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A couple of weeks ago, we chatted about how we prep for Just Between Friends (JBF), our local (but nationally franchised!!) kids’ consignment sale.  Yesterday was consignor drop-off, so I thought I’d snap more pics and turn this into a series.  Here we go…

1. Check-In
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To check in, you’ll need one bar code (remember that magical site in the last post…it prints your tags with bar codes).  Your information will pop up on the computer, you’ll approve it and slap on that oh-so-important “checked in!” sticker.

2. Pre-Sale Passes and Volunteer Sign-up/Confirmation
Volunteers earn an extra 5% of sales of their items, and they get to shop early!!  Back when we were buying carloads, we always volunteered to shop the 18-hour sale.  This was a smaller group of volunteers who shopped first.  The time commitment is now 20 hours, and since we don’t tend to buy much these days (and I seemed to always be on vacation during the pre-sale), we’ve started bartering hours.  This allows consignors to trade supplies, etc. in exchange for volunteer credit.  We barter four 6-foot tables for a four-hour shopping pass and to earn that extra 5%.  Since I recently (and temporarily) became a stay-at-home gal, I decided to volunteer again.

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This colorful lady (or someone equally as capable) will get you set up and oh-so-subtly talk you into volunteering if you didn’t sign up to do so while registering for the sale. She’s so persuasive!

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No-shows are a no-no, and so is thinking JBF owes you worker’s comp if a runaway rack gives you a boo-boo so be sure to read the volunteer waiver!!

3. Clothing Inspection
JBF has a pretty decent reputation for having great items, and this is thanks in part to the volunteers who inspect the clothing items.  The rest of it is the fantastical consignors who work so hard prepping those sweet, little outgrown clothes.
I’ve worked this shift many a time, and let me put this out there.  I know how much work it took prepping your items.  I did it, too.  I don’t have a personal vendetta against you or your stained clothes.  I appreciate that there’s a lot of info on the site about merch prep.  However, if an item or two gets rejected, do NOT take it out on the volunteers!!  They are simply doing the job they were assigned.  You don’t want to buy stained, torn or malfunctioning items, and neither does anyone else.  Chances are it’s just a few items, so smile and move on.  Throw a Tide stick at the problem and bring it back next sale (or sometimes they’ll even let you bring it back during the current sale…if you’re nice!!).  OK, got that out, now we can move along.

Grab a rack, grab your stash and get inspected…

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This is a rare sight!! These things are like gold on check-in day!

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See!! Look how sweet they are! They just want good merch on the racks. 🙂

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So, if you do, by some crazy chance, have rejected items, they’ll go here:Just Between Friends
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And here’s something to strive for at JBF…
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4. Get Your Stuff on the Sales Floor!
This step is where your organization can really save you some time.  I’m sure some of you were laughing when I mentioned putting items in order by gender and size.  Well, that’s how the racks are at the sale, and it can turn an hour drop-off into a half-hour drop-off if you’ve got your stuff in order.  I even bagged my non-clothing items in categories (i.e., books; DVDs, video games, CDs; puzzles; toy cars; sports equipment; etc.).  That way when I passed a section, I had everything in one bag and didn’t have to backtrack.

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There’s all Stitchy-poo’s outgrown 5s, 6s and 7s!! Well, the tutu in the box isn’t his.

The easiest way to do this is to find the section where you’ll get rid of the most items first.  Saves your from having to maneuver the entire contents of the kids’ closets through the venue.  In this case, I was looking for the boys clothes.  Everything is clearly labeled.  This just makes my little OCD hear flutter!

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Boys’ clothes

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HBelle’s outgrown duds…lots of pink!

Those sweet volunteers will even help you put your items on the floor!
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I like to get my clothes off the rack first, then I can grab the miscellaneous out of my giant blue bin without wading through dresses and long pants.

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GREAT bargains to be found in the book section, but be aware that it can take ages to leaf through these. So many!

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I guarantee these will be full the next time I see them.

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They sell things I never would’ve thought of bringing the first time through.

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Yeah, we don’t want to buy chewed up binkies.

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So many labels!! <3

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Bonus points if you spotted the Mickey Mouse hand!!

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Bonus points if you saw the Mickey Mouse hand!

This sale also has a second building to house all of the large items.

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In case you were wondering…

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I’m a reformed stroller addict, but I can’t help myself and have to browse these at every sale. Yes, Stitchy-poo is seven and no longer needs a stroller, but it’s so fun to shop for them!

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And that’s drop-off at JBF!  Of course, things may differ at your local sale.  In fact, things are even different at our second sale that’s run by the same team.  Be sure to check guidelines before you head to drop-off.  Now that everything’s done, you get to shop!!  Even more fun?  You get to watch each night as your check gets fatter!!!  The magical tagging web site also keeps track of your daily sales!

Do you have any tips to make drop-off easier?  What methods work best for you?

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Happy consigning!!!