The MPOMC Garage Sale has a terrific reputation for selling baby clothes and gear in excellent condition, and it’s this reputation that draws boatloads of buyers who buy boatloads of stuff! The only way to keep our reputation intact, however, is with a strict quality control process. So make sure your items are clean, all the pieces are there, batteries are loaded and ready to go – then go get your tags and start pricing!
A few helpful hints are listed below, but make sure to download ourso you know all the details of the sale and understand why it’s important to follow our guidelines.
Some Helpful Hints
- Save your baby hangers: little clothes sell better on little hangers.
- Be judicious: price items to sell – don’t overprice.
- Get going: organize and tag now – it takes longer than you think!
- Look around: besides baby clothes & baby gear – we sell lots of baby furniture, books, DVDs, maternity wear, even bath toys and potty chairs!
The following items are not accepted for the sale:
- Stuffed animals
- Bottle nipples
- Pacifiers, teething rings
- Toys without working batteries
- Equipment with missing parts
- Stained or dirty equipment
- Stained or dirty clothing
- Stained or dirty toys
- Cribs manufactured prior to 6/28/2011
MPOMC will only accept the consignment of cribs manufactured on or after June 28, 2011. Although you may have heard that the 2011 changes in crib safety standards only restrict the sale of drop-sided cribs, the changes go well beyond that and actually include requirements to improve the overall structural integrity of cribs. While it is possible for some cribs manufactured before June 28, 2011 to comply with the new regulations, the process to verify compliance is overly burdensome. MPOMC has therefore elected not to accept cribs manufactured prior to June 28, 2011 in any configuration (toddler bed, day bed, etc). If you do choose to sell a crib, you will be required to show verification (in the form of the original manufacturer’s tag, which should be located on the crib, generally somewhere on the mattress board) that the crib was manufactured on or after June 28, 2011.
Tagging & Pricing Your Items
If you are selling at the MPOMC Garage Sale, then you must use price tags purchased from MPOMC for the sale, and fill the tags out completely – top and bottom. This ensures that you get paid the proper amount for the sale of your items.
Tags are priced at $5 per 100 tags, including fasteners. Tagging guns can be borrowed for free, or purchased for $15. Tagging reps are located throughout Marin. Review the list of reps below, and please contact them directly to pick up and purchase your tagging supplies.
MPOMC price tags are either white or yellow, and there is an important difference in which color you use! By pricing some or all of your items with WHITE tags, you are letting us know you’d like those unsold items returned to you, and so you must come & pick them up between 4 and 5pm the day of the sale (or be charged $50). By using YELLOW tags, however, you are letting us know that you would like any unsold items donated to charity, and thus you do not have to come pick them up after the sale.
Finally, please price your items in increments of 50 cents. Clothing items run on average between $1.00 and $5.00, and baby gear generally sells at half of original cost (or less), depending on condition.
Southern Marin – Corte Madera
Southern Marin – Mill Valley
Central Marin – San Rafael
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For more information about the MPOMC Garage Sale, please download the(pdf), click on the links above, or contact the .
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