Consigning FAQs


  1. Do I need to prepare my items for consignment?
  2. Who prices the items?
  3. What items do you accept?
  4. Will you accept other household items?
  5. Can I consign with a friend or as part of a group?
  6. Where do I get hangers?
  7. Is there a minimum dollar amount that the items I bring must be?
  8. Any other advice for consigning clothing?
  9. How will I find my items at consignor pick-up?
  10. Can I use a tagging gun?
  11. Can I adjust the price of my item at the sale?
  12. I have an expensive item that I would like to sell at your sale.  Can you guarantee that it will not be lost or stolen?
  13. I will be out of town the weekend of the sale.  Is there another time that I can drop off my items?
  14. Do I need to barcode all my items?
  15. How can I be prepared for drop-off?
  16. I am not able to pick up my items after the sale on Saturday.  Can I pick them up at another time?
  17. What happens to my unsold items if I do not pick them up?
  18. Can you tell me how much I sold when I come to pick up my items?
  19. When will I receive my check?

 



Do I need to prepare my items for consignment?
Yes (unless you sign up for our valet tagging or re-tagging service)!  All of your clothing must be on hangers, cleaned, free of stains, etc.  Tags must be appropriately attached.  Toys & equipment should be clean & working.  Please only sell items that you would buy and see our Item Preparation page for additional details.



Who prices the items?
The consignor prices the items (unless you are using our valet tagging service). When pricing your item, remove sentimental value from it.  Ask yourself, “what would I pay for it used?”   A general rule of thumb is to price the item about 1/3rd of retail (slightly more if it is brand new, and less if it has been significantly used.)



What items do you accept?
We accept maternity & child related items (clothes, toys, books, bikes, furniture, etc.)  Clothing can range from size infant to preteen.  Please see our list of accepted items.  For space consideration, we now ask consignors to bring only current season clothing and items to the sale.  If space becomes tight on the racks or on the floor, off-season items will be removed.



Will you accept other household items?
Sorry, we only take items directly related to children (from infant to preteen).  Maternity & nursing items are the only adult items accepted.



Can I consign with a friend or as part of a group?
One consignor equals one number.  In other words, consignors cannot consign together under one number. 



Where do I get hangers?
Save your dry cleaning hangers.  In addition, every time you go to the cleaners, ask if they have any extras (sometimes they do).  Some children stores will also give them to you if you call ahead to ask.  Spread the word to your friends that you are looking for hangers.



Is there a minimum dollar amount that the items I bring must be?
One Sparrow will only accept items priced at $1 or greater.  If you have items that you would price under $1, try grouping them together.  You can put clothing together to make an outfit, or sell a bunch of onsies/bibs/hats together.  You can group books and toys, or create a grab bag of items.



What other advice can you offer about consigning clothing?
When preparing your clothing, be sure that all snaps are snapped, bows are tied, buttons are buttoned, zippers zipped, etc.  The nicer the clothing looks on the hanger, the more appealing it will be to buyers.  If you have a fancy dress or suit, consider pressing it before you bring it to the sale.  The more appealing it looks to shoppers, the more likely it will be to sell.
In addition, hang clothes to consign as you pack away your children’s items.  Do this throughout the year & section off a place in a closet to keep the items.  Two to three weeks before the sale, tag the clothing & group them by size & gender.



How will I find my items at consignor pick-up?
Our volunteers will do our best to sort and consolidate clothing by consignor number.  Volunteers will be available throughout consignor pick up to answer questions and direct consignors to appropriate areas for collection of their items.  All items remaining after consignor pick up will be included as part of the dollar dash and will be donated if remaining at the end of the sale. 



Can I use a tagging gun?
Yes, you can use a tagging gun.  These guns are available at Office Depot and online stores. Be very careful when using a tagging gun.  Find a hidden seam (under the collar or by the armpit) to tag the item.  Do not put the gun directly through the front of the garment (especially an item with fine material).  Tagging guns, if not used properly, can cause holes in clothes (this is a problem with shirts & dresses more so than pants, which are made of heavier material).  Be aware of this and use great care when tagging with a gun.  



Can I adjust the price of my item at the sale?
If you feel you need to make a price adjustment during drop-off (this sometimes happens when consignors find similar items to theirs and they want to make the price comparable), you need to print a new tag.  NO PRICE CROSS-OUTS ARE ALLOWED!  You will need to have the new tag on your item before the end of the allotted drop off time. 



I have an expensive item that I would like to sell at your sale.  Can you guarantee that it will not be lost or stolen?
Although One Sparrow volunteers will do their best to safe guard your items while they are at our sale, we are not responsible or liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged items as a result of their being consigned at our sale.  We have guards at the doors, people walking the floors, and someone checking receipts on exiting, but even with these safeguards, mistakes happen and there are people that are not honest.  Please keep this in mind when considering selling high dollar items at our sale (especially high dollar small items).



I will be out of town the weekend of the sale.  Is there another time that I can drop off my items?
Unfortunately, with the exception of merchandise from consignors participating in the valet tagging or re-tagging services, we will not be set-up to accept consignor inventory until the Friday before the sale. If possible, ask a friend to also consign at the sale & have her drop your items off.



Do I need to barcode all my items?
Yes, we require that all items be barcoded for the One Sparrow Sale.  If you are unable to barcode or do not want to barcode, consider taking advantage of our valet tagging or re-tagging services.




How can I be prepared for drop-off?
Unless you are participating in our valet drop off, tagging, or retagging service, you will be placing all of your items on the sales floor.  Group like items together (i.e., 24 month Girl, 3T Girl, books, videos, etc.).  The night before drop-off, sort all of your clothes by specific size & gender.  Once you have a pile of a specific size & gender complete (i.e., 2T girl), group the hangers together with a rubber band.  The more prepared you are at home, the less time it will take at the sale.


I am not able to pick up my items after the sale on Saturday.  Can I pick them up at another time?
All items must be picked up Saturday afternoon during consignor
pick-up. If they are not picked up at the designated time, they will be considered a donation to One Sparrow.  It will be almost impossible to find any items even a few minutes after the pick-up time.  Please be on time (plan to arrive at the beginning of consignor pick-up so you have plenty of time to find your items).  If you cannot be on time, send someone in your place with a note indicating that they are picking up for you.



What happens to my unsold items if I do not pick them up?
The unsold items will be considered a donation to One Sparrow and proceeds will be used for building an orphanage in Haiti. You will receive a tax receipt with your consignor’s check 4-6 weeks after the sale.



Can you tell me how much I sold when I come to pick up my items?
Unfortunately we will not be able to tell you, but you will be able to go online and view a listing of your sold items in the barcoding system.



When will I receive my check?
Two to four weeks after the sale you will receive your check in the mail.