HOW TO BE A SUCCE$$FUL SELLER

Follow our guidelines to earn the biggest reward for your time spent preparing items for the sale!

New for Fall 2017

We’re constantly tweaking sale procedures, all with the goal of making sale week run smoother, increasing the quality of items available at the sale, selling more of your items, and making more money for you!  But, there’s no major changes for the Fall 2017 season…

All sellers, please note we are only accepting certain brands & styles in teen clothing sizes.

Murray sellers, please note that we are now requiring all WIRE HANGERS.

Items Accepted

Murray sellers are limited to 250 items each. Sellers who sold more than 70% of the items entered into inventory at the prior season’s sale may bring an additional 100 items.

Elizabethtown sellers are limited to 150 items each. Sellers who sold more than 80% of the items entered into inventory at the prior season’s sale may bring an additional 100 items.

Sellers must contact us via email to have their item limit raised.

Sellers may bring ONLY 15 items TOTAL of women’s sized shoes (sizes 7 & up), handbags, & costume jewelry.

We sell much more than clothing.  We accept indoor & outdoor toys, shoes, accessories, books, bicycles, movies, strollers, highchairs, pack-n-plays, scrapbooking supplies, and so much more.  If babies, children, or teens can use it, we’ll probably accept it as long as it meets our quality standards.

We do not accept adult women’s sized clothing other than maternity & nursing clothing. Maternity & nursing items should be of very recent styles and priced competitively.  In Elizabethtown we accept maternity clothing only at the Spring & Summer sale because we use that space for the hundreds of Halloween costumes at the fall sale.

We do have a minimum price of $2.00 for all items. If an item is not worth $2.00 you may group similar items together and sell them as one item (example – several similar books or three shirts in the same size).

We accept boys and girls clothing in sizes from preemie to 18 or 20 as well as junior girls and Young Men’s sizes.  We do not accept adult clothing items, they do not sell.  Girl’s teen clothing should be in junior’s sizes which generally are odd numbers, not even numbers for adult women. Young Men’s sizes extra-small to extra large and pants sized by waist measurement and length will be accepted.  These are the sizes that teens wear after they outgrown children’s 16/18/20.

Teen Clothing

Teen sizes need to be in styles appealing to teens. We realize style is a subjective thing, but if the items were worn by somone over age 22, they probably do not appeal to teens

Instead of working from a huge long list of brands we WILL accept, we are changing to the following guidelines:

Sports Clothing Accepted

Brands like:

  • Adidas
  • Columbia
  • Converse
  • Jordan
  • Lululemon
  • Nike
  • North Face
  • Puma
  • Patagonia
  • Under Armour
  • all College/NBA/NFL, etc apparel

Casual Clothing

Brands like:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle
  • Hollister, PacSun
  • Roxy
  • Ralph Lauren
  • J Crew
  • Gap
  • Victoria’s Secret/PINK
  • Miss Me
  • Joe’s
  • True Religion
  • Free People
  • Forever 21
  • Urban Outfitters
  • H&M
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Levi’s
  • Wet Seal
  • Ed Hardy
  • Lucky
  • Boutique Brands from local stores

Brands Not Accepted

Budget brands like:

  • Mossimo
  • Merona
  • Sonoma
  • Xhilaration
  • Danskin from Walmart
  • Total Girl
  • So
  • Apt 9
  • Tek Gear
  • Jessica Howard
  • St John’s Bay
  • Kim Rogers
  • Chaps
  • Faded Glory
  • Covington
  • Canyon River Blues
  • Basic Editions
  • George
  • Arizona
  • Riders
  • Route 66
  • Simply Basic
  • White Stag
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Christopher & Banks
  • or plain cotton screenprinted t-shirts that were free giveaways, etc.

We don’t want you to spend time preparing items that do not sell. We want to help you earn the biggest payout possible for your time spent preparing items!

For the Murray sale only

We accept all types of furniture and home decor!  Household furniture, art, rugs, lamps, accent tables & chairs, decorative items, mirrors, window treatments, for any room of the house including outdoor furniture are all appropriate for the sale. Seasonal decorations are also welcome. Items will be inspected to ensure that they are in excellent condition in desirable styles!  We will NOT be accepting housewares, small appliances, computers/computer accessories, and other electronics.  If you have questions about a specific item, just contact us to ask before bringing it to the sale!

Spring Sales

Spring and summer clothing is the focus for our spring sales, along with the usual toys, furniture, gear, & equipment. Bring swimsuits, shorts, sleeveless outfits, and sandals to this sale. Jeans, polo shirts, capri pants, and light cotton long sleeve sleepers & onesies for infants are appropriate for both spring and fall sales.  Long sleeved items that might be worn on Easter such as button-up dress shirts or light sweaters will be accepted, but heavy, wintry fabrics will not.

Summer Sales

We are holding a June sale for the Elizabethtown location in 2017.  This will be an all-season sale for clothing.  It will be a time to clear out spring/summer items and get a head start on back to school items. We’ll ask that you hold heavy sweaters and winter coats, Halloween costumes, snow boots, holiday items, etc, for the fall/winter sale in September.  Outside of that, all other guidelines will be the same as our spring & fall sales.  Choose your best & price to sell!

Fall Sales

Fall and winter clothing is the focus for our fall sales, along with the usual toys, furniture, gear, & equipment. Bring snow boots, jackets & coats, sweaters, fleece & velvet clothing, and Halloween costumes to this sale. Jeans, polo shirts, capri pants, and light cotton long sleeve sleepers & onesies for infants are appropriate for both spring and fall sales.  Cap-sleeved shirts and light, summery fabrics will not be accepted.

Items Not Accepted

We will not accept out of season, stained, ripped, torn, pilled or otherwise damaged items. Toys and games need to have all parts and pieces. All items should smell fresh & clean. All items requiring batteries must have them and work. Carseats must be no more than five years old, check the sticker on the bottom for the date of manufacture before bringing it to the sale. All cribs must meet 16 CFR 1219, the new federal standard for full-size cribs or with 16 CFR 1220, the new federal standard for non-full-size cribs. Only cribs manufactured after June 28, 2011 meet these standards. VHS tapes and plain stuffed animals are not accepted at the Elizabethtown Sale. We will accepted stuffed battery operated toys that DO something (make sure they have batteries & work!)  We can accept VHS tapes & stuffed animals for the Murray Sale. We also will not accept:

Clothing and Toys

  • children’s upper outerwear (sweatshirts, jackets & coats) in sizes 2T through 12 with neck or hood drawstrings, and children’s outerwear in sizes 2T through 16 with waist or bottom drawstrings
  • used pacifiers
  • grab bags of miscellaneous fast food/dollar store type toys
  • children’s jewelry of any sort
  • bath books or bath toys
  • clothing or shoes with crystals of any sort or rhinestones* known to contain over 300 ppm lead  (*Leaded crystal such as Swarovski crystal or rhinestones known to contain over 100 ppm lead cannot be sold for use by children age 12 and under.  We will accept these items in girls size 14 & up, girls junior sizes, and maternity items.  We will also accept plastic rhinestone-like adornments in all sizes.)
  • items with drawstrings at the neck or drawstrings at the waist that extend more than 3 inches from the garment
  • children’s books printed prior to 1985
  • cribs, toddler beds, bath seats, walkers or play-yards that do not meet the current safety standards.
  • We will not accept any recalled items.  You may use the CPSC website or Google to check your items for recall.

Breast Pumps

We do not accept used single-user electric breastpumps – we will only accept the following electric pumps (all others, including the Medela Pump-in-Style are considered single user pumps and are not to be shared between mothers):

  • Ameda: Elite, Platinum, Purely Yours
  • Ardo: Calypso, Carum
  • Bailey: Nurture III
  • Freemie: Freedom, Equality
  • Hygeia: EnDeare, EnJoye
  • Lansinoh: Signature Pro, Affinity Pro
  • Lucina: Melodi One
  • Medela: Lactina, Symphony
  • PJ’s: Comfort, Bliss
  • Rumble Tuff: Serene Express Duo
  • Spectra: M1, S1, S2, Dew 350

Supply List

 Supplies needed:

  • WIRE ONLY hangers (NO plastic hangers will be accepted)
  • safety pins (if you choose to use a tagging gun, use EXTREME CAUTION with where you place the barb so that you do not make holes in clothing!)
  • zipties
  • packing tape
  • ziploc bags
  • masking tape
  • 60-67# white or light pastel cardstock paper

All sellers must use wire hangers.  Plastic hangers take up too much space on the racks and break easily.  Clothing always falls off plastic hangers and it is hard to sell items that are on the floor!  We do not remove clothing from hangers at check-out, so get cheap ones or ask your dry cleaner for some.

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 clothes pins to hold your items on the hanger, they won’t stay on. Do not use staples to attach your tags to clothing, they won’t come off. You may use a garment tagging gun to attach tags but it is not required. Do not use any straight pins – OUCH!

Zipties can be used to keep shoes together or attach other accessories or small pieces.

Ziploc bags are perfect for shoes, accessories, toys, and groups of books. Remember to tape them shut with the tag on the outside. The very large ziploc bags or zippered bedding bags can hold bedding sets or multi-part toys if you no longer have the original packaging.

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.  Do use a small piece of packing tape to cover the safety pin attaching your tag to clothing items, this will help ensure tags stay on while shoppers are busy going through the clothes racks.

Add a small piece of masking tape with your seller number to any item at risk of losing its tag.  We suggest putting this on clothing near the label, inside each shoe, on bedding items, on each part of toys with multiple parts, etc.  It will help us re-tag items that happen to lose their tag during the sale.

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.

Need safety pins or wire hangers?  Keep an eye on your email to find out when we’ll be holding supply distributions.  We hold supply distributions in each sale area a few different times before each sale.  We sell hangers and safety pins at our cost so you can easily get the supplies you need.

Item Prep

The most important rule in tagging your items is to make it SECURE. Make sure items will stay on hangers securely, bags & boxes are taped shut, and 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.  Styles should be current.  Clothing more than five years old will not be accepted.

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).

Use an appropriately sized hanger. Make sure that items will not fall off the hanger. Clothing larger than 2T often falls off child-sized hangers.  Even tiny baby clothes can go on adult-sized hangers if you run the hanger up through the bottom of the garment.

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.

Clothing does not sell well in bags, so use hangers even for small infant clothes.

Shoes can be placed in a ziploc bag with the tag taped to the outside or attached with zipties with tag securely attached (hint – tags taped directly to shoes usually come off).

Furniture should be clean & will need to be assembled & ready for display before the seller leaves check-in.  Pin tags to fabric items and take care to avoid damage when taping tags to other items.

Add a small piece of masking tape with your seller number to any item at risk of losing its tag.  We suggest putting this on clothing near the label, inside each shoe, on bedding items, on each part of toys with multiple parts, etc. It will help us retag items that happen to lose their tag during the sale.

To make the check-in process go as quick as possible, please get everything organized at home. Your time is valuable, so don’t waste it tagging items that are stained, broken, missing parts or have been recalled by the manufacturer.  You can check the CPSC website or Google to find out if an item has been recalled.

All sellers will need to bring items grouped by size & gender Use rubber bands to keep hangers of the same size together for easy check-in.

Using MyConsignment Manager

All of our tagging is done online. To use the MyConsignment Manager system, you must first create an account and register for our sale.  You will need to pre-pay the registration fee in order to gain access to the tagging system and reserve your spot in the sale.  Sellers who upgrade to Preferred Seller status by helping at the sale to sell their own (and everyone else’s!) items will have $10 of their seller’s fee refunded in the form of a shopping credit upon completing their first shift.

You will use the MyConsignment Manager system to:

  • enter items
  • print tags
  • choose a check-in time
  • choose a Preferred Seller shift
  • manage or edit inventory before and after the sale
  • view reports of items sold each night during the sale
  • print lists of items sold or donated after the sale

Entering items

Save time by sorting clothing by gender and size and grouping non-clothing items together. Then log in to your Seller Home Page and begin entering your items.

We generally suggest pricing items around 1/3 to 1/4 of the price they were when new. Most families have an abundance of infant clothing, so price those items a bit less to make them attractive to shoppers. Boutique brands, double strollers, items new with tags, and outdoor play equipment sometimes sell for more. 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.

Use numerical sizes for all children’s clothes. If the label says “small”, please list the size your child wore when the item fit.

For maternity, young men’s and junior girl’s sizes, you will find the size listed along with the category.  Just choose the appropriate category and leave the size field blank.

Give as much detail as possible in the description field. We can now search the database to find items that get separated from their tags during the sale. It is much easier to match a lost tag to a “pink Matilda Jane striped shirt with purple flowers” 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.  We suggest pricing items reasonably and also using the discount option.  Sellers who do so usually sell a high percentage of their items.

If you check the donate box, it shows you intend to donate any unsold items.  All items remaining on the sales floor at the end of pick-up, including those in the lost and found, will be donated regardless of how the tag is marked. Donating your unsold items is optional.  If you choose to donate unsold items, you can easily print a list for your tax records.

PLEASE NOTE: Notice at the bottom of the screen that all of your items are listed below the entry form. If you leave this tab or are timed out of the system, then all of the items at the bottom of the page will disappear. DO NOT WORRY. They are still in the database and can be accessed via the Manage Inventory screen.

Manage Inventory

The Manage Inventory screen can be used to edit multiple items at once, delete items after a sale, or transfer items between seasons of sales.  If you need to transfer items from a different sale, please contact us for instructions.

Printing Tags

You will need Adobe Acrobat in order to print your tags. Most computers already have this installed.

Use the selection box to generate a list of tags to print. You can print all at once or a few tags at a time. From the item list, select the items you want to print. Tags will print eight to a page, so print in increments of eight to save paper. Or click on “Check All” to save time and download as many tags as you can evenly.

If you have logged into MyConsignment Manager via the links on the Kentucky Kids Consignment Sales website, you will never need to enter a print code.

Click on the link that says “Click Here to Open Your Tags Document” that is inside the pop up box.  Only click once and wait if your computer has a slow connection. You may need to turn off your pop-up blocker or right-click and use the “open a new window” option.  If you need to save the PDF document containing your tags to your computer or a USB drive for printing later, look in your “downloads” or “desktop” folder.

NO PDF TAGS SHOWING? Try right clicking on your mouse while you are on the link and choosing “open in a new window” as your pop-up blocker may interfere with Adobe.

Load your printer with 60-67# cardstock or coverstock paper which is widely available at office supply stores or Walmart/Target/Kmart. (White or light colors – NO dark colors) DO NOT PRINT ON REGULAR COPY PAPER. The tags WILL tear and wrinkle and bend and will cause problems. Use a normal or even “draft” print setting as too light or too heavy printouts will keep the barcodes from scanning correctly. Make sure the paper is loaded properly and press OK. Your tags will print with the barcode right on the tag. Check the printout after the first 8-24 items so you can catch any mistakes before you continue. If you have a color printer, choose “black cartridge only”.

Cut tags apart and stack in order so you can attach with 1″ or larger safety pins (for clothing) or tape for baggies, books etc. DO NOT TAPE OVER THE BARCODE. Be careful when attaching tags to notice the description and make sure it matches the item.

DID YOU GET AN ERROR WHEN PRINTING? ARE YOUR BARCODES FUZZY OR THICK & VERY DARK? Go to the ‘Print Items’ tab and select these items again and reprint with a lower print quality if needed.

Important Notes

Items must be tagged using the MyConsignment Manager system.  We cannot accept handwritten tags. Changes  in price, discount, or donate information cannot be handwritten on tags.  The information in the barcode will override the information in the system.  Should you decide to change price, discount, or donate options, you will need to edit that item in the system, then reprint a new tag.  Once the sale inventory locks, no changes can be made to tags.

Choose a Check-in Appointment

Once check-in times are made available for selection, you can go to the “check-in” tab, check the box for the time you want, then click the “add me to selected appointment” button.  If you need to change your scheduled time, log in any time prior to the closing of the schedule, remove yourself from the appointment, then pick a new one.  Evening & weekend appointments fill quickly, so please select those times ASAP if you require them.

Choose a Preferred Seller Shift

Upgrade to Preferred Seller status by helping at the sale!  Just go to the “Preferred Seller” tab, check the box for the time you want, then click the “add me to selected shifts” button.  If you need to change your scheduled shift, log in any time prior to the closing of the schedule, remove yourself from the shift, then pick a new one.  Evening & weekend shifts fill quickly, so please select those times ASAP if you require them.

Get Paid Quickly!

We send electronic payouts to sellers!  This means you’ll get your money faster & easier than waiting for a check in the mail.  No more lost checks, accidentally-thrown-away checks, water damaged checks, or got-eaten-by-the-dog checks.

Seller payouts will be sent via Paypal to seller’s email address on file in MyConsignment Manager system within 7 days of the end of the sale.  Please make sure your email address for Paypal and MyConsignment Manager are the same!   If you already have a Paypal account with a different email address, you can simply add the address you use with MyConsignment Manager as a secondary email on your Paypal account and be sure to CONFIRM all email addresses with Paypal.

You can easily transfer your payment from Paypal to your bank account if you wish or keep the funds in Paypal to use.  You can also order a debit card from Paypal ahead of time and use it to spend your sale payout.  If you really need a paper check in the mail, Paypal can send one minus a very small processing fee.

Most payouts will be automatically claimed into your Paypal account.  If the Paypal payout remains unclaimed after 30 days from the day funds were sent to Paypal, then a check will be mailed to seller’s postal address on file in MyConsignment Manager system.

Claim Your Seller Account

Sellers use our EASY online registration & tagging system called MyConsignment Manager. With this system, you can quickly enter items & print barcoded tags at home, track sales during the event, and manage inventory after the sale. You can also choose your own check-in appointment and schedule your Preferred Seller shifts without waiting for a return phone call or email from us.

Returning users can use the same account each time, but will need to register for the current sale and pay our non-refundable registration fee each season. Sellers who achieve Preferred Seller status by helping at the sale to sell their own (and everyone else’s!) items will have $10 of their seller’s fee returned in the form of a shopping credit upon completing their first Preferred Seller shift.

Our seller spots fill up quickly and there are deadlines involved. Once a sale has filled or the regular seller registration deadline has passed, we register RESTOCK sellers who will bring their items to the sale after it has already started so we can RESTOCK our sales floor with more inventory.

We send several emails with helpful tips & time saving tricks starting just as soon as you complete your registration. If you are registered to sell and not receiving emails from us weekly, please let us know! They may hiding be in your spam or promotions folder.

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