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Consignor FAQs

Q. Do I need to register each sale?
A. Yes. In order to prepare for the number of consignors participating, we ask that you register online prior to each sale. This also speeds up the check-in process if we have each participating consignor in our computer records. Once you are assigned a consignor number, you will keep that same number in successive sales. See Consignor's Checklist


Q. Do I need to be present to sell my items during the sale?
A. We take care of everything for you! All you do is check-in your items at the beginning of the week, and the Sunday after the sale you can pick up your check.


Q. How can I consign my items?
A. Consignors first register online. There is a $10 participation fee that is taken out of your proceeds check that you pick up the Sunday after the sale. You are responsible for preparing, tagging, and taking your items to check-in at the Ruston Civic Center during check-in hours.

Q. How much will I make?
A. Consignors make 70% of each item’s selling price.


Q. How do I price my items?
A. Due to the many items being sold, we recommend that you price competitively. We suggest 25% to 40% of the original price depending on the name brand and condition of the item. To maintain the high standards we have set, only bring items of the quality & condition that you would be willing to purchase yourself. Spending a little extra time preparing your items will mean more money for you. Items that are clean, ironed, and starched sell much better! Present them at their best for the most $$$ for you! We also recommend that you write your tags in red. A lot of shoppers look only for the red-tagged items on Saturday, so writing your tags in red increases the chance that your items will be sold IF they are still around on Saturday. Refer to the Pricing Guide and the Tagging Guide.


Q. What is the advantage of writing my items in red?
A. We recommend that you write your tags in red. A lot of shoppers look only for the red-tagged items on Saturday, so writing your tags in red increases the chance that your items will be sold if they are still around on Saturday.


Q. When do I pick up my unsold items?
A. You will pick up your unsold items and your proceeds check on the Sunday right after the sale, between 11:30am and 2:00pm. If you cannot pick up your unsold items, please make arrangements with someone to pick them up for you. ALL items left after 2:00pm on Sunday will be donated immediately to charity.


Q. When do I get my check?
A. You will pick up your proceeds check on the Sunday right after the sale, between 11:30am and 2:00pm. If you plan to donate your unsold items to charity, we will mail your check to you. Bring a self-addressed stamped envelope when you drop off your sale items.


Q. What are the benefits to consigning?
A.

  • You will receive 70% of the price you set for your items.
  • You shop before the public on Thursday night.
  • You shop the ½ price sale on Friday night before the 1/2 price sale opens to the public on Saturday.
  • You decide if you wish your items to sell for ½ price at the end of the sale.
  • You get rid of items you no longer use or need.
  • You are given the option of donating unsold items to charity.
  • You receive your check on Sunday following the sale.


Q. What is the Drop off/Check-in process?
A. Drop off starts the Sunday afternoon before the sale at 3:00pm. You can expect your drop off to be approximately 15-30 minutes. Simply enter on the south side of the Ruston Civic Center and follow the blue arrows to the check-in station. You can drop-off your larger items in the "large items" station. Your clothing items and smaller items can be dropped off at the tables where a Kool Kids volunteer will inspect your items for stains, tears, rips, missing buttons, missing pieces, batteries in toys, broken pieces, or items that are out of style or season. All items will be accepted and/or denied at our discretion. We realize you might need to make several trips to your vehicle to unload your items. After your items are cleared as acceptable, you will need to sign a contract (we will have extras if you forget yours). You will then check-out near the door at the computer where you will receive your consignor passes and guests passes to hand out! Visit the Drop Off Times for more information.


Q. What if I can’t pick up my items the last day of the sale?
A. You can choose to donate your items. By placing "HC" in the bottom left of the tag, you are designating that item to be sent to charity if it does not sell. You can also have someone pick up your unsold items the Sunday after the sale from 11:30am – 2:00pm. Please tell Kool Kids at check-in (the person at the computer) if you wish to have someone else pick up your unsold items. Any item left after 2:00pm the Sunday after the sale will be sent immediately to charity. No exceptions.


Q. Will I get my hangers back?
A. All items are sold with the hanger. We do not remove items from the hangers at checkout unless the buyer requests it. Inexpensive hangers can be purchased at Rolling Hills Thrift Store, the Dollar Tree, or even at your local Dry Cleaners (sometimes).


Q. What items does Kool Kids accept?
A. Childrens/Baby Clothing in the Appropriate Season. See Item Preparation suggestions

Spring/Summer Sale: We DO accept thin long-sleeve shirts, pants, jeans, and light weight jackets for our spring/summer sale because they are transitional. Please leave all coats, thick sweaters, turtlenecks, Christmas/Holiday outfits, Halloween costumes, etc. for the Fall Sale.

Fall/Winter Sale: No swimsuits or vacation t-shirts.

Clothing Sizes:

  • Girls – sizes newborn-juniors
  • Boys – sizes newborn- size 20
  • Limit of 150 clothing items
  • Shoes in excellent condition - Limit 5 pair of girls shoes and 5 pair of boys shoes (shoe tags must be written in red)
  • Dance and Gymnastics Wear
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Children’s Camouflage and hunting gear: New Section!
  • Monogrammed Clothes: New Section!
  • School Uniforms
  • Socks, tights, bows, hair accessories, hats, ties, etc.
  • Crochet Hats

Toys & Miscellaneous:

  • Sports Equipment
  • Bikes, Skates, Wagons, Scooters, etc
  • Battery operated cars
  • Play Equipment (Play Kitchens, Workshops, Train Tables, Slides, Swings, etc)
  • Childrens Toys (with all parts and batteries) – small toy tags must be written in red
  • Childrens and Family CD’s and DVD’s
  • Books, Games, Puzzles
  • Leap Frog toys/games
  • Video Games and Machines
  • Child and Nursery Décor
  • Teenager/Tween Room Decor
  • Bedding – Teenager, Tween, or Children
  • Stuffed Animals that are in excellent condition (limit of 3 per consignor).

Baby Items:

  • Small Items/Toys (Rattles, Teethers, Lovies, etc.)
  • Bottles, Sippy Cups, Bibs, Burp cloths, etc.
  • Crib Bedding Sets
  • Blankets, Hooded Towels, etc.
  • Nursery Décor such as Rugs, Lamps, Pictures/Prints, etc.
  • High Chairs
  • Pack ‘n Plays/Play Pens
  • Cribs – We cannot accept drop-side cribs due to a recent mandate from the Consumer Product Safety Commission banning the sale or resale of such cribs.
  • Crib Mattresses
  • Toddler Beds
  • Furniture such as Gliders, Rockers, Changing Tables, Dressers, Night Stands, etc.
  • Kids Tables & Chairs, Bookshelves, & Storage
  • Strollers and accessories
  • Swings
  • Activity Mats and Exersaucers
  • Car Seats
  • Breast Pumps
  • Nursing Items such as Breast Pumps, Nursing Covers, etc.
  • Baby Carriers (Baby Bjorn, Slings, Moby Wraps Backpacks, etc.)
  • Diaper Bags
  • Diaper Pails and Potty Chairs – cleaned, bleached, odor free
  • Boppy Pillows and Covers
  • Safety Items such as Baby Gates, Car Safety items, Cabinet Locks, Plug Covers, Bed Rails, etc.
  • Shopping Cart Covers
  • Humidifier/Vaporizer


Q. What items does Kool Kids not accept?
A.

  • Maternity clothes
  • Battery operated toys WITHOUT the batteries
  • Stained, torn, extremely worn, broken, or faded items
  • Out of date items (Nothing purchased more than 5 years ago)
  • Items that are broken or have missing parts
  • Improperly tagged items
  • Fall/Winter items during the February/March sale (Please save them for our next sale!)
  • Spring/Summer items during the July/August sale (Please save them for our next sale!)
  • Drop-side cribs. We cannot accept drop-side cribs due to a recent mandate from the Consumer Product Safety Commission banning the sale or resale of such cribs.
  • Items over limits. Limit of 150 clothing items, 5 boys' and 5 girls' shoes, and 3 stuffed animals.
  • Shoes and small Toys NOT written in RED.
  • Tags that have red strikeouts or highlights to indicate half-price. Tags must be FULLY WRITTEN in red for the item to be sold as half-price.


Q. How do you tag items "hard to tag".
A.

  • Hard to Tag Items -- Punch a hole or cut a slit in the index card and tie with ribbon. Tape ribbon to the item. No tape on cards please. We recommend you use clear packing tape as scotch tape will not hold and your items may become lost if not securely attached.
  • Loose Articles – When tagging an item where a safety pin is not an option, you can put the items in a clear plastic bag. Tape the bags shut with clear packing tape. Place the tag on the outside. Do NOT put the tag inside the bag. We cannot get the tag out when the buyer is purchasing the item.


Q. How do I tag items?
A. Refer to our Tagging Guide.


Q. Why do I need to give a detailed description on tags?
A. If a tag becomes separated from an item, we have a much better chance of locating the item if the description on the tag is detailed. Placing your safety pin horizontal helps secure the tag to the item. Refer to our Tagging Guide.


Q. Why is there a $10 Participation fee?
A. Your $10 participation fee goes toward rental of the Civic Center, insurance, marketing of the event, and administrative costs of Kool Kids. You participation fee is taken out of your consignor proceeds check.


Q. How many items may I consign?
A.

  • Minimum of 15 items.
  • Maximum of 150 hanging clothes.
  • Limit of 3 stuffed animal items.
  • Limit of 5 pair of girls’ shoes and 5 pair of boys’ shoes.


Q. How do I help advertise?
A. Print off the flyers and pass them out! Place them in lounges, waiting rooms, etc. Help us help you sell your items! Also forward emails from Kool Kids!!!

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