Clothes are main reason families come to the sale. They need to upgrade their clothing sizes. So let's start with the basics shall we? The first you need to know about clothing is how to attach your tag. Attach your tag with a #1 or #2 safety pin. Attach your safety pin ABOVE your consignor number. This will help us ensure that you consignor number stays with the tag once it is cut off. I can't pay you if I don't know who to pay because the consignor number is missing. Make sure that your safety pin is attached to your tag in a horizontal position. This helps keep the tag securely attached. If you attach your safety pin vertically, your tags will flop around all willy nilly and eventually become separated from your clothing. I really don't make this stuff up! You want to sell your items, I want to help you sell you items, I can't do it if I have to fight the tags all sale long. Do not use any of the following to attach tags: (I know, you rule followers are having a hard time believing I even I have to mention this) but... do not use tape, tagging guns or tagging barbs, straight pins, or teeny tiny safety pins to attach tags to your clothing.
With your outfit facing you, put your shirt on the hanger with the hanger facing left, like a question mark. If a shirt is all you have, then put your tag on and go to the next item. Your tag will go on the right hand side of the item as it is facing you (or the left hand shoulder if you were wearing it.) Use wire hangers only. No plastic hangers. You can find wire hangers free at your local dry cleaners! New with tags? No problem, they fit just as well on wire hangers too! No hangers with pants clips, no plastic hangers with a metal hook. All metal wire hangers. I don't just make this stuff up... my volunteers are tired of picking up clothing off the floors from... you guessed it... broken plastic hangers!
If you are hanging an outfit, you will want to place your bottoms (skirt, shorts, pants etc) up near the shoulder and pin through both the top and the bottoms at the waist. Never pin pants or bottoms to the bottom of a shirt without the support of the hanger. What happens is that the bottoms first of all don't hang nice and secondly, they pull and tear holes in the tops from the weight of the pants. The rigors of a kids consignment sale will quickly pull that outfit apart if you hang stuff on the shirt tails.
Pants are facing out on the back side of the hanger so that knees can quickly be inspected.
Hang the shirt the with the hanger facing the left as it is facing you. Hang the pants on the back and use the top of the hanger as the support for the pants by pinning through the top part of the hanger.
Pants are my particular favorites. I love to hang them now that I know how. It used to be that if I hung them by themselves they would slide all over the place, but there is a technique that I have learned that makes them hang oh so nice.
Grab the corner of the waist and fold it over the top of the slanted part of the hanger. Note that the hanger has been caught right at the fold between my fingers.
Stick your safety pin straight through both sides. Note that the hanger should be at the top of the fold and the safety pin is inserted below the hanger to "lock" the hanger in place.
Lock your safety pin and repeat for the other side. Easy Peasy!
When you unfold the corner of your pants, your safety pin will look like this on the front.
When you flip your pants over, they will look like this. Note that the safety pin caught the hanger and the pants now sit securely on the hanger. They won't slide, they rarely come unpinned and the presentation factor just went up! When they hang nicely on the hanger, you increase your ability to sell them.
Do not under any circumstances use any type of pants hanger to hang your pants. Why you ask? Because they slip off just as easily as they slid on. Remember your goal is to sell your items. If they are on the floor, they will not sell. And they will not sell if they can't be seen.Now that all of your clothes have been hung and are tagged, you'll want to organize them by size and by gender before taking them to the sale.
Do not pin through the plastic of a rain coat. Instead, safety pin the tag to the manufacturers tag at the back of the neck of the item. Don't use tape either. It leaves sticky goo all over the coat and ruins the item for the new owner.
Special Notes/Restrictions on Clothes
Sizes Newborn to 14
There is a limit of ten (10) of size 14 items for girls and boys.
I am sure you are wondering why we limit our sizes to size 14.
Most kids in the size 12 and up, start getting very picky about what they wear. The want to pick out their own clothes, but they wouldn't be caught dead at a "kids" consignment sale. We gets lots of it in, but rarely sell any of the larger sizes. Try a consignment store or reseller for preteens and teens for those sizes.