TIPS ON USING OUR ONLINE TAGGING SYSTEM
Shoes: Only 15 pairs of shoes are permitted per consignor. When preparing shoes, it is very helpful to attach them to each other to prevent the loss of a shoe during the sale. The best method for securing shoes together is to use Zipties. You can buy packs of 100 zipties at a home improvement store in the electrical department for about $3.00. Zipties are the most secure method and can only be removed with scissors. (See picture of ziptie.) Place a hole in the tag in the upper corner and string the ziptie or string through the hole before you secrue it to the shoes. Only if the shoes are unable to be tied together ( ballet flats, penny loafers) may you place shoes in a clear ziploc bag. The tag may then be taped to the outside of the ziploc bag or pinned somewhere if need be.
Hairbows, ribbons, headbands, belts, etc: Place these items in a clear ziploc bag with the tag secured to the outside of the bag.
Books/DVD's: Label books and DVD's by placing the tag on the back of the item and adhering gently with clear tape. Please tape carefully as we do not want to rip an item's case or cover when removing the tag. We WILL NOT accept VHS tapes.
Toys, Games, Puzzles: Please make sure all pieces of a toy or game are included. Smaller pieces can be placed inside a ziploc bag and then SECURELY taped to the toy. Game boxes should be in good condition and taped so that pieces can not fall out. Count your puzzle pieces to make sure they are complete. Wooden puzzles can be wrapped in clear plastic wrap or large Ziploc bags and then secured with tape on the back to keep all puzzle pieces in place.
CARDSTOCK TAGS: TAGS MUST BE ON WHITE CARDSTOCK....NO OTHER COLOR. This paper is sold at any office supply store including Office Max, Staples, Office Depot, Kinko's, etc. Do not use regular weight copy paper to print your tags. This paper rips easily and if it falls off of your item, and we are unable to identify where it came from, the item then goes into our Lost & Found box and can not be sold. It can also help to place a pice of tape over one corner of the cardstock and then pin through the tape.
REQUIREMENT on TAGS: FULL DESCRIPTIONS ARE REQUIRED and allow us to match up a tag to an item if it has fallen off during the sale. Our tagging system allows you to enter a full description of the item you are selling. Take advantage of this to tell a buyer if your 24 month outfit "fits like 18 months", has "only been worn once", or "has never been worn". Putting "JEANS" in the description is not acceptable and will not help us if your tag falls off and then your item can not be sold. Putting a description such as "Children's Place jeans with flower on back pocket" helps us in finding a tag for your item. We match up many lost tags during the sale for those that take the time to put detail in the description.
50% OFF DISCOUNT: Also in our tagging system you can indicate for each individual item if you would like it to be discounted to 50% on the last day by checking off the discount box. You can also indicate if you would like your item to be donated to Garments of Love by marking the donate box. These indications will show up on your tag so buyers know if the item is 50% off on the 50% off shopping day and we know when sorting at the end of the sale if your item is being donated or being picked up by you. Reminder that all BOOKS must be marked to DISCOUNT to help them sell!
DONATED ITEMS: Any items marked to donate MUST also be marked to discount. During our 50% off sale almost 90% of what we sell is discounted. That is a full two days of selling. Buyers come back to search for 50% off items. If it hasn't sold yet, why not try to make some money on it before donating it. This also helps save us time when sorting. The more we sell, the less we have to sort into the donation pile or into consignors numbers.
BEGIN TAGGING: Once you have registered as a consignor you can begin tagging your items.
DEADLINE FOR TAGGING: All tags must be input by midnight on Sunday, April 2nd. You will be able to print tags after the system goes offline, you just can't input any new data. The tagging software will go off line to convert our software to the POS system to prepare for the sale.
Hang all garments on hangers with hanger hook pointing left so it makes a question mark. (?) Place tag on right side of garment with a safety pin or use a tagging gun. If using a tagging gun make sure to place needle through garment tag or in inseam on right side of garment so we can find the tag quickly. If using pins, please poke just one hole through the tag and then pin onto clothes. And please be mindful of the material you are putting pins into. If you think it could leave a noticeable hole then place it through garment tag or inseam. Do not use tiny gold pins ( not strong enough) and do not use straight pins or staples (dangerous to the shopper). Use normal safety pins. See pictures below for examples. If the item has a zipper (coat, sweatshirt) then place the safety pin through the zipper hole and zip it to the top. Do not use this method on jeans' zippers - use the front pocket or waistband to pin through.
**When securing pants to a regular hanger, be sure you PIN the pants to the upper hanger shoulders, not the straight edge bottom, to keep them from sliding around and to display them best. Pant hangers with clips are fine as well. Make sure the clips are secure.
Secure two-piece outfits together by safety-pinning the two pieces together. This way, if one item falls off of the hanger, it will not be lost. Do not pin pieces so that one piece can not be seen. Hang the shirt on the hanger and then pin the pants to the back of the shirt at the shoulders. Again, be mindful of pinning so you do not create holes in the garment!
Make sure to pair items of the SAME SIZE!
HANGING AND TAGGING ITEMS
There is a $12.00 fee to consign with us. This fee helps to cover the costs for our lease, insurance, racks, materials, storage, fixture transportation, advertising, and mailing. Consignor Registration closes on Friday March 31st. Consignors who are registered can tag items in system up till Sunday, April 2nd at Midnight.
Requirement: Minimum of 20 quality items and a maximum of 400 items. All items will be inspected upon arrival. Items must be of current trends and in good condition. If you consign more than 300 items, and your items are not marked to donate, then you will be required to work a 3 hour sorting shift at the end of the sale. Don't want to sort? - then we can charge you an additional $12 deducted from your final payout. (*NEW: See how to qualify for our VIC program - Very Important Consignor below.)
Register to consign: Registering online is quick and easy. Click on the link below. Input your information, sign the agreement and pay your registration fee via Paypal. The consignor registration fee will be paid via paypal during registration. You do not have to have a PayPal account to make your payment, you can simply pay by credit card if you would like. (If you are not automatically redirected to our site after making payment through Paypal, please make sure to select "Return to Sunflower Sprouts LLC" in order to properly finish your registration. If you do not do this last step you registration will not be complete.)
*Important Note: (If you are returning consignor with previously tagged inventory please follow the below instructions regarding your consignor inventory.)
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
The key to successful consigning is preparation! The better your items look the more you can charge, so take the time to prepare your items correctly. A little bit of work before the sale will lead to a larger check following the sale!
Carefully inspect your clothing to make sure there are no stains or tears. All buttons, snaps and zippers should be closed and in working order. Clean and press your items to make them as presentable as possible.
All clothing must be on a hanger. Clothing should be hung on the hanger so the hanger makes a question mark (?) See below for further instructions.
Shoes must be in near-perfect condition and secured together. See below for further instructions.
IMPORTANT: All DVD's and video games are to be left UNTAPED. We will be inspecting all DVD's upon arrival. If there are too many scratches on the back of the DVD, then it will be rejected as we can not with certainty say that it will play correctly without skipping! Once we verify the DVD is in the case and it is in good condition we will secure the case with packing tape the whole way around.
Toys that require batteries must have them or the item will not be accepted to sell. Customers want to be able to see that the toy is in proper working condition.
Puzzles and games MUST have all the pieces - count everything, and then seal the box carefully.
Toys, games, equipment etc. must have all pieces, be clean, and not out-of-date.
HOW TO HANDLE INVENTORY FROM PREVIOUS SALE
REGISTER AS A CONSIGNOR
Note about past inventory for returning consignors. You do not have to retag any unsold items from our previous sales unless you are changing the price, 50% off selection, or donation item. You do, however, have to make this older inventory ACTIVE in the system.
If you have inventory from a previous sale that didn't sell and is applicable to the current sale, then once you are registered simply follow these steps:
1. Log into your account
2. Select Work with Consigned Inventory
3. Select Work with Inactive Inventory- this then lets you select the specific inventory from the past sale that you plan to bring to the upcoming sale. You select these items by clicking on the box in front of the item number. Only select inventory that you are bringing to the current sale.
4. Click the "Make Items Active" button at the top of the screen.
We appreciate you taking the time to manage and monitor your inventory appropriately. When done correctly it gives us a better idea of how our sale is running and how much we are selling. If items are showing as active in the system but aren't on the floor being sold then it throws off our inventory as a whole, and it throws off your final totals which show how much of your product you sold. We also highly recommend reducing the price of an item that has not previously sold, and evaluating if an item is just too worn, or out of date to be sold at all!
This letter is for any consignor who has donated items during our sale and needs this letter attached with their donated items report for tax purposes.Life Center donation receipt letter.doc
Have you ever prepared your well cared for children's items to sell at a consignment store, taken them to the store and been sent home with almost as much you took? This can be very frustrating to the mom who takes the time to organize these items only to have them rejected simpy due to space limitations and overstock at the store. In addition, many consignment shops only pay you a few dollars for items they turn around and sell for much more. With Sunflower Sprouts, we won't turn your items away as long as they are in good condition and in season. You clean out your closets, you decide how much to sell the items for and you receive 65% or more of YOUR asking price. At the end of our sale we have a 50% off day. As a consignor, you can decide if you would like your items to be reduced to 50% off if they have not sold at regular price during the first part of our sale. And you have the choice to donate any of your unsold items to Garments of Love at the end of the sale.
Don't have the time to prepare and tag all your items? Try out our tagging services. Receive all the benefits of consigning without all the time. (See more about tagging service at the bottom of this page.)
Consignors price their own items. All items are priced in $.50 increments starting at the $1 price. As a general rule, try to price your items at about 20-40% of what you originally paid. Perfect Gap and Gymboree sell well and may get closer to 25-30% of the original cost and perfect Boutique brands will get up to 40% of the original purchase price. Scrutinize each piece as if YOU were planning to purchase it. Items that are priced too high will not readily sell! Do not allow an emotional attachment to an item cause you to overprice it.
Keep in mind your competition. For instance, there is always a large selection of like-new infant clothes from 0-9 months. If you want your item to sell, then you might consider pricing lower to make it look more appealing. If you have name brand boys clothes in size 4T or higher that are in excellent condition then you can chance asking a slightly higher price. (Since boys tend to wear out their clothes more, these nicer items might be harder to find.) Preteen clothes are harder to sell because at that age the kids are getting pickier about what they want to wear.
You also have the option to have your items discounted to 50% off the last 1-2 days of the sale to help them sell if they haven't already at regular price. You will indicate whether you want each item discounted when tagging your items. You can have some items discounted and others not. You are in complete control of your pricing. We strongly recommend pricing your items to discount on our 50% days. If your item has not sold at full price during the first days of selling, it will most likely not sell at that price. Opt for the 50% off selection, and your chances increase greatly. If you choose to donate your items at the end then those items will automatically discount before will be donated.
Outdoor playground equipment, Little Tykes, double strollers, jogging strollers, furniture and other large items may sell for up to 60% of the original purchase price if in good condition. If these items are worn, please keep that in mind when pricing.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ITEMS
No time to tag but still want to consign items, then we have the perfect solution for you.
We have a tagging service that will do the work for you.
Details of tagging service:
Contact Lesley@sunflowersprouts.org if you would like to take advantage of this service. Lesley's daughter Sydney will be handling all the tagging and preparation of items. She is well versed on how to price and prepare items since she is the daughter of an owner and she usually prices all my stuff too because I always run out of time. She has worked at over 14 sales and knows the business well.
Space is limited and if spaces fill we will have a wait list. No tagging clients will be accepted past March 15th.
While you are registering to consign, the system will ask you to select a drop off time. We have drop off appointments on April 3 and 4. These scheduled appointments allow us to have consignors dropping off throughout the day so that we don't have everyone trying to come at once. Detailed information on how drop off works is emailed to each consignor about 2 weeks prior to the start of the sale.
At the end of the sale we will sort out all the unsold items by consignor number. On Monday, April 10th, you can come and pick up any of your unsold items from 5-7 PM. If you have chosen to donate all of your items you will have no reason to come back. Garments of Love will pick up all the donated items that evening. EVERYTHING not picked up or accounted for by 7:00 PM that night will be donated.
*NEW VIC (Very Important Consignor) program:
If you are a returning consignor and sold 80% of your inventory the previous sale and have consigned at least 2 sales then you qualify to be a VIC.
VIC members can consign up to 400 items with no additional fees and are not required to sort. Your high sales percentage shows that your items sell well, are in good condition and are priced to sell.
And, VIC members get to do VIC drop offs. No waiting to get your items inspected. You get to bring in your items and go straight to the racks. No waiting for volunteers to inspect your items. Just leave in your bins organized by size and take straight to the racks and hang up. Quick and Easy.
You will be notified after each sale if you have qualified for this program. Failure to bring in quality items free of wear and stains will cause you to be removed from VIC status. If 3 or more items are found with stains or excessive wear then we have the right to remove you from the program.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
As a consignor with Sunflower Sprouts, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you are not consigning any recalled items. We cannot sell items which do not meet the standard lead limits, phthalates standards and toy standards due to new legislation. It is imperative that YOU as consignors help to keep our shoppers and children safe. Please click here to find the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions recall list.
Any items brought that require batteries and do not have working batteries in them will be removed
from the sales floor. This includes toys as well as baby equipment.)
We can not accept items which do not meet the standard lead limits, phthalates standards and toy standards. Click here to access the CPSC Recall site.