FAQ for Sellers

What changes are there for sellers for the Spring 2020 sale?
What is this sale all about?
What can I sell?
How do I sign up?
Do I have to register for each sale?
How do I enter my items into the system?
How should I describe my items? 
How should I price my items?
What does “Item Can be DISCOUNTED” mean? 
What does “Item Can Be DONATED” mean?
Do I have to discount or donate everything?
How do I print my tags?
What are Technical Assistance Nights?
What supplies do I need?
How do I get my items ready?
Where does the tag go?

My items are tagged. When can I drop off my things?
Do I have to wait for my items to be checked?
Why do items get rejected? 
When do I pick up my check or my unsold stuff?
Do I have to come and pick up my stuff?
Can I use the same tags for the next sale? 
I’ve printed my tags but I changed my mind on a price. What should I do?
How can I shop the presale?
What if I have more questions?

What changes are there for sellers for the Spring 2020 sale? 
NEW BABY CLOTHES CATEGORY AND SELLING LIMIT
Please use the “Baby Clothes” category for all items 12 months and smaller. We have been told it is difficult to shop the packed racks of infant clothing that we receive. Infant clothing is also the category that sells the fewest number of items. That is why we are limiting the number of Baby Clothes items that a seller may sell to 20 items. This way only the best items will be on the racks for buyers, and sellers are much more likely to sell the items they worked hard to tag. Remember, we encourage you to group items as full outfits (each outfit only counting as one item in inventory).

NO BABY BLANKETS ACCEPTED
We no longer will accept baby blankets. Again we do not want our sellers to waste time preparing items that just don’t sell.

ALL UNSOLD SHOES TO BE DONATED
Similar to books, all unsold shoes (including cleats and dance shoes) will now be donated to appropriate charities at the end of the sale. Even if the shoes are not marked donate, they will be donated. We appreciate your cooperation with this change.

NEW CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS
You may find a few categories renamed or eliminated, so please use the most appropriate category (Misc. Accessories instead of Hats).

WIRE HANGERS REQUIRED
Remember, start collecting your wire hangers now! As stated in our tagging instructions and videos, all clothes must be hung on wire (NOT plastic) hangers. Items not hung on wire hangers will NOT be accepted at the sale. This allows us to fit more items on the racks, makes for easier shopping, and prevents the many broken plastic hangers/items on the floor we deal with during the sale. Often dry cleaners have them available for free. Thank you for your cooperation!

What is this sale all about?
The Cossitt Clothing Sale is a twice-yearly children’s consignment sale and nearly 40-year community tradition. Year after year, shoppers come from far and wide for great deals on gently-used, high-quality children’s clothing, shoes, equipment, and books. Our sellers keep 60% of the sale price while the Cossitt Parent Teacher Council earns 40%. Proceeds benefit the students and teachers of Cossitt School, and donations of unsold items help children throughout the area.

What can I sell?
You can sell gently-used children’s clothing, shoes, equipment, and books. Be sure to check our list of Acceptable Items. At our Fall Sale (late Sept/early Oct), we sell fall and winter clothing, and at our Spring Sale (early March), we sell spring and summer clothing. We don’t sell toys at our sale, but we highly recommend the Forest Road Toy Sale.

How do I sign up to sell? 
New to our sale? Go to www.cossittptc.org/clothingsale and click on the black “SELLER LOGIN” button. Then click “Need a Consignor Number?”. Enter your information and you’ll be assigned a Consignor Number. This number is permanent and you’ll keep it from sale to sale.

Do I have to register for each sale?  
Yes! Once you have signed up with us, you will have to register for each sale so we know that you are participating. To do this, click the black “SELLER LOGIN” button and sign in with your login and password. Then choose “Register” to sign up for the upcoming sale.

How do I enter my items into the system?

  1. Click on the black “SELLER LOGIN” button at www.cossittptc.org/clothingsale

  2. Log in using your consignor number and password

  3. Click on “My Homepage”

  4. Go to “Activities Menu” dropdown and select “Work With Consigned Inventory”

  5. Go to “Active Inventory” and choose “PC/Laptop Version”

  6. You can now start entering your items into the system

How should I describe my items?
It’s helpful to include as much detail as you can in your descriptions. Instead of “blue shirt,” try “blue gymboree butterfly tee”. This will help you keep track of what’s what when you’re entering your items in the system. It also helps us match tags to clothes in the unlikely event your tag falls off.

How should I price my items?
Most items sell between $1 and $5, with few items over $10. The minimum price is $1, and we ask that you price in increments of .50. Keep in mind that our shoppers are looking for savings and bargains. You can find a list of suggested prices for commonly-sold items here.

What does “Item Can be DISCOUNTED” mean?
If you choose to discount your items, they will sell for 50% off the marked price during our Half-Price Sale, the last two hours of sale day. This is optional, but it’s a wonderful way to sell more of your stuff!

What does “Item Can Be DONATED” mean?
Save time and help children in need! If you choose to donate your unsold items, we will share them with the many wonderful charitable agencies we support each year.  Your donations will benefit Northwestern Hospital NICU families, Cradles to Crayons, the Off-the-Street Club, Big Rig Books, Westchester Food Pantry, and more. We even donate clothing to our school district health offices to give kids something to wear in case of accident or illness. As a bonus, when you donate, you don’t need to come back on Sunday to pick up your unsold items. You can leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we’ll mail you your check. So easy!

Do I have to discount or donate everything?
No, you can select specific items to donate or discount if you prefer. However, we strongly encourage sellers to mark their items “donate” or “discount”. They are more likely to sell and if they don’t sell, they will benefit children in need. All unsold books and shoes will not be returned and will be automatically be donated to an appropriate organization at the end of the sale. 

How do I print my tags?
You can print tags from any computer–they just need to be printed on white cardstock paper (60-67 lb). You can buy your own cardstock or you can pick some up from us (address tba) about 3 weeks before the sale. Tags print 10 to a page–just cut them out and pin to your items. You can also print tags for free at our Technical Assistance Nights.

What are Technical Assistance Nights?
The week before each sale, we have two Technical Assistance Nights for sellers to print tags, pick up cardstock paper, use our paper cutter, view samples of tagged items, and ask questions of our friendly volunteers–all at absolutely no charge. These drop-in sessions are usually held on the Monday and Wednesday before the sale at the La Grange Public Library and/or La Grange Park Library. All sellers will get an email a few weeks before the sale with specific dates, times, and locations.

What supplies do I need?
WIRE
hangers, safety pins (larger pins work best), cardstock paper, scissors, clear packing tape (to secure tags to large items), zip ties or rubber bands (to keep shoes together), and laundry baskets to transport your items. Wire hangers are available from most dry cleaners for a small charge. Items on plastic hangers will not be accepted at the sale. 

How do I get my items ready?
Look over your items carefully for stains, holes, worn knees, missing buttons, or broken zippers. (If any of these issues can’t be fixed, you can donate these things to The Community Shop in La Grange for textile recycling. )

Hang your clean, pressed clothes on wire hangers, with the hook facing to the left (like the top of a question mark). Pants should be pinned on both sides to the top of the hanger (see picture). Shoes should be zip-tied or otherwise secured together. Books can be bundled in sets with string or ribbon.

Where does the tag go?

  • On clothing, the tag goes on the upper-right side of the item (the wearer’s left shoulder or hip). See photo or our helpful video  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9UPL_qDYhfT9VwPOVgS_WJEWbfilr_uQ for details
  • On shoes, tape the tag to the bottom of one sole or secure inside the shoe
  • On books, tape tag to the front or back cover with regular adhesive tape
  • On large items (high chairs, strollers), tape the tag securely with clear packing tape. It’s OK to cover the whole tag with tape.

My items are tagged. When can I drop off my things?
Ready to drop off? Bring your tagged items to our Receiving Days, typically the Thursday night and Friday morning before the sale.

  • Separate your tagged clothes into boys’ and girls’ items and load them into laundry baskets or easy-to-carry containers.

  • Are you donating all of your items? If so, bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will mail your check to you so you don’t need to come back for Sunday pickup.

  • Obey posted parking restrictions. (You may wish to avoid coming between 10:50 am and 12:20 pm on Friday to avoid lunch pickup/dropoff traffic around the school.)

  • Enter through the northwest doors at the rear of the school (Entrance #5).

  • Check in with the volunteer and proceed to the gym.

Do I have to wait for my items to be checked?
If you’re donating all of your items, you can just drop your items with one of our Receiving Volunteers and go. You do not have to wait for your items to be checked. (And don’t forget that self-addressed, stamped envelope!)

If you are coming back on Sunday to pick up your unsold items, you’ll need to plan on a short wait (about 10-15 minutes) as your items are checked. Any items that are unsuitable (wrong season, stained, adult sizes, etc.) will be returned to you on the spot. Our volunteers work as quickly as they can to quality check 20,000+ items in 7 hours–we appreciate your patience!

Why do items get rejected?
The biggest reasons for items to be rejected are excessive wear, stains, tears, holes, missing buttons, odor (smoke/animals), wrong season (winter clothing at spring sale), or adult sizes. We will also reject items with tags from previous sales or tags that have been written on or altered in any way.

When do I pick up my check or my unsold stuff?*
Checks are available for pick up anytime between 10 am and 1 pm on the day after the sale (Sunday). Enter through the northwest doors at the back of the school, the same doors you entered for Receiving drop off. Any items you did not choose to donate can also be picked up at that time. We close promptly at 1pm. No items will be held. Anything not picked up will be donated. 

Do I have to come and pick up my stuff?
If you are not donating all of your items, you MUST return on Sunday to pick them up. We have no place to hold them and our volunteers have carefully sorted them to be returned to you. If you know you won’t be able to come to pickup, mark your items “Donate” in the system and make sure to bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Receiving so we can mail your check to you. 

Can I use the same tags for the next sale?
Unfortunately, no. The system we use requires new tags for each sale. Please make sure you print new tags for your items for each sale. You will see the current sale date at the top of each tag (e.g., “Spring 2020”).

I’ve printed my tags but I changed my mind on a price. What should I do?
If you change your mind on a price, just go in the system to update the price and print a new tag. Please don’t write or mark on the tag. And don’t change the price in the system without changing the tag–we will always use the price on the tag when ringing up the item. Handwritten prices will be rejected.

How can I shop the presale?
Want access to the best stuff? Volunteer! If you can give just three hours of your time, you’ll get to shop our coveted presale with the best selection of merchandise. There are a variety of volunteer time slots available; we have weekday, weekend, daytime, and evening hours. You can find more volunteer information here: http://www.cossittptc.org/clothingsale/volunteer

What if I have more questions?

  1. Check out our website www.cossittptc.org/clothingsale for more information and important dates

  2. Watch our short and sweet how-to videos on YouTube for selling tips

  3. Follow our Facebook page to get updates and news on upcoming sales

  4. We keep in touch via regular email updates as the sale gets closer

  5. If you have a question about something that isn’t answered here, you can always email us at clothingsale@cossittptc.org or message us on Facebook