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What to Sell & How to Prepare Items

This is very important, please read here first.
It is illegal to knowingly sell any item that has been recalled. Please make sure none of your items have been subject to a recall for any reason.
Recalls can happen to anything including toys and clothing. For example, recent recalls include: high chairs, activity centers, rattles, bunk beds, infant bathtubs, wagons, pogo sticks, lamps, several strollers, and other toys, shoes, and clothing.

Try our new Search Tool here: SEARCH FOR RECALLS

You might also try: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Or use Google to search or go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Do not bring any item to the sale that has been recalled. This law also applies to selling on ebay, craigslist, or at a garage sale. Return the item if you can or order a replacement part if that's all it needs. PIO is familiar with most popular recalls and reasons for recalls and at our discretion may research on the spot any item we suspect has been recalled and if we confirm an item is on the list, we will not allow it in our sale. You can save us all time during drop off if you review the list for items you are selling before you tag them all up and bring them to us. Thank you for your help.


Please note our LIMITS on certain items, per consignor number.

Limit on Infant Clothing (0-24 mos): 25 items per size category per gender
(newborn, 3mo, 6mo, 9mo, 12mo, 18mo, 24mo)
Limit on Infant Shoes/Booties (sizes 0-4): 10 pair per gender
Limit on Maternity Clothing: 25 items total
Limit on total number of items in inventory: 350
(If you have more than 350 items, you might want a second consignor number.)

Also note our policy on Ziploc bags: Please tape your tag to the INSIDE of the bag where it is clearly visible from the outside, preferably in the upper right corner of the bag. Since we can scan bar codes through a bag, this will provide security from your tag becoming lost or switched during the sale. Do not leave your tags loose in the bag, tape them so the cashiers can see it and scan it easily.

1. CLOTHING – We accept clothes for babies, children, and teens that are in season, in good condition, and marked at least $2. Bring boys and/or girls clothing from preemie through 16. We are now also selling Juniors sizes, and boys up to size 20.

Please price clothing at least $2. It's not worth your time and materials (hanger) to tag a bunch of $1 items. If a clothing item is not worth $2 alone, pair it with another item if you can by creating an outfit - add a matching hat, pants, socks, etc. Or pair 2 shirts or onesies of the same size and brand. Or just put it on your donate pile. Don't make mismatched outfits to avoid the 25 item limit, people won't buy those and we may reject them at drop off. Please be sensible.

We also welcome maternity and nursing clothes in season. Please choose the Nursing category for those as they fit differently and are not intended as Maternity (no belly) and are hung separately on our racks.

SEASON notes:

In the spring we have several dedicated racks for Easter dresses and formal wear as wedding and formal attire is needed year round. Don't forget swim suits, Hawaiian shirts and dresses, rain coats and rain boots, ballet tutus and other dance related outfits, dress-up costumes, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, or even school uniforms. Round up summer sports equipment. Have your kids try stuff on. If it doesn't fit, pass it on!

In the fall we have extra rows for Halloween costumes and winter coats/snow pants. We'll also have several rounders for holiday outfits (mostly dresses for girls but you can also find suits for boys) and big displays of hats.

The basic differences between spring and fall are:

Spring = NO winter coats/ski pants, heavy sweaters, corduroy or lined pants, snow boots, gloves/winter hats, ski/snow toys

Fall = NO strapless tops or dresses, shorts, sandals, sun hats, beach toys

OK for BOTH seasons = swim suits, short and long sleeved shirts, jeans and light weight pants, rain boots, formal wear, scout uniforms, school uniforms, dress-up outfits

Please inspect your items carefully before you tag them. We will also inspect everything at drop off. We will not allow any clothes that have stains, holes, or missing parts to be placed on our sales floor. We will reject those items and you can take them home at drop off. If we find unacceptable items on the floor during the sale, we'll pull them and mark their tags and you may pick them up at the end of the sale along with anything that does not sell. Wash all of your clothes so they smell fresh (and not like they’ve been in a box in your garage for 5 years). Try to remove obvious stains when you launder. All year long as your kids outgrow clothes, you can wash, hang, and even tag and be ready for our next sale! Sew loose hems, loose buttons, and loose pockets if you sew. Make sure zippers and snaps work. Spending a little extra time getting your things ready means more money in your pocket!

Clothes need to hang on appropriately sized hangers with the hook facing left like a question mark (?) and the tag pinned on the right. Tagging guns are best, but pins are fine. Please see the above illustration for the best places to attach your tags (button holes are also great). Aim for a seam so you don't put holes in your clothes and ruin it before it can sell.

Child sized hangers are for children’s clothes size 4T and under. Use adult hangers for clothing size 5T and up. Stock up on hangers before you sit down to tag items. If you are using wire hangers, you can get all sizes on those with a little wire bending, they even make child sized wire hangers. Click here for tips on where to find cheap hangers and other supplies.

Pants are best hung on the hangers made for pants (with the clips), but if you cannot get enough of those you can pin pants to any hanger. Just make sure the pins are on the TOP bar and not on the bottom so the pants hang flat and won't slide to one side. It's best to pin the tag through a belt loop or with a tagging gun, aim for a seam.

Sets always sell better. Moms like matching outfits. Sets should be pinned securely together with pants backed up to the shirt for easy viewing (think FLIP to see pants). Pants on a separate hanger could become separated from their top and not sold. You can clip pants underneath a shirt if you have that type of hanger, just make sure the shirt hangs on top. Most people will inspect what they are buying, so make it easy for them to see all of the items.

Onesies must be on hangers. Pin several together or use a hanger made for multiples. Please do NOT put onesies in a bag. They just don't sell. Everyone cruises the racks, not many will dig in bins or buy clothes they can't see.

If you use a bag... Small loose items like bibs, socks, bows, etc. can be placed in sets in a clear Ziploc bag with the tag taped to the inside.

This is important: DO NOT seal bags with tape.
Our inspectors need to be able to inspect items inside bags. Once it passes inspection, the inspector (or consignor) will seal the top of the bag with tape. This prevents little hands from reaching in and items from being lost or separated. Please tape your tag to the INSIDE of the bag. Since we do not pull tags and can scan through a bag, this will provide security from your tag becoming lost or switched during the sale.

One more note about clothing: Please group clothes by size and gender before you come to drop off (you might even group them before you start tagging). You can rubber band sets or lay them in opposite directions in your box, whatever it takes. Saves time at drop off.

2. SHOES – Bring children’s shoes from infant size 0 through teen size 10 (only kid styles please, no adult styles). All shoes must be in excellent condition. Be picky on shoes because the shoppers will be. You can place shoes in their box, but shoes can easily become separated from the box.

Many styles have a loop on the heel end that can be used to slip a zip tie through and pair them up. Use a large rubber band to hold shoes together. You may also tie shoes together by the laces or with ribbon, zip ties, or loop hooks, just attach the tag first via a hole punched on the card. Baby crib shoes, booties, Robeez, slippers, or other small shoes can be placed in Ziploc bags with the tag taped or pinned to the inside. Consider putting several pairs of baby shoes or booties together in a bag. We always have an abundance of these. Do not seal bags until inspected.

3. TOYS – All toys must be in working order and clean. The better it looks, the faster it will sell. Any toy that needs batteries must include batteries so shoppers can be assured it works. Small accessory parts should be placed in a clear Ziploc bag and attached very well to the biggest piece. You may tag each piece with tags that say 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3, in case they get separated, with only bar code on the first tag. (If you print the tag 3 times, cut the bar code off 2 of them.)

Toys with missing parts will not sell and we don't want to sell them (people don't like getting home to find they bought an incomplete game or toy without all the parts!). Please make sure you have ALL the parts. Games and puzzle boxes should be tied, taped, or rubber banded and in their original package. The best way to secure a tag on a stuffed animal or doll is to punch a hole in your tag and tie it around the neck of the animal or pin directly to its body or clothes. Feel free to combine several small items (such as books, rattles, teethers, dolls, or small toys) in a Ziploc bag. Again, DO NOT seal the bag with tape.

We only accept stuffed animals of popular characters (ie: Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Elmo, Dora, etc.) or ones that do something or make sounds. Ty beanie babies are also acceptable.

4. BOOKS, MOVIES, PUZZLES, VIDEO GAMES, COMPUTER SOFTWARE - When tagging these items, please be careful as as some tape is hard to remove and can rip covers. Tape tags to cover or box with clear scotch tape or painter's tape. You could also bag them or rubber band several together (in both directions) or tie it like a package with the tag through the string. Make sure the knots are TIGHT so it cannot come undone.

Books should be in good shape with no torn or missing pages. No workbooks with completed pages. Feel free to put several books in a bag at one price. Again, do NOT seal the bag! Peg style puzzles can go in a large bag or use plastic wrap or press n seal. While it seems like a good idea to tape the pieces of a wooden puzzle to the base, removing the tape can remove the pictures and ruin the puzzle! Please be careful.

5. BEDDING - In the past, our bedding section has been overwhelming and hard to shop, therefore we have decided to organize in a different way and cannot continue to accept certain items. By limiting what we accept in this category, we increase the exposure of your quality items and enhance the sale experience for shoppers.

Please create bedding SETS as best you can. Put 2 bassinet or play yard sheets together. Even 2 crib sheets (same size, brand, color, or theme) will sell better than 1 alone. We can no longer accept single odd pieces like 1 dust ruffle by itself. The exception is bumpers, these are OK to bring by themselves. Roll these up and wrap tight.

Bedding sets with many pieces should be packaged together in original bag if possible, or in a giant clear bag, (or bedding bag, the kind with a zipper), so shoppers can see everything. Better yet, take a picture of the set showing all the pieces before you pack it up and tape it to the inside of the bag facing out. Do not seal bags as we will remove and inspect each item.

Receiving blankets must be in sets of 2 or more. Match up the same style (do not mix pinks and blues!). The best presentation for larger blankets is folded and clipped to a pants hanger. Small blankets should be rolled and held with a rubber band or folded and placed in a bag.

We cannot accept any handmade blankets, knitted or otherwise. They do not sell. We only accept fleece blankets with a popular character, theme, college, or sports team.

6. INFANT EQUIPMENT – We welcome all infant carriers, backpacks, slings, strollers, Boppy pillows, play gyms, high chairs, bouncers, swings, bathtubs, potty chairs, play centers, walkers, excersaucers, and just about anything else you have. Just make sure it is in good condition and clean. Feel free to package smaller items together in sets, like bottles, spoons, bibs, hats, rattles, etc. Remember, do NOT tape bags shut! If your equipment requires batteries, they must be included.

Breast pumps sell best as a giant set. Include everything a new mom will need to get started like bottles, storage bags, pads, even sealed breast shields. If you don't already have it, go out and purchase NEW a set of tubing and valves (most hospitals have stores that sell these as well as Target; this is a sanitation issue, each user should have their own set) so your buyer will be good to go when her baby arrives.

Please note: We do not accept car seats because of safety concerns due to us not knowing the full history of each car seat. This concern is shared with other sale owners around the country. If you need a car seat, we urge you to spend the money and buy a brand new car seat. Your child is worth the cost.

If you have an expired car seat, you can recycle it year round free of charge at Legacy Emanuel Hospital or at any Fix Auto repair location! Check out the info here. Apparently they have a connection with Keystone Plastics to recycle plastic car parts and someone realized it would be a good place to also accept car seats, so a relationship was formed. They have plans to extend this program across the country, but for now it's only in Portland.

7. FURNITURE – There is always a market for children’s furniture. We will accept bassinets, cradles, play yards, changing tables, dressers, armoires, bookshelves, toy chests, desks, table and chair sets, rocking chairs, and gliders with or without ottomans. We will also accept toddler beds, twin beds, and bunk beds. Built things have a better chance of being sold, so please plan extra time to assemble an item on our sales floor so people can see what it looks like and how to use it (must include all the pieces).

Due to new crib regulations, we can ONLY accept cribs manufactured after June 28, 2011. It is possible that someone who purchased a crib after June 28, 2011 could be ready to sell it at the fall sale, so we may have cribs again!

If you own a crib, please check this page on the CPSC web site to learn more about these guidelines and make sure your current crib is safe to use or sell.

8. LARGE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT – Large toys and outdoor play equipment must be reasonably clean, free of dirt and internal water. Bring your slides, swings, sand boxes, water tables, play houses, ride-on toys, tables, wagons, etc. from Little Tikes or Step 2. These are hot sellers! You must include all pieces. Clean them as best you can. Magic erasers work wonders on these! (Target carries a generic brand.)

For all large toys, furniture and other equipment, please put a piece of masking tape in a secure place on the item with your consignor #, price, and item ID#. If the tag gets lost, we will look for this tape so at least we can still sell the item. We will figure this out at checkout. This is also added security in case anyone tries to switch tags on similar items and is useful for items in the hold area.

NOTE ABOUT MULTIPLE PIECES: For multiple pieces being sold as a set, please tag each piece in the set. (Not for clothing sets! Clothes items should all be attached to each other with pins or tagging gun and 1 tag.) Only put the tag with the bar code on the largest piece. Then attach tags with NO bar code to the other pieces. You could print multiple copies of the same tag (just print 2 copies, DO NOT enter the item again and create another bar coded tag!). You might also use masking tape and write your consignor number and # of X (where X is the total number of pieces) somewhere on each piece. The largest piece should have the whole info as mentioned above (consignor #, price, item ID#).

LIMITS on certain items, this is per consignor #.
Limit on Infant Clothing (newborn-24 mos): 25 per size per gender
Limit on Infant Shoes/Booties (sizes 0-4): 10 pair per gender
Limit on Maternity Clothing: 25 items total
Limit on total number of items in inventory: 350

Pass It On for Parents!
We will accept books and DVDs for all ages (nothing X rated), as well as household furniture (for larger items, please call or email Kim a picture to see we can accept what you have), small kitchen appliances, sporting equipment, instruments, tools, crafts, and home decor. Regifting items (new in package) are also welcome. All items must be clean, in good working order, and fit into one of those categories. No random knick knacks. Breakable things may get broken, please package appropriately.

WHAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT:

  • Obvious out of season clothes (save them for our next sale!)
  • Clothing with stains, marks, rips, tears, holes, broken or missing snaps, buttons, zippers, clasps, ties, pockets, or other parts
  • Out of date clothes (older than 6 years)
  • Shoes larger than size 10 or any obvious adult styles (no high heels)
  • Homemade blankets (the knitted kind just don't sell)
  • Hospital receiving blankets and single receiving blankets (sets are ok)
  • The free Enfamil diaper bags they give away at some hospitals
  • Single odd bedding pieces that are not part of a set (see above)
  • Car seats (we will be happy to recycle outdated car seats)
  • Cribs manufactured before June 28, 2011 (dictated by new safety standards)
  • Toys that are missing parts or pieces or do not work
  • Grab bags of misc non-matching small toys/Happy Meal toys (matching sets OK)
  • Battery operated toys or equipment without batteries (except for toys that are new in original packaging)
  • Any item that has been recalled (unless a fix kit was obtained and is included)

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