Preparing Your Items for the Sale
Once you’ve decided to become a Teacher 2 Teacher consignor, the next step is to decide on the items you want to sell…and, then, get them ready to be put on the sales floor.
When selecting materials and resources, we encourage you to consider these few reminders:
  • All items will be inspected at Drop-Off by our team of volunteers.
  • Items that don’t meet the standards set by Teacher 2 Teacher may be pulled from the floor and not put up for sale.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any item that we feel may not sell.
  • Don’t consign anything you wouldn’t want to buy yourself!
While preparing items for the sale is actually very simple, the manner in which you prep them can determine how well they sell. Make sure that you personally inspect all items, and that they meet the following guidelines:
  • All items must be clean and odor-free.
  • Toys, puzzles, games must include all pieces.
  • All battery-operated games and toys must be in good working order.
  • Battery-operated games and toys MUST include batteries.
  • Do not tape over the barcode area.
Supply Checklist
All items must be properly prepared and tagged before bringing them to the sale. To help make the process easier, we have compiled a list of materials we think you will want to have on-hand before you begin. Be sure to read through all preparation instructions before purchasing any supplies.
  • Clear plastic bags (zip-top, etc.) of various sizes
  • Clear packing tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Zip ties
  • Permanent marker
  • Safety pins
  • Wire hangers
  • Colored index cards
  • White index cards
General Tips
Being aware of these few, simple tips will save you time and effort:
  • Tape tags to back bottom right-hand.
  • Items can be sold separately.
  • Items can be bundled and sold in bulk (themed sets, guided reading sets, author sets, manipulatives, etc.).
  • It is a good idea to place small items in zip-top bags.
  • All items MUST have a barcode (see TAGGING for more information).
  • Do NOT tape over barcodes.
Books, Curriculum
  • Books may be sold separately or bundled (themed sets, guided reading sets, author sets, classroom library sets, grade level, etc.).
  • Do not seal zip-top bags with tape. Shoppers may want to remove books and curriculum materials from the bags to examine them. Be assured that our volunteers will work diligently to ensure that sets are kept together.
  • Adhere barcode to back bottom right-hand corner of individual books.
  • If you use index cards with barcodes attached to the index card use ONLY clear packing tape to attach index cards (with barcodes) to books.
  • Secure bundled books using either of the following methods:
  1. Adhere the barcode or index card (with barcode) to the outside bottom right of the bag.
  2. Wrap ribbon around books several times (vertically and horizontally) tape the barcode to the back bottom right-hand corner of the book set; if using index cards (with barcodes), hole punch the index card and attach it to the ribbon.
  • Use index cards (with barcodes) for book sets or curriculum materials that require more than one zip-top bag or box. Prepare index cards for all zip-top bags or boxes in the book set. Adhere the barcode to the first index card or zip-top bag. Tape the identical index cards to the center of bags or boxes. Use a permanent marker to label the zip-top bags or boxes 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc. Do NOT tape bags or boxes closed.
  • Do not over pack book or file storage boxes.
  • Curriculums should be organized by subject and grade level.
DVD's/Videos, Tapes and CD's
  • Ensure that DVD’s/Videos and CD’s are in the correct package.
  • Seal all DVD's/Videos, tapes and CD’s with masking tape.
Games, Puzzles, Toys
  • Puzzles, toys, games, and all multi-pieced items MUST include all parts.
  • Wrap wooden puzzles in plastic wrap before inserting into zip-top bag so that puzzle pieces don’t come loose during the sale. Do NOT secure puzzle pieces with tape, as tape can ruin the puzzle. Use packing tape to close zip-top bags to prevent loss.
  • Puzzles pieces fit easily in two-gallon zip-top bags.
  • Tape all boxed puzzles to prevent loss.
  • Secure barcodes or index cards (with barcodes) on the back right hand corner of bags and boxes.
  • Secure all small game items in a zip-top bag; attach the bag to the larger item using packing tape.
  • Tape all boxed games.
  • Place small toys in zip-top bags and tape closed. Use packing tape to reinforce the top of your zip-top bag to prevent loss of items
  • Some items may be unsuitable for bagging, e.g., large or oddly shaped items. For items such as these, secure barcodes directly to the items or hole punch the index cards (with barcodes) and attach it with a zip tie or rubber band.
Math Manipulatives
  • Place all math manipulatives in zip-top bags.
  • Use packing tape to reinforce the top of your zip-top bags to prevent loss of items.
Science Kits, Social Studies, Geography Materials
  • If possible, pack all materials in their original boxes.
  • Adhere barcodes or index cards (with barcodes) to back bottom right-hand corner of the box or kit.
  • If you are unable to use the original packaging, place items in a box and attach a picture to the outside of the box showing kit contents.
  • Items may be placed in a large clear plastic bag. Secure all items in the bag with a rubber band or twine to secure them.
  • Some items may be unsuitable for bagging, (e.g., maps, globes, landform models, etc). For items such as these, adhere the barcode directly to the bottom of the item or hole punch the index card (with barcode) and attach it with a zip tie or rubber band.
Teaching Tools & Classroom Materials
  • Place teaching supplies (e.g., nameplates, white boards, magnetic letters, etc.) in zip-top bags. Secure barcode on back right-hand corner of all bags.
  • Storage containers (e.g., chair pockets, bins, tubs, baskets) can be sold separately or bundled. Secure barcode on bottom or back of all containers.
  • Bulletin board borders can be rolled up and placed in a zip-top bag or left in their original packaging. Attach barcode or index cards (with barcodes) to outside of zip-top bag or original packaging.
  • Classroom charts and posters should be clipped, stapled or taped together in several places to prevent lost pieces. Secure barcode or index cards (with barcodes) on back right hand corner.
  • Classroom organizers (e.g., bookcases, classroom mailboxes, etc.) should be fully assembled so shoppers can see the item. Attach your barcode or index card (with barcode) in a place where buyers can see it while standing in front of the item. New items in original packaging do not need to be assembled.
  • Rugs must be clean, in excellent condition, rolled up, and taped securely at multiple spots; a picture of the rug must be attached. Adhere the index card (with barcode) to the rug.
  • Some teaching tools and classroom materials may be unsuitable for bagging, (e.g., large items, oddly shaped items, etc.). For items such as these, attach barcode or index card (with barcode) in a place where buyers can see it while standing in front of the item. You may also attach your tag using painter’s tape; be sure to place it where buyers can see it while standing in front of the item.
Art Materials
  • Place all art materials in zip-top bags.
  • Use packing tape to reinforce the top of your zip-top bags to prevent loss of items.
Early Childhood Learning Materials
  • Place dramatic and creative play materials (e.g., cooking sets, play food, puppets, etc.) in large clear plastic bags; tape, using packing tape to prevent lost pieces. Adhere barcodes or index cards (with barcodes) to back bags.
  • Some early childhood learning materials may be unsuitable for bagging (e.g., water tables, sand boxes, gear tables, tool kit bench, etc.). Adhere barcodes index cards (with barcodes) to the materials so buyers can see it while standing in front of the item.
  • Sand tables, water tables, tool kit benches should be assembled so shoppers can see the item. Attach your barcode or index card (with barcode) to the items so that buyers can see it while standing in front of the item. New items in original boxes do not need to be assembled.
  • Dress-up clothes should be hung on wire hangers with the hook facing left to look like a "?". Pin outfits securely together. Use a safety pin to attach the index cards (with barcodes) on the right side (as you are looking at it) over the heart.
If you have any questions about the sale, please contact us at info@t2tsale.com.