Preparing/Tagging Your Items
Barcodes Mean Bigger Bucks!
All of your items must include an attached barcoded tag generated through the online consignor program. Shoppers just love the easy to read uniform tags and the barcoding helps keep track of each consignors running tally of items sold throughout the course of the sale. Barcoded tags also allow consignors to view online which items have sold throughout the course of the sale, print a donation list for tax returns, and save unsold items for placement in future sales without having to retag or reenter them.
General Steps for Preparing and Tagging Your Items
Preparing and tagging your items can be intimidating the first time. However, there are tricks to making it efficient and smooth. Please use the following guide as a reference.
Step 1: Organize Your Space
Try to designate a special space where you will do your item preparation. This could be a spare bedroom, office, dining room table, or even closet. It is not recommended that you do all prepping and tagging of your items in one sitting, as this could be quite overwhelming! If you can’t leave your items out in between “prep” sessions, store tagged items in a bin or basket, and items not yet tagged in another to keep track of your progress.
Step 2: Gather Needed Supplies
Have the following supplies on hand throughout your process so you don’t have to stop and start due to needing an item you don’t have.
- White cardstock (60-67 lb.) for printing tags
- Hangers for clothing (for baby and children’s clothing up through size 5 these should be child sized hangers, for clothing larger than size 5 or maternity, use adult hangers)
- Safety Pins or tagging gun and barbs for attaching tags to clothing (make sure you are using a fine garment tagging gun)
- Cleaning supplies such as all-purpose cleaners, Magic Eraser (this is a miracle worker), and Q-tips or an old toothbrush for tiny areas
- Ribbon or zip ties for shoes and/or pairing items together
- Plastic sealable bags in a variety of sizes for small and/or groups of items
- Clear packaging tape and masking or blue painter’s tape if you don’t want to damage an item by directly taping to it (such as a book)
- Batteries (all items that require batteries must be in working order to be accepted)
- Paper Cutter (for cutting tags)
Step 3. Group Items by Category, Type and Brand
Gather the items that you will be tagging for the sale and organize according to category (clothing, shoes, toys, books, etc.) so you can enter all of one type at the same time. This will make the process more efficient. For clothing, organize everything by gender, size, clothing type, and brand name. You can separate into size piles and organize each pile. For example, make one pile for girls’ size 2T and within that pile group together items that are pants. Of those pants, group together pants that are of the same brand name.
Step 4. Enter Your Items
Login to the consignor software to begin entering your items (or register as a consignor if you have not yet already). On the main page after login, you will see a link to download a consignor guide. This will give you detailed instructions on how to enter items using the Flash Consign software.
Entering a detailed description will help if a tag gets separated from an item. Also, feel free to add other notes in the description that shoppers might find helpful when choosing whether or not to purchase an item (such as “excellent condition, only worn once”)
Make sure to determine whether you will be marking each item as discount (participating in the half-price sale on the last day) and/or donate (to be donated after the sale if not sold).
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Step 5. Print Your Tags
Once you have entered all items, you can print your tags on a regular inkjet printer. Please be sure to use white cardstock (60-67lb. weight) and do not alter the format of the tags. Tags are printed eight or ten to a sheet and you will need to use scissors or a paper cutter to separate them.
Step 6. Attach Your Tags to Items
Make sure to securely attach the right tag to each item per the instructions below for each specified item type.
Specific Merchandise Preparation Instructions
Merchandise that looks its best sells the best. In order to get top dollar and a high percentage of items sold, make them look irresistible to shoppers!
Prep: Clothing should be clean and free of wrinkles. If you notice a stain, pre-treat and wash again. If you don’t have time to iron, put dry clothing in the dryer with a wet paper towel. If there are any curled up bows or edges, wet them, flatten them down, and allow to dry. Check for any loose threads and trim with scissors (without cutting the clothing). Make sure all snaps are snapped, buttons are buttoned, and zippers are zipped as this will make the item look better.
Each garment must be on a hanger facing left with the top of the hanger forming a question mark. Please be sure to use an appropriate sized hanger. Use child sized hangers for clothing up to size 5, and adult size hangers for above size 5. If you don’t have pant style hangers, pants can be attached to the upper section of a regular hanger using safety pins. Do NOT attach the safety pins to the lower part of the hanger as the pants will slide and bunch up, causing the hanger to lean to one side and the pants will not sell because no one will be able to see them.
When hanging multiple pieces such as outfits, sets, or groups of garments together, use individual hangers (unless you have a multi-rung hanger) and tie-wrap them together in case they come separated. Items will sell better if shoppers can see each item in its entirety instead of being hidden underneath one another, but grouped items sell better than individual pieces.
If a clothing item is new in a package, please attach the package to the top section of a hanger with safety pins in the same manner as you would a pair of pants. If you have an accessory that you are pairing with an item or outfit, such as matching socks or a hair bow, put the item in a sealable plastic bag and attach to the top of the hanger with safety pins.
Clothing, now on hangers, should be organized according to size and gender (ideally in the same order as when you entered the items so you don’t waste time searching for which garment goes with which tag).
Tagging: If attaching tags using safety pins (tags attached using straight pins will not be accepted), attach tags to the right side of the garment as pictured below.
Using a fine garment tagging gun is recommended (especially if you are tagging a lot of clothing items) as it is much faster than pinning and does not put holes in the clothing when done correctly. Some shoppers will only buy clothing that is tagged with a tagging gun as they are afraid of damage to the garment from the safety pins. When using a tagging gun, make sure you attach the tag to the right side of the garment by pushing the barb through the right underarm seam. If the underarm seam is too thick or cannot be used, attach it to the sizing tag. Do not push the needle directly through the clothing as it will result in damage to the item.
Prep: Make sure shoes are as clean as possible (excessively worn shoes will not be accepted). Magic Eraser works well for cleaning shoes, or you can also use an old toothbrush and soap and water. Use a toothpick or opened paperclip to remove any debris that may be trapped in crevices of the bottom soles.
Baby shoes can be placed together in a clear, sealable bag. Larger shoes must be attached to one another using ribbons or tie wraps.
Tagging: For shoes placed in a sealable bag, use clear packaging tape to attach the tag to the outside of the bag being sure not to tape directly over the barcode. Alternatively, you can tape the tag to the bag from the inside, but do not just place the tag inside the bag without it being secured.
For larger shoes, punch a tiny hole in the top of the tag and secure to the pair using another small piece of ribbon, tie wrap, or safety pin. Alternatively, you can thread the tag in between the shoes when applying the initial tie wrap or ribbon.
Prep: Make sure items are as clean as possible. Magic Eraser works wonders in taking out scuffs or other types of marks. Use Q-tips or an old toothbrush for tiny crevices that need cleaning. For any baby gear that has a detachablecloth piece (such as a car seat or high chair seat cover), make sure to wash per manufacturer instructions.
Items need to be fully functioning with all required parts and complete with working batteries if they are a battery operated item. Items sell better when they come with instructions. You can print out instructions at http://www.manualsonline.com and place them in a sealable bag. If an item has smaller parts that go with the main item, place the pieces in a clear, sealable bag and fasten to item with tape or by poking a hole in the top of the bag and tie wrapping to the item. Attach instruction manuals to an item in the same manner.
Tagging: For items with hard surfaces, attach tag directly to item surface with packing tape being sure not to tape over the barcode. For items made of soft material, such as a baby carrier or diaper bag, use a tagging gun or safety pins to attach through a seam or fabric tag.
Prep: Make sure items are as clean as possible and fully functioning with all required parts. Toys must be in working order if battery operated. Smaller items can be grouped together by placing them in sealable plastic bags. Smaller infant toys tend to sell better when grouped in sets instead of being sold individually. Be sure to tape over and seal the tops of all plastic bags so they don’t get opened by curious little ones during the course of the sale (think childproof).
Games should be in original boxes with all required parts and instructions. If you don’t have the original box, parts should be placed in a large sealable bag.
Puzzles can be wrapped with plastic wrap and then taped with packing tape to hold it all together.
Please make sure all pieces are present as you are prepping your toy, game and puzzle items. If a piece is missing, please do not attempt to bring it to the sale to be sold.
Tagging: For items with hard surfaces, attach tag directly to item surface with packing tape being sure not to tape over the barcode. If packing tape will damage the surface of the item when removed (such as a board game box), use masking or painter’s tape to secure the tag. For items made of soft material, such as stuffed animals, use a tagging gun or safety pins to attach through a seam or fabric tag.
Prep: Rubber band groups of book together and place in large sealable plastic bags. All DVDs or VHS movies must be in their original case. Make sure each case is holding the right movie and also test each movie to make sure it works.
Tagging: Attach tag directly to item surface with packing tape being sure not to tape over the barcode. If packing tape will damage the surface of the item when removed (such as certain board books), use masking or painter’s tape to secure the tag.
Prep: Place loose items such a bottles, accessories and socks in sealable plastic bags.
Tagging: For loose itemsplaced in a sealable bag, use clear packaging tape to attach the tag to the outside of the bag being sure not to tape directly over the barcode. Alternatively, you can tape the tag to the bag from the inside, but do not just place the tag inside the bag without it being secured.
Remember, items that look the best will sell the best!