Option #1 To Prepare Your Items To Consign
- Hang ALL CLOTHING ITEMS, including pajamas, on ADULT-SIZED hangers, with the hook pointing to the left as shown above. We prefer and recommend PLAIN WIRE HANGERS, but you needn’t go out and buy them! Any sturdy adult-size hanger will do. Pants should be hung on hangers using large safety pins towards the middle of the waist, to prevent slipping. Outfits should be arranged as shown, with the top in front, and pants hung on back. Attach matching bows, socks, etc, with safety pins or cable ties.
- Attach one consignor tag to each item or outfit, placing the tag to the upper right as shown. You can use LARGE safety pins, but we prefer cable ties, which keep tags attached much more securely.
- For onesies, socks, and other small items, place same-size items in ziplock bags, and attach your consignor tag using clear packing tape. Be sure to tape ziplock bags closed securely using clear packing tape. This will help to prevent loss or theft of your items.
- Please bag ONLY onesies, socks, tights, newborn caps, and bibs. Any other clothing items MUST BE ON HANGERS. Accessories (hats, gloves, belts, etc.) should be individually tagged or ziptied in lots so that shoppers may inspect them.
- For strollers, cribs, highchairs, car seats, and other large items, tags may be attached using cable ties or clear packing tape.
- Please secure puzzles and toys with multiple pieces using cellophane wrap or ziplock bags, and attach ONE tag.
- When you bring your items, please have any yellow-tagged item priced at more than $10 separated for us to electronically log into our system.
How to Prepare Your Tags
- First, please review the list of items we accept.
- Then, register with our system, either as a returning consignor or a new consignor (all previous consignor numbers have been reset).
- We find it easiest to sort clothing items by gender and size first. This makes item entry go very quickly!
- After you’ve registered and sorted your items, you can start entering your items here: Item Entry and Tag Printing
- Please enter a detailed description of your item, including the brand name, on the tag. If the tag becomes separated from the item, we may be able to match it back up if provided a good description.
- Please DO NOT make any handwritten changes to your tags once you have printed them. Price and discount information is imbedded in the barcode, so changing the price in writing won’t convey to our system. If you change your mind about a price or whether to sell the item at 50% off, please edit your tag in the online tagging system and reprint your tag.
- Please do not make any modifications to your tags, for example making them smaller to fit more tags per sheet of paper. Altering how your tags print may distort the barcode, which is how we scan the sale into our system so you can get paid. We reserve the right not to accept items with modified tags and we definitely will not guarantee items with modified tags. Please print them as they are to avoid complications.
- Other consignment sales use barcoded tags, but you must make a NEW tag using your Twice Is Nice consignment number in order to ensure that you receive credit for your item at our sale. Items tagged with another sale’s barcode will not be recognized by our system.
- You’ll note that there are several categories of toys. We find that toys sell best when organized into like items. Please choose the appropriate category for your item.
- Use only light-colored or white card stock paper, not thin paper, to print out your tags. Using a dark color may make the barcode unreadable by our scanners.
- Use only YELLOW card stock if you want to pick up your unsold items at the end of the sale. (Yellow cardstock is readily available in office supply stores by the ream, or at copy centers by the single sheet.) White paper colored with yellow highlighter or crayon can be mistaken under the fluorescent lights for white paper, so please use ONLY YELLOW CARDSTOCK for your tags. This will help to ensure that your unsold items are returned to you at the conclusion of the sale. Unsold items tagged with any color other than yellow will automatically be donated to charity.
- We can not sell items without tags, so please attach your tags securely. Cable ties work best for clothing items. (We will still accept safety pins, though.) Painter’s tape works well for books and puzzles (clear packing tape may tear them at check-out.)
- Please use cable ties to keep multiple-piece items together (car seats and strollers, game systems and cartridges, toys and their cases, etc.)
- We use your tags to tally your total sales, so they must remain intact – even after we remove them at checkout! USE ONLY CARD STOCK PAPER!
How to Prepare Your Boutique Items
How to Price Your Items
- A good rule of thumb for clothing is to price your item at about 25% to 50% of what the item sold for when new, on sale. So an item that retailed at $25.00, but sold at clearance for $10.00 should be priced between $2.00 and $5.00. Consider the condition of your item. If it’s in like new condition, or still has the tags on, you can price it higher than if it’s more “lived in.”
- Outfits are worth more than the sum of their parts! That is, a shirt might sell for only $2.00 and a pair of pants might sell for only $3.00. But the outfit, together, could sell for more than $5.00. Add a matching bow and socks, and the value goes up even more!
- For toys and equipment, consider the original price, the condition, and the availability of the item. Be sure to check the recall list at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to ensure that your items have not been recalled. We can not accept recalled items.
- Keep in mind that some of our shoppers rely on the consignment sale to clothe their families, and give their children toys. Wouldn’t you rather sell your stuff, even at 50% off, than take it back home?
- There are lots of tips for tagging, displaying and shopping in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
- For clothing with range sizing (6-12 months, for example), or unusual sizing (European sizing, or “medium”) use your experience with the garment and good mama judgment to assign a SINGLE size value. If an item is size 5 but fits like a 4t, enter it as a 4t and include “fits like 4t” in the description and we’ll place it in the area where 4t shoppers can find it!
- Clothing items sell best when on a hanger! You can bag like items such as socks, but if you pin the bag to a hanger, those socks are much more likely to sell! Clothing also sells better when freshly laundered and ironed.
- A picture is worth a thousand words! Take a picture of items before you bag or disassemble them and attach the picture to your item. For example, it’s difficult to picture how a crib set will look when it’s folded up, but your picture can show a potential buyer exactly how cute your item is! Selling a sling? Take a picture of your baby being worn in it and attach that! Cuteness sells, and a picture helps explain how an item works!
- Have a game or piece of equipment to sell, but you’ve lost the directions? A lot directions can be found and printed from the internet! Including directions for complex items can make a buyer feel more confident buying it!
- Have a large lot of like items? A collection of Thomas trains or Little People playsets, for example? While a single buyer MAY consider buying your whole collection for $50, you’re more likely to sell those items in smaller lots of $15 or $20. The opposite can be true for clothing items. You can often sell coordinated outfits for more than you would get for the individual pieces.
- Most first-time moms receive LOTS of clothing for their babies. That means few are buying small sizes at consignment. Price your items smaller than size 12 months VERY COMPETETIVELY. We receive TONS of clothing items in the small sizes, and the lower-priced items are more likely to sell. Lots work well in these smaller sizes, too. For example, your hanger of three sleepers priced at $2, is more likely to sell than a single sleeper priced at $2.
- Don’t forget that consignment shoppers don’t attach the same sentimental value to your items that you do. Those shoes may be the ones your child was wearing when he took his first steps, but that alone doesn’t justify a high price. Price your items on their MERITS, not their MEMORIES!