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Did that get your attention?  We are ready to help our consignors make the most money they can!  There are just a few basic things that you need to remember when you start getting your items together to sell.

  1. Iron your clothes!   You would be amazed how much better clothing looks when they are not full of wrinkles.  Not only will they sell better, but they will bring more money.  Ironing (in bright light) is also a great way to really inspect your clothing for stains.  Stains were our #1 complaint among shoppers at our last sale.  We do our absolute best to check for stains during check-in, as well as do another full clothing rack inspection prior to opening, but we still tend to miss some items.  We pull hundreds of pieces during the sale for stains.  You are our first level of defense against bad quality, so check your items carefully!!
  2. Price your items right!   First-time consignors are notorious for pricing their items too high and are usually disappointed in their sales.  There is an easy rule of thumb I tell consignors - start at 50% of what you paid and adjust up or down, based on quality.  If you paid $7 for a t-shirt at Target and it's still in like-new condition, $3 is what it should be priced.  If you paid $30 for a dress at the Gap and your child only wore it once, then $17 is a great price.  We also strongly encourage you to mark your items to be discounted on Sunday, especially clothes!  We sell tons of clothes on Sunday.
  3. Package your items so shoppers can easily inspect them!   This is mainly goes for blankets, bedding, accessories and cloth diapers.  Hang as much as you can, but if your item is too small, then use safety pins to attach your tag or keep multiple things together.  If a shopper can't easily inspect it, one of two things will happen...they will pull everything out of your bag (which results in missing pieces) or they won't even consider it.
  4. Secure your small items!   This is our biggest challenge at each sale and no matter how hard we try, we end up with boxes of little pieces at the end of the week.  Use clear bags and lots of tape!  Kids want to try out the toys and you should package with that in mind.  We also find it helpful if you note on your tag what is included with your item.  For example "3-Piece Train Set with 10 Small Pieces".  You can hand write this longer description on the back or your tag, if it won't fit on the front. 
  5. Give us a good description!   In the hustle and bustle, tags do fall off.  If you have a good description, we can easily reunite your missing tag with your item, which means it goes back on the floor and has a better chance of selling!  Brand names, brief description (colors/design) and correct sizing is imperative. 

I hope these tips will help you as you start getting ready for The One Week Boutique!

Jennifer

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!

To ensure we are able to sell as many of your items as we can during peak times without making any errors or missing any items, it is very important that your tags are scannable. Great features of our sale like nightly sales updates and quick check delivery are dependent on scannable barcodes.

So, if you print your tags out and any of them look like these non-scannable examples from past sales, please reprint them before attaching them to your items.

Bad Tag - Heavy Ink
Bad Tag - Cut Off Printing

Heavy ink

If the ink is too heavy and the lines on the barcode run together as shown here, the space between the bars is filled in and makes the tag unscannable.

Cut off printing

This is the tag on the right edge of the page where the printer stopped short of printing the entire barcode. Make sure the barcode is centered under the words Discount: Yes (or No).

Bad Tag - Out of toner
Bad Tag - Linen Paper

Out of toner

If you are running out of toner on a laser printer or copier, the bars start to lose their integrity. Make sure the lines are crisp and full.

Linen paper

The texture on the paper used for this tag prevented the ink from creating a readable barcode. The color is light enough to be OK, but the texture is causing scanner problems.

Bad Tag - Missing Pixels
Bad Tag - Handwritten adjustments

Missing pixels

This one is less common, and a little hard to see. There are some parts of the print head on this inkjet printer that are stuck and no longer print. Because they make it look like more bars are present, the scanner picks up the wrong number.

Handwritten overrides

The barcode scan is the only way we can sell items (or hand entering the barcode). If we try to change the Discount from no to yes, it will not allow us to sell that item because it is not in our inventory. Also, we have to prevent shoppers from changing discount status with their own pens.

Bad Tag - Correct page orientation
Bad Tag - Incorrect page orientation

Correct page orientation

Make sure the black lines are visible on both sides of every tag, and that the tags fill up the entire sheet of letter sized paper.

Incorrect page orientation

If your tags print sideways, or leave extra white space on the sheet as shown above, it is likely they will not scan because the barcodes are too small. Also in this example, the black line on the right edge is cut off, which means that part of the barcode might be missing.

More tag printing tips:

  • Paper:
    • No dark colored paper, only light or pastel card stock - WHITE is the BEST choice; no fuzzy or textured paper (because the barcodes will bleed)
    • Best type paper: 60# - 67#, 110# card or cover stock. However, please consult with your sale owner for required weight and color
    • Do not put tape on the barcode
  • Printer:
    • Best Printer: ink jets with normal toner or laser printers (no dot matrix printers)
  • Printing Settings:
    • Use NORMAL or DRAFT. (Best quality is too dark and causes the barcodes to bleed)
    • Print with "Black Cartridge" only.
  • Helpful Tips:
    • Make sure the barcodes are crisp and clear and not bleeding
    • Sort their clothes by gender and size before tagging for best efficiency
    • Avoid long descriptions and overuse of capital letters.

If you have any questions about the print quality on your tags, please contact us.

If you are a regular consignor, you might have some card stock left over from the previous sales, but if you need to get some more for this sale, here are some ideas:

  • Office supply store: You can get packs of card stock (65 lb-110 lb index) at Office Depot , Staples, etc. They are usually sold in packs of 250 sheets or more, and average between $10-15.
  • Copy shop (cheapest): Stop by Kinko's or any other local copy shop and buy as many individual sheets of blank card stock as you need. We did this and got 25 sheets for $1.83 at our local copy shop (ironically called "The Copy Shop").
  • Share with another consignor: If you have some friends or neighbors who are also consignors, you could share a pack of card stock with them. Remember that you get 8 tags per sheet, so most consignors will only need about 10-20 sheets.

Remember that it is important that you use card stock for your tags:

  • If the tag is torn or lost, we cannot sell your item
  • If the tag is damaged or won't scan, that can slow down checkout
  • Make sure the card stock is white or a light color - for the bar code to scan it needs to have high contrast

Good luck tagging!

Registration for our Fall event has been open for about 10 days now and we are excited by the number of consignors already registered. It's nice to see so many familiar folks returning and equally exciting to have new people joining us. Word of mouth has definitely been one of our best ways of marketing and expanding our sale so we appreciate everyone spreading the word.

It's hard to believe this is our 7th sale! Three years ago this week we were opening up our first sale at Goodwood in an 800 square foot cottage. Cindi and I have a lot of fun memories about that sale including calling our husbands after the first day of check-in telling them to make a plan to build more racks. We were overwhelmed with the number of items we received! We also had a rainy Preview Sale which was unfortunate as we had big items set up outside. On a personal note, that week I had my first child with a broken bone and Cindi had a minor fender-bender while out running errands for the Boutique. All in all, though, the event was a success and here we are 3 years later!

With each subsequent sale we have tried to re-evaluate and offer things that improve the experience for shoppers and consignors alike. This will be our 3rd sale using the online tagging software . We have heard only positive things from our consignors about doing tags on-line. Albeit, there are always some questions that arise, I think everyone appreciates the uniform look of the tags and consignors especially like being able to log-on each night to gauge their earnings. I hope that anyone that finds this blog will ask questions and/or offer advice or suggestions to those needing it regarding tagging.

For this sale we are offering some Sunday check-in hours . We're hoping that those hours will be a good option for working consignors or people who want to come without bringing the kids along. If you are a consignor don't forget that you need to sign up for a check-in time on-line.

With every sale we have increased our marketing efforts and have tried to think of new ways to incorporate new sponsors and reach more families. We're always open to suggestions in these areas.

I'm hoping to use this blog as a way to update anyone who is interested on extra event details as the sale nears, as well as offer a forum for those that might have questions or suggestions. We'll see how it goes. Feel free to post any comments about The One Week Boutique.

Sara

October 4-6, 2019