Tagging Tip Tuesday – It’s in the Detail!

One of our beloved JBF Owners loves to sing the mantra of appropriate tagging “BCD, if you please!”

Brand. Color. Description.

Oh, let me tell you how important this is. See this rack:


That’s just one rack – of many – where the tag fell off the item, we scoured the complete database and still couldn’t match a tag up to its owner.

The result? No sale – and to the lost and found pile it goes.

SO SAD!! I’m crying on my receipt – I really wanted that xyz-pdq outfit! Alas, no tag, no sale. Bummer!

Here’s a gentle, loving reminder of what won’t work for a tag:


“Clothing”  This was a tag without a home. There is no way we can match that to anything – so essentially, it’s wasted time for the consignor who cleaned it, hung it, entered it, tagged it and got it to the sale. We want you to earn as much as you can – and tags with descriptions get lovingly matched all throughout the event.

So, let’s say this was for a pair of jeans. BCD if you please!
Sonoma, dark wash, jeans with snap

Or a sweater:
Merona, green white stripe sweater

Yes, using a generic like “clothing” helps you mass produce tags. But the moment that tag falls off, it’s not possible to sell your item. It takes a smidge longer, we know. But it’s worth it. Besides, for you talk-to-text gurus, you can do that on your phone or tablet and talk-tag away. Super simple!

So, please, oh please, BCD!!


New Website Coming!

New SiteIn case you missed the email yesterday, we’re launching a new website this week!

Upgrading on Tuesday, June 28th, the website will offline for maintenance. We can’t wait to show you our new look!

Still need access to your tags? No problem! If you have a JBF profile established, you may use this link to log into your tagging account while the website is offline.

But most importantly – check back on Wednesday to see the new site!!!

Update to Tagging Site

Hey Consignors! Just a little technology update to pass along to you. After careful consideration (and lots of research around the country at various Spring sales), the Beta Test for 12 tags per page just did not scan as well as we hoped.

Therefore, as of June 17th, the Beta Test is now at 9 tags per page. Still more economical than the 6 tags – but now, with a larger field in which to tag and scan.

Any tags that were already printed are just fine – no need to reprint!

Hope you’re enjoying this awesome Michigan summer weather!

I Goofed…Now What?

You’re tagging fast and furious. You’re on a roll. Your tags are going in…and then you stop and look.

Shoot! You meant to check “reduce” and you forgot. You’ve gotten 175 tags in and you ponder out loud “Please tell me I don’t have to edit every one?!”

Nope! You don’t!

First – select the purple “edit/delete tags” button on the main screen – it’s usually on the right, above where your tags get listed.

Then, scroll down to see the “modify” section. For every tag you have highlighted (you will have needed to select all – or select the tags in question) you can change your reduced values and/or change your donated values.

Click “update” and you’re done!

Now. what about the fact that every time you log in, the donate or reduce field is always (un)checked? Moreover, you don’t want it to be like that.

We’ve got a fix for that, too.

On the left column, go to My Profile. Your user defaults are right here – you can adjust them at any time. Each time you enter tags. the default will be what you want it to be.

Hope that helps. Tag on!

Books and More Books!

Books sell really well! We’ve put a system in place to keep books standing up, showcasing them off in their best light. We use white gutters to stand the books up and we line them up in a way that makes it easy for shoppers to search through.

Since books do sell, here are a few things to remember about selling your books – and moreover, tagging them.

If you’ve got a more antique-type book, or a cover that is not glossy, be careful with tape. You can see in this photo – even painters tape pulled up the cover.

Consider using a plastic bag. Place your book and your tag inside – but remember to tape down your bag when you’re done. It will keep your tag with your book(s).

Speaking of multiple books – using the bag like you saw above is a great idea. But if your books are too large, or you’d prefer to use up some twine, ribbon or other option – feel free to wrap them up like you see here:

A few final thoughts about books.

  • They need to be priced well! Grouping your items together can help you get a higher price and conserve your tags. But, on average, books need to be a good bargain.
  • If you still have the original price tag on the book – try placing your tag near that sticker. It’s a great way to showcase the savings of buying the book at the JBF Sale.
  • Consider the amount of love your book has seen. If the pages are worn or the flip tabs torn, think about donating your book. We try to keep our books in as good of condition as possible.
  • And finally – The Tag! Please make sure to write a description for your tag. Simply saying “Book” – will not be enough if your tag falls off. Be kind – verbalize!

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 melissacook@jbfsale.com, or call/ text 616.528.8284, see you at the sale!

Cleaning supplies