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!

Please familiarize yourself with
WHAT'S NEW for FALL 2018!

Discontinuing MEN’S/WOMEN’S Designer Denim:
Now that the Miss Me designer jean craze has passed, we have found that most men’s/women’s jeans aren’t selling well, so we will no longer be accepting those items, and will be replacing them with something else (details below!). We will continue accepting CHILDREN’S designer denim, but they don’t sell well unless priced in the $10-20 range, so we will no longer be claim-ticketing them, and they will be placed on the regular size racks, where they tend to sell best.

Now accepting MEN’S, WOMEN’S & KIDS’ high-quality OUTERWEAR:
For this fall sale, our Designer Denim rack will be transformed into a high-quality “Outerwear” rack, where we will be accepting the following popular brands: North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Southern Marsh, True Grit & Southern Tide. This includes men’s & women’s sizes, and these items will be locked onto the rack and claim ticketed. Remember, even though these are popular items, shoppers are still looking for good deals on used items, so pricing should generally be around 25-35% of retail on these items, unless they are new with tags, in which case you could price up to 50% of retail.

We will now have a cabinet where your high-quality, higher-priced shoes (like Uggs, Chacos and high-dollar boots) can be locked up and claim ticketed. But please remember to price reasonably – over-priced items do NOT sell! Please let us know at drop-offs if you have a pair to be locked up.

DUCT-TAPE reinforcement REQUIRED on shoe tags!
Thank you for adhering to our new shoe tagging guidelines last spring (see details below)! It helped tremendously with keeping consignors’ shoes safe & sellable. However, we still had issues with tags tearing off shoes when scotch or clear packing tape was used to reinforce the tag. Tags reinforced with duct tape remained intact! So we will now be requiring that shoe tags be reinforced with duct tape, then hole-punched and connected to the shoes with zip-ties or curling ribbon. Note that the duct tape must be stuck to the tag BEFORE the hole is punched in order for it to strengthen your tag. And remember, no Ziploc bags. Shoes not tagged in this way will have to be re-tagged at drop-offs before we can accept them, in order to help the security & sell-ability of your sale items. The addition of duct tape is quick & easy, and goes a long way to protect your tag from getting lost!
Optional: You may also consider cutting the size of your index card tags in ½ for shoes, which will leave less excess and keep your tag smaller and safer from getting caught & torn. We also recommend covering your barcode with clear tape to help insure its adherence. See the example tagging photos below!

Don't forget about
Important Changes/Reminders
from previous events...

There is now NO LIMIT on how many shoes you can bring! However, we will be strictly enforcing shoe quality & tagging guidelines!
1. Be separated from all other items at drop-offs for quick access. (bagged or boxed separately)
2. Show little-to-no-wear. No major toe scuffs, no dirt, no stains, no loosening soles, no missing laces, etc. Cleats & boots must also be clean! TIPS: Machine-washing & air-drying works great, and "Magic Erasers" from Wal-mart make soles look white again!
3. Have both shoes connected together with zip-ties or curling ribbon.
4. Have index cards reinforced with duct tape, and cards connected to shoes with zip-ties or curling ribbon. (just fold a strip of duct tape over the top edge of your card, punch a hole through it with the end of a pen, then connect it to the shoes with a zip-tie)
5. NO ZIPLOC BAGS! (they are a hinderance to inspections & shopping, and if shoes are tagged correctly, they are not needed anyway!)
After 14 years of sales, we've learned that these tagging methods work best. Shoes not tagged according to these instructions will have to be re-tagged before we can accept them at drop-offs. Thank you for helping us keep your items intact & shoppable! Below are shoe tagging examples (click on photo to enlarge):
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Policy Change on teammates bringing CHILDREN to VOLUNTEER SHIFTS.
Children under 12 may not be brought to volunteer shifts. However, have a nursing baby that you can’t leave at home? We want you to be able to participate too! For safety reasons, we can only allow volunteers to bring children/babies that can be “worn” in an infant carrier during their entire shift, and only to one of our newly designated “Baby-Wearing Shifts” (see schedule online). If all those shifts are full, please contact us directly and we’ll see if we can work something out for you!
PLEASE NOTE: If teammates bring children to any non-baby-wearing shift, we will have no choice but to ask that they make arrangements for their child to be picked up within 30 minutes in order to receive volunteer credit for that shift, or else they will need to re-schedule to a different shift when they can come without children. Children ages 12 and older may be brought to any shift, as long as they stay with their parent at all times.

Clothing Item Limit Change!
To prevent having to limit how many families can consign with GKS, we are asking that each consignor limit the hanging clothing items they bring to the amount that will squeeze into
3 feet of hanging space (Maternity, Dress-up costumes, Designer Denim & blankets are not included in this limit). Please only tag your best items - make sure to eliminate stained or overly worn items, and feel free to bag up play clothes that aren’t worth tagging to give to our local donation recipients!

Stuffed Animals
Our toy table space has become overwhelmed by too many furry creatures that don't sell! Therefore, we will now only be accepting the ones that most shoppers are looking to buy, which fall into the following categories or brands: Licensed characters (Disney, Sesame Street, Build-a-Bear, Hello Kitty, Ninja Turtles, etc.), TY, and electronic stuffed animals. If stuffed animals are placed on the sales floor that do not fall into these categories, they will be pulled & placed in a box in the Lost & Found section at pick-ups, where they can be re-claimed, regardless of whether they have an "R" return mark, as to not create more re-sort work for our volunteers. Questions about a stuffed animal? Just ask a staff member at drop-offs or text 479-420-9699!

TEEN Nike, Under Armour, Patagonia & North Face
In case you missed the memo…we only accept children’s clothing sizes at our sales, but there are a few junior’s brands & sizes we will also accept. These include American Eagle, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Hollister, as well as Nike, Under Armour, Patagonia & North Face. So if you have junior sized clothing, they would need to be ONLY one of those listed brands for us to accept them. We will take these teen brands up to a size girls 4/medium, and boys 32/medium.

We LOVE sorting your unsold items for you, BUT...
We need your help if we are going to continue doing so! We want your pick-up experience to be as quick and easy as possible, which is why we sort all of the items you’ve marked for “return” together for you to pick-up. However, as our sale has grown, this task has become harder to achieve with the volunteer help that we have. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help us by not marking items with a red, circled “R” for return unless you REALLY REALLY want it back if it doesn’t sell. Please don’t just mark ALL your items for return – really think through whether you could allow us to donate that item to a local charity who could put it to good use.

Pricing is EVERYTHING! Check out our NEW PRICING GUIDE!
Picture yourself at pick-ups carrying home all those out-grown items you spent time tagging – not fun, huh?!?! Want a happier experience? Price reasonably, and you’ll get a larger earnings check & less to bring home!!!
Pricing tips:
-When pricing, ask yourself, “What would I pay for this?”.
-If it hasn’t sold after 4 days of full-price shopping, then it probably won’t sell at all, unless you let it go for half-price, so LET IT GO FOR 1/2!!!
-Make sure you price bargain brands (like Garanimals, Faded Glory, Sonoma, Child of Mine, Circo & Cherokee) at no more than $1-2 per piece!
-Sets usually sell better! Try to make outfits out of your single pieces (but remember you may only combine items that are the same size!). Or group 2-3 shirts together, which might make your items appeal more to a buyer than just a single shirt would.
-Remember that because of the volume of infant clothing we get, you MUST price these sizes very reasonably ($1-4 for almost all items under size 12 months!).
-Check out our NEW DETAILED PRICING GUIDE here!!!

Lots of GIVE-AWAYS & SNEAK-PEEKS!!! Join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for give-aways and sneak-peeks of sale items, along with tips & tricks and the latest news & updates on the upcoming event! Join us, and make sure you click "See First" and "Notifications On" under the "Following" tab! www.Facebook.com/GrowingKidsSale
Instagram: Search for "GrowingKidsSale"

Know any new moms???
Do them a favor! Let them know about the thousands of baby clothes & items they can find @ GKS! We love helping families keep down the cost of growing kids, and the selections in our baby sections are INCREDIBLE!

Barcode Rules! Do not place a new barcode sticker over an old one AND DO NOT peel an old barcode off an index card to replace it with a new one. This causes check-out delays. FYI, items with two barcodes are sold to the bottom barcode's consignor number, and tags that appear to have had a barcode removed from the card will not be sold. Make a NEW TAG for any price changes.

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