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Our friends at ConsignmentMommies.com  have published a list of tips for how to improve your experience with MyCM Tagging - here is a preview:

"Easy", "simple", and "flexible" are all terms used by sellers to describe the MyConsignment Manager  tagging system used by seasonal consignment events all across the United States and Canada.  Their system has proved to be life-changing for sellers who previously tagged items for sales using hand written information or even sticking barcoded stickers on index cards.
 
Here are 10 tips to make your experience using MyConsignment Manager  even better:

  1. Sort items by size and type  before entering them.  Once you've selected  the category and size, those options stay selected until you change them.  All you'll have to type in is the description and the price. 
  2. Enter items in groups of 8 .  Not only will you save cardstock, your tags print in the same groupings as your items.

For the rest of the top 10 tips, head over to the post on ConsignmentMommies.com  

Thanks to our friend Jen at Kentucky Kids Consignment Sales for sharing her tips!

Registration for our fall sale is in full swing and we're excited to have so many consignors already registered!  I'm amazed by how many consignors have already started entering inventory.  We love early birds!  I always have the best intentions of starting early, but it never works out for me.  I hope this sale will be different.

I thought I'd start this season's blog postings with some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) in the hopes it will help everyone as they start getting ready for this season's sale. 

  • I've registered, but why can't I select my volunteer shifts?    Volunteer shifts will be open around the end of August.  All registered consignors will be notified via email, in the order you registered, when those shifts are open.  Please make sure you only sign up for shifts you know will work with your schedule.  Volunteers who do not show up for their shifts will not be allowed to volunteer at future sales.
  • How should I decide on a price for my items?    A good rule is to start at 50% of what you paid for that item, then adjust up or down based on quality.  For example...you paid $20 and your item is in "like new" condition, then $12 might be a good price.  We also always recommend marking your item for discount in the 1/2 price sale.
  • How many items can I consign at The One Week Boutique?     We only have clothing limits.  100 children's clothing items, 10 pairs of your BEST shoes and 15 maternity items.  There are no limits on anything else we accept.  We do ask that if you have 300+ items that you send us an email so we can schedule you enough time during drop off.
  • Can I use paper for my tags?    We strongly urge you NOT to use paper for your tags as they are easily torn and fall off.  We do our best to reunite items with their lost tags during the entire sale, but not if you use paper.  We understand you don't need use an entire package of card stock, so you might consider purchasing a small amount from your local copy shop instead. 
  • Is there a minimum to be a consignor?    Yes, you must have at least $50 worth of items to be a consignor at The One Week Boutique.
  • What should I expect at Check In/Drop Off?     We strive to make drop off extremely easy for our consignors, but we do ask you that you assist our volunteers in placing your items on the sales floor.  The entire process should only take 20-30 minutes.  Appointments are required!
  • Why should I volunteer?     The main reasons for volunteering are so you can shop early.  The more you volunteer, the earlier you get to shop.  You also are eligible to earn Boutique Bucks.  After completing three shifts, you will begin to earn $10 for every shift you complete after that.  Volunteers are crucial to the success of The One Week Boutique!
  • I'm really pregnant, but want to volunteer, what are my options?    We have a number of different tasks that are low impact.  Shifts during Consignor Drop Off and Sorting offer the most options.  You can also sign up friends or family on your behalf.  We have lots of Husband Hours available during the entire sale.  If you have any concerns, send us an email and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
  • Why should I become a partner at The One Week Boutique?     Our typical sale attracts over 3,500 shoppers.  There are not many other venues with that kind of traffic.  We offer all types of partnerships, starting at only $25.  Most of our options include featuring your logo and website link on our home page.  We get over 25,000 visits, so this is just another way of getting exposure for your business. 
  • When can I shop?     Volunteers and Consignors get to shop first at our preview sales on Wednesday, September 26th.  We open to the public on Thursday, September 27th through Sunday.  Click here for a full event schedule.
  • Can I bring someone with me to the preview sales?    No guests are allowed at the Volunteer Preview Sales.  This includes husbands, children, parents, etc.  Only shoppers with wristbands will be allowed entry.  We do allow SMALL children, but require them to stay with you the entire time.  Guest passes are available for the Consignor Preview Sale.  One guest pass, per consignor can be purchased for $10. 
  • When do we get our profit check?    Checks will be ready for pick up on Sunday, September 30th from 5:30p-7:30p.  If you do not pick up your check, it will be mailed to you within a few days. 

In addition to these questions, everything you would ever want to know about our sale is located on our site.  We encourage you to spend a few minutes reading over our policies and procedures.  If you have a question that can't be answered on our site, please feel free to email us at questions@theoneweekboutique.com and we'll get back to you.

If you are attending one of our preview sales on Wednesday, please review the following reminders to help create a smooth shopping experience:

Wear your wristband

Check the schedule- come at the right time for the preview sale you are eligible for. 

  • 2p - Super+ Volunteers (Green)
  • 3p - Super Volunteers (Blue)
  • 4p - Volunteers (Yellow)
  • 5p - Consignors + Guests (Pink, White)
  • 6p - New Moms (Red)

No guests or kids (without a wristband)

In order to improve the shopping experience at our preview sales, please do not bring spouses, older children, parents, or other guests. No guests are allowed at the Volunteer preview sales. Guests with wristbands will be allowed at the Consignor Preview sale. Children in strollers or slings are allowed, but we suggest not bringing them if possible as the sale can be a bit hectic. If you choose to bring your small children, keep them by your side at all times (kids cannot be roaming around unsupervised). 

Guest passes

For the consignor preview sale (starting at 5p), guest passes will be available for $10 at the door. Guests must have a preview sale wristband (they will have the white bands) in order to enter. 

New purchase process for large items, security tags (big items do not go to holding area)

Example Security Tag

New this sale, you will see items with a large tag that replaces our "sold sticker" process from previous sales. If you see a large item you want, follow the instructions printed on the tag:

  1. Write your name and phone number on the top half of the tag (in pen)
  2. Tear off the bottom half of the tag
  3. Check out, get a receipt
  4. Grab your item from the floor and have your receipt checked at the door on your  way out

Items that have the bottom half of the tag torn will be considered sold, but should be left in place on the floor rather than being moved up front. 

Items that will have the new security tags:

  • Strollers
  • High chairs
  • Pack and Plays
  • Outdoor toys
  • Bikes
  • Exersaucers
  • Furniture
  • Bouncers
  • Swings
  • Car seats

Line up inside the mall

For the volunteer and consignor preview sales, we will be lining up inside the mall at the inside entrance to our store (by Sports Authority). Lines will form early, so please look for the people that have the same color wristband as you to make sure you are in the right line. 

Carts, shopping bags, etc.

We have a limited number of shopping carts, so please don't count on being able to get one at the preview sales. We will provide large shopping bags for your use while at the sale (from Ikea), but you might want to bring a basket or something else to carry your items in while shopping. 

Checkout changes

We will not be tearing tags at check out this time so the process will be more like what you would experience at other retail stores. To keep things moving, keep like items together for fast scanning and bagging. 

Express line

Though we don't expect anyone to find only 10 items or less, if you have a small number of items please look for our express line to move through checkout more quickly. 

Be patient

We have a lot of consignors and a lot of items at this sale, and we will be doing everything we can to keep things moving but it might take you a few minutes to get through check out. Thank you in advance for your patience. 

Get great deals!

We have packed in more than 80,000 items at this sale! Inventory is up over 30% from the Spring event so you are sure to find everything you need to stock up for the next few months. 

Crib Recalls - Only Cribs Manufactured After June 2011 Allowed

Due to changes in the laws regarding crib safety, drop side cribs are no longer allowed to be sold. Going forward, only cribs that were manufactured after June 2011 and do not have a drop side can be consigned at The One Week Boutique. More details at the CPSC Website  . 

In order to speed up entry to our many preview sales, we will be issuing colored wristbands to all volunteers and consignors prior to the preview sale day (Wednesday, October 12th).  Everyone who enters the preview sale will need to be wearing the appropriate color wristband. If you are a volunteer only who is not working a shift until later in the week you will need to come by sometime during consignor check-in (Sunday through Tuesday) to receive your wristband.

Additionally, no guests will be allowed for the volunteer or consignor preview sales.  This applies to spouses, kids, grandparents, etc. Only the volunteer or consignor with a wristband may enter the sale.   Guest passes will be available for purchase for $10.  Each volunteer or consignor can purchase 1 Guest Pass for someone to shop starting at 5:00 Wednesday night.

Just as a reminder, the Preview Sale schedule for Wednesday is as follows:

  • 2:00 -- Super + Volunteers (you must be working 4 HIGH priority or 6 regular shifts to qualify for this sale)
  • 3:00 -- Super Volunteers (you must be working 3 HIGH priority or 4 regular shifts to qualify for this sale)
  • 4:00 -- Volunteers (you must be working 1 HIGH priority or 2 regular shifts to qualify for this sale)
  • 5:00 -- Consignor Preview Sale
  • 6:00 -- New Mom Preview Sale

After each sale we spend time evaluating our processes and gathering feedback from consignors, volunteers, and shoppers.  Below you will see some of the expected changes and additions for this upcoming sale, our 11th The One Week Boutique!

Updated Schedule

Four public sale days with extended hours! The popular Half Price Sale is moved back to Sunday 10-2 and consignor pick up will remain on Sunday night after the sorting of unsold items. Check out the full schedule on the Events Page. 

Improved Quality Control and Check-Out Speed

Improvements from check-in to check-out are planned.  At this sale  we are focusing on increasing quality.   As a result, consignors will notice consistent controls on clothing and packaging requirements at check-in, more volunteer training, newly designated "Inspectors" and a host of other adjustments. Check-out procedures will also be improved to account for items sold and speed up the check-out process. 

"Premium Protection" Offered

Once a consignor has checked in her inventory, she will be offered an opportunity to register any high-value items such as video games, purses, strollers, dresses, and other items over $10. These items will receive a second inspection and will be uniquely registered. Many will receive additional security measures. If these items are not accounted for at the conclusion of the sale, TOWB will reimburse consignors for the sale of the items. Items not registered with "Premium Protection" will not be reimbursed.

"Super+" Volunteer Sale Added

The response to our "Super Volunteer Sale" in the Spring was so great that we've added another volunteer level with an associated early shopping opportunity called "Super+".

  • To shop the Volunteer Preview Sale you must volunteer for 1 HIGH Priority shift or 2 REGULAR shifts.  You may then shop starting at 4:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th.
  • To qualify as a Super Volunteer  you must volunteer for 3 HIGH Priority or 4 REGULAR shifts.  You may then shop starting at 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th.
  • To qualify as a Super+ Volunteer  you must volunteer for 4 HIGH Priority or 6 REGULAR shifts.  You may then shop starting at 2:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th.

Check out the details on the Volunteers Page. 

T-Shirts and Shopping Bags

The One Week Boutique will be offering t-shirts for $10 and reusable shopping bags for $1 on-site throughout the sale. 

Consignors,

 With less than a month to go before sale week we wanted to touch base with you to remind you of a few important policies and highlight a few changes for this sale.  We are excited at the pace of consignor registration and, as a result, anticipate closing registration within the next couple of weeks.  So, if you have any friends who are considering consigning remind them to register now!

Changes for this Sale

  • The biggest change that affects you, our consignors, is that we will be sorting unsold items at the completion of the sale.  When you come to pick-up on Sunday your items will all be organized by number and easy to find.  Also for the first time, profit checks will be available at consignor pick-up on Sunday, March 13th from 4-6pm. 
  • The Half Price Sale will now be held on Saturday, not Sunday.  Please spread the word about this change.  Volunteers will be invited to shop from 10-noon on Saturday, and the Public Half Price Sale will be held from noon-6pm on Saturday, March 12th .

  Reminders

  • You must register for a check-in time to drop off your items.  Please log-in to your account now to sign up for a time.  Anyone without a check-in time will be asked to leave and return at the next available time.
  • Please follow the tagging guidelines carefully to insure that your items are accepted at check-in and to increase the likelihood that your items will sell. http://www.theoneweekboutique.com/Consignors/Tagging
  • Your clothing items must be on hangers.   One hundred (100) clothing items will be accepted per consignor.  Twenty-five (25) maternity items will be accepted per consignor.  Ten (10) pairs of shoes will be accepted per consignor.
  • If toys or games require batteries the consignor must provide them.  This includes infant bouncy chairs and swings.
  • You must carefully check the recall list for recalled items. www.cpsc.gov

 Concierge

If you feel like you are running out of time to get your things ready for The One Week Boutique then our Concierge Service may be just what you need.  You provide the items and any necessary hangers and leave the pricing, tagging, and delivery to the sale to us.  You can even approve the prices before tags are printed.  Spaces are limited.  www.theoneweekboutique.com/Consignors/Concierge-Service

Remember to download and print a flyer and post it where potential customers will see it.  You are our best marketing tool so please spread the word about The One Week Boutique!

We’ll see you all soon!

Register Now for our 10th sale!

Consignor drop off starts Sunday, March 6th, 2011. Consignors and Volunteers shop Wednesday, March 9th. Public Sale March 10-12.  

Changes for this sale:

  • The opportunity to be a Super Volunteer -- volunteer for more hours and shop even earlier!
  • Sorting after the sale closes.  You asked and we answered.  We will now sort any unsold items for consignor pick-up.
  • Checks available at consignor pick-up.
  • More evening shopping hours.
  • Volunteers shop early at Wednesday night Preview Sale AND Half-Price Sale on Saturday.  Check the website for more information.

Log-in and register today!!

For the first time ever, we have had to close consignor registration before the sale starts. We have 600 registered consignors for which is the most we can accommodate during check-in at the Fall 2010 event. Thanks to everyone for spreading the word and helping us grow!

Get on the waiting list

If you would like to consign for the Fall and missed out on registering, please let us know by completing our contact form . If registered consignors drop out, you will be notified as space becomes available. 

Volunteer

Consignors get to shop early, but volunteers shop even earlier. You can still register as a volunteer for this sale (as of today, there are some shifts remaining) even if you are not a consignor. 

Shop

We will have our largest inventory of quality kids items at this event. Don't miss the best deals in town . Even if you can't sell, you can find bargains on items that you can sell in the Spring!

Join the mailing list

If you can wait until Spring 2011, please join our mailing list to be sure you are notified when we open registration for that event. We will work hard to accommodate a larger number of consignors at that time. 

Again, thanks for all of your support and we are looking forward to a huge event!

October 4-6, 2019