What's New for the Upcoming Sale

The Staff of the Growing Kids Sale spends many hours brainstorming and tweaking policies and procedures, based on feedback from shoppers and consignors, to make each sale better than the last. It is important to us that everyone is aware of any changes being implemented, so please take a moment to read about the exciting changes for the upcoming event!

*** WHAT TO EXPECT FOR SPRING 2022! ***

--- SHOPPING DETAILS ---

HALF-PRICE DAY EARLY ACCESS FOR TEXT CLUB MEMBERS!
Our text club members will receive a special offer via text that will allow them to shop 1/2 price day starting at 9am, an hour before we open to the public! Want to join our text club? Just click here: https://optin.mobiniti.com/GKSTextClub

SHOP ATHLETIC WEAR FOR MEN & WOMEN
This was a big hit last fall, so we will continue accepting athletic brands (examples are Nike, Adidas, Lululemon, Fabletics, Savvi, GapFit, JoyLab, Champion, etc.) in ALL SEASONS & SIZES! Don't forget to shop for yourself & your spouse while you're there!

--- CONSIGNOR/TEAMMATE DETAILS ---

THE TEAMMATE PRESALE on Tuesday will still be broken into 2 shopping times to spread out shoppers and allow for less crowded, more distanced shopping!
8-hour teammates will shop from 3-9pm, and 4-hour teammates will shop from 5-9pm.
Line-Pass holders will still be first to enter the doors at 3pm that day.

NOTE: To allow more comfortably spaced shopping for our consignors at the Consignor Presale on Wednesday, teammates will only be able to use their Teammate Presale armband for shopping on Tuesday. Only Wednesday consignor armbands will be allowed entry on Wednesday.

NEW HOURS FOR THE CONSIGNOR PRESALE on Wednesday will be 4pm-9pm. There will not be a Guest Pass option this spring, so please encourage your friends to consign in order to receive their own presale pass!

SELL YOUR ADULT ATHLETIC WEAR
This was a big hit last fall, so we will continue accepting athletic brands (examples are Nike, Adidas, Lululemon, Fabletics, Savvi, GapFit, JoyLab, Champion, etc.) in ALL SEASONS & SIZES! Items must be in great condition with no stains/damage, and please write "Mens" or "Womens" beside the size on the index card tag. So when you're cleaning out, don't forget to check your own closets for these items you might want to sell!

PLEASE BRING THESE HOT SELLERS!!!
We can never have enough of these hot selling items! Pack-n-plays, highchairs, strollers, carseats, exersaucers, cribs, changing tables, toddler beds, outdoor play equipment, large toys like art easels, dollhouses, toolbenches, and play kitchens, and quality shoes!

3 OPTIONS TO GET YOUR BARCODES
Did you know there are 3 different options for getting your barcodes? Printing at home is most popular - it's very simple and it allows you to have your items completely tagged & ready before drop-offs. But for those who cannot print their own barcodes easily, we have a mailing service for a small $10 label/postage fee (deadline to order is Wed, Feb 16th), or you can wait until our drop-off days and come to the sale to have them printed for free, but then you will have to apply them to your tags there in the parking lot before you enter the drive-thru drop-off process (or take the barcodes home and bring your items back later). For ALL the details on all 3 options, please visit http://www.growingkidssale.com/barcoding.html.

Additionally, on the first day of drop-offs (Thurs, Feb 24th), we will be on-site to print barcodes from 4pm-5:30pm so that you can have more time to pick them up and apply them to your tags before drop-offs begin that evening at 5:30pm.

DONATIONS ARE DELIGHTFUL!
It is a JOY to see local foster families getting to glean from those unsold items you no longer need, followed by wonderful local charities who put the items to good use! If you plan to NOT pick-up unsold items, *please* DO NOT mark them with a red “R” for return so we do not spend time sorting them into consignor number. Remember that all earnings checks are now mailed to the address on the consignor’s account, so donate your unsold items and skip the trip to pickups altogether! And don't forget...if you're letting the items be donated if they do not sell, you should never mark them "No Discount"!

-"HYBRID" DRIVE-THRU DROP-OFF DETAILS!-

We will continue our “Hybrid” drive-thru drop-off process, with some minor tweaks:

DROP-OFF APPOINTMENT RECOMMENDED, but not required
We HIGHLY recommend all consignors make a drop-off appointment in order to spread out drop-offs and serve everyone quickly & efficiently. However, we will now have a non-appt drop-off lane for those who cannot make an appt or missed their appt. We will work those in as quickly as possible, but be prepared for a wait. The DEADLINE to make a drop-off appointment is Wednesday, February 23rd at 10pm. At that time, no more drop-off appointments will be made. If you are bringing more than one consignor number, please sign-up EVERY CONSIGNOR NUMBER you're bringing for an appointment time (same or consecutive times are fine). This helps us block off enough time to work-in all of your items.

BEFORE YOU COME TO DROP-OFFS...
  1. You must have all your items completely barcoded & tagged before you enter the drive-thru drop-off process. However, you may still come to get barcodes printed and finish tagging in your car before you enter the drop-off line.
  2. Consignors will now help by unloading their clothing & shoes onto a rolling rack, but will then get right back into their car and stay in the car throughout the rest of the drive-thru process.
  3. You must have all clothing separated by gender & in size order. Place special clothing items like Dress-up clothes, Adult Athleticwear/Outerwear, Dancewear and Formal Wear together at the front or rear of the stack.
  4. You must have all small, non-clothing items separated by category into disposable bags or boxes. Below are the 10 categories they need to be separated into. It is super helpful if you write the category on the outside of the bag or box. For items too large for bags or boxes, just leave them un-bagged. If you do not know which category an item fits into, just make your best guess. See example photo (click to enlarge).
    1. Click to Enlarge Shoes
    2. Infant/Toddler Toys
    3. Girls Toys
    4. Boys Toys
    5. Gender-Neutral Toys & Stuffed Animals
    6. Sporting Goods
    7. Books/Games/Videos/CD's/Puzzles
    8. Clothing Accessories (purses, backpacks, hairbows, hats, belts, mittens, etc)
    9. Baby Necessities (feeding, diapering, health/safety, etc)
    10. Bedding/Decor/Blankets
  5. For large items such as strollers, bikes, play kitchens, etc. that will get large item claim tickets, simply tape the tag to the item for easy removal. You will drop-off these items last, so please load them deepest in your vehicle.
    *** Please make sure to clean your equipment before you come...dirty strollers, highchairs, exersaucers, etc will not be placed on the sales floor, and will be returned to the consignor at pick-ups.
    ***If you bring a bed, pack-n-play or other item that requires assembly, you will need to exit your vehicle and assemble those yourself (we will direct you).
  6. Have your items loaded into your car in this order: large items buried deepest, bags/boxes in the middle, and hanging clothes & bagged shoes most accessible.

DRIVE-THRU DROP-OFF STEPS

  1. When you arrive to Kay Rodgers Park, read & follow the sign just inside the gate which will lead you to an attendant who will give you instructions for your first stop.
  2. Your first stop will be to unload your clothing & shoes onto a rolling rack and roll it just a few steps from your car, but then you will stay in your car as you make stops around the building to allow helpers to unload the rest of your items.
  3. After all your items are unloaded, there is no need for you to wait on inspections to see if there are any returns! Any returns can be automatically donated for you. But if you prefer to take home your returns, you will need to park & walk inside to retrieve those after you finish the drive-thru process. If we have not finished inspecting your items by that time, you may have a short wait until your returns are ready.

OTHER DROP-OFF NOTES
  1. Need to make more than one trip to drop-offs to fit it all in your car? You are welcome to make a 2nd trip to bring large items and toys ONLY. Please bring your clothing & all other items FIRST at your appointment time, and you can subsequently bring more large items & toys during any of our drop-off hours.
  2. GKS Reloaded Drop-offs will take place as usual – no changes.


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