Helpful Hints

Want to make your items sell fast? Presentation is everything!

  • Make clothing items look as new as possible. They are more likely to sell if they are clean, ironed, and all of the fasteners are closed (buttons, zippers, snaps, etc.) Tie any bows or ribbons.
  • All items should be as clean as possible… that means every nook and cranny!  An old toothbrush works well in the crevices of toys, high chairs, etc.
  • Shoes should be clean, inside and out. Polish leather, remove lint from Velcro straps, clean and tie laces, remove gunk from soles.
  • If using dry-cleaning hangers, remove any paper over wrap.
  • Describe items as specifically as possible. For well-known brands, mention this on the tag. Also indicate if the item has more than one piece. Example: “Gymboree pink striped shirt, pink sweater, & brown corduroy pants; 3 pieces!”
  • Sets sell.  Try to combine random tops & pants into outfits and watch your sales increase.
  • Price your item at what you would pay for it at a consignment sale, not what you think it is worth. Consider it a ministry opportunity to price your items lower so that someone else might be able to afford them!

Stain-removal tips

  • Lemon Juice – If you have spots on white clothes, apply some lemon juice and lay them in the sun, then launder as usual.  This is really effective on baby formula stains.
  • Alcohol – Rubbing alcohol is great for grass stains!
  • A Paste of Tide Powder and Spray-n-Wash – Mix these together to form a paste and apply with a toothbrush.  Let it penetrate the fabric then launder.
  • Hot Water – is great for Kool-Aid and Jell-O type stains. Hold fabric taunt and pour from a height. Soak or repeat if necessary. Comes out every time!
  • OxiClean – great for all types of stains! We recommend using both the spray stain removal (first spray, scrub with brush–can even be a toothbrush, and wash as directed) and the powder detergent. For tougher stains, place item in a bucket w/ 1 scoop and soak in the hottest water possible (depending on type of stain) for as long as necessary (sometimes for as long as a week) to remove most stains that didn’t come out the first time. On white fabrics, add a little Clorox bleach to the Oxy Clean on a toothbrush to remove spot.
  • Goop Hand Cleaner – Non-toxic/biodegradable stain removal effective at removing grease, gum, grass, baby formula, blood, ink, crayon, lipstick, coffee, tar, oil and glue. When using Goop Gel or liquid on fabric or garments- Apply Goop directly to the spot or stain on the garment. Thoroughly rub the Goop into the fabric and let it sit for at least a half hour. Then wash the garment as you usually would. For really tough stains – Apply liberal amounts of Goop to the stain then roll the garment up and let it sit overnight. Wrapping the treated garment in a plastic bag keeps the moisture in the Goop from evaporating and helps maximize the stain removing power. Then, wash as usual. NOTE: Inspect the garment before drying. If the stain is not completely removed, Do Not Dry The Garment. Drying the garment, especially in a hot dryer, will lock in the stain. Apply more Goop to the stain and let it sit overnight, then wash again. Goop has been known to totally remove stains that other stain removers can’t, or that just won’t come out the first time Goop is used.
  • Carbona Stain Removers – 9 different solutions for many types of fabric – the rust solution is a very good one.
  • Tilex – great for mildew stains on white fabrics. Remember, it is bleach! This must be used carefully. On whites, spray on and let sit – just rinse if blue spots occur. On colored fabrics, it’s easy to cause bleach spots, but carefully spray on and rinse quickly.
  • Rit Dye Color Remover – another last resort, but can be effective. Follow the directions carefully. On small stained areas, it is easier to use the stove-top method. For larger loads, use the washer.
  • Goo Gone – removes tree sap, gum, tape residue, and crayon. Just spray on, let sit for 10 minutes, and wash as usual.
  • Biz – Soak your white laces in Biz and your shoes will look 80% better!
  • Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser – works wonders on plastic toys. Test a small area on the toy first before using all over.
  • Fels-Naptha Laundry bar soap – great for red dirt/clay stains.  Follow directions on package.

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