Tagging & Prep

#1 – Gathering Your Supplies

It’s always helpful to gather your supplies before you get started. If you have the items you need all in one place the process of tagging will go much quicker. Here is a short video to show you what supplies you need.

NEW-Large item claim tickets-these will now be put on by the consignors.  They can be picked up at supply pick-up times. Check your consignor emails for those times.

#2 – Hanging Your Items

Wire Hangers: Put all clothing on a wire hanger, including onesies. We do not accept onesies in a ziploc bag.

Hanging Your Items on a Wire Hanger

Grouping: If you wish you may put two or three items together on one hanger by pinning them together. Safety pin outfits together.

Question Mark: The hook of the hanger needs to look like a question mark when looking at the front of the garment. Wire hangers are required. Hangers will not be returned. Check out local dry cleaners for free hangers or Norton Supply has 500 for approximately $20. We recommend caped 16″ wire hangers.  We will also order wire hangers in bulk each season and will sell them at cost.  Please watch your email and facebook for prices and times when they are available.

Pants: If you are not using the caped hangers (covered in white paper, which we highly recommend for pants) you will need to pin the pants to the top part of the hanger and place a piece of tape over the safety pin that you have used to attach your pants to the hanger.  This keeps the pants looking neat by not allowing them to slide around.  Neatness always sells first!

Outfits: Again, use only a wire hanger.  Caped (covered in white paper) hangers work great for outfits.  Place the shirt on the hanger so the hook of the hanger faces left (looks like a question mark).  Then turn the hanger over and place the top of the bottoms on top of the hanger with the front of the pant facing out. Safety pin the waistband of the pant to the shoulder of the shirt, making sure to catch the hanger on both sides.  This method of hanging outfits looks very neat and allows the shopper to see both pieces with little effort.

Using a Wire Hanger for a 2-Piece Outfit

Using a Wire Hanger for a 3-piece Outfit

#3 – Entering Your Items and Printing Your Tags

Before you start the tagging process it will be helpful to sort your items by size, gender and type of item.  When creating your tags you will choose from drop down boxes that can stay the same for the next item if you don’t change them.  It will speed the process up if you do all of your toys together and then all of your 3T girls together, etc. 

Descriptions are very important when entering your items. Not only does this help us locate your item when the tag falls off, it may also prevent dishonest shoppers from switching tags.

If you are using an inkjet printer please choose to print in the “economy” mode. The mode doesn’t matter that much with a laser printer. It is usually better for the barcode to be a little lighter than to use too much ink, especially on the card stock paper.

If you would like to change the price of an item or change the discount option after the tag is already printed you must edit the tag in the system and reprint. Handwritten price and discount adjustments on the tags will not be accepted as the price and discount option are embedded into the barcode.

Here are some tips to help ensure that your tags print in such a way that the barcode will scan easily.

  • Don’t print too dark – it is better to print a little light than too dark. Don’t print on the “High Quality” setting, print on the normal setting. This is especially true for inkjet printers. Some card stock papers can “soak up” the ink when it is sprayed too dark, causing the edges of the barcode to be fuzzy and not scan. The edges of a barcode need to be crisp.
  • Align your print cartridges – printer cartridges in inkjet printers can get out of alignment, especially when you change cartridges. This can cause the edge of the barcode not to be clean and straight. There should be a utility that came with your printer software that allows you to align the print cartridges.
  • Don’t use designer card stock – Designer card stock that is “fibrous” can soak up ink from an inkjet and cause the edges of a barcode to be fuzzy. Use a standard dense card stock. Avoid card stock with a “slick” surface, as it can cause ink to smudge.
  • Please do not shrink your tags to fit more on a page. We can not scan them when you do this and it backs up our check out line.

Here is a video that will walk your through the process of entering your items and printing your tags.

#4 – Attach Your Tags

The preferred method for attaching tags to items that are on a hanger is to use scotch tape to attach the tag to the wire hanger. Some sellers prefer to attach tags with a safety pin to the item (show in the picture below) and that is ok but it does take longer.  A few sellers like to use tagging guns but we do not recommend them because they can easily leave holes in the clothing. Please know that if your clothing is damaged due to a tagging gun, we will not accept the clothing.

If you plan to use a tagging gun (this is not the recommended tagging method and we no longer supply tagging guns): When using a tagging gun please put the barb through the clothing tag. If the item does not have a tag please put it in the seam under the arm. Putting them through the clothes will leave holes. Here is a short video to show the proper way to use a tagging gun.

When using a tagging gun (this is not the recommended tagging method and we no longer supply tagging guns) please put the barb through the clothing tag. If the item does not have a tag please put it in the seam under the arm. Putting them through the clothes will leave holes. If you bring us items that have barbs through the clothing that has created holes we will have to return them to you. If the item you are tagging still has a previous UPC label on it please cover that with the Indy Kids Sale tag.

Presentation Graphic

**the picture shows someone who is using safety pins as opposed to a tagging gun. AGAIN, if you are using a tagging gun (this is not the recommended tagging method and we no longer supply tagging guns) please put barb through a seam under the arm.

#5 – Toys in Bags, but NOT Taped… Yet!

When tagging toys put all pieces to the toy in a Ziploc bag, DO NOT tape the top closed. We will inspect all the toys to make sure pieces are included. We will then tape the ziploc bag closed and and tape it to the larger item if there is one. We ask that you please note on the tag if a few pieces are missing. Most people do not mind buying items that have a couple missing pieces but some people who are expecting certain pieces to be with a toy are disappointed when they get home and discover that the pirate ship doesn’t have the cannons or the pirate to go with it. Please be courteous to our shoppers so they look forward to returning to the Indy Kids Sale!

Prepping & Tagging Small Toys

 #6 – Tips for Large Items

If you are bringing large items please make sure you get large item claim tickets.  These will be available at supply drops. Large item claim tickets need to be placed on items before your drop-off time.  They can be attached with a zip tie or string of any kind as long as it’s secure. Large items would include furniture, pack n plays, swings, high chairs, large toys, bumbo seats, potties, etc.  When you are trying to decide if something needs a large item tag think about carrying it around a store for a couple of hours.  If you wouldn’t want to do that, then it needs a large item claim ticket.

 #7 Batteries are Required

Anything needing a battery must have a working battery in place for it to be consigned. Pick-up cheapies at the dollar store. All electronic toys will be checked at check-in if there is no battery they will be sent home with you and will not be accepted if they are not working properly.

 #8 – Puzzles and Books

When tagging books please attach the tags with blue painters tape. This ensures that the tape doesn’t rip the book.  With puzzles in a box, please use painters tape to close the box. If it’s a peg puzzle, a great way to keep the pieces contained is by wrapping the puzzle in saran wrap.

Tagging Puzzles and Books (We no longer accept DVDs)

 #9 – Linens

  • All linens (crib sheets, crib mattress pads, blankets, towels, etc) must be in a clear bag. This allows the shoppers to easily see the linens without needing to take them out of the bag.
  • These items will be thoroughly inspected at drop-off.  Please do not tape the bags closed.  That will be done after inspection.
  • Please remember that we only accept crib size sheets, mattress pads and blankets.  We do not accept bedding sets.

 #10 – Tagging Shoes

When tagging shoes either use a tagging gun barb, zip tie or large safety pin to keep the shoes together. If that is not possible, rubber band them together. Small infant shoes can be placed in a Ziploc bag. Shoe boxes will not be accepted.

 #11 – Presentation Matters!

The nicer your item looks, the more you will get for the item and the quicker it will sell. Always think, “Would I purchase that item, in that condition, at that price?”

Unfortunately we do have some shoppers that try to switch tags so they can get an item for less than what a consignor intended it to sell for. There are a couple of things that you can do to help us prevent this.

  • You can place a piece of packing tape over your safety pin.
  • You can put your safety pin in backwards.
  • You can be more descriptive on your tag.
  • You can use a tagging gun.