Accepted Items & Guidelines

Back on the Rack strives to provide families with a shopping and selling EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER. Our sales feature gently-loved newborn through teen, juniors and maternity clothing, baby gear, toys, furniture, home décor and more!


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:

  • Our shoppers are looking for brand name items in current season, style and trend.

  • All 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 cannot be accepted.

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

  • Multi-piece toys and items must be complete

  • 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.  Beginning with Fall & Winter 2018, all items previously tagged with handwritten tags and/or Avery label barcodes must be re-tagged using the new online tagging system.  Items with these old "legacy tags" will be donated and not placed on the sales floor.  This is an excellent time to revisit pricing and appeal of items previously offered for sale.

  • Recalled items cannot be offered for sale. It is the consignor’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, including swimwear. Transitional and year-round clothing and shoes, including lightweight sweaters, jackets, rain coats, rain boots and long-sleeved shirts accepted. Featured holidays include St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and 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, mittens, scarves, etc.) and sleds. Featured holidays include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Jeans sell best at the Fall & Winter Sale.


Accepted Items by Category:

Clothing and Shoes

  • Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Kids and Teen – current season, style and trend of less than 3 to 5 years old.

  • Juniors – current season, of less than 2 to 3 years old. In styles and trends that are still sold in retail stores.


Maternity Clothing and Nursing Wear – current season, of less than 2 to 3 years old. In styles and trends that are still sold in retail stores.

Accessories – Newborn through Teen

  • 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, video games, gaming systems and gaming 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 after September 2015 (4 years old or less). YOU MUST CERTIFY YOU ARE THE 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. Crib mattresses must be in mint condition - no rips or tears.

  • 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' Textiles and Decor – bedding sets (crib, toddler and twin), mattress pads, blankets and receiving blankets, nursery decor such as lamps, rugs, 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 and hockey sticks, practice nets, roller skates, in-line skates, ice 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.

  • Team spirit for VT, UVA and other college or favorite professional sports teams


Home Décor

  • Includes items that may be used to decorate or furnish your home, in current style and brands or on-trend vintage / antique.

  • Furniture, throw pillows, lamps, rugs, framed art, picture frames, candles and candle holders, kitchen items and seasonal / holiday decorations and accessories.


Items We Cannot Accept and Will Be Donated:


  • 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, crafts, etc.

  • Clothing or items with inappropriate messages or photos

  • VHS tapes, cassette tapes or computer software

  • Tube televisions

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

  • Vacation / souvenir, event, concert, camp type or holiday with year t-shirts and sweatshirts

  • Underwear, unless brand NEW in original package

  • Fast food toys and books

  • Items with promotional logos

  • Collectible figurines,vacation mementos or small knickknacks

  • Single dishes, mugs, silverware, cookware or mismatched kitchen items (matching SETS accepted)

  • Large appliances

  • Household bedding, including comforters, sheets, etc., unless brand NEW in original package

  • Open consumable items (baby lotion, food, etc.)

  • Carnival-style or vending machine stuffed animals

  • 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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