Preparing Your Items for Sale

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 our Garage Sale Handbook so 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!

Watch our GARAGE SALE TUTORIAL!

The following items are not accepted for the sale:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Underwear
  • Diapers
  • 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.

Items you can sell at the Garage Sale!
High quality used items such as:

  • maternity clothes, support belts, maternity pillows
  • baby and children’s clothes (from infant to children age 10),
  • infant and toddler gear,
  • clean toys with batteries
  • furniture

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!

WHITE TAG: 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).

YELLOW TAG: 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.

RED DOTS: At 1pm on Saturday, all unsold items are offered at half price! If you do not want an item to be marked down, please draw a large red dot on the top right hand corner of the top and bottom portion of the tag. However, all clothes and wearable items will be offered at half price regardless of whether it’s been marked with a red dot. Red Dot=Full price only (except clothes/wearable items)

 

Tagging Reps

 

North Marin/ Novato
Brandi Duffin
taggingnm@mpomc.org

 

Central Marin/ San Rafael
Jodi Janzen
taggingcm@mpomc.org
415-515-6413

 

Southern Marin/ Corte Madera
Kimberly O’Connell
taggingsm@mpomc.org
415-265-5973

 

Tagging Coordinator Assistant - Corte Madera
Lisa Sizemore
lhsizemore@gmail.com
213-453-9730

 

Tagging Coordinator – Novato
Sierra Echols
sierra@marykay.com
CL 530-635-3616
Hm 415-883-6881

 

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.

Pricing Guide

Sweaters $3 – $8
Play pants $1 – $4
Jeans/Pants $2 – $8
Shorts $1 – $3
Skorts/Skirts $2 – $5
Dresses $2 – $7
Swimsuits $2 – $4
Shoes $3 – $10
Button Down Shirts/Polo Shirts $2 – $5
Jackets $4 – $8
Winter Coats/Snowsuits $5 – $10

Equipment - Start at 50% of estimated retail price and increase slightly if the item is in excellent condition and in high demand. Decrease to 35% if the item is in good used condition. All equipment items need all parts attached and if you need to take it apart (crib, dresser, bed) please take a picture of the assembled item first.

PLEASE NOTE: Cribs manufactured before June 28, 2011 will not be accepted in any configuration (toddler bed, day bed, etc). If you are selling a crib, you will be asked to sign a form confirming that the manufacture date can be verified with the original manufacturer’s tag that is affixed to the crib.
Toys - Small toys require very competitive pricing, usually $.50 to $1.00. Only great toys can command prices higher than $10.
Car seats – $10 to $50

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept car seats made prior to 2009. You will be asked to sign a form stating that the car seat you are selling has not been in an accident. Please make sure car seats are cleaned and include all parts (manuals are great if you can find it.)
Strollers - $10 to $150.  Please clean your stroller to look as new as you can possible make it. Make sure all parts are included and tires inflated if necessary. Tags often fall off strollers please secure with Snap Lock fasteners.

 

For more information about selling at the MPOMC Garage Sale, please download the Garage Sale Handbook (pdf),  click on the links above, or contact our Selling Coordinator Josette Boyle sale@mpomc.org.

 

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