Have a few items to sell, but don’t want to man your own table? No problemo! Why not sell your items on consignment? All you need to do is bring us your items and we’ll try our best to sell your items in exchange for 15% of your sales (i.e. we’ll sell your items on consignment).

So how does this work?

If you’d like to sell items on consignment at our event, all you need to do is follow these four simple steps.

  1. Price your items by:
    • Printing out as many of our price tags as you need. See below for more details about how to price your items.
    • Sending us an email at [email protected] to request your unique ID number (we’ll be using this number to track your sales the weekend of the event). Our Consignment Manager will then provide you with the number to include on each of your price tags.
    • Attaching the price tags to each item you’re consigning. We encourage you to use sticky tack, elastic bands, or safety pins (on apparel) instead of regular/painters tape to prevent any damage to your item.
  2. Bring your items to Halls A&B of the Nepean Sportsplex on Friday February 3rd between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm or 7:00 am and 8:45 am on Saturday February 4th. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to fill out a form with details about your items.
  3. Shop between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the day of the event or just come back between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.
  4. Visit the Consignment Manager’s booth (it will be clearly labelled) between 4:00 and 5:00 pm to pick up your payment and any unsold items.

Your Other Questions Answered

What kinds of items can I sell on consignment?
Since this is a geek and gaming-themed garage sale, we’re only looking for items that relate to sci-fi, fantasy, comics, cosplay, steampunk, horror, anime/manga, or gaming. Here are some ideas to get you started: comic books, action figures, costumes, costume props, books, DVDs and BluRays, apparel, art/home decor, jewellery, toys, puzzles, video games, tabletop games, role-playing games (RPGs), miniatures, collectible card games (CCGs), live action role playing (LARP) items, living card games (LCGs), traditional card games, etc. 

If you are consigning any electronics, please make sure that they are in good working order, are operational, and have proof of CSA approval

Are there any geeky/gaming-themed items that aren’t allowed?
Please note that we will not accept the following items:

  • Hentai/pornography.
  • Food/drink products (this is a rule set out by the facility).
  • Real or realistic-looking weapons (foam or fake prop weapons that are clearly fake are allowed).
  • Any fragranced products (e.g. soaps, perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.) unless they are very very well packaged. Many of our patrons, staff and volunteers are allergic or highly sensitive to fragrance.

Is there a specific price-tagging system I need to use?
Yes, please use our price tags, and make sure that each item has a separate price tag. There are 10 price tags per page, so feel free to print as many pages as you need.

Why does each item need a separate tag? Because it’s how we keep track of what we’ve sold for you. See, each time we sell one of your items, we remove the price tag and keep it, then at the end of the day we tally up all of your price tags so we can be sure to give you the correct amount of money we owe you.

Are there any exceptions? Yes. Let’s say you have a box of DVDs and your pricing structure is 3 DVDs for $5, we can help! In that instance, please provide your own box to store the DVDs in, and clearly write your pricing structure so shoppers know the price. Then attach a single price tag to that box that identifies your ID number. We’ll keep track of it on a separate sheet of paper and voila! Taken care of. If you’re selling smaller items (e.g. miniatures, jewellery, trading cards) and need advice on how best to label those items, feel free to give us a shout at [email protected]. Please note that we are not responsible for shoppers accidentally putting items back in the wrong box, so we encourage you to come up with a system that you feel keeps your items together and clearly identifies those items as your own.

Why is there an ID code on the price tags your asking me to use?
In order to be able to track all of our consignors’ items, we are assigning everyone a different ID code.  To get your ID, please send us an email at [email protected]. Tracy, our Consignment Manager, will then provide you with the number to include on each of your pricing tags.

Why are you guys getting a portion of my profits?
Running these events costs a surprising amount of money and all we’re looking to do is break even on our events. We’re geeks and gamers just like you, and we happily run these events as volunteers. That said, we do have to pay for the hall rental, advertising, etc, and need to recoup our operating costs somehow. One of our methods of cost recovery is collecting 15% of all consignment sales.

How much should I sell my items for?
Pricing items can be challenging (we know, we’re consigning some items too). You don’t want to charge too much, but you also don’t want to give your items away. Here are some tips we’ve found helpful when pricing our own items:

  • Remember this is a garage sale, not a flea market (or Geek Market). People are coming looking for bargains.
  • Think about how much you’d be willing to pay to purchase for that same item at a garage sale.
  • Take the time to research how much the same items are being sold for on classified sites like UsedOttawa or on Facebook buy-and-sell groups. You might also want to look for other online resources like this one that helps price used board games.
  • Ask yourself this question: Is it more important to get this item out of my house/apartment or more important to get a fair price for it?

To help our staff out, please don’t price anything in less than 25 cent increments (dollar increments is preferred).