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 FALL 2021! ***

--- SHOPPING DETAILS ---

SHOPPING DETAILS
We will continue following all required health dept guidelines to provide a safe shopping experience for everyone!

We are excited to offer free use of blue Ikea bags again for shopping, but will continue having new ones available for purchase as well, or shoppers can continue bringing their own from home!

Shoppers will continue bagging their own purchases at check-out, but we will return to having more cashiers & lanes for faster check-outs!

25% OFF OFFER FOR TEXT CLUB MEMBERS
On Friday, Sept 10th from 5pm-8pm, our text club members will receive 25% off on all discount items! (items marked "No Discount" are not included) Want to join our text club? Just click here: https://optin.mobiniti.com/GKSTextClub

SHOP ATHLETIC WEAR FOR MEN & WOMEN
In addition to our special adult outerwear rack at our fall events, we will also have a rack for men's & women's athletic wear, featuring brands like Nike, Lululemon, Adidas, Fabletics, Savvi, Champion, etc. in all sizes & seasons! Activewear is a hot seller these days, and we're excited to offer teens & adults a way to buy & sell these items, so don't forget to shop for yourself while you're there!

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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.

THE CONSIGNOR PRESALE on Wednesday will be from 5-9pm. There will not be a Superstar Consignor option or Guest Pass option this fall, so please encourage your friends to consign in order to receive their own presale pass!

PRESALE SHOPPER POLICY
We will return to our pre-Covid presale shopper policy, which is:
"Only your spouse, your children under 18 AND/or your children’s grandparents may attend with you using one armband. NO EXCEPTIONS!" You may bring one or all of those people, but ONLY those types of people. No friends, no aunts, no sisters, etc.

BARCODES MAILED STRAIGHT TO YOU!
For those who cannot print their own barcodes easily, we will continue offering a mailing option so that you do not have to wait until drop-offs to get your items completely ready! There is a small $10 fee for this service, and that covers the postage AND labels! 300 Avery labels cost $4.44 at Walmart plus printer ink, so this is a really good deal! There is a limit of 1,000 barcodes per order. Deadline to order is Wednesday, August 25th. More details at http://www.growingkidssale.com/barcoding.html.

Additionally, we will continue to open at 4pm on the first day of drop-offs (Thurs, Sept 2nd) for barcode printing so you have more time to pick them up and apply them to your tags before drop-offs begin that evening at 5:30pm.

25% OFF OFFER FOR TEXT CLUB
On Friday, Sept 10th from 5pm-8pm, our text club members will receive 25% off on all discount items! (items marked "No Discount" will not be included) So after the sale when you look at your seller report, you might notice that some of the items you had allowed to sell at 50% on our 1/2 price day might have actually sold at 75%. This means more money in your pocket!

SELL YOUR ADULT ATHLETIC WEAR
We will now have a special rack for men's & women's athletic wear, featuring brands like Nike, Lululemon, Adidas, Fabletics, Savvi, Champion, etc. in all sizes & seasons! Items must be in great condition with no stains/damage. So when you're cleaning out, don't forget to check your own closets for these items you might want to sell! When tagging, please write "mens" or "womens" above the size on the tag, so if the item gets out of place during shopping, our helpers will know where it goes.

And don't forget about our Adult Outerwear rack, featuring high-end brands like North Face and Patagonia for men & women!

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

We will continue our “Hybrid” drive-thru drop-off process this fall, 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, September 1st 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 Halloween, 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.
    ***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).
    ***If you drop-off an item that is dirty & needs cleaning, it will not be placed on the sales floor, and will be returned to you at pick-ups.
  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, someone will ensure you have your items appropriately tagged and categorized according to the instructions above and then give you instructions on the drive-thru process.
  2. Your first stop will be to unload your clothing & shoes onto a rolling rack, but then you will stay in your car for the rest of the process as you make stops around the building to allow helpers to unload the rest of your items.
  3. At your final stop you will be given your presale armband. Once you have completed that stop, there is no need for you to wait on inspections to see if there are any returns! Any returns will 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.

--- PICK-UP CHANGES! ---

PICK-UP HOURS
Pick-up hours are Monday, September 13th from 3:30pm-6:30pm SHARP.

ALL CHECKS WILL BE MAILED
ALL EARNINGS CHECKS WILL BE MAILED to the address on the consignor’s account. NO CHECKS will be available at unsold item pick-ups. We highly encourage you to donate unsold items and skip pick-ups all together. 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! Again, if you plan to NOT pick-up unsold items, *please* save us the time of re-sorting those unsold items and DO NOT mark them with a red “R” for return. And remember, it’s always better to also let them go for ½ price if you plan to donate.


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