Tagging & Preparing Your I tems

Getting Started

How well your items are prepared is directly indicative of how well they will sell. Please inspect every single item for staining, general wear and tear, malfunctions, etc. We recommend that you start as early as possible—sorting, entering, and tagging your items will take time, so give yourself plenty of it to avoid unneeded stress.

IMPORTANT:

All items must be entered into the system by 10:00 PM on Wednesday, September 23rd. After that time, you may still PRINT tags, but you will be unable to edit or enter additional items into the system.

Follow these Steps to enter your inventory:

  1. Register as a consignor here.
  2. Log into your Consignor Homepage from the Little Bird Lane website using your consignor number and password.
  3. Select “Menu,” and then click the “Work with Consigned Inventory” link.
  4. Select “Add Items” and your method of entry (mobile/PC/voice entry). Click “Add New Item” and select the accurate Category & Size for your item. Failure to use the accurate Category & Size options will make picking up unsold items very difficult for you later on, so it’s important to enter them correctly to start. Use lines 1 & 2 to enter a detailed description so that your item can be appropriately matched to the tag should the tag fall off during the sale.
  5. Price your item as LOW as you are comfortable selling it for! Refer to our Pricing Suggestions page for tips on pricing to SELL. The minimum price for each item is $2.00, and you may price in $.50 increments.
  6. The “Quantity” section should always remain at 1 unless you are wanting to produce multiple tags with the exact same price & description. (For example, if you have 4 copies of the same Harry Potter book that you want to price individually, you can put 4 in the Quantity box and it will generate 4 tags with different Inventory Item #s.)
  7. Click the box if you would like to discount the item during the 1/2 Price shopping hours at the end of the sale. (We recommend discounting ALL items, especially clothing & shoes, as it drastically increases your chances of selling them!)
  8. Click the box if you would like us to donate your item after the sale if it has not sold.
  9. Click “Submit” and move to your next item.
  10. Print your tags on white or light colored cardstock. (Avoid printing on regular printer paper because tags will be bent, torn, and ripped off of items, making them unable to be sold at the sale. Please do not change the size of the tags when printing.
    To print tags, click on, “Work with Consigned Inventory,” and then “Print Tags.” Choose to “Print Selected Tags” or “Print All Tags (PDF).” Once printed, tags will look like the tag to the left.
  11. See below for specific tagging instructions based on category.

Supplies Needed for Tagging:

  1. White or light colored cardstock (Please do NOT use regular printer paper.)
  2. Scissors and/or Paper Cutter
  3. Hangers (We are not picky about hangers, but they do need to have a standard sized hook to fit our clothing racks.)
  4. Tagging Gun or Safety Pins (NOTE: Clothespins and straight pins are not an accepted option for attaching clothing to hangers!)
  5. Clear Packing Tape & Painter’s Tape
  6. Ziploc Bags (various sizes, depending upon what you are selling)
  7. Plastic Wrap-optional (good for wrapping puzzles)
  8. Zip-Ties-optional (good for pairing shoes & connecting toys with multiple pieces)
  9. Batteries

Item Preparation: 

CLOTHING:

All clothing should be freshly laundered, wrinkle free, and on a hanger. We do not accept clothing such as onesies or pants in Ziploc baggies.

Items MUST be hung so that the hanger forms a question mark when the clothing is facing you. (See image.)

Plastic or wire hangers should be used for clothing items. Safety pins are great for securing clothing to hangers, but be sure to avoid making holes in clothing. Clothing damaged by safety pins will not be accepted.

When hanging pants, shorts, or skirts, safety pin them to the TOP of the hanger , not the bottom rung, so they do not slide. (See image.)

Staples, straight pins, clothespins, and tape are strictly prohibited for attaching tags to clothing or clothing to hangers.

Maternity and bigger kids clothing should be hung on adult-sized hangers and safety pins may be used to secure items to the hangers if needed.

ALWAYS attach inventory tag to the garment tag if possible. If there is no tag, you should ONLY puncture the fabric on the RIGHT SIDE SEAM in the armpit or along the seam at the back of the neck. Be sure to avoid making holes in the fabric, as items with holes, even from tagging guns or safety pins, will not be accepted.

If using a tagging gun, attach the tag to the garment tag or through the armpit seam on the RIGHT hand side. Placing the tagging gun directly through fabric will likely cause holes and result in the item not being accepted.

If selling multiple pieces together (for example: 3 onesies sold together), each item should be on a separate hanger and all hangers should be secured together using a zip tie. Place pants and tops back-to-back so that you can see the front of both garments clearly. Never attach pants to the bottom of a shirt with tagging barbs, as this will cause holes and result in the item not being accepted.

We suggest grouping multiple items or outfits together to increase their chance of selling, especially if the items are under size 2/2T. 

Please organize items by size and gender prior to your drop-off appointment.

SHOES: 

Shoes should be clean and in gently used or like new condition.

Use zip-ties to secure shoes together.

Do your best to attach tags VERY securely, as shoes are heavily shopped and handled during the sale.

TOYS:

All toys should be clean and free of excessive markings, stickers, etc.

All toys MUST be in proper working order. Items that require batteries should have working batteries in them. 

If small parts are included, place them in a sealed Ziploc bag and attach the tag with tape or zip-ties.

LARGE TOYS and OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT:

These are VERY POPULAR items and typically have nearly a 100% sell through rate!

Please make sure these are clean and include all parts. Extra pieces and/or accessories should be placed in a Ziploc bag and attached with a zip-tie.

Slight sun fading or general wear and tear is acceptable for large and outdoor equipment.

Large Item Claim Tags will be attached at the time of drop off for items that are too large or too heavy to carry while shopping.

PUZZLES and GAMES:

Must contain all pieces. 

Use plastic wrap to secure loose puzzle pieces and ensure that no pieces go missing during the shopping process.

Use painter’s tape to secure tops/lids to games, but please be sure the game is accessible for the volunteers when they check your items in.

BOOKS, DVDs, and CDs:

Tape the tag to the back inside cover of books. Consider using painters tape to avoid ripping or tearing. 

CDs and DVDs should be secured with tape at the opening.

BEDDING and BLANKETS:

Blankets must be freshly laundered and free of stains and wear.

Sets should be placed in their original packaging if possible. If not, use extra large Ziploc bags or hang items over large, sturdy hangers.

Grouping receiving blankets together in sets will increase their chances of selling. They should be hung on a hanger or folded and placed into a Ziploc bag.

Please note that bedding should be priced very competitively, and should be name brand and in excellent condition. Bedding, in general, does not have a high sell-through rate, so you should price it low and be sure to discount it for the 1/2 price day. For this reason, we are very selective about the bedding we allow into the sale.

FURNITURE and BABY GEAR:

Must be in excellent used condition and should be free of staining, fading, and excessive wear.

These items MUST be in compliance with all safety guidelines and must not be recalled. Click HERE to check for recalled items.

All baby gear and furniture must be fully assembled at the time of drop off. Items must also include batteries where applicable, and items will be tested for proper function at your drop-off appointment.

Small parts/pieces should be bagged and attached to the item with zip-ties. If you have it, we suggest including the item manual.

Baby Carriers and Slings should be placed on hangers (in the question mark form) and tags should be secured with safety pins.

UNSOLD ITEMS:

Any unsold items left after the designated pick up time will be donated to one of our local charity partners

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What Consignors are Saying

Teresa, mom of 2

As a first time consignor, I have received the best advice from other consignors. Once I started entering and tagging items, I realized I enjoy the process so much more than preparing to have a garage sale. I’m excited to declutter and make money at the same time!