Safety Pins

safety pinAhhh, the safety pin – a Consignors friend (and nemisis…as ouch, they can hurt!). Long gone are the days when our moms used to use them to hold up diapers, those magic little pins come in handy for so many things.


  • Item falling off the hanger? Use a pin in the shoulder seam!
  • No pants hanger? Use pins (and bend your wire hanger upwards) to keep pants on the hanger and laying flat.
  • Grouping items together? Pin the partner to the seam of another item!

They are also great for keeping shoes together, attaching hats to gloves, keeping one item with another item and so on. Use these things, they are little magicians hard at work.

You can use any pin that will work – no matter the size. But – be careful! Please, oh, please if you are using pins in lieu of a tagging gun, remember where you are placing your tag or how you are attaching two things together. Do you need to pin in a hem? Will your item show a hole if the pin is removed? Be smart about where you put your pin!

Finally – if you need them, check out any craft store, thrift store craft areas, dollar stores or pretty much anywhere, they are around. If you are looking for bulk supplies and want to go through the JBF crew, just give us a shout!


Tagging Supplies 101


One of the most common questions asked is, “what supplies do I need, and where is the best place to get them?”  Here’s a budget-friendly list to help you get started-many of these items, you can grab at the dollar store!

  1. Hangers-any hanger will do, whether it be plastic or wire!  Sometimes department stores will give these out for free if you ask.   You can also ask at your local dry cleaners or even local charity.   If you are looking to purchase them, skip the dollar store as they tend to be cheaper at Walmart or Target.
  2. Safety Pins-with these, skip the tiny ones.  You’ll need safety pins to attach price tags to clothing (you can also pin pants to hangers through the belt loops).  Looking for a cheap resource?  Check your local dry cleaner!  Skip buying them from the dollar store; these are flimsy and odd sized!  *If you have many clothes to tag, a tagging gun is a great option!  You can purchase these for under $10 on Amazon.*
  3. Zip Ties- these are great for securing shoes together, securing larger items to hangers or for combining toy parts!  Buy them at the dollar store-$1 per pack is hard to beat! *Curling ribbon is another alternative to zip ties.*
  4. Ziploc Bags- use these to combine toy parts or pieces of equipment.  Again, if you can find these at the dollar store, grab them there!
  5. Tape- you’ll want to use packing tape to secure the openings of Ziploc bags & painter’s tape to attach tags to books (this way, the book cover isn’t damaged when the tag is removed).  Buy tape at Walmart, Target, or even the dollar store!
  6. Cleaning supplies- Magic Erasers work WONDERS and can be your best friend! They are highly recommend them.  Sometimes, you can find these at the dollar store, otherwise, check Walmart or Target!
  7. Card stock- White card stock ONLY please; we don’t allow tags to be printed on regular paper because paper rips too easily.  Your items will be handled multiple times during our sale.  Card stock tends to also be cheaper at Walmart, but Target or any office supply store should carry it too.
  8. Batteries- if you plan on consigning battery-operated toys or equipment, please make sure your items are in working condition!  Grab cheap batteries at the dollar store!
  • To sign up as a consignor or access the tagging site for Grand Rapids, click HERE.
  • To sign up as a consignor or access the tagging site for Kalamazoo, click HERE.

Hope this list has been helpful!  As always, if you have ANY questions, please contact Melissa at, or call/ text 616.528.8284, see you at the sale!

Cleaning supplies