Why sell your items at our consignment events?
Common Threads takes care of all the details and does most of the work for you! We advertise and promote the event guaranteeing lots of potential buyers in a short time. You DO NOT HAVE TO BE AT THE EVENT to sell your items. You can earn more money than selling at consignment stores or garage sales! Earn 65-75% of the selling price and get paid quickly. We will hold sales twice a year in March/ for Spring/Summer items and September/October for Fall/Winter items.
Also, the opportunity to recycle, reuse, replay, and reduce is greatly needed in our community and our generation!
Just think, you have beautiful kids' clothing that you are no longer using, and your neighbor needs it…. join in this amazing community event… it’s truly neighbors helping neighbors!!
Who can consign their items and become a seller?
Everyone is welcome to consign their gently used women’s and children's items.
How do I become a consignor?
To consign, you need to register. You can do that on the consignor registration page of this website. Please make sure you review and understand the consignor agreement. Once you pay the $15 non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee via Paypal, you can begin entering and tagging your items with our internet-based program. This program generates barcoded tags for you to attach to the item.
How many consignors are accepted?
For each event, we will accept 200-300 consignors. Consignor spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee must be paid to reserve your spot. You have 24 hours from when you register to pay this fee, or you will be removed. Once all spots have been filled, we will create a waiting list for those that want to participate. Once you are registered, you have up to 1 day before the sale to input all of your items and print all of your tags.
Why is there a registration fee to consign?
The $15 non-refundable/non- non-transferable registration fee helps cover the cost of the location rental, advertising, insurance, display racks, supplies, and more. Plus, guarantee you are committed. Space is limited, and lots of ladies want to consign. This is paid at the time of registration. You will have 24 hours from the time you register to pay this fee via PayPal. You will be removed from the sale if you have not paid within 24 hours.
Who sets the prices?
Each consignor prices their own items. We recommend pricing your items 50-75% less than the original retail price. That said, the lower you price your items, the better they will sell. You should consider what you would pay for the items if you bought them. The minimum price you can set is $2.00. There is no maximum price limit. At the sale, there is no negotiating the prices. However, the last day of the sale is the optional 50% off sale day. It is up to you as the consignor to decide when entering if you would like your items to be discounted on that day. When making your product tags online, you may choose which, if any, items you would like to be discounted. We highly encourage participating in the discount option. Especially if you are unsure how to price things! Also, there’s lots of exciting activity on the discount day at Common Threads!
Facebook consignor group:
What items are accepted for consignment?
Common Threads will accept new and gently used, high-quality children's clothing, toys, furniture, strollers, playhouses, high chairs, sports equipment, and any items suitable for infants and children. See our list HERE to see a list of accepted items. All items must be in good condition. Clothing with stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, excess wear, holes, or tears will not be accepted.
Do you accept women’s clothing?
YES! Common Threads is excited to bring women's clothing back to the sale, but we want it to be a boutique-type experience for our shoppers. We are looking for high quality, great condition, name brand! We are limiting each consignor to 25 items. We are excited about our new space and the opportunity to reenter women's inventory!
ONLY MALL type BRANDS …this is hard to define — no Walmart or target
Great condition - no stains, holes, missing buttons, etc.
ONLY 25 items per consignor
Accessories accepted, but no jewelry, no lingerie, no scarves.
Must be current styles
Must follow the season (spring and summer at our spring sale and fall and winter at our fall sale)
What do you accept in Spring vs. Fall?
The spring sale is for spring and summer clothing. The Spring sale accepts shorts, short sleeves, easter and summer holiday motifs, swimwear, etc. No Christmas/holiday apparel or winter gear, fleece, Halloween, corduroy, winter coats, etc. Long-sleeved shirts and jeans/pants are fine as long as they follow the above rules. This is a loose rule but put in place for your benefit. Dividing the seasons, gives our consignors the opportunity to tag what will sell. We find that fall sells best in the fall and vice versa. The fall sale is for fall and winter clothing which includes winter gear, long sleeve tops, winter and winter holiday motifs, etc. Shorts and short sleeves will not be accepted in the fall.
What do you not accept for sale?
It is very important to Common Threads that only safe products & good condition are sold at our events. Click here to review the list of items that we will not accept. We want this to be a great experience for our shoppers!
PRODUCT RECALL AND SAFETY INFORMATION
As the seller/owner of an item, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure all items meet current safety standards. As a consignor, you are required to check all of the items you consign to make sure none have been recalled before bringing them to drop-off. Please review these links for more information about recalled items:
They will both help you identify if your products are safe. Also please follow the merchandise preparation instructions to ensure acceptance of your items. Our buyers come to our events because they know they can find QUALITY items at a fraction of the item's original price.
What percentage of the sales do I receive?
All consignors automatically earn 65% of their items that sell. By participating as a Team Thread Member, you can increase the percentage of the sale price you keep. For one 4-hour shift, earn an additional 5% of your sales; for two 4-hour shifts earn an extra 10% of your sales. Common Thread Team Thread slots are limited so please sign up as soon as the schedule is open.
Where do I find safety pins/ hangers?
We do not require that you use wire hangers for all of your items but they do work best on the rack. Plastic hangers are fine too. Dry Cleaning establishments are the best place to pick them up. Most dry cleaners will give you a modest amount for free. You can also purchase wire hangers via eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon. Safety pins can be found at most retail stores that sell sewing supplies such as craft stores and pharmacy chains. We have purchased them from such stores as CVS, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens. You can also use a tagging gun for clothes as long as tags are placed on the armpit seam or tag of the garment - anywhere it won’t make a hole. We highly recommend the tagging gun. It is a small investment that saves you time. Straight Pins will not be accepted.
If I consign my items, do I need to stay during the sale?
No. Consignors drop off their items at designated times and return at the end of the sale to pick up their unsold items. You may also choose to have them donated as well.
How many items can I bring in to sell?
Consignors are limited to selling 200 items, with some additional limits on certain categories and/or sizes. You can sell less than that, but total items must have a minimum total value of at least $100. For example, you may choose to sell a variety of clothes, books, and toys with a total value of $100 OR you may have one jogging stroller with a total value of $100. This is a general rule!
What is the Drop-Off process?
Please expect to spend 30-60 minutes for drop-off. After you have been checked in and items have been previewed, you will place your items on the sales floor and ensure they are in the proper places. TIP: Have your items sorted by size, gender, or product groups prior to arriving for drop-off to make this quick and easy for yourself.
Will I know what items have sold?
With our computer software, you may check your sales at the end of each sales day by logging on to the consignor page. You will know when, what, and for how much something was sold for. Our event will not be a "live" sale meaning sales will not be downloaded during the actual sale hours. At the end of each day, we will download all sales figures to the website. Please allow ample time for this process to occur.
What happens to my unsold items?
For any items that do not sell, consignors may take them back. If you do not want to take back your items, Common Threads will donate them on your behalf to a local charity. All items not picked up by the designated time on Saturday will be donated. Consignors who donate items will be provided a donation receipt for their taxes, but you must ask for this.
Do I have to sort through the racks to find my unsold items?
YES. At the end of the sale
When do I pick-up my unsold items?
Pick-up of items will be from 3pm - 5pm on the last day of the sale. A pick-up manager will be present to guide you to find your things and answer any questions. Also, don’t forget to check the lost and found table too and s
What if one of my items is unaccounted for?
We do not anticipate any problems. However, we will make every effort to prevent theft or loss of tags during the sale. Please put detailed descriptions of items on their tags. However, Common Threads cannot be held responsible for anything lost or stolen during the sale. We try our best and have not had trouble with this in the past. If an item of yours is missing we ask that you check your inventory list to double-check that you didn’t enter an item twice. If the item is still missing, we will ask you to fill out a Missing Item form. In the past when an item goes missing it usually turns or can easily be found.
When do I get paid?
Through our software program on our site, you will be able to log in to the consignor page and see which of your items sold each night after the sale is over with the dollar amount due to you. At this point, consignors will be paid via check. However, this may change to either PayPal or eCheck in the near future. This would give us the opportunity to pay more quickly. It would use the email address that is in your account. Typically we ask for 2 weeks before you will find your check in your mailbox. Please double-check that your address is correct on our website.
What if I don't have time to enter and tag my items?
So glad you asked! Our tagging Service … TEAM TAG! How long does it take to enter items and what supplies do I need?
I would give yourself at least 4 hours for most consignors, however, this does directly depend on how many items you have. The process is simple: put clothing on hangers, attach shoes together with laces or zip ties, and rubber bands work too. Enter each item into our system (6 easy questions), print tags, and attach them to the correct items. A couple of tips: sorting things by gender and size, even brand can help considerably when entering.
How to become a power seller:
-Sold and helped at least three sales
-Tagged your items (not participating in our Tagging Service)
-Brought over 225 items in the previous sale and had a sell-through rate of 75% or higher.
You can come anytime on drop-off day between 11 am and 6 pm and drop off your items. First, you must check in with Melissa (drop-off manager) or me; your name will be on a list of "power sellers." Then begin placing your things out without a quality check. A consignor contract still needs to be signed, so please remember that part.
We are working to streamline this drop-off process, so please do not sign up for a time slot.
You will be allowed to bring 400 items. Our database will change your item cutoff, allowing you to keep entering after 200 items.
For each sale, I will select power sellers for the current sale.
How often do you have these sales?
We have sales twice a year. There is a Spring Sale and a Fall Sale. Typically the spring sale is at the end of March or the beginning of April and our fall sale is at the end of Sept. the beginning of Oct.
Are the sales seasonal for clothing?
YES! The spring sale is for spring and summer clothing. The Spring sale accepts shorts, short sleeve, easter and summer holiday motif, swimwear etc. Basically, no Christmas/holiday apparel or winter gear, fleece, or Halloween, corduroy, or winter coats etc. Long sleeve shirts and jeans/pants are fine as long as they follow the above rules. This is a loose rule, but put in place for your benefit. By dividing the season it give our consignors the opportunity to tag what will sell. We find that fall sells best in the fall and vice versa. The fall sale is for fall and winter clothing which includes winter gear, long sleeve tops, winter and winter holiday motif etc. Shorts and short sleeve will not be accepted in the fall.
Are the sales located indoors?
Yes. All sales are located indoors. We try to make the shopping experience fun, organized and beautiful! Most moms thoroughly enjoy the whole experience and we receive rave reviews!
Are there any parking fees or entrance fees?
No. Parking is always free. There is never an entrance or admission fee, excluding the paid early access shopping opportunities that are provided.
What items do you sell?
Girls and Boys clothing - infant thru size 18, shoes, accessories, toys, books, baby equipment; anything and everything to do with infants and kids!! Also, maternity and a limited amount of women’s.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, credit and debit. CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. We charge $2 for credit card transactions.
What is your return policy?
All sales are final. There are no returns. There are no refunds. It is up to the buyer to inspect all items before purchasing.
Can we "try on" the clothing?
No, we do not have fitting rooms on site. We suggest measuring your child's current clothes at home (inseam, length, waist etc) then bring a tape measure with you to the sale.
Do you offer a discount day?
YES, but not all items are discounted. The last day of the sale will be our 50% off sale from 9am to 12pm. Some consignors have chosen to discount their items by 50% on this day. Tags will be clearly marked so you know exactly which items are discounted! They say DISCOUNT:YES!!
Where do the items come from?
The items we sell come from the local families who sign up to consign and actually earn money for the items they sell. Anyone is welcome to become a consignor and anyone is welcome to shop the sale. Consignor registration closes several weeks prior to the sale or when all consignor spots have been taken.
Who is allowed to shop at the PRESALE sale?
Only TEAM THREAD MEMBERS and CONSIGNORS are able to shop at the early access pre-sale before opening day. There is also a special time slot for new and expecting parents and grandparents click here for more information on this event. We also are selling tickets to shop the pre-sale. These tickets will be available before the sale and limited.
Can I bring my husband/wife/relative with me to the Pre-Sale sale?
Yes, a consignor or Team Thread helper may bring a spouse, significant other and/or children as long as they share the same address.
Purchased Ticket holders - all in attendance must have a ticket.
How do I carry all my great finds while I am shopping?
We will provide large tote bags to use while shopping. Items can be placed in our “Hold” area while you shop. We will place “HOLD” tags on large items. The tote bags are to be returned to the door at check out. Also you are encouraged to bring a shopping bag, but discouraged to bring purses, diapers bags and back packs. We also want to make you aware that we may ask to check bags at the door upon your departure.
Do you provide bags at check out?
Yes. We do offer bags at check out, but encourage you to bring your own reusable bags to carry all of your bargains home! Common Threads loves to look for ways to cut down on our carbon footprint.
Can children attend the sale?
You may always bring children while shopping. Children must stay with parents at all times. Please be aware that there are a lot of toys at the sale and this can be a huge temptation for little people. We ask that children not play with the toys that you are not purchasing. Due to space constraints, it is recommended that infants are carried in front/back carriers but strollers are allowed. All strollers and bags brought into the sale may be checked upon entrance and leaving.
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept Cash, Credit & Debit! There is a $2 fee for each credit card transaction.
What are items priced at?
Our sellers get to set the pricing for their items! Due to this you will see varying prices for similar items. Item prices start at $1.50.
What if I want to buy a larger Item- Do I have to carry it around while I shop?
We have a holding area!
Are strollers allowed?!
Strollers are absolutely allowed.
Are diaper bags allowed inside?
Diaper bags, backpacks and large purses are discouraged. Also, please make sure to leave anything we might sell in your car (toys, blankets, etc.)
What is Half Price Day?
Saturday is Half Price Day! Any item marked Discount: YES on the tag is an additional 50% off! Sellers get to choose if the item is discounted. Many items are!
4 Hours each.
What does a TEAM THREAD member do?
Team Thread will help us with setting up, assisting customers, checking in consignors, security, checking out customers and sorting unsold merchandise for pick-up. As a team thread member, you will earn the right to shop early at our Presale. To learn more about becoming a TEAM THREAD MEMBER and to register for a shift, CLICK HERE .
Do you provide childcare for Team Thread?
No. Please do not bring your children to the event while participating in the TEAM THREAD SHIFTS. We love kids, however we are all too busy to keep track of them and the toys are too tempting :)!!
Can I cancel my shift? If a you need to cancel a shift, you may cancel by the Friday prior to the start of the sale without penalty.