’s X-Small and 0-2||Women’s XS|
|Women’s Small and 4-6||Women’s S|
|Women’s Medium and 8-10||Women’s M|
|Women’s Large and 12-14||Women’s L|
|Women’s X-Large and 16-18||Women’s XL|
|Women’s 2XL and 20-22||Women’s 2XL|
|Women’s 3XL and 24-26||Women’s 3XL|
|Men’s X-Small, 33-34 Inch Chest, and 27-28 Inch Waist||Men’s XS|
|Men’s Small, 35-37 Inch Chest, and 29-31 Inch Waist||Men’s S|
|Men’s Medium, 38-40 Inch Chest, and 32-34 Inch Waist||Men’s M|
|Men’s Large, 42-44 Inch Chest, and 36-38 Inch Waist||Men’s L|
|Men’s X-Large, 46-48 Inch Chest, and 40-42 Inch Waist||Men’s XL|
|Men’s 2XL, 50-52 Inch Chest, and 44-46 Inch Waist||Men’s 2XL|
|Men’s 3XL, 54-56 Inch Chest, and 50-52 Inch Waist||Men’s 3XL|
- Category: Please choose category that best applies to the item.
- Description: Make the description as detailed as possible within space limitations. Give brand, condition, color, number of items, and other identifying features. It may help to add the original retail price if it an item is unique, boutique, new, popular, hard to find, or of high value.
- Price: Please price in 50 cent increments (.50, $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, and so forth). Use the following guidelines when pricing items:
- Quality items typically sell for approximately 25-30% of the retail price.
- Items that are new with tags sell for 70-80% of the retail price.
- Consider brand, quality, demand, age, appearance, and condition of an item.
- Toys, equipment, brand name and boutique clothing, new items, and things that hard to find, high demand, or unique may sell for more.
- Think about the price of an item on clearance, and then remember that it is gently used.
- A good rule of thumb is to ask “What would I pay for this?”
- Price as a buyer, not a seller. Try not to overprice an item due to sentimental value or hoping to get the same amount back that you paid.
- The cheaper that you price items, the better they will sell. If your goal is to clear stuff out of your house, price things accordingly.
- Check eBay or Facebook classifieds to see how items are priced.
- You will receive better return from a Treasured Twice event than at a yard sale or consignment store, and you do not have to worry about shipping, PayPal, or eBay fees.
- Feel free to contact Treasured Twice if you need help pricing items.
- Thanks to our friends at Consignment Mommies for sharing this helpful price guide: Consignment Mommies Pricing Guide.
Tagging Hanging Items:
- Please use caution when placing safety pins and tagging barbs. To prevent putting holes in fabric, place the pin/barb through the size/care label (inside the collar or waistband), at a seam on the right side of the garment (underarm), or at the edge of a zipper.
- Please do not use straight pins, tiny safety pins, staples, or clothespins to attach tags.
- It may help to punch holes in the top of the tag where the safety pin goes through the tag.
- Tagging Examples
Tagging Non-Hanging Items:
- Use packing tape to attach tags to toys, equipment, plastic zip-top bags, and boxed objects. If a tag cannot be attached securely with packing tape, zip tie or safety pin the tag to the item.
- For cloth items such as pillows, stuffed animals, carriers, backpacks, bouncy seats, and play mats, tags can be safety pinned to the item.
- For shoes that are placed in plastic bags, tape the tag to the outside of the bag. For shoes that are tied, pinned, or laced together, safety pin or zip tie the tag to the shoes. Tags that are taped to the bottom of shoes may not stick well and could pull material off the side of the shoe.
- Tape tags to the outside of zip-top bags (not inside the bags).
- Try not to tape over the barcode because the scanner may not be able to read it.
- Please do not place tape directly on paperback books, fronts of puzzles, wooden items (such as train tables or pictures frames), stickers on toys, and painted or paper products where the tape could pull off paint, material, or stickers when removed. Bag or saran wrap items when possible and tape tag to the bag/wrap in order to protect items from getting torn or damaged.
- Please wait until check-in to tape games, DVDs, CDs, and boxed puzzles closed so Treasured Twice can verify that all pieces are there and discs are unscratched.
- Tags will be removed during the check-out process. Tags should be secure enough that they do not fall off easily but not taped on too strongly that it makes it hard to remove them.
Visit the My Consignment Manager section for information on creating and printing tags.