CityKids Consignment Sale FAQs

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Where is the sale located? Neumann Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148. Sale entrance is on S. 11th St. between Morris St. and Moore St., a few short blocks from the Passyunk Avenue Fountain. The nearest subway stop is the Tasker-Morris station stop on the Broad Street line. There is a large parking lot at the school for use while shopping at CityKids.

When is the next sale? The next sale is for FALL and WINTER items and will be held Saturday, Sept 29, 10am-3pm and Sunday, September 30, 9am-2pm. On Sunday, many items will be 50% off, many items as low as $1.

Is there an entrance fee to shop? No, there is no entry fee to shop the sale.

Can I bring food or beverages in to the sale? No, food and drink are not allowed inside the sale.

What will you have at the sale? Just about everything baby- and kid-related up to age 12. Each sale is unique, and we do not know what items will be offered until the time of the sale.

How can I donate items? Just want to get rid of your stuff? Donate directly to Lilypad, you can drop off during any playgroup, or email us to coordinate a drop-off in South Philly. Donations are accepted year-round. Your donation will go directly toward supporting Lilypad, our community playspace at 1234 S. Broad Street. Final date for pick-up of large items/lots for the fall/winter sale is September 15, 2018.

Can my business become a sponsor? Yes, we only open up our sponsorship program in the spring. Sponsorships are annual, so your business has access to both spring and fall sales. Email us and we will be in touch in early 2019 with all you need to know to become a paid sponsor at CityKids. Sponsors can set up a table at the event each day of the sale.

How do I become a consignor? Consignor registration is open! Please read our Consignor 101 page, then sign up: Returning consignors, register here.  Register here as a new consignor. Previous consignors will receive early registration before we open up registration to new consignors.

What do consignors receive? Consignors can get up to 75% of the selling price by volunteering and 65% without volunteering.

Is there a consignor fee? Yes, a fee of $10 is required when you sign up to sell your items.

What may I sell? You may sell just about anything that is baby- or child-related as long as it is in clean, complete and working condition. This includes maternity items, and baby gear such as strollers, swings, pack’n’plays, and more. Please see Consignor 101 for full details. For the fall/winter sale, we request that you sell winter and fall items. For the summer/spring sale, we request that you sell spring and summer items, as most people are not looking for cold-weather gear at this time.

What can’t I sell? No used stuffed animals. New stuffed animals with tags are allowed. Stuffed animals that are also toys, may be sold. Dolls are allowed. Our sorting team will use their best discretion at consignor ckeck-in. Please see our list on the Consignor 101 page. No bathtubs may be sold due to regulations

Is there a limit to the number of items I may sell? Yes, 0-18 month-old clothing: no more than 50 items in the 0-18 month size range per consignor; this means no more than 50 tags of 0-18 month sized clothing per consignor. Shoes and accessories are exempt. No limits on anything else!

How do I tag my items? Please refer to Consignor 101 for full details. It is important you follow the instructions in order to make the sale efficient and accurate. You must use white card stock and clearly legible black ink to print out your tags. Tags must be on white card stock with clear, visible, un-smeared ink, or your items will not be accepted. All clothing, onesies, blankets, sleep sacks must be on a hanger.

Where do I get hangers? You can purchase baby hangers at the dollar store, IKEA or Burlington Coat Factory. We will also have hangers available for purchase: 10 for $1. Email us to purchase via PayPal, with pick up available at Lilypad during select hours.

What if I don’t have time to tag my items? If you wish to consign, but need help, our tagging service is available to perform all set-up, pricing, tagging of your items and delivery of your items to the sale. Tagging service is available to a limited number of registered consignors who sign up and pay. Email Christina to request and pay for the tagging service.

How do I price my items? As a general rule, price your items at ¼ to ½ of the original retail price. If an item is new, like-new and name-brand, you can price it higher. If an item has been well loved and not name-brand, it should be priced on the lower end. Also, if you want to avoid bringing anything back home after the sale, price your items to sell. Ask yourself, what would I expect to pay for this item? Price it no more than what you would be willing to pay. Please price items in $1 increments, starting at $2 minimum. Clothing for 0-18 months should be priced at $2-$5 and marked REDUCE.

What happens if I don’t pick up my unsold items? All items that are not picked up by Sunday, September 30, 2017 at 4:30pm will become property of CityKids Consignment Sale and donated to Lilypad, Circle of Hope, Mitzvah Circle, and Maternity Care Coalition.

What if I do not want to pick up my unsold items? When entering your items into our online tagging system, simply mark, Donate on the item. If you plan to donate your items, please also select, Reduce, so that any items that haven’t sold on the first day of the sale will be marked down to 50% on Sunday, making it more likely they will sell on Sunday – which has the potential to make you more money.

How do I drop off my items? Drop off is Friday, September 28 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. You must select a drop-off slot when you register to consign. Slots fill up so select one when you sign up; you can always change your slot later. When dropping off, you will need your consignor number, phone number and email to check in. if you plan to pick up your unsold items, bring and leave an empty unwanted bin or large box (you will not get the same bin/box back that you dropped off). Please make sure all your items are on hangers (clothing) or in ziplock bags with tags printed on cardstock. We have found that small items like hats and baby shoes sell better when they are in a ziplock bag. Use scotch tape to tape tags to books and toys and to seal shut your ziplock bags to ensure your items stay together as intended. If you are selling multiple small items as a set, e.g. socks with a hat, it is advisable to put them in a bag together so they do not get separated. Make sure toys that have multiple parts are taped together or put in a baggie, as we cannot be responsible for missing pieces. Make sure you securely tape all loose items, as it is likely they will get separated if not. You are responsible for distributing the items around the sales floor. We will have volunteers to help you.

May I have a friend pick-up and/or drop off my items? Yes, you can have a designated friend or family member drop off and/or pick up your items. Drop off is Friday, September 28 from 5:00pm-8:00pm (specific slot must be scheduled). When dropping off, they will need your consignor number, phone number and email to check you in, and they are responsible for distributing the items around the sales floor. It is important that you put your items in the proper place, as this helps your items sell. We will have volunteers on hand to assist you. Pick-up is Sunday, Sept 30 between 3:30pm-4:30pm.

When will I receive my consignor check? Checks will be mailed approximately two weeks after the sale. You may also elect to be paid via PayPal. Please provide your PayPal and consignor number, etc in this form, whether or not you have signed up before. Each sale requires PayPal payment confirmation (emails change, etc, so we want to get yo paid).

What methods of payment will you accept at the sale? CASH preferred; credit card with a small fee, also accepted.

How may I shop early? Volunteers get to shop before consignors and the public at the Volunteer pre-sale on Sept 29 at 8:30-9:30am. We always need volunteers, so please consider signing up for 1 three-hour shift to get in to shop before the crowds.

May I bring my children to the sale? While children are allowed, we encourage shoppers to come without kids, as the sale will be crowded and the lines to check out will be long, especially on Saturday. If you do bring your child, please keep him or her at your side at all times. Please do not allow them to play with the toys or equipment unless you plan on purchasing them. Strollers must stay outside, so do not plan to bring your child while they nap in their stroller. There are stairs to get onto the sales floor.

Will you have brand new items or just used items? We definitely get brand new items, with tags still attached.

Will you still have the sale if it rains or snows? The sale will go on regardless of the weather. The sale is indoors. Umbrellas may be left outside the sale, at the stroller parking area.

Why are identical items priced differently? Each consignor prices their own items.

May I return an item? No, all sales are final.

How often do you have these sales? Twice a year, typically the spring/summer sale is in March /April and the fall/winter sale is in September/October.

Do I have to be a consignor to volunteer? Anyone can volunteer. We are always in need of more volunteers. Invite teenagers, grandparents and friends! Volunteer shifts are 3 hours each. Only the person who volunteers may attend the Volunteer Pre-Sale if you volunteer for at least 1 shift. Snacks/light meals will be provided to all volunteers during their shift. We are a registered non-profit; high school students who need hours love volunteering with CityKids!

May I bring my children during my volunteer shift? No, even though volunteering is fun and easy, we cannot accept volunteers who are also watching little ones at the same time. However, you may bring your infant who remains in a sling or carrier, during certain volunteer shifts. Please let us know or ask if unsure.

What happens if I don’t show up for the volunteer shift I signed up for? We count on our volunteers to make our sale a success. If you sign up and are unable to fulfill your shift, please remove yourself from the shift as soon as possible so we can fill the spot, as this is an all-volunteer non-profit sale. Just sign in to My Sale Manager, and you can remove or change your shift easily!

May I sign up for more than one volunteer shift? Yes, the more the merrier.

Is there a raffle? There is a raffle for volunteers only. The more shifts you work, the more chances you have to win!

Is there off-street parking available? Our sale site has a free onsite parking lot and on-street parking.

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