How to consign

If you would like to consign while our store is temporarily closed, email us at shopmerrygorounds@gmail.com.

Consignment hours

We accept walk-ins (no appointment necessary) from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. If you've never consigned with us before, we'll set up an account for you there -- no need to do so in advance.

 

What to bring

We are very selective with the items we are able to accept. This is so we can offer the highest-quality inventory possible to you, our customers! A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn't purchase an item in its current condition, we likely won't accept it for resale. 

Clothing

We accept freshly washed, wrinkle-free, gently worn children's clothing, shoes, and accessories sizes newborn through 12. All items must be in excellent condition with no flaws. We take mall brand and boutique/designer clothing (a list of some of our favorite brands is in the Q&A below). We also take sportswear, including dance and gymnastics leotards and shoes, soccer cleats, and ice skates.

Toys + books

We accept toys that are unopened, in their original packaging (never used). We also accept children's books that are in excellent condition with no writing or labels inside.

Amount

We look at a maximum of 20 items per consignor per week.

*There is no item limit for American Girl dolls, doll clothes, furniture, and accessories (not including books).

 

What not to bring

We do not handle baby equipment (high chairs, strollers, etc.), infant toys, stuffed animals, bedding, discount store brands (Walmart, Target, Kmart, etc.), room decor, DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, computer software, open boxed puzzles and games, or any items that have been recalled. Please visit recalls.gov to check if an item has been recalled.

 

What season to bring

January - February: Spring

Short sleeves, lightweight long sleeves, pants, skirts, capris, Easter dresses

March - May: Summer

Short sleeves, shorts, skirts, capris, sundresses, bathing suits

June - September: Fall

Long sleeves, pants, lightweight sweaters, light outerwear. We take Halloween costumes in September.

October - December: Winter

Long sleeves, pants, heavy sweaters, fleece, heavy outerwear, holiday

 

Payment

Consignment profits are split 50/50 when an item sells. Payments may be collected in the store or mailed by phone request.

Unsold items will be donated at the end of the season unless you have indicated to us that you want to take them back.

 

Frequently asked questions

How and when are consignors paid?

Consignors are paid 50% of an item's selling price after it sells. The money is posted to the consignor's account and can be collected at any time. It is up to the consignor to keep track of his or her account (we do not automatically send checks). The easiest way to keep track of your account is to either call and ask us to check it or to check it when you come into the store.

Why do you only take 20 items as a drop-off?

We want to allow anyone to drop off items at any time because that has proven to be the most convenient for consignors, so we limit the number of items to make this possible.

Why do you take clothing on a seasonal basis?

We pride ourselves in keeping our merchandise up to date and desirable.

What do you do with the items that don't sell?

We donate unsold items to a variety of charities including Cradles to Crayons, The Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Red Cross, Amvets, and Saint Vincent de Paul. We are happy to return unsold items to the consignor at the end of the season if the consignor has indicated for us to do so.

How do you set the price for an item?

We determine prices based on the brand of the item, the item type, whether the item is new with tags or used, and, in the case of clothing, the size.

What brands do you sell?

Some of our favorite clothing brands include 7 for All Mankind, Abercrombie, Absorba, Adidas, Beaufort Bonnet, The Black Dog, Burberry, Burt's Bees, Catherine Malandrino, Catimini, Columbia, Crewcuts, Florence Eiseman, Gap, Gymboree, Hanna Andersson, Jacadi, Janie and Jack, Jelly the Pug, Lands' End, Le Top, Lilly Pulitzer, L.L. Bean, Matilda Jane, Mini Boden, Mudpie, Nike, The North Face, Patagonia, Petit Bateau, Ralph Lauren, Splendid, Tea, Tucker + Tate, UGG, Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Zara, and Zutano.

Some of our favorite toy brands include American Girl and Melissa & Doug.