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Frazee Dream Center and Switch-a-Roos

2011
11.09

Switch-a-Roos is partnering with Frazee Dream Center for our Spring 2012 Pre-Sale party. The Frazee Dream Center is a free preschool, after school & summer program for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area. The program offers assistance and guidance to children ages 3-16 in the areas of academics, character development, sportsmanship and emotional wellness. For more information, visit their website at http://www.frazeecenter.com.

For your convenience, below is a list of items the center is always in need of acquiring! Please bring an item to the Pre-Sale party on February 2nd. To print this list, click here.

Preschool

Apple Juice Boxes–no sugar added

Toilet Paper

Foaming Hand Soap Refills

Elementary

Athletic Socks (youth sizes)

Belts (youth sizes)

Calculators (simple/cheap)

Neosporin

Anti-itch Cream

Small Lotions

Chap Stick

Athletic Socks (boy/girl any size)

Belts (boys)

Poster Board (white)

Play Dough

Staplers/Staples

Kleenex

Middle School

Athletic Socks (adult sizes)

Belts (adult sizes)

Deodorant

Kitchen

Anti-Bacterial Cleaner (no bleach)

Styrofoam Dinner Plates (8 in. or larger)

Styrofoam Bowls (12 oz.)

Paper Cups (9 oz.)

Trash Bags ( 13 or 39 gal./draw string)

Paper Towels

Napkins

Plastic Forks/Spoons

Food Storage Containers (anything with a lid!)

 

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Consigning Toys

2011
07.13

Aside from my kids clothing, toys are one of my favorite things to consign. I find myself on a¬†regular basis going through toys and putting things away that they haven’t played with in FOREVER for the consignment sale. Here’s a few tidbits on how to successfully consign your toys.

First make sure they work correctly ūüôā Who wants to buy a toy that doesn’t work? Look them over and remember to always have working batteries in the toy so that whoever is looking at purchasing the toy can be assured that they are making a good investment. After I look over them I start cleaning and touching them up. The two cleaning supplies I find myself using over and over again are Clorox wipes and the Magic Eraser. These are miracle workers! I make sure to go over each toy and wipe it down along with concentrating on any spots that might need to be worked on.

After this I go to packaging them up. Always put any small or loose pieces in a Ziploc bag to ensure that they won’t get lost(in this case our airplane set has a ton of little pieces). I even tape my Ziploc shut just to be safe.

Throughout the year when I purchase things that come in large bags I always put those in the closet along with my hangers that I collect for consignment time. This was a bag that I got one of the kids comforters in and it was perfect for this airplane set.

You can also zip tie the pieces together if you don’t have a bag to ensure that they are not lost in transit or the shuffle of the sale. When you’re doing your barcodes you can even put on the back of the index card or another sheet of paper attached to the bag that it’s a multi piece set if you’d like.

It takes a little time but the cleaner and more presentable the toys are then the better they are going to sell. As always if you have any tidbits or advice please visit our Facebook page or comment on our blog so we can all share.

Consignor Tidbits

2011
07.04

Happy 4th Everyone!

I thought we could post some weekly tidbits of info from our facebook page here on the blog. Every Friday I will start the conversation for you all to send in your little secrets to consigning. I know that we all do the process a little differently and we probably all have at least a couple of ways that work for us to help make the consigning experience a little easier. You all can send us a message via our facebook page and then on Mondays I’ll post all the secrets on our blog. We can try this until the sale rolls around and see what everyone thinks.

Kelley  says :  

After tagging all your items sort them by size and then rubberband the hangers together. Attach an index card to the rubberband with the size (and gender if needed) written on it. This made drop off so much easier and quicker and took minimal time to do at home. It also ensured my sizes didn’t get mixed up in transport since the rubberband held all the hangers together. For sizes I had more hangers than would fit in a rubberband I divided the size into two stacks and rubberbanded them seperately.
Lori  says :  
If you have clothes you want to sell but they have “water marks” or grease stains on them, don’t despair! Try rubbing some Dawn dish detergent on it before you wash it. I have used Dawn on these types of stains for years and have been able… to save so many clothes that would have otherwise been ruined. It even works on set in stains. I know that I hate it when I am unable to sell something because of a stain, so I thought I would pass on this tidbit of information. Hope it helps!
Lora says : 
¬†I pin,hang and tag to a movie/movies I haven’t seen, it makes it not feel like another chore to get done.
Hope everyone was able to get an idea out of this that they maybe haven’t previously tried or thought of yet. Remember to leave your little secrets on Facebook this coming Friday so I can include it in our next post.
Stephanie

Entering Items Tutorial

2011
06.27

For those of you that are new to Switcharoos or even those that have been around for several years I hope this is helpful. Our time is valuable and it is always nice to find shortcuts to help us accomplish more in a shorter period of time. Entering your items on the website is one of those things that takes a little time and while it’s enjoyable who doesn’t want to get more done faster?

So here’s a tutorial on how to enter your items while you’re preparing for the upcoming sale – hopefully this will help everyone out at least a little bit. If you have found shortcuts along the way through the years please feel free to comment on this post or even post on facebook. I love to hear things that others have learned that maybe I haven’t thought of but could help everyone out.

We’ll start from the beginning for those of you that are new.

First go to our main website page – www.switcharoosconsignment.com¬† Once you’re there look on the left hand side of the main page and click on Enter Items – go to whichever sale you are participating in and click either Greenville or Spartanburg.

After that you will be taken to the page where you as a consignor will log in. Enter your consignor id # and password and click on Submit.

Once you do this you will be taken to your specific consignor page. This page will have all of the batches that you have entered in previous years. Click on Start a Fresh Batch or if you already have one in process click on the batch number. This will take you to the page where you will enter your items.

Once on the page to enter all of your items you will see a series of drop down menus that will help you to best describe your item. Now here comes a tidbit – if you click on the arrow the drop down menu will appear – you can either scroll through the menu to find the choice that you want OR you can type in the first letter of what you are looking for. Everything will that letter will come to the top of the menu and you can choose from these. You can also continue to enter the second and third letter if needed and your choice will show up in the menu. For exampe: if you’re entering Children’s Place you could start by enter CHIL and chidren’s place would most likely be the first thing hi lighted – you could then press TAB and it would automatically accept your choice and move to the next column. Make sense?

You can also press tab each time to move to the next colomn of descriptions. You don’t have to continuously use your mouse to move from selection to selection. Now remember you can only enter 3 descriptions so make sure you choose what is going to best describe your item.

After you enter your description you will go down to size, price and whether or not it’s okay to include your item in the half off sale on Sunday. You can also use the TAB button on these selections and the shortcut described above to help you move through these a little quicker. After these are completed you can click ADD THIS ITEM and your item will be added to the list.

You can break whenever you like even if you’re not through with your batch by clicking SAVE FOR LATER. Once this is done you can come back and work on your batch whenever is convenient for you. If you’re totally finished then click on TOTALLY FINISHED and you will be directed to the page where you choose your donation choice. We are proud to say that at the end of the sale all donated items will go to Little Steps Charity or other organizations that may be in need.

Once your items are entered and submitted your barcodes will be mailed to you within a week. Please remember that in order to have your barcodes mailed to your home you must have all items entered in our system by July 26th at 10:00 pm. After that you may continue to enter your items but you will have to pick your barcodes up at drop off and tag your items at that time.

Now – let’s get to entering ūüôā

It’s Dad’s Day

2011
06.17

With Father’s Day coming up what better time is there to get into our craft stash and make something handmade for Dad. There is nothing as parents that we love more and cherish longer than pieces of art made by our children’s hands.

What do you do to celebrate Father’s Day in your house? Do you travel to see grandparents or enjoy the day at home with your own family?

I love the blog¬†Mile High Mamas ¬†for some creative Father’s Day craft ideas. My favorite is the mug – I might have to try that one out very soon.

    I always cherish anything that my kids fingerprints on it. You can also go to www.familyfun.com and pick up some great ideas Рthey have some fun cards and craft ideas also.

Whatever you choose to do make sure you take a few minutes out of your day to show the dad in your family’s life how much he means to you.

Summertime – Water Time

2011
06.10

I’m a huge advocate for water safety and it is largely because I’ve come all to close to losing a child to the water. 2 years ago this summer we were at a baseball pool party and my then 2 year old had a near drowning in the pool. He had been wearing a life jacket all night long and wasn’t brave enough to go anywhere near the water. As we were packing things up to leave we took his life jacket off and at some point took our eyes off the pool while getting other things ready. Only the Lord knows how many moments passed by because the next thing we knew he was being pulled out of the pool by another parent attending the party. Pale,blue and lethargic was our baby boy. There was clearly an angel there at that time and after a hospital stay and lots of praying we were able to bring our boy back home healthy and safe. For many others that’s not the case. With summer just beginning and many pool,lake and ocean days yet to come I’ve heard of several drowning cases in our community. It’s sad and heartbreaking that this is happening and it’s not just children – adults too. I thought for our first Switcharoos blog post we could focus on water safety.

From the website www.splashzoneusa.com  I found some wonderful tips and games for the whole family to us how to enjoy the summer and stay safe at the same time.

                               

There’s are games,songs and even a coloring book¬†that you can do with your children. It helps them to be aware of hazards and things they should watch out for when in or near the water. They’re bound to have a good time playing a game while learning at the same time about something that just might save their life.

Have fun this summer – build relationships and make memories – but let’s do all of that while staying safe.

Stephanie

New Location in Spartanburg

2011
05.24

This year we will have a new location Рmoving from Anderson to Spartanburg!  We are excited about this new consignment event location and look forward to better serving everyone in the Upstate with the LARGEST, FINEST and BEST consignment event anywhere around!

 

 

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Welcome to our New Website!

2011
05.18

Switch-A-Roos Consignments now has a new and improved website!¬† We’ve made it easier for you to find what you need to do, and to get there faster.¬† Please let us know how you like our new look.

Thanks!

Switch-A-Roos