Time to Start Tagging: Your Get Started Guide

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You’ve registered for your next WeeUsables sale. And thanks to the WeeBlog, you’ve started gathering and going through the things you’ll consign. You know you need to get started on tagging – but you can’t find the time.

Fear not! In this third installment of our Three Gs of Consignment Prep Summer Guide, we tackle that third G, which is often the hardest to overcome: GET STARTED.

Fortunately, you don’t need huge blocks of time to get started pricing and tagging. Even five to fifteen minutes a day will add up.

Get Started in 5-15 Minutes Per Day

I can just imagine skeptics thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding! How can I get anything done in only five minutes?”

So to make your life easier, this month’s post lists tasks you can accomplish in just five to fifteen minutes. Tackle one or two things each day, and soon you’ll be well on your way for your next WeeUsables event.

Ready to Get Started? Here we go!

Five-Minute Activities

Many of these “five-minuters” don’t directly involve tagging your items, but they WILL slow tagging if you haven’t already done them:

  • Check the batteries in several electronic items; replace as needed.
  • Hang a dozen pieces of clothing, then sort them by size and gender as you put them on the rack.
  • Put smaller items (Shopkins, hair accessories, socks, etc.) into zip-top bags and tape the bags shut.
  • Attach bagged owner’s manuals to several larger items.
  • Print out a couple of sheets of tags, then cut them up.
  • Attach a sheet’s worth of tags to their items.

  • Secure already-hung clothing to hangers with zip ties or safety pins.
  • Upload your tags to OfficeDepot/OfficeMax’s online print center, if you don’t have a good printer at home.
  • (Lancaster consignors only) Count your hanging clothing items to be sure you have no more than 100 hanging kids’ items and 20 hanging maternity.

Ten-Minute Activities

With a few more minutes, you can tackle bigger projects:

  • Apply a coat of spray paint to a piece of furniture.
  • Iron a half-dozen fancy dresses or button-down shirts (pressed clothes sell better!).
  • Print out a sheet of tags, cut them up, and attach them to items.
  • Mark several dozen hangers, so you can locate unsold items more easily after the sale.
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There are as many ways to mark hangers as there are Weeusables consignors.

  • Match up a box of clean shoes and put each pair into a plastic bag, or secure them together with zip ties.
  • Match up a pile of outfit pieces and hang them, or reunite stray toy and game pieces with their items.
  • Locate online, print out, put into a large zip-top bag, and attach an owner’s manual to a larger item.

Fifteen-Minute Activities

With fifteen minutes, you can make even more progress prepping your items for WeeUsables:

  • Print several sheets of tags in the same category and attach to their items.
  • Sort your already-tagged items into boxes by category (so they’ll be easier to put out on the sales floor), then label the boxes.
  • Check online to make sure nothing you’re selling has been recalled.
  • Order parts or repair kits for items you’re selling that need repair, recall fixes, or replacement pieces.
  • Give your house another pass-through for any items-to-consign that you missed.
  • Make a list of neighbors, friends, coworkers, etc. you can tell about the sale, then request postcards from WeeUsables or contact us for social media advertising ideas – the more people who come, the more stuff you’ll sell, so it’s a great way to get excited about the sale and motivate yourself through tagging!

What’s your favorite tip for getting over the “get started on tagging” inertia? Can you think of a quick-start Get Started shortcut or mini-task that we missed? If so, let us know in the comments!

 

The Secret Step You Don’t Want To Skip

This month's step is the Secret Step to helping your items stay out of Quality Control and sell faster.

This month’s step is the Secret Step to helping your items stay out of Quality Control and sell faster.

What Secret Step sets apart the BEST consignors from the rest?

It’s step #2 in our Three G’s of Consignment Prep summer series: GO THROUGH.

Prepping for your Next Kids Consignment Sale: Part 2 of 3

Last month we covered the first G – “Gather.” This month’s tip, GO THROUGH, is no secret to consignors who are used to earning top dollar for their stuff, and who sell most or all of their items at every sale.

But you’d be surprised how many people overlook this Secret Step of going through their items for fixable flaws before the sale.

The Secret Step is all about fixing problems while you still have the time, whether it's trimming loose threads or repairing a frayed seam.

The Secret Step is all about fixing problems while you still have the time, whether it’s trimming loose threads or repairing a frayed seam.

Read on so you, too, can rock the GO THROUGH step – the Secret Step that will set your items apart on the sales floor!

Step Two: GO THROUGH

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? However, it’s super-easy to skip this step – especially if you’re trying to do all your prepping in the final days (or hours!) before your next WeeUsables event.

The closer to the event, the less time you have to go through your stuff with a critical eye, and fix any problems that will hurt your chances of maximizing your profits.

When going through your items, be on the lookout for stains on carseat and stroller fabric; this is the time to remove them.

When going through your items, be on the lookout for stains on places you might not think to look, like carseat and stroller fabric.

That’s why summer is the perfect time to go through your stash (and your house!) and figure out what you can tweak, add, or adjust in order to bring home more cash – and fewer unsold items – at the end of your next WeeUsables Consignment event.

What does GO THROUGH mean?

Top consignors GO THROUGH several things with a critical eye when prepping for their next sale. This going-through is the Secret Step that makes all the difference come sale time.

Without a well-lit place to go through your stash, it can be easy to miss subtle stains like these until your item is on the sales floor.

Without a well-lit place to go through your stash, it can be easy to miss subtle stains like these until your item is on the sales floor.

  • Go through your HOUSE (if you do this well, you won’t have to keep doing it before every sale!);
  • Go through the GUIDELINES;
  • Go through LAST SALE’S LEFTOVERS;
  • Go through your CLOTHING ITEMS;
  • Go through NON-CLOTHING ITEMS.

Ready? Here we go!

1. Go through your HOUSE.

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  • Do you have a place with bright lighting, to help you spot fabric stains?
  • Where will you scrub larger items and then leave them to dry?
  • Where will you hang your clothing items once you’ve tagged them? A spare closet, or the towel rods and shower-curtain rod in a spare bathroom, are good places if you can clear them out nowbefore you try to start hanging those outfits.
  • Finally, remember that nothing makes a forgotten toy become a must-have item faster than adding it to the consignment pile, so make sure you’ve scoped out good hiding places for the rest of your merch.

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2. Go through the GUIDELINES.

Even if you participated in last season’s sale, keep in mind that the folks behind the scenes tweak the guidelines after each sale in order to maximize every one’s profits, while keeping on top of current laws, trends, and best practices.

So it’s worth double-checking the season-specific guidelines for what you can sell, before you get too far in prepping your stuff.

3. Go through LAST SALE’S LEFTOVERS

First, look critically at the prices on items you didn’t sell.

  • Think about what you paid for similar items you bought.
  • Make a note now (I use a brightly-colored marker), right on the price tag, of your revised pricing thoughts. This way, you won’t have to think about it again when tagging time comes.
  • Also note anything else you want to change on the tag (better description? corrected size?).

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Next, check over anything you picked up from Quality Control and figure out why it was pulled from the floor.

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  • Did you miss a Stain/Is the item Dirty? Try to get it clean.
  • Wrong Season? It should sell this time around, if nothing else needs fixing.
  • Missing Pieces? Sometimes, you can get replacement parts for free by contacting the manufacturer. Other times, it may be worth paying a few bucks to get that big-ticket item sold.
If there's nothing else wrong with them, items that got pulled from last sale because they were "Wrong Season" should sell this time around, if you price them right!

If there’s nothing else wrong with them, items that got pulled from last sale because they were “Wrong Season” should sell this time around, if you price them right!

Finally, if you’d like to transfer over any unsold items from a previous event to this sale:

  • As soon as you transfer an item, go through those tags you marked earlier and enter in the new prices or other updates.
  • Then print and attach the new tags. See? You’ve got a head start on your tagging, and you won’t forget to make these changes later!

4. Go through your CLOTHES

If you hang clothing items while sorting through them, you’ll save time later. As you start to match clothes to hangers, check for potential problems.

An overnight soak in Borax or another detergent-booster can help get out stubborn formula and milk stains from baby clothing.

An overnight soak in Borax or another detergent booster can help get out stubborn formula and milk stains from baby clothing.

  • Was this piece part of a set, or was there something else your child always wore with it? If you still have the other pieces somewhere, set this piece aside until you can match up the whole outfit.
  • Are there any stains that a little TLC might eliminate? You’ve got the luxury of time on your side, so give it a go. An overnight soak can do wonders for baby spit-up stains, and Lestoil works great on grease stains. Ask other parents about their favorite stain-removal products, or buy a few at your local store and test them out.
  • Are there loose threads, missing buttons, or ripped seams? If so, repair them now.
  • Do you have pilled fabric? A de-piller or lint shaver can make the difference between something looking “overly loved” and good-as-new.
  • Likewise, use a pull-fixing tool or Snag-Nab-It on any snags you find.
Sixty seconds using a pull-fixer on these snags will help keep this sweater out of Quality Control so it can sell.

Sixty seconds using a pull-fixer on these snags will help keep this sweater out of Quality Control so it can sell.

And while you’re sorting and hanging your clothes, keeping them grouped by size and gender will make putting them into the online tagging system later a lot faster.

Finally,

5. Go through NON-CLOTHING ITEMS

This is where the Secret Step can really impact your bottom line. Some extra time upfront on your other things-to-consign, especially those big-ticket items, can make a huge difference in your take-home check later, by keeping them out of Quality Control and helping them sell faster.

Items with manuals attached often sell faster and make more profit than those without.

Items with manuals attached often sell faster and make more profit than those without.

  • Has anything been recalled? You’ve still got time to order the manufacturer’s repair kit and install it.
  • Can’t find the owner’s manual? Download and print a replacement.
  • Does your 24-piece-puzzle box only have 23 pieces in it? Make a note to find the missing piece before tagging the item.
Notes to self: 1. clean out the gunk; 2. find the missing piece that went into this hole.

Notes to self: 1. clean out the gunk; 2. find the missing piece that went into this hole.

  • Stroller missing a key accessory? Check the manufacturer’s website to see if you can get another just like it. Some companies will even ship you replacement or repair pieces for free; it never hurts to ask.
  • Is that changing table or dresser looking worn? Some furniture polish or a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Polish and spray paint don’t cost much, but can make that old piece of furniture look good as new.
A coat of fresh spray paint took this changing table from dingy to sold.

A coat of fresh spray paint took this changing table from dingy to sold.

Finally, sorting your non-clothing items by type (books in one box, toys in another, feeding and bathing in another, etc.) as you Go Through them will make it easier to tag your stuff, store it until the sale, and get it on the sales floor faster.

By following the Secret Step of Going Through NOW, when you’ve got the luxury of time, you’ll help your items stand out on the sales floor, and increase the chances that they’ll sell earlier for full price.

Check back next month for our tips on getting over that hurdle of starting the tagging process!

Kids Consignment Sale Prep Start Guide

Prepping for your Next Kids Consignment Sale: Part 1 of 3

So you just registered for the next WeeUsables Children’s Consignment Event. And you’ve heard somewhere (or maybe here or here) … the earlier you start prepping your stuff, the more likely you are to rake in the big bucks and offload most of your stash. But what can you possibly do, months ahead of time, to get a jump-start on your kids consignment sale preparations?

Plenty!

kids consignment sale pile

Even a few minutes here and there, or a chunk of time each weekend, can make a huge difference.

Sure, there are four-week get-ready guides that make it sound soooo easy to get ready in as little as a month. But if you want to keep consignment prep from taking over your entire life in the weeks before the sale, beginning your prep work now is a great way to go.

To make things easier, this summer the WeeBlog will feature a series of quick-start tips to get you going on your kids consignment sale preparations. We’ve grouped these tips into the “Three G’s”:

  • Gather;
  • Go Through; and
  • Get Started.

Whether you’re a seasoned consignor or this is your first WeeUsables Consignment Event, we hope you’ll find some useful ideas for ways to make that mountain of prep work more manageable.

Our focus for June is on Step #1: Gather everything you need.

Ready? Then read on!

Step 1: GATHER what you need

The things you’ll need to gather generally fall into two broad categories:

  • SUPPLIES you’ll need for prepping your items to sell; and
  • ITEMS you plan to consign.

supplies for kids consignment sale

First: Gather your SUPPLIES

At the very least, you’ll need lots of hangers.

hangers for kids consignment sale

  • Have a stash left over from the end of your last kids consignment sale? A few minutes untangling and sorting through them can make hanging clothes later on a lot easier.
  • If you don’t have a stash handy, start visiting your local dry cleaner’s to ask for freebies, or check on Craigslist or Freecycle.
  • For more ideas on getting hangers for next-to-nothing, check out this or this.

Besides hangers, you’ll need to stock up on the following:

  • A few rolls each of clear packing tape and painter’s (masking) tape
  • Plastic bags: zip-top quart and gallon size, and large shopping or trash bags
  • Safety pins (larger size and better quality, such as Dritz Basting Pins in size 3)
  • Those handy little plastic doodads called zip ties or cable ties; a multipack of assorted smaller sizes is ideal
  • Cleaning wipes and Magic Erasers
  • White or pastel coverstock – that is, paper rated 60lb to 67lb (unless you plan to get your tags printed at an office-supply store)

You’ll also want to have nearby

  • A good pair of scissors
  • Some permanent markers
  • A caddy or storage box to keep your supplies in
  • A mending kit

Other helpful items to consider include

batteries for kids consignment sale

  • Spare batteries in various sizes, if you have lots of electronics
  • A lint shaver or de-pilling comb
  • A pull-fixer
  • Clingy plastic wrap, for keeping wooden puzzles together
  • A fine-needle tagging gun, including plenty of barbs and extra needles
  • Highlighters (useful for marking special features in the item description on your price tag)
  • Colorful duck tape, yarn, or some other way to mark your hangers, for easy identification at pick-up time
  • A portable clothing rack and/or closet doublers
hangers on a closet doubler

Closet doublers can expand your space to store clothing items once they’re prepped, and also store extra hangers until you need them.

And finally,

  • Large plastic tubs that nest when not in use, but stack nicely when full – these are great for storing items between sales, and transferring them in and out at sale time

storage tubs for consignment

You can find many of these items for next to nothing at dollar stores, clearance sections of department and office-supply stores, Goodwill and other thrift stores, or Lancaster Creative Reuse.

Locating all these items BEFORE you dive into the kids consignment sale prep process will make your life easier later on. And keeping your smaller items in a designated spot, like a portable caddy, will also save you from running back and forth.

supplies in caddy

Next: Gather your ITEMS

Collect those clothes

Every time you put away your kids’ clean clothes, set aside those things that are outgrown or out-of-season.

clothes for kids consignment sale

  • Putting a special “kids consignment sale” hamper wherever you do laundry is one easy way to collect these items.
  • Or keep two plastic tubs going at once: one for clothing for spring sales, and one for fall-sale clothing.
  • Some moms prefer to keep a laundry basket or box in each kid’s closet for outgrown items.

Cull the toys and books

toys for kids consignment sale

  • Right before birthdays and holidays is a great time to look through your kids’ things for items they’ve outgrown, but you can do this any time you have a few spare minutes.
  • Designate a smaller basket or box to collect stray pieces-that-go-to-something-else, so you can find them easily when it’s time to match them up.

Set aside the big items

Once your big kid is no longer using that high chair/potty seat/booster/tricycle, get it out of circulation and tucked away ASAP.

  • If possible, claim a corner of your attic, basement, or garage to stash these items.
  • If you can’t completely hide such things from your family’s view, large boxes or black trash bags can help keep them out of your children’s sight.

What is your favorite tip for collecting your kids consignment sale merchandise? How about your best idea for managing the tools and materials you’ll need for prepping? Let us know in the comments – and stay tuned for next month’s post, on the critical but easy-to-overlook “Go Through” step!

Score Big At WeeUsables: Tips for Every WeeShopper

Hey there, WeeShoppers – it’s April! Your next WeeUsables shopping extravaganza is almost here!

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Are you ready to score big?

First, a quick quiz:

What kind of WeeShopper are YOU?

The Multitasker 

With more to do than hours in the day, you crave one-stop-shopping convenience.

The Laser-Precision Bargain Hunter 

You know exactly what you want, and have the detailed list to prove it.

Mama Hen/King of the Roost

Head of a large brood, you stretch every dollar to get the bodies covered.

The First-Timer

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A first-time parent/grandparent, you’re overwhelmed by the process of “gearing up,” and sticker-shocked at the 21st-century cost of doing so.

The Treasure-Seeker

A dedicated thrifty shopper, you thrill at bagging brand names for bargain prices.

The Doting Grandparent

Gotta stock up on cool stuff so your sweeties can have fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s!

The Tween-Handler 

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You’ve got a tween or two to clothe, but their discerning tastes need to fit your limited budget.

Which category describes you? More than one?

Plan your shopping strategy with tips tailored to each WeeShopper type:

Score Big at WeeUsables: Tips for Every WeeShopper

1. Make a list.

Even better, keep a running list at your fingertips (e.g., on your smartphone), so you can add things to your list as you discover them.

Having a list comes second-nature to first-timers, multitaskers, and laser-precision folks, but it’s even useful for tween-handlers. Without it, your tween might forget those shorts or jackets their growing bodies need.

Need help? See Lancaster fashion-blogging-mom Jessica’s sample list.

2. Do the Seasonal Swap.

Time to change over your kids’ drawers and closets, and put away last season’s wardrobe. If you’ve already got a start on summer clothing, you’ll still want to check how well those swimsuits and shorts fit, even though it’s barely April.

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It’s also a good time to see if they’ve outgrown any toys, books, or sporting equipment, and add replacements to your list as needed. Especially useful for grandparents and treasure-hunters, but sound advice for any WeeShopper.

3. Check sizing.

Baby Shoes

A must if you have a large brood, or plan to buy shoes. Start with the shoes and clothes they’re currently wearing each day. Look critically at whether ankles and midriffs are covered when they’re supposed to be, and see if your kids can still wiggle their toes in their favorite hiking boots or galoshes.

And trace each child’s foot before the sale, then label/date the cutouts. Also consider cutting a piece of string to match the length, waist-to-ankle or along the inseam, of pants that currently fit – then tape it to each kid’s foot cutout. This works for sleeves and waistlines, too, and makes shopping without your children easier. (See #5.)

4. Know your prices, and do your homework.

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If you’re a first-timer, you’ve probably been researching retail prices anyway, and you know which brands top your list. For treasure-seekers, knowing how much you’ll save at WeeUsables is second nature.

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But even laser-precision WeeShoppers can benefit from pre-sale research. Say your child needs a bigger bike. Knowing the size they need and features they want will make it easier to score big as you sort through the options on the WeeUsables sales floor.

5. Find the kids a sitter.

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Unless you’re a tween-handling WeeShopper, leave the kids at home. All those toys are oh-so-tempting to pint-sized tagalongs, and will quickly derail you from crossing things off your list.

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The exception is if you’ve got a tween, or a budding fashionista. In that case, your offspring’s discerning tastes mean you’ll want them at the sale, so they don’t veto all your clothing selections when you get home.

6. Plan strategically.

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This means more than just prioritizing your shopping lists, and starting with your top-priority areas (though you should do those things, too!). Besides making a list and getting a sitter, savvy WeeShoppers of all types will

  • wear comfy shoes;
  • bring a wheeled shopping cart or basket, if you’ve got a fave (if not, we have plenty of XL, extra-durable Ikea shopping bags available for your convenience);
  • bring snacks and water; and
  • use the shopping map available when you arrive to make a plan of attack for the sales floor.

Unless you’re a laser-precision shopper with just a few things to buy, you’ll want plenty of time to sift through the 75,000-120,000 items for sale at each WeeUsables event. Comfortable footwear and a water bottle will give you stamina to cover your entire list.

7. Shop early for best selection.

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Particularly if you’re a first-time WeeShopper, a multitasker who wants to get it done, or are laser-precision-focused on a few key items. Shopping early will increase your odds of scoring exactly the brand or model your heart desires most.

If you’re a consignor or have an early-shopping pass, go during the pre-sale shopping window, to get first dibs on the widest selection.

8. Or consider off-peak hours to avoid the largest crowds.

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Especially useful for treasure-seekers and doting grandparents. If you love the bargains but prefer less company on the sales floor, aim for late morning or early afternoon on a weekday, when things are quieter.

9. Save time to sort your stash.

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Those with large broods or long lists find it helpful to sift through their selections before heading for the checkout, lest you end up bringing home ten pairs of sneakers when you’d only planned on four!

10. Come back first thing Saturday to score even more bargains.

Treasure-hunter WeeShoppers make a point of returning for the Saturday half-off sale, when items tagged “Discount-Yes” are 50% off the ticketed price.

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If you have multiple kids to outfit for an entire season, or have a kiddo who can’t get enough books or puzzles, the half-off sale will help you grab the biggest deals. The selection is usually still extensive in these popular categories, but you’ll be less overwhelmed by choices on the sales floor, and save even more at checkout!

WeeShoppers, what’s your best tip to help others score big at WeeUsables?

Top 10 Tips – How NOT to Make Money at a WeeUsables Consignment Event

This close-up shows some of the hundreds of toys available for sale at every WeeUsables Event, from people who want to make money offloading their kids' outgrown stuff. But that's not you..

Whoa, wait – there are people who consign because they want to make money

The only reason you became a consignor, whether this is your first WeeUsables or your tenth, is because you were getting bored with sitting around the house all day, eating bonbons and bingeing on video streams.

So, unless you actually want to make money at your next WeeUsables event, follow these ten tips closely. Nail every one, and you’re guaranteed to minimize your profits!

1. DON’T READ the rules and tips

From the WeeUsables website, or anywhere else. Rules are meant to be broken, right? Rules are fine for people who want to make money at a sale, but that’s not you.

Besides, the WeeUsables folks don’t really mean it when they say that summer items aren’t allowed in fall sales, and vice versa. And your sweetie’s heavy knit sweaters and Christmas footed PJs are too cute to leave at home, even for a spring sale event.

2. DON’T PREP your items for sale

An infant onesie with several obvious stains

That luxury car seat worked just fine for your offspring, even though it’s been recalled AND it’s two years past expiration! Surely someone else will want it.

The same goes for that expensive toy with dead batteries, those designer duds covered with tiny holes and stains, those adorable-yet-stinky galoshes, and that darling velvet coat covered with kitty hair.

And who cares if your kids’ puzzles and games are missing half their pieces? It’s silly to try making anything good as new, when you’re selling it at a discount already.

3. Price things so high that they WON’T sell

Besides being priced too high to begin with, this tag shows that the seller would rather the item NOT sell than have it sell for half the tagged price at the Saturday half-off sale.

You’ve heard that the starting point for pricing is 30% of what an item costs new – and sometimes even less than that – but that’s crazy! You paid good money for these things in the first place – and your sweetie looked so cute in them – so why should you give them away for practically nothing? Besides, you don’t have TIME to research how to price items for consignment sales!

Maybe you’ll price your really grungy stuff at 30% of the brand-new price, but otherwise, you’ll list your items no more than half off their original cost.

And since those who make the most money at WeeUsables usually put “Discount Yes” on their tags, for the Saturday half-off sale, you’ll label your items so that they don’t sell for half off.

4. DON’T waste time on item descriptions

This green tag for boy trousers has no size listed, and the only word in the two-line description is "Pants." Besides not showing a brand name, this tag had the wrong size entered on it, requiring a sloppy-looking handwritten correction.

Why bother being specific in the descriptions on your tags? Or checking your tags to make sure that the size you listed matches the size on the clothing labels?

This book tag includes no description of the book itself - only the price in the description line. This toy tag has nothing on the two description lines except the word "mixed."

It’s soooo much easier to be as vague and general as possible. This guarantees that if your tag gets separated from your item on the sales floor (which is what happened to all the tags pictured above), then the WeeHelper staff won’t be able to reunite them, so your item won’t get sold.

5. DON’T WORRY if your tags are illegible

This image shows several tags that have illegible barcodes and have ripped in half due to being printed on regular-quality paper, not cardstock.

When they say that your tags have to be on CARDSTOCK, in LIGHT COLORS, with NORMAL PRINT QUALITY – that’s just bonkers! It’s one thing not to want to make money on this event, but you’ve got better things to do than schlep around town, buying cardstock and replacing your worn-out ink cartridges, or getting your tags commercially printed.

If the barcodes come out smudgy, why not just handwrite the numbers underneath, so that the checkout people can enter them by hand? Sure, that slows up the checkout line and dings your profits, but you’re not in this to make money, remember?

6. Or if your stuff looks sloppy and falls off the hangers

This image shows several items clinging to their hangers for dear life, their hangers knocked askew.

In other words, don’t find the best hanger for the job when hanging your clothing items, and don’t bother securing your clothes to the hangers. Your child’s former outfits are so precious that they’ll get scooped up right away, before the Black Friday free-for-all atmosphere takes hold of the sales floor – so there’s no chance your shirts will slide off the hangers if the hangers are too small for the job.

Likewise, why follow the tips from Consignment Mommies on the best ways to hang your pants? Hanging them from the bottom edge of a wire hanger, using the cheapest safety pins you can find, is how you’ve been doing it all along – so why change now? Again, your items should be among the very first to sell (not that you’re in this to make money), so there’s no way they’ll still be around to fall off the hangers later in the sale because you didn’t secure them very well.

This image shows two of the Quality Control staff, sorting through mountains of items that did not meet the WeeUsables requirements for saleable items.

Finally, who cares if things get separated on the sales floor because you didn’t tape or bag them well? Those people back in Quality Control love matching up toys and partial outfits with their missing pieces, so you might as well make sure they have something to do in their spare time.

7. DON’T start until the last minute

Make sure you wait until right before the sale to hang and tag your items, so you don’t have time to do a final check for stains, holes, dead batteries, or other flaws. (If you follow #2 above, these things won’t be on your to-do list anyway.)

Let’s face it, it’s also much easier to make other silly mistakes when it’s 4 a.m. and you’re exhausted – after all, that’s half the fun, right?

8. Wait until the end of drop-off, and skip pick-up

Since many WeeUsables shoppers see sale events as giant treasure hunts, why not make their job more interesting?

By arriving at the very end of drop-off time (after your tagging all-nighter – see #7 above), you guarantee that at least half your items will end up in the wrong places on the sales floor. This means that only the true treasure-seekers will find them, so your chances to make money will automatically decrease.

This image shows the floor layout map for the Lancaster WeeUsables Event.

Oh, and don’t bother with the map WeeUsables sends you ahead of time, to help you you put your stuff in the right spots on the sale floor; maps are for wimps.

And the last thing you want to do at the end of the sale is collect your unsold items. After all, it’s more fun to do the same things wrong at each sale – whether it’s trying to sell things that are stained, poorly tagged, or out of season – than to learn what you might do differently next time to earn a bigger profit. Moreover, you’d much prefer to buy new hangers before each sale event, instead of scoring a bunch of free ones on your sale’s last day.

9. DON’T be a WeeHelper

This image shows a bunch of smiling WeeHelpers, all having fun working at the event.

NEVER sign up to help out for one or more shifts at the sale.  You don’t need the perks, like earning a bigger percentage of your sales back, or getting early shopping privileges – and how could you possibly learn anything from seeing other people’s mistakes (and best practices) when it comes to pricing, presenting, and ultimately selling your items?

Besides, what crazy person wants to earn up to 100% of their items’ selling price back? Since your goal is NOT to make money, you’re perfectly happy to stay at 65%, thank you very much.

And last but not least, our final tip on how NOT to make money at your next WeeUsables event:

10. DON’T help advertise the sale!

A picture of a WeeUsables Event advertising postcard

That’s not your job! Besides, more advertising means more people will show up, which will defeat your goal: to NOT make money.

So DON’T offer to hand out WeeUsables postcards. DON’T invite your Facebook friends to attend. DON’T email your local mommies’ group. DON’T mention it in the pickup line at school, or at your next neighborhood play date, or to parents at your local park. DON’T post pictures of the items you’re selling on Instagram. DON’T review your sale on Consignment Mommies, or even “like” your event’s Facebook page.

Just like you don’t want to make money, why would anyone else want to save money by coming to WeeUsables?

So there you have it! My top ten tips for how NOT to make money at your next WeeUsables event. If you follow all ten suggestions carefully, you’re certain to make as little money as possible, so you can get back to your binge-watching sooner.

WeeUsables in the News!

WeeUsables on FOX43 from WeeUsables Consignment Event.

WeeUsables on WGAL (2014) from WeeUsables Consignment Event.

WeeUsables on Fox43

“The massive, twice-yearly WeeUsables consignment sale kicked off to the public Thursday in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, drawing huge crowds and lines of eager shoppers. The sale happens in the spring and fall in Lancaster and York Counties and is a highly anticipated event. Thousands of moms, dads and grandparents from all over the area fill shopping baskets with clothes, shoes, toys and books at a fraction of their original price. […]”

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