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Kids EveryWear only accepts quality, clean and current items! See Items Accepted for additional information. Make sure you have scrutinized each item as though YOU were going to buy it. Check for stains, holes, missing parts, etc. These are unacceptable. Please thoroughly clean baby equipment, including washing fabric covers to car seats and strollers to make sure yours sell.

For simplicity gather all of your tagging supplies along with your items to be priced into one area. You will need:

  • Enough CARDSTOCK copies of your tag template for the number of items you plan to sell
  • Scissors or better yet a paper cutter to cut tags apart
  • Plastic or wire hangers: Child sized hangers work best for clothing up to size 4. Adult hangers work well for sizes 5 and up.
  • Safety pins (for securing pants to hangers, etc.)
  • Cable/electrical ties (available in electrical dept. of Home Depot, Lowes and Wal-Mart) to secure tags to clothing. Note: Cable ties are mandatory - no safety pins except when impossible to cable tie!!! Ties are cheaper, easier to use and prevent tag removal. See below for details on how to use. Northern Tool has the best prices on cable ties!
  • Red, black and/or green pens
  • Hole punch
  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes) for toys, socks, etc.
  • Packing tape for attaching tags to toys, etc.
  • Painters tape for attaching tags to books and game/puzzle boxes (prevents tearing)
  • Scotch tape to reinforce tags at hole punch - please reinforce tags only on shoes, toys and heavy items as these fall off easily. It is unnecessary to reinforce clothing tags!
  • Long cable ties for hanging shoes together.
  • Rubber bands for grouping all same-size, same-gender items after pricing

Recommended step-by-step procedure for tagging LOTS of clothes:

  • A fresh laundering and ironing will help sell your item. Place all garments on hangers with hook opening such that as you face the item, the hook looks like a question mark "?". Please snap all snaps and button all buttons to ensure they are all accounted for and that the item will display well.
  • ALL clothing (except undergarments including "Onesie" undershirts) must be on hangers. Sleepers, pj's, snap-crotch shirts, etc. will not sell in bags! Undergarments are the ONLY clothing items that are to be in clear Ziploc bags!
  • Separate all clothing into piles by size to expedite tagging. This way, when you're working on pile of 6's for example, you don't have to keep stopping to search for the size on the garment. Helpful Hint: 24 months and 2T items will be hung on the same rack.
  • In the upper right corner, write the SINGLE, LARGEST numerical size, e.g. 12-18m = 18m.
  • Items with a size range, i.e. 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 12-18 months or 18-24 months will hang with the LARGEST size in the range.
  • Fill out tags with all required information.
  • Attach tags to garments as you complete them.
  • Hang all Snuglis, Bjorn Carriers, Slings and Head Supports on pant hangers
  • Shoes should be joined with extra-long cable ties so that they display well at the sale. Add one to two cable ties through the one joining the shoes so that the tie will be long enough to hang the shoes neatly on our shoe rack. Please no Ziploc bags! Shoes in Ziploc bags or tight/short cable ties do not hang and display well! Shoes must be clean and like-new with no scuffed toes! "Magic Erasers" remove superficial scuffs!
  • PLEASE be sure your items are marked with a PRICE!!! Customers typically pass over unmarked items, rather than ask.
  • Safety pins are not accepted unless it is impossible to attach tags with cable ties as in the case of many new "tagless" tees and pjs. Safety pins are fine for these, but be careful not to damage delicate knit fabric!
  • If an item is in a Ziploc, please attach the price tag to the item, not the Ziploc, as they may become separated.

Watching these videos should help you as you tag your items.

Filling out tag info

We will hold 50% and 75% off clearance sales on the final two days of the sale.

If you do NOT wish your items to be discounted, fill out the price in red ink. If you would like to have your remaining items reduced to 50% for the last two days, use green ink.

If you would like to try to sell ALL, price in black ink. Your remaining items will be reduced to 50% on the second to last day and then to 75% off on the final day of the sale.

We strongly encourage pricing items in black or green ink. Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of our entire inventory sells during the preview sales to volunteers and consignors! At least another half of what remains sells on the first public sale day! Unless an item is overpriced, most of our shoppers DO NOT WAIT for items to be discounted, but snap them up on sight! At a sale like ours, bargains do not last long! If an item is worth having and is fairly priced, it will almost always sell at full price. By pricing in black or green, you are ensuring that the highest possible percentage of your items sells! Most of our veteran consignors allow their items to be discounted, make a ton of money and sell 90% of what they bring! See Pricing for more tips.

On the tag bottom appears your pre-printed consignor ID number and barcode just above the logo.

  • Please use WHITE CARDSTOCK to tag any items that you wish to donate if they do not sell! This helps tremendously in reducing our sorting time but most importantly blesses needy children. Please consider donating! Do you REALLY want to get your items back? See Donating Unsold Items for more info on who gets donated items.
  • In the upper right corner, write the single, largest numerical size, e.g. 12-18m = 18m.
  • Do NOT use S, M, or L as this means absolutely nothing from one brand to the next!
  • If you KNOW an item fits weird, a 2T fits exactly like all your other 18m items for instance, label item "fits like 18m" and place it with the other 18m items. Be careful you're not biased by the size of your child, but by comparable items of clothing!
  • In the center of the tag write the price in whole dollar increments. If items are worth less than $1, combine like items to price group at a minimum of $1 (onesies, socks, books, etc.) Do not get creative and add decimal places to the tags. They have been printed with ".00" on purpose!
  • In the spaces provided write a description of the items including brand, color, and number of pieces if the item has MORE than 1 piece. We suggest you use the description space to "sell" your item. Be sure to point out if it's a name-brand label, if it's new and has the original sales tags attached or other important information such as the current retail price if it is a big-ticket item. Tags DO fall off no matter how careful you are. We make every effort to match tags back to items so that they can sell! We absolutely cannot do this with descriptions like "shirt" or "toy." The more specific you are the better! Clear descriptions also increase the security of items!

Double check items for price and code!

Attaching tags

When tags become separated from items, everyone loses! We will not sell items without tags because the consignor cannot be properly credited. We refuse to pocket your money! PLEASE help us to sell as many of your items as possible by making every effort to make sure those suckers stay put!

Clothing Items

Cable ties work best for almost all clothing items and some other miscellaneous items like Snuglis and diaper bags. Once a cable tie is fastened properly, it cannot come open.

Simply punch a hole in each tag in the designated spot, slip the cable tie through the hole and loop it through garment label, button hole, belt loop, etc. Make certain to zip the cable tie correctly so that it cannot slide open! Check that you didn't insert it through the zipper backwards!

If there is no secure place on the garment through which to loop a cable tie (tagless t-shirts for example), use a safety pin through your hole punch and position tag on the garment's upper left, i.e. "over the heart". Do NOT attach tags to hangers, but directly to garments!

  • When hanging pants, be sure you PIN the pants to the hanger shoulders, not the straight bottom edge, to keep them from sliding around and to display them best. Pant hangers with clips are ideal. Do not fold pants over hangers.
  • For sets, hang the shirt on the hanger and then pin the pants to the back of the shirt at shoulders, catching the top of the hanger, so that both pieces can be viewed fully without unpinning or raising the shirt, with the pants facing the opposite direction of the shirt. This allows shoppers to see the pants easily and prevents them from becoming separated from the outfit. Be sure both items of your set are the same size, otherwise please sell separately! See directions for pricing sets in the Pricing section to follow.
  • If you choose to hang pieces of a matching outfit on separate hangers (i.e. delicate fabric that may be damaged by pins), secure the necks of the hangers with a cable tie. Do not use rubber bands for this purpose! Make certain pants will stay on the hanger!
  • Please do not attach garments to the hanger. Many shoppers want to try items on!

Shoes

Shoes should be secured together with extra-long cable ties. If you only have short ties, use one to secure the pair together and then add one or more cable tie "links" to the loop. This helps them to display well on our rack system. Do not seal shoes in plastic bags unless you cannot find a way to secure the pair. Tags can usually be attached with cable ties through a grommet, buckle hole, etc... If absolutely necessary, put them in a Ziploc bag, seal the bag with packing tape and tape tag to bag. Make sure descriptions are detailed. Please do not put a price tag on each shoe, only one tag per pair.

Suggestion: "Laminate" the top left corner of tags for shoes with a small piece of scotch tape prior to hole punching to reinforce its security.

Toys and Equipment

  • Consider providing manuals and/or internet reviews for high-dollar items, especially if they have unique features. Secure them to items in a Ziploc bag.
  • Make sure DVDs, CDs, etc. are in their CORRECT packages and seal with masking tape.
  • Packing tape and/or cable ties are usually ideal for toy items.
  • "Laminate" the top left corner of tags for toys with a small piece of scotch tape prior to hole punching to reinforce its security. Many tags fall off when people rummage through shelves and bins.
  • Toys get played with! Secure pieces carefully! We cannot be responsible if your toy parts get separated. If there are multiple pieces being sold together, secure them well.
  • Batteries MUST be included with all battery-operated items. NOTE: Consignors bringing items requiring batteries without working batteries will be charged $1 for each battery that Kids EveryWear installs in the item in order to sell it. Deductions will be made from consignor checks. Because Kids EveryWear is committed to customer satisfaction, we reserve the right to pull any items of questionable condition from the sales floor. We cannot offer returns, so shoppers are quite wary to purchase items that may not work. Dollar stores sell batteries.
  • Cribs, swings, and pack 'n plays MUST be set up by you! We have a 100% selling record for all assembled cribs!

Hats

  • As with any item, if there is a label or a place to which you can attach a ziptie, use it. Otherwise, use a safety pin.

Multiple Piece Items and Clothing Sets

On all multiple piece clothing items and on large multiple piece items (i.e. crib and changing table set or car seat with 2 bases) write "1 of 2" and "2 of 2" with descriptions on each piece, but ONLY put a price on the tag on the most visible part of the set!!! DO NOT put a price on both tags, only on the tag marked piece 1 of 1!!! On the 2nd tag, write “See price on tag 1” INSTEAD of a price to alert customers and our detaggers to the other tag and price of the combined set.

Socks, Undergarments, Receiving Blankets, etc.

Put in Ziplocs and seal with clear packing tape. Tape tag with detailed description on bags. Group like items of same size together so that they can be priced at a $1 minimum.

Crib sets/Bumpers, etc.

Put these in their original plastic bags if you have that, tape over the hole punch area of the tag and then hole punch, and attach the tag to the zipper of the bag, or use huge Ziploc bags. These are available at Dollar Tree. Tape tag to outside of bag.

Books, Board Games, Puzzles...

Blue painters tape is ideal as it is less likely to tear delicate surfaces. Be sure to wrap wooden puzzles in plastic wrap first before taping or tape ruins the front of the puzzle! Seal the plastic wrap with clear packing tape, but be sure packing tape does not come in direct contact with the puzzle! 2 gallon Ziplocs also fit puzzles well and help prevent the kind of damage shown below.

torn puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Check books for missing, torn pages. If you group multiple titles, seal in a Ziploc with clear packing tape, attach tag to bag and list all titles under tag description.
Tagging LOTS of books? Pre-sorting into the following categories will make for a quick drop off! Because we sort our books so carefully, we sell a much higher percentage of them than other sales!
  • Board Books
  • Hardback Picture Storybooks
  • Paperback Picture Storybooks
  • Musical or Sound Books
  • Early Chapter Books (younger readers)
  • Early Readers (Leveled and Non-Leveled – NOT Chapter Books)
  • Animal Stories (Wildlife books go in the Science section)
  • Parenting (NOTE: Pregnancy/Infant books go in the Infant Equipment Store)
  • Biblical / Inspirational
  • Classics / Award-Winning
  • Mystery & Science Fiction
  • Chapter Books for Older Girls
  • Chapter Books for Older Boys
  • Chapter Books for Older Girls or Boys
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Science
  • History & Geography
  • Math
  • Phonics/Reading/Language Arts
  • English/Literature/Writing
  • General Teaching Aids
  • Reference (dictionaries, thesaurus, foreign language)
  • Flash Cards –MATH
  • Flash Cards - PHONICS
  • Comics, Magazines, & Organizers
  • Art/Drawing & Puzzle Books

NOTE: There is a drop-off for adult-oriented books in the Mommy Mart

Puzzles, games and all multi-pieced items MUST be complete. Assemble them or count items to verify completeness, then mark "all pieces included" on tags and seal to prevent loss.