Sturdy Hangers: To prevent clothing from slipping off and becoming separated or damaged, use sturdy hangers. Wire hangers are acceptable, however we prefer inexpensive plastic ones, that you may get from a dry cleaner or retailer. If you are selling pants or skirts and you have inexpensive clip hangers, please use them, if not then fold and hang neatly over a hanger. We will have extra clip hangers and will hang them accordingly. Do not pin to hanger as it will make it difficult to try on and return to hanger.
Cardstock Paper for Tags: Use ONLY 60-67# weight card stock in white or off-white (available at Staples or Office Max—about $8 /250 sheets). Tags will be printed 8 to a page. Regular white is not preferred as it will easily separate from you item, if that happens we won't be able to sell if for you.
Safety Pins: Use safety pins—never straight pins—to secure loose clothing to hangers if necessary. Also use them to attach price tags to your items. Please be mindful of not damaging the item with the pin and put on the garment tag or on a seam on the item. Safety pins can be used when tagging jewelry as well to help ensure the tag stays with the piece. Please note: If you have a lot of clothes, we recommend using a tagging gun—it will definitely save you time. We suggest www.BargainPrice4u.com, which carries tagging guns and supplies for a small cost. You may contact us to borrow one or to purchase from us directly.
Clear Packing Tape: Use to secure tags to non-clothing items such as gift items, books, shoes, and other items where pins are not appropriate. Scotch tap will not work, it will need to be a more adhesive packing tape.
Ziplock bags: Use for small accessories when safety pins will not work. Tape tag to the bag and secure item inside the bag.
Disposable containers: For items not easily organized, please tag and place them in containers. For example, small soaps, jewelry, scarves, etc. are easier to manage if they are in a box. Containers should be either disposable or ones you want will not want back.
Step 2 Organize and prepare your items for sale.
Clothes and Accessories:
- Button all buttons, zip all zippers, and snap all snaps.
- Separate your items by gender and size.
- Hang all clothing on hangers with the hook facing left like a question mark (?). If items aren’t hung correctly they will have to be redone before we will accept them for sale.
- Hang pants on hangers with clips, if you do not have clip hangers, fold them over the hanger neatly.
Clothing: When tagging your clothing be sure to not damage the material but poking pin holes in the fabric. It is best to pin to the label, the cuff or on a seam.
Jewelry: The price tags created by our software are large, so punch a hole in the cardstock price tag, then tie or pin the tag to the item. This will prevent it from being easily detached.
- Belts, scarves and hats: Be sure to pin or tag securely so the tag does not become separated from the item.
Gift Items: If an item is too small for a price tag, then place it in a ziplock bag and tape the cardstock price tag to the bag.
Shoes: Tape the price tag to the shoebox or to the bottom of the left shoe if shoebox is not available. Packing tape is best for shoes, as scotch tape will not hold it.
Cosmetics, Perfumes, Soaps: Tape or tie a label to each item. If an item is very small and difficult to tag, please contact us and we will discuss what will work best.
If you have other questions about preparing your items, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Step 3 Enter your items into the online inventory system.
Organize your clothing items by gender and size and your other items by category. Go to www.islandoverstock.com and login to your account, which is also your MyConsignmentManager account. Click the “ENTER ITEMS” button.
Pricing: Select the price you want for your item. The pricing rule of thumb is the cheaper you price it the more likely it will be to sell. Price to sell! An example of a good pricing structure for basic items is as follows: (When the item is a designer or a higher end brand item this will of course be an exception... if you need help deciding on prices for these items, please contact us directly. )
Tanks and Tees: $5-8
Pants and skirts: $8-$13
Dresses: $13 - $20
Shorts $7- $10
Shoes $10 - $15
Jackets $13 - $20
Coats $15 -$25
Costume Jewelry $5 - $15 Sterling $10 -$25
Designer Handbags $25 - $100
Handbags $15 - $25
Men's suits $20- $45
If you have brand new items, I would use 50% -75% off of the retail price as a good guide.
Discount: You have the choice to discount your item on the last day of the sale. If you choose the "DISCOUNT" option, your item will be offered for 50% of the sale price on the last day of our sale. If you do not want to discount your item, do not select this option.
Donate: If you do not want your items back after the sale, please tick the donate box and we will arrange for you items to be donated to a local charity or to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. You will be notified of the designated time to collect your items on the last day of the sale. If you do not arrive in the allotted time frame, the items will be donated.
Sizing: Select the size of your item. It is for tops, dresses, jackets sweaters to be categorized by Small, Medium or Large. You should be more detailed with pants, shorts, skirts and shoes.
Description: Type your description within the box provided. Do not use capital letters or type too close to the edge of the description box. TIP: Type the first line with words that will be consistent from item to item. For example, if you have 10 items of one brand, type “the brand” in the first description line. In the second line, give more details, e.g. color, style, etc. This will eliminate the need for you to re-type the same brand name over and over.
TIP: If you have 20 shirts and you are not interested in collecting them or about pricing them individually, it is very fast and easy if you sell all of your same size shirts at one price. You can enter Shirt in the category, shirt in the description and Size M then choose the number of items as 20. This will make 20 tags for you. This is a great option if you want to batch your items by category and price and get the job done the quickest. If you need more advice on this please contact us by email.
Category: Complete your item's entry by selecting the category of your item and clicking the “ADD ITEM” button. The system will add and save the item to your inventory list. Selecting the proper category is very important. Since the law requires us to charge sales tax, the category you select informs the computer system what sales tax to charge. Clothing, shoes, scarves, etc., are not taxed. Luxury items are including jewelry, beauty products, home décor as an example. The items are taxed accordingly when you choose your category.
REPEAT THE ABOVE STEPS FOR EACH ITEM. You can print tags later. It's not necessary to print tags as you enter your items unless you want to.
Step 4 Print your tags
To view and print your tags, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download this free software once you are in the "PRINT TAGS" area of the database.
Log-In to your MyConsignmentManager.com account. Click the “PRINT TAGS” button.
Generate Items List: Change view settings to “SHOW 216 ENTRIES” then click “GENERATE ITEMS LIST.”
Choose Item Tags to Print: Select the items you want to print by clicking the box next to the item or the “CHECK ALL” box. Keep in mind that tags will print 8 to a page, so try to plan your printing to maximize each page! Make sure you are selecting as many items as you can by changing the “VIEW” box at the top of the list to “VIEW 216 ITEMS.” If you have more than 216 items you will need to create multiple print files.
Click “GENERATE TAGS": The system will tell you how many tags you have selected. If it is correct, click OK.
Download your Tags: By following all of the steps above, you will have created a PDF file of your tags. Click “TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FILE." Only click this link once. An automatic notice will prompt you to click “OPEN,” which will enable you to view your tags. If you are not satisfied with the tags, discard the PDF, back out, and correct any errors before printing.
Save the final PDF document to your computer: Click "FILE" and then "SAVE AS." This allows you to save the PDF file and print your tags at your convenience. Notice how many pages you will be printing so you can have enough cardstock paper in the printer tray.
Print your Tags: When you are ready to print your tags, load your printer with 60-67# CARDSTOCK paper (white or off-white). Make sure the paper is loaded properly and has enough toner. Please use the "Normal" or "Draft" print setting. Please note: What would normally be considered the "best quality" print setting is too dark, causing barcodes to bleed, making them difficult to scan at check out. If you have a color printer, select "Black Cartridge Only" from the printing properties screen.
Step 5 Tag your items.
- Cut the tags apart, careful not to cut the barcode.
- Attach your tags using 1" or larger safety pins or a tagging gun for clothing and packing tape for ziplock bags containing small items.
- Do not tape over the barcode. Do not use straight pins.
- When you attach your tags, compare the description with the item as a final check.
Step 6 Schedule your drop off appointment and print your inventory list.
Log-in to your MyConsignment Manager account. Click “MANAGE INVENTORY.”
Print One Inventory Report: Go to the “OTHER” section in the right hand part of the screen and select the grey “REPORTS” bar. Select the “INVENTORY REPORT” link and hit the "PRINT REPORT" button. Bring this report to your drop-off appointment to use as a reference.
Print and Sign a Consignor Agreement: Print pages 2 and 3 of this guide or go to www.islandoverstock.com and print the agreement, sign, and turn in prior to or at the sale. You can hand this signed copy in at drop off.
Print All Item Tickets: If you have duplicate tickets or choose not to sell something after the system locks on the Sunday night deadline, bring all leftover item price tags with you to check-in, specifying these items are in the system but have not been dropped off at the sale site.
To schedule a drop-off appointment: You can select a drop off time for you prior to the event. Once you have checked-in, we may ask for your assistance in placing your items on the sales floor.
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