BECOMING A CONSIGNOR
Becoming a consignor with Dress on a Dime is easy and there are many benefits to consigning. Do you need to organize your closet? Want to find new ways to recycle or make some extra money?
Consignors receive a base commission of 60% of their sales with the potential to earn up to 70% by volunteering. No need to wait months for your clothes to sell at a consignment store or the hassle of organizing a garage sale, just to make a few dollars. You have the freedom to set your price, so you control how much you will make. We provide the location and do all of the advertising. All you need to do is tag your items, drop them off and we do the rest. You receive a check for the items that you sold in 2 weeks.
The first step to become a consignor is to register. To register, click on the appropriate sale from the Locations drop down menu at the bottom of this page. Click the ‘register’ button. There is a $15 registration fee to reserve your spot at the sale. The registration fee helps cover the costs of space rental, printing, display racks, advertising, etc. Refer three friends to consign and we will waive your registration fee. Email us and provide us with the names and consignor numbers of the friends you have referred. The fee will be returned to you when checks are issued after the sale. The friends you refer must enter your name in the “referred by” field on the website when they register.
During registration you will be asked to provide contact information. We use this information to contact you with updates on the sale and to send detailed instructions for preparing your items for the sale. **Please be advised, all communications are done through emails, please make sure to read all emails sent for instructions, updates and deadlines.**
Once you have completed registration you will receive a consignor number via email. You will use your consignor number to access the online inventory system.
When deciding what clothes to consign, please remember our number one guideline: if you wouldn’t buy it, don’t sell it! We only accept items that are no more than 4-5 years old, in excellent condition, do not look worn, are free of stains, holes and pet hair and are not dated. Please remember that our shoppers are looking for trendy, in style items.
We accept women’s and men’s clothing in 0 to plus sizes in the following categories:
Clothing – sweaters, shirts, dresses, blouses, pants, skirts, shorts, jeans, sleepwear, coats, athletic wear, swimwear (new)
Professional Wear – dress suits, pant suits, blazers, jackets
Accessories – Handbags, shoes, boots, sunglasses, belts, scarves, hats
Jewelry -designer jewelry, costume jewelry, watches (must have battery), necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings
Home Decor – Up to date household decor, pictures, small furniture, plants, lamps, and much more…
We do not accept undergarments, bridal gowns, company logo or ‘vacation’ t-shirts with state or city logos, Walmart brands or any outdated styles.
We hold a minimum of 2 sales per year in each city.
There is a minimum of 30 and maximum of 300 items in order to participate in the sale. Consignors receive a base commission of 60% of their total sales. All consignors will receive a pass to the private pre-sale. Entrance times depend on the number of hours you volunteer. Consignors that volunteer can receive up to 70% of total sales and earlier admission to the pre-sale. See the volunteer page for more information.
Tags are created using the online tagging system. The tagging system creates bar coded tags to easily monitor inventory. To create the tags, enter the size, category and item description. During item entry you will also need to determine if you will sell at full price, sell at 50% off on discount day or donate unsold items. Once the items are set up, print the tags on 8 ½ x 11 paper using white or light pastel colored cardstock (regular paper is not accepted). The tags print 10 to a page. Simply cut the tags and attach them to your items using a tagging gun.
When entering items, be as descriptive as possible. We require that the item brand be printed on the tag. For example, use ‘Pink Ralph Lauren Cardigan’ instead of ‘Pink Sweater’. This is necessary to help us look up an item in the event a tag gets separated from the garment.
Once you have created the tags, hang all tops and dresses on wire hangers. Wire hangers can be collected from local dry cleaners, purchased at Wal-Mart, 99 Cent Store, etc. For skirts, pants and capris, do not place on wire hangers. We provide pant hangers for these items. Bring them neatly folded and place them on the pant hangers when you arrive for your drop off appointment. All garments should be hung with the hanger’s hook pointing left (hanger should resemble a question mark when looking at the front of item). For items that will be sold as a set, place the shirt on the hanger and we will provide a pant hanger at your drop off appointment. At that time you can rubber band the items together. For sets, print a tag for each item and write “1 of 2” and ‘2 of 2’ on the tag to identify them as a set. For any item that may fall off the hanger (tank top or spaghetti strap dresses) secure rubber bands to each side of the hanger to prevent the straps from falling off, or you can purchase no slip grips here. For items without straps such as sleeveless dresses we will provide pant hangers to hang the items. We do not allow safety pins on any items.
When tagging items, the tag must be attached with a tagging gun to the item label or through a seam in the garment. This will allow the shopper to easily flip through the clothing and the tags will all be located in the same position. Tagging guns may be obtained from an office supply store or purchased here for about $10 (make sure you order tachits, too). Allow 2 weeks for your tagging gun to arrive. Some Dress on a Dime locations rent tagging guns for your convenience. Call or email your location for details.
Once all of your items have been tagged, sort clothing according to size and category so they can be quickly placed in their area at drop-off. Please note that we do not allow safety pins, straight pins or staples for tagging.
For shoes, use a string or curling ribbon to ensure the shoes are not separated. Be sure to make the string or ribbon long enough so that customers can easily try on the shoes (usually 10 inches of string or ribbon). For shoes that cannot be attached with a string or curling ribbon, use packing tape to attach a tag to the bottom of one shoe (it is not necessary to label both). For jewelry, attach tags to necklaces and bracelets using a string (we find curling ribbon works nicely). This will enable us to display them so they can be seen . Earrings can be attached directly to the item tag. Do not put jewelry in plastic bags. For purses, attach the tag to the handle using a string or ribbon. Stuff the purse with tissue or any type of paper (except newsprint which stains). Attach tags to watches using curling ribbon. All watches must have batteries and be in working order.
At your drop off appointment, your items must be clean, free of stains, tears and pet hair and neatly pressed for the best presentation. A little extra work in the preparation of your clothes goes a long way in selling them. All items will be inspected at check-in. Any items that do not meet our requirements will not be admitted in to the sale.
During all sales, many hands will touch the items and some tags will be separated from their items. Check to make sure all items have securely attached tags. It is your responsibility to make sure the tags are securely attached as we cannot be responsible for items without a tag. Please follow the tagging guidelines exactly.
It is rare, but loss due to theft and damage do occur. We require that all consignors sign a waiver releasing Dress on a Dime from liability for losses. You can help to minimize this by ensuring that all tags are securely attached to items. Again, these instances are rare, but they do occur.
You have the freedom to set the price for your items. There is a $2 minimum, and we use $.50 increments for pricing. As a pricing guideline, we suggest 70-80% off original retail. The lower your price, the better the items will sell. Use the original price as your guideline and take the brand into consideration. For example, shoppers will know that Gap items generally do not retail for more than DKNY items, therefore, if it costs more at the sale, it will most likely not sell. On Sunday, the last day of the sale, you can choose to have your items discounted by 50% as an added incentive to buyers. You will need to check the discount box during the tag creation to allow your item to be sold at a discount. If you do not check the box, the items will only be sold at full price for the entire sale. The third option is to donate. You must check this on the tagging website when you are setting up the items. If you check this field, your items will be donated to local charities at the end of the sale and you do not need to pick them up.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
You will be asked what your consignor number is when you drop off or pick up your items. Everything is referenced by this number. Please know your consignor number! At drop off or pick up, all consignors are required to volunteer for (1) hour to assist in setting up or breaking down the sale. This is required of all consignors, you can sign up for these shifts from the consignor home page.
On your drop-off day bring a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mark the envelope with your consignor number in the bottom left corner. If you do not have an envelope and stamp at your drop off appointment, you can purchase one for $1.
Item drop off is the week prior to the sale. Drop off appointments can be scheduled online from the consignor home page. At check-in we will inspect the items to make sure they are neatly pressed and free of stains or tears. Once your items have been inspected, you will place them on the sales floor. Please plan to be present during the entire check-in process. Consignors are required to assist with placing their items on the racks to expedite the check-in process.
After the sale, items that do not sell, consignors must pick up. We assign a pick up day for unsold items. If you choose not to pick up your items during this time, your items will be donated for you. Items that are marked donate will be donated to local charities on your behalf. Unclaimed items not marked for donation become the property of Dress on a Dime. Dress on a Dime will donate any unclaimed items to local charities.
At the close of business each day we upload the sales so you can view which of your items sold. At the end of the sale you can view your total sales. Consignor checks are mailed to you within 14 days after the sale.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email the owner of your Dress on a Dime location.