What are the benefits of consigning?
- You get to set your own price and you earn 60% – 70% of the sales price. It feels great to clear out the children’s items you no longer need, know that someone else will get to use them, and you make more money than you would selling them in a yard sale or a secondhand store.
- All you have to do is prepare and tag our items and drop them off before the sale. We take care of the advertising, the facility and the sale itself.
- You get to shop early! Consignors shop before the general public.
Do I need to stay with my items during the sale?
No. We take care of the sale for you! You drop-off your items and we do the rest.
What percentage of my sales do I earn as a Consignor?
You will receive a minimum of 60% on every item sold. You can increase this percentage to 70% by volunteering. Note: Some bartering shifts are for early shopping only and do not qualify for an increase in consignor percentage.
What is the $10.00 fee for?
The $10.00 fee helps to offset some of the facility, advertising and insurance costs. The participation fee is paid on a per event basis and is non-refundable and non-transferable. It is paid via Paypal at the time of registration.
What items may I consign?
You may consign anything related to children as long as it is in very gently used condition. Clothing (girls’ sizes newborn through Youth Size 16), children’s furniture, children’s equipment, and maternity items are accepted. We want shoppers to know that they will have quality merchandise to choose from during our sale. Please do not be offended if we do not accept something. We seek to offer the best quality possible. Refer to our What to Sell section for ideas on what to consign.
How should I price my items?
We recommend pricing your items at about 20 to 50% of the retail price, taking into consideration the brand name and appearance. Ask yourself, what would I pay for this? Price in increments of 50 cents (no clothing items should be priced below $2.00, group items together if necessary). Designate whether you want your item(s) reduced at our discount sale. See the Tagging Guidelines for specific instructions.
Is there a limit on the number of items I can consign?
Yes, there is a limit of 200 items per consignor. A multiple-piece outfit that is priced as a set counts as one item. If you want to consign more than 200 items, you will be required to register for an additional consignor number and pay another consignor fee.
When is the deadline to enter items into the database?
Chicago: Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 AM
North Shore: TBD
What happens to my unsold items?
When you complete your tags, you will designate whether you want to pick-up or donate your unsold merchandise. If you choose to donate, you agree to allow BTNM to purchase items that remain after the close of the sale for 75% off the original marked price. Remaining items will be included in our “Dollar Dash for Charity” or given directly to a local charity. If you want to pick-up your unsold items, you must come during your scheduled pick-up time to retrieve them. Anything left after that time will become the property of Babies, Tots n’ More and may be donated to charity. We cannot make exceptions to the pick-up schedule because we have to vacate the sale site promptly.
When is consignor pickup?
Saturday, April 15, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
When do I receive my check?
Checks will be mailed within 14 days of the end of the sale.
How can I shop early?
Consignors receive one preview sale pass for the evening before the public sale begins. If you would like to shop even earlier, volunteer for at least a four hour credit shift. Those individuals who volunteer for eight hours credit will be the first to shop. All volunteers will be allowed to shop before the public sale and before the consignors.
What about seasonal items?
The items that will sell best and quickly are the current seasonal items. During our spring sale, we will accept spring/summer clothing, including Easter items and swimming suits. During our fall sale, we will accept fall and winter clothing, including Halloween costumes and clothing with holiday themes.
What sizes are you accepting?
We are accepting children’s clothing size preemie through Youth Size 16. We also accept maternity clothing.
How do I price my items?
We suggest you price your items roughly 20-50% of their original retail price, depending on their condition. For designer and name-brand items you can price closer to 40% of the original retail price. Any new items with tags still on them can be priced for as much as 50 – 60% of the original price. See Pricing Guide for more information. These are just recommendations, not a mandate. Pricing is entirely up to you. We do require that all clothing items be priced for at least $2.00 – group like items together if necessary.
How do I tag my items?
We have a very simple barcode system that allows you to electronically enter all of your items and print out your tags. See Tagging Guidelines for more information.
Can I print my own tags?
Yes!!! All tags must be printed on white cardstock (60 lb. or heavier). Please note, each item needs to have a unique item number and thus photocopying a sheet of tags is not acceptable. See Tagging Guidelines for more information.
How do clothing items need to be delivered?
Clothing must be attached securely to hangers. It is important for items to stay in sets on their hangers. Attach the bar coded tag on the right side of the item using a safety pin or tagging gun. Do not tape the tag to clothing. See Tagging Guidelines for more information.
When and where do I drop off my items?
You will deliver your items to the sale location during the designated drop-off period. Please see Dropping Off for more details.
When do I pick up my unsold items?
Items must be picked up the last day of the sale during designated hours. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any items not claimed will be donated to charity. Please check Picking Up for more details.
What if one of my items is unaccounted for?
We do not anticipate any problems, and we will make every effort to prevent theft or loss of tags and items during the sale. However, Babies, Tots n’ More cannot be held responsible for anything lost during the sale.
What charity receives donations?
The Kids’ Pantry received donations for the Spring 2017 Chicago event. The Kid’s Pantry is a non-for-profit organization that takes in donations of children’s items and donates them back out to the community. Everything is given free of charge. They are located at 400 E. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, IL. The Spring 2017 donation receipt may be found here.