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Items must be priced starting at a $1.00 and you can go up in increments of 50 cents.

The best thing to do when pricing items is to ask yourself, "What would I pay for this item, if I found it at the Happy Hippo House Event?" Look at the item objectively answer that question. You have to remove any emotional ties to the item because a shopper will not have that memory that you have of the item.

A good rule of thumb is to price things at 30% of the retail price. If an item cost $10 new then $3 at the Happy Hippo House Event is a good price. If you follow the 30% rule, you items will do well.

There are always exceptions to that rule. You must take into consideration the condition and age of the item. If the item is brand new with tags then you could go higher. If the item is still in good condition but older, then you should go lower.

Remember, we will not take items that are dirty, missing pieces and not in working condition. If you take a moment to wipe down an item, you will get a little more for it. How the items looks to a shopper makes a difference.

Here is a guideline for clothing type items. Again, this is a guideline and condition, name brand and age of item must be taken into consideration and adjust the price accordingly. A Target or Walmart brand item will sell for less than an item bought from a store in the mall.

  • T-Shirts - $1.00 to $3.00

  • Dress Shirts - $2.00 to $6.00

  • Jeans - $2.00 to $8.00

  • Pants - $1.00 to $8.00

  • Dresses - $3.00 to $10.00