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!

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We are excited to announce...there will be NO LIMIT on how many shoes you can bring this spring! 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. 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.

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Important Previous Changes/Reminders...

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!!! for gift certificates & more on our Facebook page, 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

Want sneak-peek of items?
On Instagram, we post pictures during drop-offs of some of the great items coming in!!! Follow us! 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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