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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Children’s Consignment Sale / Event?
A children’s consignment sale is an organized event where anyone can sell their new or gently used children's/maternity clothing, toys, baby and children's equipment, books, video, nursery furniture, etc. It is also a great way for anyone, whether they have items to sell or not, can buy quality children's or maternity items at great prices.
 
Do I have to set up a table at the sale and run it myself? Who can participate?
No, you do not set up a table or booth to consign. You do not even have to be there at all on the day of the sale. The sale is run just like a traditional store would. You will bring your items ahead of time and they will be grouped with similar items (not a table per consignor).
 
Can my organization do a fundraiser with you?!
Yes!  Register your organization as a consignor with one number assigned to your organization. Collect, price and tag the items from your group and enter them on-line.  Drop them off at your scheduled time.  Your organization will get 60% of the price of your items that sell. You will receive a check made out to your organization within 2 weeks of the sale.

 
What items will be accepted to consign?
·         Clothing! In season (Spring/Summer at the Spring sale, Fall/Winter at the Fall sale) children’s clothing and accessories (No women or men’s). Items should be clean, and in new or gently used condition with no stains, tears, or excessive fading or piling. Girls to size 16 and boys to size 20.
·         Baby Equipment strollers, exersaucers, highchairs, pack-n-plays, etc.
·         Baby Care Items boppy pillows, monitors, safety products, baby carriers, etc.
·         Toys-. Toys and games must have all pieces and be in working order. No Happy Meal toys or giveaway toys.
·         Sports – uniforms, footwear, equipment
·         Books, video games, DVD's, Puzzles, etc. (Everything should be rated G, PG, or PG13). Please no VHS tapes.
·         Furniture and decor- Changing Tables, Rocking Chairs, gliders, Bassinets, Dressers, toddler beds, Bunk Beds. Items such as nursery lamps must have working light bulbs. You must assemble these when you drop off your items. Cribs must be manufactured AFTER June 2011 and have proof of manufacture date.  MUST be verified at drop off to have no recalls.
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Item Restrictions
·         Baby clothing size Newborn to 12 months are restricted to 50 items total.  (Not for each size, but total)  Why is this?  Most new mommies receive more baby clothes than they ever can use.  After many years of our sale, we have discovered very few of these tiny sizes actually sell.  Pick your best and your brightest!  Having our racks in these sizes uncluttered will allow people to shop with ease and choose from the best of the best!
·         Infant shoes.  Size 0-5  Limit of 10 pairs total.  No limits in larger sizes.
·         No Maternity clothing.
          No "Junior" size clothing.  Why this change?  We have studied our sell through records and very little sold and took up valuable space.
·         For safety reasons, we cannot accept car seats, unless they are brand new and in the box.
·         No used underwear (must be new in original package)
·         No used breast pumps or accessories (New pumps are fine)
·         No open consumable items such as baby food, formula, diaper creams, etc.
·         No diaper pails such as Diaper Genie, Diaper Dekor, etc.
·         No potties or potty seats.
·         No used baby feeding equipment (must be new in original package)
·         No crib/bed mattresses, unless they are brand new in a package.
·         No Plush/Stuffed animals unless they “do” something.  No beanie babies, no Webkinz.

What about recalls?
 You must check your items at www.cpsc.gov and www.healthytoys.org.
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What are the benefits of consigning / shopping?
·        Money - You can make up to 78% on your sales - much more than at traditional tag sales/garage sales or at traditional consignment or resale shops. And you will get great deals shopping!
·        Pre-Sale Shopping - Consignor volunteers get the best quality and name brand merchandise by shopping prior to the public sale at our pre-sale event!
·        Reusing / Recycling - We all help our environment when we keep what we can out of landfills. Also secondhand items are often safer in that they no longer emit the "fumes" that new plastic and paint do.
·        Charity - Unsold items and the money they generate can be donated to local charities.
·        Fun - Spend time with your friends and meet other parents in the area!
 
What Supplies will I need to consign?
·        Hangers- Plastic or wire hangers (child size ones for anything size 5 and below).
·        Safety pins- Larger size to pin on the tag.  Please see link on "How to Sell" Page for tagging with a safety pin.
·        Zip-lock bags- Various sizes depending on what you are putting in them. You may need the large 2-gallon ones.
·        Clear packing tape or blue painters tape.  The blue tape is easier to remove and leaves less damage to items.
·        White Card Stock for Tags- Please do not use regular paper as the tags can rip and fall off.
         Tagging Gun - To be used on seams and tags only!  Please do not tag directly through the fabric.  Please ask before you use a tagging gun for the first time.  If you put it through the fabric you will ruin your clothing.
 


What happens to my unsold items?
You have a choice to either pick your items up or to donate them to charity.
 
If you choose take your items back, you can pick your items up on Sunday between 6 and 8 pm.  You will need to sign a form verifying that you have picked up your items.
 
If you choose to donate your items, please also choose to let them go half price! 
 
Note:  Large items like furniture, bicycles, climbers, exersaucers, strollers, etc cannot be donated.
 
Any item left at 8pm on Sunday night that are not marked “donate” or does not fit the donate category is considered abandoned. These items become property of The Connecticut Kids Closet. If you abandon your items or leave large items you will be charged a $30 disposal fee.
 
Why is this?
We plan our truck by the number of items marked “donate” after the sale is locked.  Any additional items might require hiring an additional truck or in the event of large items, disposal fees.
 
 
What happens to my donated items?
Starting this spring we will be having a “Dollar Dash” with our donated items.  The proceeds from the “Dash” will go to charity.  Items unsold at the Dash will be donated to charities such as the New Milford Thrift Mart, Danbury Women’s Center, St. Vincent DePaul, local foster families and local thrift shops.  The Dash is open only to Consignors who work our last sort shift or work an extra team shift for the purpose of joining the Dash.  It is not open to the general public and is held after the sale has ended. 
 
Where will unsold items be donated if I do not pick up?
Donated items will go to our Dollar Dash for charity.  Items unsold at the "Dash" will be donated to local charities such as local thrifts who give back on a community level, to local foster families and other groups in need.  We will provide tax donation slips from the charities we donate to beginning Spring 2016.
 
How do I become part of the team and what are the benefits?
When you are registering, click on "Team Member" and sign up for up to 3 three shifts. Shifts very from 2 hours up to 4 hours.  Team Members also can shop our presale for free!
 
What other ways can I help?
Please spread the word to everyone you know about the sale! The more people know about it, the better the sale is for everyone. Also any connections you may have as far as advertising, supplies, operations, etc., please let us know. We would love to barter with you!
 
How do I get to shop at the pre-sale?
Pay at the door on Friday night or. you can also become a consignor team member and join the team!
 
Are you interested in becoming a Vendor? 
Please click on our link on the How to Sell page to find out more information.  Vendor spaces are limited!!
 
 Feel free to call or email with any question you do not see an answer to here! 203-417-9268 or ctkidscloset@yahoo.com