Accepted Items & Guidelines

Back on the Rack strives to provide families with a shopping and selling EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER. Our pop-ups feature gently-loved newborn through kids and maternity clothing, baby gear, toys and more! Plus... women's activewear and select brands, furniture and home décor!


What are shoppers looking to buy? Check out the list of Accepted Items & Guidelines below. All items are carefully inspected before reaching the sale floor. Please help us speed up this process by adhering to the list below.

PLEASE NOTE: Items dropped-off for the sale that do not meet general guidelines, unaccepted items and improperly prepared items will be automatically donated to local charity, without additional notice to the seller. Please check your items carefully before drop-off.

General Guidelines:

  • BRING YOUR BEST AND DONATE THE REST! Our shoppers are looking for brand name items of less than 2 to 4 years old, in current season, style and trend still sold in retail stores.

  • Clothing must be in gently-loved condition and freshly laundered (or new!). Clothing with excessive wear, stains, fading, pilling, tears, holes, missing or mismatched buttons or snaps, broken zippers , unpleasant odors, animal hair or other debris not accepted.

  • Non-clothing items must be clean and free of debris (Clorox disinfecting wipes and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are amazing!)

  • Items must be 100% functioning and include all necessary parts, including original straps and safety accessories. Missing a part? Contact the manufacturer for a replacement.

  • Buyers love original packaging and instruction manuals too!

  • Battery-operated items must have working batteries.

  • All items must be fully-ready for the sales floor and prepared according to Item Prep & Tagging guidelines

  • Be courteous and do not bring items that haven’t sold in the past few sales. 

  • Recalled items cannot be offered for sale. It is the seller’s responsibility to check their items at prior to drop-off.

Season-Specific Guidelines:

Spring & Summer Sale
Seasonal clothing and items appropriate for wear or use in spring and summer, Transitional and year-round clothing and shoes, including lightweight sweaters, jackets, rain coats, rain boots and long-sleeved shirts accepted. Featured holiday is 4th of July.

Fall & Winter Sale
Seasonal clothing and items appropriate for wear or use in fall and winter. Transitional and year-round clothing and shoes, heavy winter coats, snow bibs and pants, snow boots, winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.). Featured holidays include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter. Jeans sell best at the Fall & Winter Sale. Swimwear accepted year-round.

Accepted Items by Category:

Clothing and Shoes – PLEASE NOTE - MAJOR Category Update for 2020

  • CLOTHING - NEWBORN TO KIDS SIZE 16 (Junior Girls and Teen Boys clothing no longer accepted)


  • SELECT BRANDS - Under Armour, The North Face, Padagonia, Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines accepted in ALL SIZES

Maternity Clothing and Nursing Wear

Women's Activewear & Select Brands – NEW for 2020

  • ACTIVEWEAR - Suggested brands include Under Armour, Athleta, CALIA, Nike, The North Face, Padagonia, Columbia, Lululemon and similar name brands. "Activewear" is clothing designed to be worn for sports, exercise and outdoor activities. Mall brand and discount store brand activewear NOT accepted (example: Old Navy, C9. Athletic Works, etc. NOT accepted.)

  • SELECT BRANDS - Lularoe, Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Simply Southern and PINK women’s clothing also accepted. NO other women's non-activewear brands accepted.


  • Hair accessories, hats, scarves, sunglasses, belts, ties, backpacks, lunch boxes, purses, tights, etc.

  • Socks – FASHION SOCKS, brand NEW socks, sport-specific socks, or coordinating socks can be attached and sold with outfits


Dance and Gymnastics Wear – leotards, tights, skirts / tutus, shorts, ballet slippers, tap shoes, jazz shoes, dance bags and accessories

Toys, Games, Puzzles and Indoor Play Equipment

  • Toys, games, puzzles and indoor play equipment for children of all ages.

  • Dress-Up Costumes - princess, fireman, doctor, etc. costumes, shoes and accessories. Halloween costumes at Fall & Winter Sale only.

  • Electronic learning – VTech, LeapFrog and nabi toys, learning systems, software and accessories

  • Wooden and boutique toys, including train tables – brands like Melissa & Doug and Thomas & Friends in high-demand

  • Play kitchens and housekeeping toys – brands like Step2, Little Tikes and KidKraft in high-demand

  • Game tables – foosball, air hockey and ping pong

Books and Home School Materials

  • Kid's books – board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade novels, tween novels, young adult novels, classic literature and other books of interest to or written for kids.

  • Home school books, materials, teaching aids and supplies

  • Parenting, childbirth, life stages and family books

Movies & Video Games – kids/family Blu-ray and DVD movies (to PG-13 only – NEW for 2020), video games/systems/accessories

Baby Gear – high-demand items

  • Strollers (single, double, umbrella, jogging, Sit 'N Stands), ExerSaucers / stationary entertainers, swings, bouncers, walkers, jumpers, gyms, playmats, Pack ‘N Plays / playards, freestanding gates, baby carriers, baby positioners, high chairs, booster seats and Bumbos (with original straps or recall kit attached -

Car Seats, Bases and Booster Seats - manufactured August 2016+ (4 years old or less). YOU MUST CERTIFY YOU ARE ORIGINAL OWNER AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT.  Must be washed/cleaned according to manufacturer instructions before drop-off.

Feeding – bottles (discard nipples), sippy cups, bowls, utensils, bibs, baby food makers/accessories, pacifiers (new in package), nursing covers

Nursery Needs – wipe warmers, sound machines, diapers (new in package/unopened), changing pads, step stools, humidifiers, vaporizers, diaper pails, potty chairs, cloth diapers and bath tubs


Safety and Convenience – baby monitors, baby gates, safety gadgets, bed rails, step stools, diaper bags, Boppy pillows and covers, shopping cart covers, baby slings, baby positioners and wedges


Nursery and Children’s Furniture – high-demand items

  • Furniture appropriate for a nursery, toddler or kids’ room up to teens.

  • Cribs – manufactured after June 28, 2011. Must be fully-assembled at drop-off. 

  • Changing tables, armoires, dressers, night stands, bassinettes, cradles, rocking chairs, gliders, toddler beds, twin beds, bunk beds, kids tables and chairs, bookshelves, storage units


Nursery and Kids' Decor – blankets and receiving blankets, nursery decor such as lamps, pictures/prints, mobiles, etc.


Outdoor Play Equipment – high-demand items

  • Playhouses, picnic tables, slides, climbers, water tables, sand boxes – brands like Step2 and Little Tikes in high-demand

  • Bikes and Ride-Ons – bikes (child and adult), bike racks, helmets, cycling accessories, bicycle child carriers, bike trailers, skateboards, scooters, tricycles, wagons and Power Wheels / other power ride-ons


Sports Equipment and Accessories

  • Sports equipment – baseball bats, tennis rackets, lacrosse / hockey sticks, practice nets, skates, t-ball stands, golf clubs, golf bag and balls for all sports and ages

  • Sports clothing – cleats, gloves, sport-specific socks, shin guards, etc. for all sports and ages

  • Exercise equipment – elliptical machines, treadmills, weight machines, exercise bikes, free weights, etc.


Home Décor – PLEASE NOTE - MAJOR Category Update for 2020

  • Medium to large-sized items used to decorate your home ONLY. Think all the cute (current style and trend!) Pier 1, Pottery Barn, Kirkland's, TJMaxx/HomeGoods (even Target!) stuff. Things you look at and that make your home cozy and inviting. Must be priced at $4.50+.

  • Holiday / seasonal decorations. Must be priced at $4.50+.


Items We Cannot Accept and Will Be Donated:


    • STUFFED ANIMALS (unless electronic or "do something")


    • 3-LETTER MONOGRAMMED ITEMS (single letter monogram only)


    • CRIB / KIDS / HOUSEHOLD BEDDING SETS / SLEEPING BAGS (unless brand NEW in original package)

    • HOUSEHOLD LINENS (place mats, cloth napkins, tablecloths, curtains, etc.)


    • KITCHEN ITEMS (appliances, pots and pans, dishes, cups/glasses/mugs, cooking utensils/gadgets, etc.)


    • Cardboard puzzles in zipper bags (MUST have original box)


  • Adult size and brand (misses, women's, men's), clothing, shoes accessories and jewelry, except for maternity and nursing wear.

  • Books for adults (including general cookbooks) or books unrelated to kids, family and/or parenting

  • Homemade clothing or homemade items, such as crocheted blankets, knit hats, furniture, crafts, etc.

  • Items with inappropriate messages or photos

  • VHS tapes, CD's, cassette tapes or computer software

  • FISHER-PRICE ROCK 'N PLAYS (Click for Recall Details) 


  • LADIES PURSES AND HANDBAGS (we recommend consigning high-end bags and ladies clothing at The Golden Shoestring) 

  • FORMER LIBRARY BOOKS, used coloring books

  • Drop-side cribs (manufactured before June 28, 2011)

  • Vacation / souvenir, event, concert, camp type or holiday with year clothing

  • Underwear, unless brand NEW in original package

  • Fast food / kids ("Happy Meal") toys and books

  • Items with promotional logos

  • Open consumable items (baby lotion, food, diapers, etc.). Must be factory-sealed. No food products at all.

  • Porcelain dolls

  • Items purchased from the “dollar store”

  • “Grab bags” of miscellaneous toys – only like items should be grouped together

If you have questions about an item being accepted, please contact us at

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