Kids Consignment Sale - Ventura County

Ventura County Fairgrounds
March 2-4, 2012     

  Children's consignment sales - Ventura County, CA

Pricing Rules and Guidelines -
to make a Profit and Sell Items Quickly
How to sell:
| Prepare | Drop off
| Price & Tag | After the sale

Pricing Rules
We only have a couple rules when it comes to pricing your items:

  • Clothing needs to be priced at a minimum of $2.00. If necessary, combine clothes on one hanger to total $2.00, e.g., a top and bottom, three onsies. (Non-clothing items have a minimum price requirement of $1.00).
  • You must price your items in $0.50 increments, (ex. $3.00, $6.50, $9.00, etc.). No other increments will be accepted to ensure speedy check-outs for buyers at the sale.

Pricing Guidelines
Other than the above rules, the prices of your items are up to you. Here are a few general guidelines on pricing based on experience:

  • In general, the lower you price your items, the more likely they will sell.  Take into account the brand, age and condition of the item when you are pricing them.
  • Items in great condition generally go for 30-50% of their original retail price—clothing usually goes for slightly less depending on the brand (ex. if you paid $12 for a new dress, a reasonable price would be anywhere from $3.50 - $5.00).
  • As you price merchandise, ask yourself: "How much would I be willing to pay for this?"
  • Clothing for 0-6 months don't sell well.  Consider pricing them lower and discounting them on  Sunday.
  • Books tend to sell for $1 - $2, not much more.
  • Furniture and equipment prices are usually priced 30-50% of the original price
  • For onesies, sleep'n'plays, sleepsacks, shirts, pants, can hang 3 or more together and price as one item. For example, it can be 4 onesies for $3.
  • For infant receiving blankets, towels, bibs, socks, etc...again, put at least 2-3 together in a large Ziploc bag (to help keep them clean) and tape your price tag to the outside of the bag. Also, tape the top of the bag so no one can open the bag and remove items.

Entering and Tagging your merchandise

Tagging your merchandise with a Seller Information Tag (photo at right), is extremely important. Without a tag showing the price, item description and your consignor number, we cannot identify who to pay.  In case we need to double check any items at the sale site for recalls, please make sure that you include the name of the manufacturer on every tag.

Simply use our online tool to generate your tags. The tool guides you through the tag creation process, but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us—we're more than happy to help!

Please print your tags on white, heavy weight (64lb or higher) card stock.  Please do not make your tags smaller to fit more on a pageThese items do not scan and have to all be entered in the cash register manually, making the checkout experience for shopper less than optimal.


Seller Information Tag

Registered consignors, enter items into our online tool

After you create and print your tags, make sure they are securely attached to your merchandise— see how below.  If you make a mistake, please correct it online.  Do not make handwritten changes on the tag.  We will not sell any items that have altered tags.  Shoplifters could alter tags and try to pass them off as changes made by the consignor.

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Supplies You May Need for Tagging Your Merchandise
Below is a list of items that can greatly help you in tagging your merchandise:
  • Tagging gun (purchase info) or safety pins
  • Clear packing tape
  • Plastic ties (zip ties)
  • Safety-pins
  • Scotch tape
  • 64 lb or higher white card stock


Tagging Supplies

How to Tag Your Merchandise Correctly - IMPORTANT!
When affixing your tags, remember that the clearer your item is marked, the better it will sell. (Also, tags sometimes get separated from their items—a clear description will help us match your item with your tag!). Tape/pin/fasten your tags securely on your items so that they don't come off.
Clothing You can tag your clothing with safety pins, but the fastest way to tag clothes, especially if you have a lot of them, is with a tagging gun.  Use of a tagging gun also SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the number of missing or mismatched tags (which significantly increases the number of your items that can be sold - Items missing tags can't be sold.)

Where to get a Tagging Gun:  Retail stores charge $20 or more for tagging gun kits.  If you need to get a tagging gun and are willing to drive to downtown L. A. Michael Levine sells tagging guns for less than $10.  Here is a link to their homepage that contains their contact information.  Michael Levine Homepage


  • Pin tag on the upper right hand corner of the item.
  • Tag must be pinned with either a safety pin or barb from a tagging gun.
  • The hanger should face left (like a question mark "?"—see photos).
  • Staples or straight pins are NOT allowed.
  • Pants should be secured to hanger with large safety pins ONLY - no clothes-pins.  Do not fold pants over the hanger.  They fall off easily, and shoppers generally only look at items that are presented well.
  • To avoid leaving holes in more delicate fabrics please run your barb or safety pin through the size tag inside the clothing or in a seam.
  • Please do not place any clothing in Ziploc bags.
  • Tagging of clothing sets – In terms of sets, generally people only put a tag on the item that is going to be on the top of the hanger and none on the other piece. The downside of that is that items can get separated and then you don’t know what goes with what. We definitely don’t want two of the barcoded tags on a set because it would make things confusing at checkout. If you are willing, I would put the barcoded tag on the item that is going to be on the top of the hanger and cut out a blank tag to write the following information on for the other piece: consignor #, item #, part 2 of a set.
Shoes Rules:
  • Use a plastic tie to secure pairs of shoes together (see photo).
  • Secure your tags to your shoes using the same plastic tie.
  • Use packing tape on the top of the tag to secure it to the plastic tie, but please don't tape over the barcode.
  • Please do not place shoes in Ziploc bags.
Books/Media Rules:
  • Tape tag on the back of the book or on the inside back cover with scotch tape on two sides rather than using packing tape so that the book isn't damaged when the tag is removed.
  • For DVD's, VHS movies, and CD's, tape the tag on the back, but please do not tape them shut so that the drop off volunteers can check them to make sure the contents do not have major scratches and that the contents match the casing.  After they have been checked, please assist the drop off volunteer packing tape the checked items closed.
  • Do not place books in Ziploc bags.  Shoppers like to look inside the books to make sure the pages are not torn or damaged.


Small Loose Toys Rules:
  • If you have small toys with lots of loose pieces (ex. blocks, small cars, soldiers) put them all in a Ziploc bag. Use Ziploc Brand "Big Bags" for larger pieces, if needed.
  • Secure the top of the bag with packing tape.
  • Tape your tag on the top of the main item, handwrite tags for the other pieces that include your consignor number, description of the item, and part __ of ___.  If the parts are small, put them in a Ziploc bag and put the handwritten tag in the bag.  Then, use packing tape to attach close the bag and to securely attach it to the main item.


Examples of Other Items


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Printing Your Tags -- IMPORTANT
When customers buy your items, we scan the bar codes on your seller information tags. This keeps track of the items you've sold and allows us to pay you accurately at the end of the sale. Follow these instructions carefully when printing your tags from
our online tool:

  • You must use heavy paper such as card stock (65lb paper or higher). Regular copy/printer paper is too thin and will tear easily. Paper must be at minimum 24lb, but Card stock is our preferred choice.
  • Paper needs to be white or very light in color. Bar codes will not scan on colored paper.
  • Please make sure your printer is not smudging the bar code to ensure our scanning equipment can read your tag properly.
  • When you go to print your tags make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off, or you may not get the screen that shows you your tags before you print. If you still run into issues, you might also have to disable your Norton Internet Security (if installed), to print.
  • After printing, cut out your tags (6 will print on a page), and then attach them securely to your items.
  • To help us sort items after the sale, please highlight the words "Donate: Yes" with a highlighter (any color) on items you plan to donate.

Selecting Items for Discount and Donation
As you enter items with our online tool, you will have the chance to specify which items you wish to donate to charity (if any), and if you want your items included in the Last Day 50% Sale.

  • Donating Unsold Merchandise to Charity
    If you want to donate any of your unsold items to charity rather than picking them up, just select the 'Check to Donate' box on the 'Work with consigned items' screen. If you do not want to donate unsold items to charity, then leave the box unchecked. Note that any items not picked up on the last day of the sale will be donated or become property of Kids Consignment 4 You.
  • Last Day 50% Sale
    The Last Day 50% Sale is where items that haven't sold yet can be offered at half price. If one of your goals is to clear out space in your rooms, garages and closets, then we encourage you to select the 'Check to discount' box on the
    'Work with consigned items' screen for any items you wouldn't mind being sold at half price on the last day sale.

*Seller's Cheat Sheet: Consolidated info/tips on preparing, pricing, tagging and dropping off your items properly.

Go to next step - Drop off items

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