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Year: 2015

Working With My Sales Manager When Consigning With The Clothing Tree

( Thanks for this wonderful information to my friend and fellow sale owner:  Elizabeth Renfroe coordinator of Children’s Market at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Alabama. )

  1. Make sure you know how your items need to be prepared, what’s accepted, and what you can’t bring.  Don’t forget to find out how everything needs to be sorted or grouped for drop-off.  There’s nothing worse than putting a lot of work into entering and tagging your items, only to have them rejected.  If you don’t understand something you read, ask your organizer!
  2. Sort your items by size and category and put them into manageable stacks or groups before you start entering items online.  If you put all of your boys’ size six items together, you’ll save time when entering your items.  Within your groups or stacks, separate the items you want to discount and donate.  Those boxes will stay checked or unchecked on the form until you change them.  By entering all of your boys’ size six discounted or donated items at once, you won’t accidentally donate or discount something you wanted to sell for full-price or pick up.  (If you’re donating items, discount them!)
  3. Your consignor homepage or log-in page is important.  Bookmark it in your favorites.  You’ll be able to double-check your consignor agreement, schedule your drop-off appointment, sign up to volunteer, work with your items, check your sales, print donation reports, and change old inventory to active inventory for the upcoming sale.
  4. Take a moment to explore the inventory input choices under Work with Active Inventory, like categories and sizes.  Every sale can customize their category descriptions and size ranges.  You need to select the best descriptions and sizes for the items you are consigning. 
  5. Be logical about your descriptions.  One of the great things about Sale Manager is ability for sales to search active inventory when tags are lost.  If your shirt only has “shirt” in the description on the tag, they won’t be able to find it in the system to sell. Try putting the brand name and item type in the first description line (Old Navy t-shirt), then descriptive words in the second, like blue/green plaid.  Use common terms in your region for your descriptions.  For example, we would look up rain boots, but never think to look for galoshes.  Cute words like jammies won’t help someone trying to find pajamas in the system.
  6. Move leftover items from past sales into your active inventory.  From your consignor homepage, select Work with Consigned Inventory, and then Work with Inactive Inventory.  In that window, check all leftover items that you’ll be bringing to the current sale.  Don’t forget to remove anything that you’ve sold or passed on to someone else since the last sale, too. 
  7. Use Internet Explorer as your browser when printing your tags.  It’s the best browser to print your tags correctly.  You can use other browsers, like Chrome, to enter your items, but always print using Internet Explorer.  Reminder:  Turn off your pop-up blocker.  It’s under Internet Options:  Tools:  Pop-Up Blocker.  If your tags still aren’t opening in a new window, check the bottom of your IE window.  You may see a symbol on the lower right side.  Right-click on it and allow pop-ups on that page.  Either of these steps should resolve an issue if your tags aren’t opening in a new window. 
  8. You can print a few tags at a time or enter all of your items and print your tags at one time.  Make sure you do what is manageable for you, so you don’t get frustrated and quit.  Tagging is just like eating the proverbial elephant.  Do it one bite (or task) at a time.
  9. Align the print cartridge and even consider replacing it before you print your tags.  Print a test tag and make sure it prints clearly, with straight lines and empty space between the bars and lines.  Your barcode should look like this one:  download (3)
  10. When attaching your tags with tape, do not tape over the barcode or use an excessive amount of it to secure the tag.  The barcode needs to be clear and easy for cashiers to access, but not so loose that it will fall off.    One piece at the top and one across the bottom below the barcode should be plenty to keep the tag secure and easy to read.  We have found that our scanners can read through ONE SMOOTH layer of packing tape, you may cover the barcode with one layer if necessary.
Think Spring and Spring Clean

Spring-into-Spring-Cleaning-400x225I love the snow….I know, it’s not a popular opinion!  But it’s finally been above 40 degrees here in PA and the snow is melting.  I can’t say that I’m sad to see my spring flowers starting to peek through the ground.  It’s officially time to think of Spring and Spring Cleaning!  We have some tips for you to help you get organized to consign as you clean out those closets and garages.

As I sort my own items at home I have a system that might prove useful to you.  I get a couple of bins with lids for the clothing. One bin will be labeled “TCT Spring” and the other “TCT Fall” (and while you are labeling go ahead and put your consignor number on the bin and lid just in case you leave it with us by mistake.)

Anything that I have checked for stains or damage that is acceptable according to TCT guidelines for consigning go into the bins.  If it is toys, books, or games, I will wipe or clean it before I put it in the bin.  Other items that I wish to donate or pass to others goes into a trash bag.  This is my visual way of sorting and keeping my piles straight.

As you sort your clothing and jackets from winter remember we do accept light weight long sleeved items and jeans year round at The Clothing Tree.  We also accept unlined hoodies.  These items can be placed in your spring consigning bin for this season.  We also suggest keeping items sorted by size as you pack up your clothing, it will make your item entry into our tagging software go much quicker.  If you want to read other tips about entering your items into our tagging program see this information.

Once your bin is full place a fabric softener sheet in each clothing bin to keep it smelling fresh.  Here is a list of Acceptable Items.

GOT PRINT postcard-4inx6in template with graphics FRONT FINALOutdoor toys are very popular items at a consignment sale!  It is a nice safe way for you to sell your items at top dollar without risk of meeting strangers.  (Have you read some of the terrible news articles lately?  Some even local!)  Some sun fading on these items is acceptable.  Items that are cracked, mildewed, or peeling are not accepted.  Remember to clean the pedals and tires of bikes, the bottoms of outdoor toys, and flip scooters over to see if there are cobwebs or dirt underneath….eeewww!!  Magic Erasers are my favorite item to clean the plastic of all toys, but especially outdoor toys and the type of bumpy plastic they have.  You will be amazed at how much cleaner it gets than just using a scrub brush!  (Do yourself a favor and just buy the brand name…the generic ones seem to fall apart easily.)

To register to consign with The Clothing Tree all you need to do is click here!  New consignors earn up to 70% and Loyal Consignors earn up to 80%.

Making It Easy For Moms To Participate In 2 Locations Each Season

This season The Clothing Tree is excited to announce that for the first time ever, we will be offering discounted consignor registration fees to any consignor who registers for both events at the same time!  If you click here to register NOW for both locations with our Early Bird Discount you will receive the lowest registration fee we have EVER offered in 6 years, just $7.75 per location ($15.50 total or single location of $9.50)!  We have also done a few things to try to make it very simple for the busy mom to take advantage of both of our sale locations.  Let me explain….

The No-Fuss, No-Muss Transfer Service – We will be offering our Transfer Service again this season but even better!  Consignors registered at both locations will be able to pay an additional $20 fee in advance or a $25 fee on location to utilize our full service transfer option.  You will come to the facility of our first sale this season for your drop off appointment AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO DO!  We will take care of collecting your unsold items at the end of the sale and storing them in our UNIT storage container.  We will get them to the second sale location for you.  Here are the Pros and Cons of this service:

Cons – 

1)  You cannot change pricing of items between sales (you will be able to change discount though…read on for details).  Remember to use our Pricing Guide to select the best price for your items and eliminate the added time and cost of ink and paper to re-price and re-tag items.

2)  You MUST use green cardstock for this service (you can buy it on your own or we will sell it at our cost on our website if you want a smaller quantity than a full package).

Pros –

1)   NEW this season!  We will allow those consignors who do NOT wish to discount at our first location to do so.  Simply select the option in the tagging program for “No” to discount.  Then at our first location there will be no discount on your items.  When we have our discount sale at our second location ALL green tags will be offered at discount regardless of the indication on the price tag.  This way you will not need to worry about taking your items home to re-tag just to mark the discount for the second sale!  (The ONLY exception will be that we will NOT automatically discount non-clothing items with a price higher than $20.)

2)  You can still add other items to your inventory in between sales if you chose to do so.  You will only need to schedule a drop off for your newly added items to be inspected, so your appointment time should be less than normal since we will already have your other items.

3)  Save gas money and time!  You will not need to drive to the first location and spend time sorting for your unsold items.  If you are not entering any additional items for the second location you will not have to drive there to bring your items to us….saving that much time and gas should definitely be worth the $20 advanced payment fee we hope!

4)  Make sure you price your items right by using our new Pricing Guide.  Price your items well and again you can enjoy saving yourself extra time and not having to take your items home.  Save ink, paper, and time by pricing right and taking advantage of 2 locations.

5)  Save even MORE gas and time!  Since your items will have been at 2 events, if you have things that remain unsold, we would strongly encourage you to allow them to go to donation.  Chances are that if they go through 2 events (that’s 8 selling days) and are unsold that it may not be a “popular” item any longer, the item maybe a little too worn or faded, or that your pricing was a bit too high.  We can provide a donation receipt for your items and you can use it for tax purposes.  (Please let us know BEFORE the second location if you did not donate items at the first location, but would like to for the second location so that we can update your donation report correctly.)   We are affiliated with multiple local charities that pick up our remaining items.  We try to only use charities that will directly donate items to those families locally who are in need (and not to organizations that resell items).  Take a look at our Giving Back to the Community Page to see some ways we have been doing a bit extra to help the local community.

We hope our consignors find that these benefits will help you to save time, gas, paper, and ink and most importantly provide you TWO opportunities to sell your items all for the time investment that you would normally have for one location.  You put lots of great work into preparing your items and making money for your family…we hope this can help you further.