Kalamazoo, We’re Coming For You!

We’re just two short weeks away from drop off! We’ve got a whole new sale, new inventory What Do You Selland lots of new participants. We’re just thrilled!

 

 

 

If you haven’t been checking out our website for details – go to kalamazoo.jbfsale.com – where you’ll find drop off info, shopping and pre-sale info – and all the action.

Are you coming?! We can’t wait to see you!

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And We’re Done!

It's a wrap!

My goodness, another sale in the books! You guys did not disappoint! Our shoppers came out in droves, our sellers had wonderful, quality items, and we were busy busy busy the entire sale.

You might be wondering if you chose to sell with us in the fall sale what our sales looked like. You might wonder why somethings sold and others did not. Here's a few ideas to consider as you pack your items away, look for new items to sell, and plan ahead to our March sale!

First, if you choose to pick up unsold items tomorrow, this is a great time to double check your price. We had a record sale and record number of shoppers, so it's possible that your item was overpriced in comparison to others out there.

Second, take a look at the quality of the item. Gymboree got really smart over 15 years ago and started putting the date of manufacture on their garments. Perhaps your garment is just a little outdated to the point where it's not going to be trendy enough for buyers to consider.

Third, a few of you may get stained items returned to you. If you can get the stain out in time for the next sale, we would welcome it back. However, this is a great opportunity to look at the garment and simply decide if it's better in the donation pile then in your laundry basket!

Fourth, consider our our sweet spot. Quite frankly what sells the very best is mid range size clothing. The older a boy gets, it's possible the rougher he is on those knees! Items sell in every category, regardless of season, but shoppers are also savvy to plan ahead for short periods of time. Consider the season.

And then a few tips, based on what we saw throughout the week. We love all of our donators! If you are donating your items, we highly recommend you rarely ask for full price. If the item has not sold by the time we reach the half off sale, yes, you might make less. However if that bargain shopper is only after half off items, you will be passed over and your item go straight to the donation bin. You might as well make some money!

Remember where you put your pins and you're tagging barb's. Putting them through the chest or front panel of a pant lend them to being pulled and snag leaving a hole. Remember to affix them well. We had plenty of tags without a home and as a result, those items cannot be sold. And, remember to use card stock. Flimsy copy paper tags rip, do not scan well and are prone to falling off even easier.

We were positively thrilled with this sale, the reduction in stained items pulled from the floor, the record number of shoppers and sellers, and with 159,908 items on the floor, we could not be more pleased at your commitment to quality consignment in West Michigan.

We look forward to seeing you again in March!

Merchandise Prep

Pulled directly from our website, here’s some super helpful tips on getting your items ready for the sale.

Because to get our show floor to look like this:

you need to prep!!

Keep up the hard work!


We are so glad you will be consigning with us at the upcoming sale!!!

  1.  Print the Consignor Waiver form, complete sign and bring with you to drop off
  2.  Read over the tagging details below and review the pricing suggestions.
  3.  Log into your JBF profile and click ENTER TAGS to get started.

You must tag all items using our online tagging and barcoding system.  It is FREE!

You set your own price on all items.
Click here for pricing suggestions

PREPARING AND TAGGING: TOYS, BOOKS, AND GAMES

  • Click here to check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website  for any recalls.
  • Clean all items thoroughly. (Stained items will be removed from the sales floor).
  • Test to make certain that items are working properly.
  • Battery operated items must include working batteries (these can be purchased inexpensively at dollar stores).  You will be charged for non working batteries.
  • Games and puzzles must include ALL pieces and be in box/plastic bag. Tape shut with clear packing tape.
  • Place small parts and accessories belonging to items in Ziploc/plastic bag. Tape bag shut. Fasten bag securely to the item with clear packing tape or small zip ties. Items must include ALL parts.
  • You may group several items together (toys, rattles, puzzles, books, etc.) in a Ziploc bag. Secure bag shut with clear tape.
  • Use ONLY easily removable tape (painters tape works best to ensure no damage) to attach tags to books. Do not use scotch or masking tape.
  • Items may be placed into multiple bags and secured together with clear packing tape.
  • Multi piece items that will not fit into a bag may be attached together with zip ties.
  • NO stuffed animals. (ONLY battery operated toy animals)
  • NO explicit pg13 or rated R DVD’s.
  • NO VHS tapes.

Note: Attach tag to item with clear packing tape, safety pin, or by punching a hole in the top of the tag and securing with ribbon.

Note: Place a piece of tape on tag before punching a hole. This will reinforce the tag so that it is not easily torn off your item.

Note: If selling multiple items together, include how many items on tag. (i.e. toys, rattles, puzzles, books, etc.)

Consignor Fee Sale

Say what?!!?

Did you get this amazing email from our awesome owners? If not – you need to check this out. Because who doesn’t love a great sale!!! #ILoveJBF


As you might know, with JBF you can tag once and participate in multiple sales using the same tag.  It is so easy to point your tags to the different sales by simply registering for each of the events.  Well, we wanted to help you take advantage of that by encouraging you to participate in multiple sales at a reduced consignor fee.  That’s right, you get to tag once and have 3 opportunities to sell at a discounted consignor fee.  Now, if you sell a lot of items in Grand Rapids, then don’t worry, you have time to tag and clear out more for Kalamazoo a few weeks later.  Best of all, your discount also carries over to the Spring Grand Rapids 2018 sale.

Here are the details…

 

So what are you waiting for??  Sign up to sell in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo 2017 sales now and get two consignor fees for the price of 1.  Then sign up to sell in the Spring 2018 Grand Rapids sale and your consignor fee will be half price.

You need to sell in all three sales to qualify for these special discounts and they will be automatically applied.

Sign Up TODAY!

In The Loop

Are you getting these emails? They come from our fearless leader's and provide massive amounts of information as it relates to what's new, what's happening, what to expect and where we're going.

Always check these emails, as they are your first and most important link to our sale ahead. We are just a few weeks away, and you need to know all the details… and be aware of all the fun contests we like to run as well!

Zone Drop Off is BACK~~

~~and it’s better than before!

We analyzed and assessed – and improved Zone Drop Off to make your time unloading and placing your items to be efficient – while allowing room for you to move. Here’s the breakdown – if you pack smart, you’ll be find your Zone and Zoom!

What this means: volunteers take boxes/bins of like-items and do the secondary sort into their respective areas.

For example…in the Accessories area…we’ll have girls, boys and gender neutral. The bin for girls will be easy for you to find and place all your girls accessories into one bin. We’ll take that bin and sort it into: belts, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.

You do the check on quality – you give us just the best stuff – and we’ll do the second sort to save you time at drop off. Pack well at home – and you’ll be in and out in a flash!

Zone Drop Off Fall 2017