Tips and Advice from Kidzsignments

Stain Removal Tips

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

CLOTHING

  • Fresh stains are the easiest to treat, of course, but even the older more established spots can sometimes be removed. 
  • Laundry stains on washable fabric: Combine equal parts of water, liquid dishwashing detergent and ammonia in a small bowl.  Start with small proportions, as it does not keep for longer than a day or so.  Use an old toothbrush to rub the solution onto the stain, and launder as usual.
    • Loose dyes in the wash? There are new disposable sheets called “Color
      Catchers” by Shout that you simply put in your washer and launder with clothes as usual to keep your clothes looking crisp and free from those pinkish edges. This will work for all colors.  You can find this at most grocery or mass merchandise chains.
    • Hot water may work great for Kool-Aid and Jell-O type stains.  Rinse and soak as needed.
    • Tide Stain Sticks are handy and work well on fresh stains.
    • Clorox Bleach Pen: Is a good spot remover on white fabrics.
    • Goop applied liberally to stain and then allowed to sit works well.  Put it in your regular wash.  This is an inexpensive product to try on fabrics that have been washed with crayon.
    • Biz is great for soaking all kinds of stains loose.  Just soak in the sink then wash as directed in the washer.
    • Did you know that you could try Tilex? This product normally found in the bathroom will work on white clothes with mildew stains?  It is a bleaching product, so beware and use carefully.  On white clothes, just spray on the stain and let sit, simply rinsing if you see blue spots appear.  Using Tilex on colored clothes should really be a last resort as bleach spots are easy to cause.
    • OxyClean in warm/hot water works well (I sometimes microwave the water to get it extremely hot). Or make a paste with warm water and apply directly to the stain with a toothbrush. Allow this to sit for at least an hour. Rinse in warm water and reapply if necessary. Soak in a sink of warm water and dissolved Oxy Clean crystals for an hour or so before washing in warm water. This has gotten many stains out for me, but can take more than 1 application.

OTHER

  • Oops is a latex paint remover that has worked well to remove stains, marks and stickers from of plastic toys.  Test the toy if the plastic is thin, but most thicker plastic toys such as Little Tikes will do well.  This will also take crayon off of chalkboards without damaging the finish! Remember to wear rubber gloves! Find this product at Wal-Mart and most hardware stores.
  • Shoes and laces: You can make your shoes look better by using a spray solution on scuff marks. You should be able to find this solution at a local shoe store.   
  • Soak your white laces in Biz and your shoes will look 80% better!
  • Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser works wonders on plastic toys. Test an small area on the toy first before using all over.

Disclaimer:  Kidzsignments is in no way endorsing the use of any of the above products (name brands) or methods. These are tips used by myself and other individuals that have worked. Follow manufacturer instructions for use and check the care label of your garments. We are in no way liable for damage done to any piece of merchandise as a result of the use of tips on our website

Tips for Great Presentation

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Clothing

  • Press wrinkles, iron collars, cuffs and don’t forget about those appliqués & ribbons.
  • Zip, button and snap everything to present a neat appearance.
  • Put together matching outfits. The obvious thought here is to sell outfits the way you received them. You can also pair together clothing you purchased separately. If the colors/styles match, you may be more likely to sell the set because the buyer does not have to worry about finding something to match. It is fine to mix and match brands. Make that clear on the price tag if, for example your top is Gymboree and bottom Old Navy.
  • A good pricing strategy for smaller sizes (2T and under) is to price low. If you do not feel that one item will bring the minimum price of $2 then pair it with something else. For example, match two blanket sleepers together and price as one unit. Be sure to attach the hangers (via rubber band, pins or other clasp) and note on the price tag that the price is for both outfits.
  • Pair similar items together and create a package for the shopper. Here are some ideas:
    • Hang 2-3 blanket sleepers together and price as a set.
    • Bag 3-6 clean onesies or t-shirts and price as a package.
    • Attach matching accessories (even if they did not come with the outfit originally) like socks, tights, belts, hair bows etc. This will increase the value of the outfit and allow you to price a little higher.
    • Selling sets of pajamas is a great take on this packaging technique.
  • Use the price tag to note a higher end brand or special feature (glow in the dark, adjustable waistband, reversible etc.). Also, note size fluctuations, for example if the shirt is marked as a 4, but wears more like a 3 note that on the price tag. Remember you must use numerical sizes like 3T, 4, 5 etc. If you have an item and it is sized S, M or L adjust that to a number based on what size your child was when he/she was wearing that item.

Shoes

  • Shoes will need to be in new to next to new condition to sell. Shoppers are very picky when it comes to footwear. Only bring your best.
  • Shoes will need to be attached. You will do better if you us a safety pin or other type of clasp versus tying shoe laces together (no shoe boxes please, they make it too difficult to effectively display them).
  • Tie the laces neatly, buckle the buckles and clean out the Velcro to make the shoes look nice.
  • Smaller shoes may be placed in Ziploc style bags with the price tags taped to the bag. Larger shoes can be attached to one another and the price tag pinned around a buckle or through a lace.

 Toys

  • Clean, wash or wipe down every toy you bring. That alone, can make the difference between accepting and rejecting at check in.
  • The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a GREAT tool for cleaning plastic toys.
  • WD-40 will remove crayon marks with ease.
  • All toys that require batteries must have working ones loaded inside. A good bet is to buy the batteries at the dollar store. The one in Flemington (near Farmer’s Market) sells 4AA or 2C or 1D for $1 a package.
  • Check puzzles, games and anything with accessories to guarantee they are complete.
  • Package accessories into a clear plastic bag and TAPE the bag shut to prevent anyone (especially small children) from opening and scattering pieces. Mark the accessory bag with your consignor number in the event it is separated from the larger toys.
  • Mark you consignor on the body of all of your toys using masking tape. This will help us to identify the owner of tags that inevitably become separated.

Books/Videos

  • Books sell well when they are sold as sets. Consider putting 3-4 Dr. Suess or Little Bear books together in a bag and pricing accordingly.
  • Attaching the tag to the inside cover of the book will protect the front from damage from tape and allow the shopper to view the title.
  • All videos/dvds must be in packaging. If you have VHS tapes missing a case check out the discount stores for empty cases. Print a copy of the characters and attach to the front with the video’s name. You should adjust the price down to compensate for the missing packaging.

Infant Equipment/Furniture
 

  • Crib Safety information and requirements can be found at http://www.narts.org/safety/guide.htm 
  • Both equipment and furniture are very popular items and do well at consignment sales if they are well presented.
  • It goes without saying that they should be wiped down clean and free of any dirt or debris.
  • If you are selling an item that requires set up, BE SURE to set it up at home right before packaging for the sale. Make sure it functions correctly before bringing to us.
  • If it requires batteries, make sure it has some. A 3-speed swing with no batteries will never sell because the shopper has no way to know if it  works.
  • Including a mattress with your crib/toddler bed and pricing accordingly can be a great idea. It makes the purchase easy for the shopper since they don’t have to deal with shopping for one. Federal Law prohibits us from selling a stand alone mattress (i.e. mattresses may only be sold with a crib/cradle)
  • If your item is a higher end brand or has special features, note these on the card.
  • Did you pay $500 for the Bellini crib that you are letting go for $250? Let the shopper know that you paid $500 for that piece (note that on the price tag). Better yet, if you can find a brochure or picture from a website stating the price, attach it to the piece.
  • Attaching the original instruction booklet and/or warranty information is helpful but make sure that all paperwork is securely attached to the item.
  • Please do not leave an item in its box. Items left in the box will be less likely to sell because a person cannot see and touch it. The one exception to this rule is if something has never been opened, then it should be left in its original packaging.
  • If you want to provide an items original packaging, it MUST be attached to the item, otherwise it is likely the box will be discarded or used elsewhere.
  • You may be asked to assemble anything that requires set-up. Examples include, cribs, bassinets, port-a-cribs, changing tables, swings, slides etc. Leave the hardware loose so we can easily disassemble for the buyer.

 “Bag It”

  • If you are unsure what to do with a lot of your little things, consider putting together a bag. Here are some ideas
  • Bags of like items – fill a Ziploc with many of the same thing
    • Outlet plugs
    • Open packs of diapers (must be neatly placed in Ziploc bag)
    •  Rattles
    • Socks
    • Hats
    • Bottles
    • Receiving blankets
    • Little People Accessories
  • Themed bags
    • Safety items (a few outlet plugs, a few cabinet locks, etc)
    • Small games/puzzles/books
    • Action toys from a favorite character
    • Bath toys, wash clothes
    • Products (unused lotions, baby oil, powder etc)
    • Video collection from same artist/character
    • Learn to read books
    • Dress up clothing
    • Dance/Karate/Soccer wear
  • By Manufacturer
    • Sassy Infant Toys
    • Fisher Price Toys
    • Safety First items