Prepping your items for the sale starts with having the right supplies. Most likely you already have most of these things somewhere in your home.  Gather them up and create your very own JBF tool box.


  white card stock 60lb+
  1.5 – 2.0 inch safety pins
  child-size plastic or wire hangers
  gallon & quart clear Ziploc bags
  XL Ziploc/storage bags (Dollar Store!)
  clear packing tape
  painters/masking tape
  ribbon, string or zip-ties


tagging gun & barbs
 paper cutter
 cleaning supplies – Magic Eraser, stain remover, bleach pen, wrinkle releaser and odor remover

Presentation matters.  Whether it’s a shirt or a scooter, merchandise prep guidelines are designed to help you put your best foot forward.

We’ll walk you through how to best prep and tag all of your items.

Initially, this will take some time but once you get the hang of things, you’ll quickly become a pro.

Below is a complete breakdown of how to prep and package your items in detail.

  • Bags & Baby Carriers
  • Bedding, Blankets & Textiles
  • Books, Games, DVDs, Arts & Crafts
  • Clothing
  • Furniture & Equipment
  • Infant Items
  • Shoes
  • Toys

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Bags & Baby Carriers

Select:  Diaper bags,  infant carriers, backpacks, and purses are great consignment items. Inspect all items carefully to make sure items have not been recalled, stained, damaged or are missing pieces.

Package:  Zip-tie items to an adult-size hanger. If your item is high-priced notify Deborah or Patience at Drop-off.

Price:  Price 50% – 75% off retail. Items in great condition tend to sell very well.

Tag:  Hole-punch JBF tag and attach it to item with ribbon or string. If item contains multiple pieces, be sure all pieces are included and list number of items on JBF tag description.

TIP: Place a piece of tape over the top of the tag before you punch a hole in it.



Bedding, Blankets & Textiles

Select:  Bedding sizes accepted are bassinet through double only. Be selective when selling bedding, blankets, receiving blankets, burp cloths, and towels. New and barely used items sell best. Check carefully for stains (shoppers get very disappointed if they find a stain in a bundled blanket once they get home).

Package:  Put bedding/crib/bedroom sets together in original packaging or in giant clear plastic bags. Arrange bedding sets inside bagso that shoppers can see all of the items as well as the design/pattern. Secure the bag so that items do not get separated. Bundle blankets, cloths, and towels with ribbon or string like a package (be sure multiple pieces cannot be separated).

TIP: Include a color picture of the set from a retailer so the shopper can see what it looks like all set up.

Price:  Price to sell! Shoppers are less likely to purchase these items used, so prices have to be low. Try to price 75% – 90% off retail.

Tag:  If bedding is in a plastic bag, attach tag securely with packaging tape to the ‘inside’ of the bag and tape the bag shut (beddingset prices vary widely and securing tags inside bags prevents tag switching).

If bedding/blankets are bundled with string, attach tag directly to blanket and tuck it under the ribbon/string so that it does not easily get pulled off when shifting around during the sale.

VIDEO: How to Prep Bedding


Books, Games, DVDs, Arts & Crafts

Select:  Books, book sets, board games, puzzles, video games, video game systems, scrapbook, arts & crafts sets are great items for resale.  Only bring kids, parenting, homeschooling, pregnancy and child rearing books.  Games and puzzles must have all pieces.  (No “adult” content please.)  Check items to ensure they are in great condition.

Package:  Use clear self-seal bags or clear cling wrap (Saran Wrap) to hold multiple items together; Tie sets of books together with ribbon/string. Be sure that parts/games to video game systems (such as Vtech) cannot be separated or switched out at the sale.

Price:  Prices can range from $.50 to $50 in this category, depending on the item. Price to sell especially for books & DVDs as there are always lots to choose from at the sale. If you have high-priced items contact Deborah or Patience at Drop off.

Tag:  When tagging books, attach your tag to the book with masking or scotch tape that can be removed without damaging the item. Tape tag to the outside cover of glossy books. Hole-punch JBF tag and tie to sets.

VIDEO: How to Prep Books, Puzzles and Game


Select:  We sell children’s clothing, Newborn through size 20 and Maternity clothing in all sizes

  • limit 10 girl’s junior size items per consignorAbercrombie, Hollister, Roxy, American Eagle, Nike, Volcom, and Burton brands preferred
  • limit 10 maternity clothing items per consignor

Our Fall Sale is fall & winter clothing only (whatyour child would wear between October-April). Be picky. Look at your clothing items as if you were going to purchase them. No stained or damaged items will be accepted.  

Our Spring Sale is spring & summer clothing only (what your child would wear between April- October). With the ever-changing Colorado weather we DO allow long sleeves, light fleece, footie sleepwear, jeans, khakis and boots during the Spring Sale. No heavy outwear will be accepted though.

Swimsuits are accepted year-round.

Freshly clean your clothing items. Replace missing buttons, sew loose hems and seams, and clip loose threads. Button all buttons, snap all snaps, zip all zippers before you arrive at drop off. This will ensure that there are nodefects in the clothing. The newer the item looks, the better it will sell.


  • All clothing should be on a hanger (Except socks, tights, and underwear) Hang size 0-6 clothing on child-size hangers and sizes 7-20 and maternity clothing on adult-size hangers. Clothing that falls off the hanger onto the floor does not sell well.
  • Hangers should form a “?” with the opening pointing to the left when looking at the item (TIPS to find hangers!)
  • Sets tend to sell better (under size 6) so match things up if you can.
  • When making a set, safety pin the heavier item to the hanger, then pin the lighter item to the heavier item
  • Pin pants to the top angled part of the hanger. Use LARGE safety pins to attach pants or use pant hangers
  • Strappy items such as swimsuits, sleeveless tops and dresses should be pinned to the hanger
  •  Accessories:
    • Place hair accessories in a Ziploc bag
    • Use an index card to display hair barrettes — tape the back of the clip to the card
    • Sell socks and tights in sets. Lay socks and tights flat inside a Ziploc bag.
    • Roll belts and tie with a string
    • Hats can be tagged using safety pins or tagging gun. Do not put hats in bags or hangers.

Price:  Hanging Clothing – Put outfits/set together to price for at least $3. Start at $3 for basic, generic brand 0-24mo outfit. Add $1 each for larger size, name brand, formal, and heavy/winter.  Non-hanging Clothing – Put sets together to price for at least $3.00. It is okay to price for less (i.e., 6 pair of socks for $1.50).

Tag:  Clothing on Hangers – Attach tag with a tagging gun or safety pin. Tags must be located on the upper left shoulder area of a shirt or upper left front hip of pants. Insert the gun in a label or inside seam NOT through part of the clothing (to avoid making a hole or tearin the clothing). Also, pull on the tag to make sure it is properly secured and will not come off easily. Make sure consignor tags are pulled out of the clothing so they are easily visible to the customers.  2014-04-06 09.57.42

If using a tagging gun refer to these TAGGING GUN Do’s & Don’ts to avoid making a hole in the item

Non-Hanging Clothing – Use safety pins to attach tags to onesies, socks, tights, mittens, hats and accessories.

VIDEO: How to Prep Clothing



Furniture & Equipment


  • Exersaucers, swings, high chairs, changing tables
  • Cribs (Manufactured AFTER June 28, 2011; you must bring Crib Waiver for all cribs)
  • Strollers, bath seats, baby walkers, car seats & car seat accessories (all must be checked for safety recalls, must have all parts, and be in good condition)
  • Children’s furniture – beds (toddler, twin), desks, side tables, dressers, etc.

Package:  If the item has multiple pieces use packaging tape, zip-ties, or string to keep items attached together. If wooden furniture has loose parts, use clear plastic wrap to secure item. All furniture and equipment must be assembled during the sale. Batteries must be included, if applicable. Bring a Car Seat Waiver for all car seats, booster seats, and car seat base or infant carrier.

Price:  Price 50% – 75% off retail. Items in great condition tend to sell very well.

Tag:  Attach JBF tag directly to item with clear packaging tape or hole-punch JBF tag and tie it to item.

VIDEO: How to Prep Large Items with Multiple Pieces

Infant Items

Select:  Nursing covers & pillows, feeding items, monitors, safety items, diapering & toileting items, rattles, and more. Check for safety recalls on all items that you consign.

Package:  If item has multiple pieces use packaging tape, tagging gun, safety pins or clear self-seal bags to keep items attached together and clearly visible to shoppers. Batteries must be included, if applicable.

Price:  Price 50% – 75% off retail. Items in great condition tend to sell very well.

Tag:  Attach JBF tag directly to item or clear self-seal bag with clear packaging tape or hole-punch JBF tag and tie it to item.


Select: Make sure that the shoes are clean, clean, clean! We will be VERY selective with shoes during Consignor Drop Off & Inspection. Shoes must be current season (Fall = October thru April; Spring = April thru October).

Package: Fasten shoes together with zip ties. For infant shoes or small shoes without laces, you may put the shoes in a clear zip-lock bag. We prefer no shoe boxes. However, if shoes are in the box, remove the lid, secure it to the bottom of the box, and secure the shoes to the box (closed boxes do not sell well).

Price: Shoes must be in good condition and should start at $3.00 for infant/toddler; Add $1 each for larger size, name brand, or heavy/winter.

Tag: Punch a hole in the top of your tag and attach the tag to the shoes with the ribbon, string, or zip tie. For infant shoes in a clear zip-lock bag, put the tag inside the bag and tape the bag shut with clear packing tape.

VIDEO: How to Prep Shoes


Select:  Ride-on toys, block sets, dolls, remote control cars, outdoor toys, learning toys, and more. All toys must be checked for safety recalls before consigning.  Clean all toys and baby equipment thoroughly.  Test to make sure that toys and equipment are working properly. Battery operated toys must include working batteries (these can be purchased inexpensively at the Dollar Store).

Package:  Keeping tags and multiple items attached is essential for your items to sell. Bag all small parts belonging to toys/equipment in self-seal bags and tape the bag shut with clear packing tape. Fasten the bag securely to the item with ribbon, tape, or zip ties. Items must include ALL working parts.

Price:  Price 50% – 90% off retail.

Tag:  Attach JBF tag directly to item with clear packaging tape or hole-punch JBF tag and tie it to item.

VIDEO: How to Prep Toys with Multiple Pieces

Have questions?  Don’t be shy!  Our experienced community of moms who’ve “been there, done that” are always eager to help.  There are no silly questions and we encourage you to ask away on our Consignor Facebook group.


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2 thoughts on “Prep

    • DeborahFreeman says:

      After you log in on the website you will create your tags online. The tagging site is a glorified excel spreadsheet — drop down menus and blank fields it will walk you through completing. When you are done creating your tags they will print 9 tags to a page directly from your computer. You will print them in cardstock, cut them out and attach to your items.


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