Tagging Instructions: What You Need to Know
LFA is a very large, very busy sale. The better your items are prepared, the better they present to the customers, and the better they sell! So bring your best! Consign only the items you would want to purchase for your own child. Be picky; our customers will be!
Your consignor number will stay the same for each LFA Kids event.
For most people, the hardest event to get ready for is the very first. After your first event, it will become easier to get ready for the next season. When preparing your things for the sale, take a tip from professional organizers...sort into three different piles-- 'Toss', 'Donate', and 'Sell'-- this will save you a lot of time and increase the likelihood of selling your items, with much less left over. Also, when addressing the pile you deemed suitable for donation, please make alternate arrangements to deliver those items directly to the charity, and do not bring them to the sale.
We use a bar coding system (your labels/consignor # and price) to pay each consignor. Cashiers scan each bar code during checkout. At the end of the event, the computerized system provides a report by bar code (consignor #) with the total amount sold.
Supplies Needed: (For Traditional Consignors who prepare their own items).
- Sheets of card stock. White is preferable but other colors are fine.
- Sharpie pen
- Ink pen
- Various size ziploc bags (Dollar Store is great for these. Also the larger storage bags at Dollar Tree in with the coat hangers for large toys with multiple pieces. These come 3 for $1.00 and work great.)
- Hangers - any type (Ask friends, neighbors, dry cleaners, stores such as Belk, Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Etc. Many are willing to give excess hangers away if you ask.)
- Safety pins – we recommend #2
- Twine or zip ties for shoes (also great to get at the Dollar Store)
- Clear plastic wrap
- Clear Packaging Tape
- Batteries (also great to get at the Dollar Store)
All items must be priced by the consignor. Keep in mind you are competing with many items of similar quality, and the best price will sell first.
We suggest you ask yourself: "What would I pay for this?" Think about what you would be willing to pay for the item if you were considering purchasing it. If you would pay a particular price, someone else probably would, too!
Consider original retail price -- whether you paid original or not -- and take around 75 % off. This gives you a thinking range. For example, if an item’s original cost was $20, take 75% off and think of pricing the item in the general area of $4.50 to $5. If it is a "boutique" item or a current brand that is highly desirable like Abercrombie, Justice, Polo, Gymboree, Lilly Pulitzer, Mini Boden, etc., you can price a little higher. The same is true for items New with Tags.
After determining what you think is a fair price, ask yourself, "Would I pay $?? for this item?" or "Would I pay more than this?" If you would pay more, add a dollar or maybe two to the price.
The people who make the most money have higher quality items priced in the ranges of $5.00 - $15.00. Keep in mind that your goal is to sell your items, otherwise, you will be taking it home with you at the end of this sale, so be careful to not over price.
- Go to www.lfakids.com.
- Click on Order Barcodes. You will be prompted to log in using your consignor number and password.
- Once logged in you will be prompted to enter prices.
- Price on Label: The minimum you can put in is $2.00 and goes up from there in increments of $.50. Example: $5.50
- # Labels at this price: Select how many you would like of that amount. Example: 20
- Allow Discount?: Select Yes or No. Yes means you would allow the item to be marked down on discount days. No will print “No Disc” on label and will NOT be marked down on discount days.
- Hit Submit Barcode.
- Continue doing this until you have all of the dollar amounts you want.
Note: Some people like to pre print labels of all different prices and price as they go from the selections they have made. Others like to price all of their items and tally what labels need to be printed and then print exact amount. It is up to you on what works best and easiest for you. Labels are specific to your consignor number and are reusable with each sale so if you print extra, no worries. Save them for the next sale!
See Example below of what screen will look like once you have all prices entered. They will be listed below.
- You will then hit Submit Order.
- Another screen will appear giving you the option to print now or later.
- Click on Display Barcode Labels for Printing and another screen will appear with your bar codes. Make sure your cardstock paper is in printer and you are ready to print.
- If you wish to print your labels at a later time, notate your “Batch Number”. Go to the Consignor Homepage at anytime and scroll to the Barcode Label/Tag Orders.
- Under Barcode Label/Tag Orders select the batch that you would like to print and click. The barcodes will appear as pictured above.
Note: You can submit as many labels as you wish and as many batches as you wish.
Note: If you need us to print your labels for you, please notate batch numbers as you will need to let us know what batches to print. These can be printed for $5 for 15 sheets (90 labels).
- YOU MAY NOT change the price manually, i.e. scratching out and writing another amount, on the labels. The price is encrypted in the bar code for speedy checkout. When the bar code is scanned it will read the price assigned to that bar code when it was printed. REMEMBER, the purpose of the bar code system is accuracy and simplicity...don't overthink it.
- Use standard white cardstock paper for tags.
- Each tag needs to contain the following information:
- Size - Try to use only number sizes on your tags (do not use S,M,L unless junior
sizes). Having a number size makes it much easier to place your item correctly in the racks. Same goes for European sizes; you should certainly put the Euro size on the tag, but please also mark the corresponding US size.
- Brief description - including brand, color, # of pieces, etc o Whether or not item will be donated if not sold. If item is not being donated, nothing needs to be notated. If wishing to donate, then a “D” needs to be written in the lower right corner of the tag.
See examples below of completed tags:
- Size - Try to use only number sizes on your tags (do not use S,M,L unless junior
- Tags should then be applied to the clothing item using safety pins ONLY. No straight pins or staples please.
- Tags are to be placed on the upper right side of the clothing when looking at it. This makes for uniform tagging and easily seen when flipping through racks.
- Make sure the tag is secured by either putting the pin through horizontally (poking 2 times), or far enough from the edge to withstand light tugging.
- Pay attention to where the pin is stuck. Try to avoid delicate fabrics to not create permanent holes in the clothing (if too delicate, it is ok to tag to inside label in clothing). Adjust tag as needed in these circumstances.
- If you have an outfit with multiple pieces, please put a tag on each piece. If the pieces come apart, we can get them back together, or price the items and sell them accordingly.
- You may use ANY type of hanger. Please understand that we are unable to return hangers to each consignor. Wire hangers will generally accommodate all sizes of clothing, even infant sizes.
- Use appropriately-sized safety pins and hangers! We STRONGLY recommend #2 sized safety pins. Tiny gold pins are fine for pinning your tag on, but securing heavier clothing items requires a larger, stronger pin. Also, small plastic “baby” hangers do not work well for clothing over 18mos. Hanging items on a hanger that is too small will result in your item on the floor...instead of someone’s shopping bag.
- Hang everything so that the hanger will look like a question mark (?) when looking at the front of the garment.
- Hang PANTS AND SKIRTS from the top of the hanger and NOT along the bottom “bar.” Pin pants/skirts with two safety pins at the waist so they can be seen fully, front and back by simply flipping the hanger over and the pants/skirt will not fall on the floor. For larger sized pants and skirts, attach them with the pins closer to the top of the hanger to prevent the pins from sliding off the top of the hanger.
- FOOTED/LONG PAJAMAS!! Please pin the feet up on the back of the hanger so they do not drag...and collect dust!
- TOPS AND SHIRTS, DRESSES, JACKETS, etc. should be hung properly ON the hanger, with the hanger INSIDE the garment, to prevent damage. Please do not pin these items onto a hanger unless it's necessary to keep it from falling off (i.e. skinny straps, large neck opening, multiple pieces, etc.).
- Use only one hanger for TWO-PIECE OUTFITS. Hang the shirt first, then turn the hanger over and pin the waist of the pants/skirt to the back of the shirt at the shoulder seams. Be sure the hanger, and not just the shirt, is supporting the pants/skirt. Both pieces need to be in view without unpinning them. (See example
Front View Back View
above). You will also use fewer hangers! Rubber band SETS together. Example: pants and shirt on one hanger, sweater on another hanger- -both hangers rubber banded together to make the set.
TIP: If you have a clothing item that you would price under $3.00, we suggest that you put it with something so that the total price will be at least $3.00. Ex: Put 2 like shirts together or a matching top and bottom.
***** INFANT CLOTHING – Sizes 0 – 18 months *******
- Due to such high volume, we can only accept 30 hanging items for ages 0-18 months.
- Do not use ziploc bags and do not hang onesies or similar type t-shirts and knit pants on a hanger.
- Safety pin 3 to 4 similar pieces (and sizes) together at the seams. Shoulder seams work best. We will put these items in large containers in the infant area that are labeled by size and gender.
- You can also prepare basic sleepers in this manner if you wish. Pin several together as needed.
- As a rule, customers like to see the items without having to remove them from Ziploc bags. Infant “basics” such as these are rather inexpensive when new, so do not overprice the group. Indicate on your tag the number of pieces included, brand, and a description of your product.
- Zip Ties work great! (Dollar Tree has packages for a $1.00)
- Please only bring your like-new shoes! Washing goes a long way, as well as using a magic eraser on soles. It works wonders on making them look new again!
- We ask that you simply write the SHOE SIZE on a bar code label and place your bar code inside EACH shoe (you can cut the barcode out of the new cardstock labels to make them smaller and tape with clear packaging tape). Also, you can safety pin or tie a tag to a shoe lace or through the shoe eyelet, in addition to the label inside. You may also tie them together using twine or string; just make sure to leave enough “slack” for trying them on. Remember that shoppers “untie” shoes to try them on and pairs are separated easily on busy days. Ziploc bags are okay for infant sizes but not good for larger sizes that may need to be tried on.
- Bottles, bibs (may also be safety pinned like basics), rattles, socks, bows, etc. should be grouped together in Ziploc bags. SEAL Ziploc bags with clear packing tape. Customers can open if not sealed and items can be removed.
- Put your tag inside, where it is clearly visible, and seal the bag with clear packing tape. Also write your consignor number and price on the outside of the Ziploc bag with a Sharpie in case the tag gets lost during the sale. Remember to do your best to keep little fingers out of your bags. If placing labels on the outside, be sure to tape down with clear packing tape.
TOYS, BOOKS, VIDEOS, FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT
- Items must be clean and in working order (batteries must be included. Dollar Tree is a great place to get batteries if needed for toys).
- Individual items, such as books, do not require a descriptive tag. Simply place the bar code sticker on the back AWAY from or completely covering the manufacturer’s bar code. This prevents the scan gun from reading the wrong label.
- Small parts must be bagged/taped closed and attached to the main part very securely. If parts get separated it will not sell. Be sure to label each bag that goes with a set. Ex: Bag 1 of 3 with consignor number and price. A sharpie is fine for this for additional bags. The main item should have the tag with barcode.
- Videos and small toys may be grouped accordingly and put into ziploc bags secured with clear packing tape. It is also good to write your consignor number and price on the ziploc bag with a Sharpie in case the tag comes off. These items are often handled numerous times and come apart. If we have a bar code, we can sell the item accordingly. Any ziploc bag should be taped closed using clear packing tape to prevent opening. And best to put a barcode inside the bag.
- Group book sets together and tie with string in both directions. Make sure the books cannot slide through or come apart. Ziploc bags can also be used and sealed shut with packing tape. Individual books may be priced but remember the $2.00 minimum. Small books can be grouped together and priced accordingly.
GAMES AND PUZZLES
- Games and boxed puzzles should be COMPLETE and taped closed.
- Larger wooden-type puzzles that have no box should be wrapped securely in clear plastic wrap to keep the pieces intact. Saran kitchen wrap works if it is then secured with clear packing tape around it.
LARGE TOYS AND FURNITURE
- These are high demand items!
- When tagging large toys or items such as bikes, ride on cars, slides, etc it is best to find an area that the tag can be taped on securely and the tape wrapped around the item completely in the spot you are tagging. Such as a slide, place the tag on a step and wrap the tape around the step several times to secure. This way it is harder to come off or remove. In addition to your bar code tag, you can also attach a piece of masking tape to the toy with your consignor information in multiple spots on the item. This will enable us to sell your item even if the main tag comes off!
If you have any questions on how to label or package anything, we are always happy to help and walk you through something. We have seen most everything one way or another and know what works best. Feel free to contact us through our website, Facebook Messenger, or text.