Tagging and Preparing Your Items
Tagging and preparing your items is going to take some time. Here are some helpful tips to make use of that time, and help your items sell!
We want you efforts to be worth your time and energy. Here are some ways to effectively tag and display your items.
- When you are hanging an outfit that has pants, hang the pants with the shirt so both can be easily seen. Here is how: Turn the shirt around so that you are facing the back of the shirt, safety pin the top of the pants to the shoulders of the shirt. Try to find the lines of the wire hanger with the safety pin as well, this way the pants do not pull on the shirt and weigh it down.
- DO NOT use Ziploc bags for clothing or pajamas! Shoppers will not be able to fully see them and therefore will not buy them. We also advise against putting onesies in bags. Shoppers buy what they can see easily.
- There are two ways you can display multiple items you are selling together. First you can hang one on the wire hanger and pin the second item to the first item on the wire hanger. Second you can just put each item on its own wire hanger and rubber band the wire hangers together. Be sure to mark the quantity in the item description on the card.
- If a shirt slips off the wire hanger easily, use safety pins near the shoulders or neck to secure the shirt on the wire hanger.
- For small items it is best to use a Ziploc bag. Things to consider would be belts, socks, hairbows, bottles, underwear, and other miscellaneous items. We HIGHLY recommend that you use Ziploc bags for these items. Place the tag inside the Ziploc bag, then use a safety pin through the bag and card so that the card is attached to the bag and won’t fall out if the bag is opened.
- Your toys need to have ALL of their parts and all pieces of that toy need to be securely fastened together. For toys you can use clear packing tape, Ziploc bags, clear plastic containers, etc. Please make sure that ALL items are secure. We will post signs asking parents not to allow children to play with the toys, but this cannot be monitored completely. Children are curious and like to play with toys. They will inevitably take things apart and scatter pieces that are in their way. The more you can secure your toy and index card the better.
- The BEST way to see your bedding is to put it back in a clear bedding bag like it was purchased. This allows shoppers to easily see the bedding without having to take everything out. It also keeps coordinating items (such as: sheets, pillowcases, bed skirts, shams, curtains, etc.) together with the bedding.
- An alternative to the bedding bag are the new XL and XXL Ziploc bags. They come 3 or 4 in a box and you can get them at Wal-Mart. To get an idea you can go to www.Ziploc.com to check them out.
- Write GOOD descriptions! If your card happens to get lost, this is a great way to help us match it back with the item. Good examples would be: brand, color, 2-piece, etc…
- If your item is NEW or “Only worn twice” write that on your tag description. This is VERY appealing to shoppers and will help them to sell quicker.
EXTRA SELLING TIPS
- You want to make your item look BRAND NEW! The more time you spend on washing and ironing your clothes, the more appealing it will be to a buyer. When you hang your item, make sure it is zipped up, buttoned up, tie all bows, etc…
- MAKE SURE your carseat or larger items have not been recalled by their manufacturer. You can find this information at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. (www.cpsc.gov/)
STAIN REMOVAL TIPS
- GREASE STAINS: For dark spots on dark fabrics, use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Rub into the stain and wash as normal. Almost always works great, even if the item has been dried in the dryer. Occasionally it will take treating twice.
- YELLOW STAINS: Mix about ½ cup of dishwashing detergent (such as Cascade) with ½ cups of Clorox 2 (pink liquid) in about 1-2 gallons of water. Soak the stained item in the mixture for several hours, then wash as usual. This will work for other types of stains as well.