Helper sign-ups are basically laid out in 3-hour shifts. We prefer you to work AT LEAST 3 hours at a time, if possible. Discuss with Gina if these times do not work for you. Time slots may be modified to fit your schedule! There are 4 levels of helpers:
Part-time Helpers: At least 6 total hours (or just work 5 hours during one of the bonus shifts, giving you credit for 6 hours). These helpers get to early shop at 4 pm, Friday, April 5, AND get to early clearance shop at 5 PM, Thursday, April 11. (ONLY ONE PERSON/SHOPPER ADMITTED PER TICKET!)
Mid-Level Helpers: At least 12 total hours. These workers get to early shop at 1 PM, Friday, April 5, AND get to early clearance shop at 3 PM, Thursday, April 11. These workers earn 75% of their sales!* (ONLY ONE PERSON/SHOPPER ADMITTED PER TICKET!) See note below.
Full-Time Helpers: At least 24 total hours (please sign up for AT LEAST 3 hours of your total during Sorting Day, which is Sunday, April 14, or Pre-Sort Evening, which is Saturday, April 13). These workers get to early shop at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 4, AND get to clearance shop at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 11. These workers earn 85% of their sales.*(ONLY ONE PERSON/SHOPPER ADMITTED PER TICKET!) See note below.
Full-Time PLUS Helpers: At least 39 total hours (please sign up for AT LEAST 3 hours of your total during Sorting Day, which is Sunday, April 14, or Pre-Sort Evening, which is Saturday, April 13). These workers get to early shop at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 4, AND get to clearance shop at Noon on Thursday, April 11. These workers earn 100% of their sales.* See note below.
*NOTE: This extra percentage only applies to first $500 gross sales; after that, the normal 70/30 split applies!
In addition to designating the above four levels of helpers, we implemented rules in attempt to be fair to each and every helper and to improve the early shopping experience for all:
Only one person/shopper will be admitted per early shopping pass! If your spouse, adult child, mother, sister, friend, etc., wants to early shop, he or she must earn an early shopping pass by being a consignor or helper. It is fine for one person to work the helper hours "for" another person.
Exception: Nursing mothers may wear/carry non-walking infants, if necessary. For the safety of your children and for a more relaxed shopping experience for all, please arrange for childcare on this day. Tip: Bring your child's measurements and a measuring tape.
Another benefit for HELPERS: Helpers may bring their own children who are under the age of 21 for "trying on purposes," AFTER the first hour of their specified Preview Sale time, at the time specified on admission ticket. The Helper Parent is responsible for closely supervising them! Children 21 or older must earn their own helper passes to shop the Preview Sale.
Absolutely NO piling/stashing or grouping things you want before your early shop time! Same holds true on early clearance shopping day (NO shopping may begin before your designated time).
Why Be A Helper?
AVOID THE CROWD!!!
EARLY SHOPPING! Want to get the best selection at the best prices? Work 6 or more hours before (promoting or set-up), during, and/or after (breakdown) the sale and shop before the crowd! See available helper shifts and sign up through your Consignor Homepage through Noon on March 28. If it's after Noon on March 28, you must sign up or make changes at the sale location. (If you are not going to be a consignor at this sale, you can still help! Just scroll to the bottom of this page to view shifts and sign up to help.)YOU will LOVE early shopping and, as one helper said, "being part of something bigger than myself"!
Full-time PLUS, Full-time, and Mid-level Helpers (see below) may split their hours with someone else, but only ONE person gets to shop the Helper Sale! Dads, grandmothers, friends, etc., can help you achieve your hours!
Get a chance to earn MORE than 70%!* Full-time Plus (39 hour) helpers earn 100% of their sales.* Full-time (24 hour) helpers earn 85% of their sales.* Mid-level (12 hour) helpers earn 75% of their sales.*
* Extra percentage applies to the first $500 gross sales; past that, the normal 70/30 split applies.
Make new friends as you perform fun, simple work. Instructions will be provided by email when you register and/or upon arrival.
Helper slots begin in early March and continue through the sale (See Below). Note: You do NOT have to have your hours completed before your early shopping time! Think about it, MANY hours of help are available/needed between then and April 17. There are SO many opportunities to achieve your hours!
Bonus Shifts** are available. Each one of our helpers is an integral part of the success of The Marketplace to our community. It is so important that you arrive to the shifts you sign up for on time and are prepared to dedicate yourself to performing sale tasks during these times. Please make backup plans for your slots in case of emergencies. If you must switch times after you've signed up to be on the schedule, contact Gina ASAP! Please be prepared by bringing drinks, snacks, work clothes, comfortable shoes, etc.
**Bonus Shift, where designated, means those who help the specified number of hours at that time earn an extra bonus hour!
PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN DURING YOUR WORK SHIFT!!! Responsible older teenagers may help and earn their own helper passes/benefits; however, Helper teens under the age of 18 may count their totals at half time and require adult supervision.
Helper Parking: To save parking for those dropping off and/or shopping, please plan to park in farther away, alternate spaces. These could include beside/behind the building, in the gravel parking lot behind the Cowan Visitor's Center, or on the far side of the big parking lot.
Which Jobs Suit You?
Postcard Promotion: If you love the Marketplace Consignment Sale, are energetic, enjoy talking to the public and have a vehicle, this might be for you! Contact Gina ASAP.
Drop Off Screener: If you have a good sense of current styles, a good eye for detail, and a matter-of-fact willingness to point out stains and other problems to people, this might be for you. We need great screeners to maintain great quality!
Drop Off Floor Helper: If you would rather not deal with consignors, instead preferring to get your exercise placing already-screened items in the designated spots, and if you love organizing, this might be for you.
Sale Checkout Helper: If you like people, are detail oriented, don't mind standing, and will perform bag checks, this might be for you.
Sale Checkout Scanner: If you are calm, focused, and detail oriented, this might be for you!
Sale Floor Straightener: If you are energetic, love keeping busy/moving, and love keeping things organized, this might be for you.
Sale Security: If you enjoy patrolling and keeping an eye on people (i.e. for unsupervised children, shoplifters, tag swapping/changing, etc.), this might be for you.
Sale Front Door Keeper: If you are friendly, watchful, focused, and good with detail (checking for passes, when applicable, watching for security issues as shoppers enter and exit, and performing bag checks), this might be for you.
Sale Dressing Room Monitor: If you are friendly, watchful, and good with detail (security issues), this might be for you.
Sorting: If you'd rather not deal with the public but instead are detail oriented and would enjoy a laid back, on-your-feet alphabetical order sorting game, this might be for you! No heavy lifting required.
Rack Set Up/Breakdown: If you have strong muscles and enjoy a workout, this might be for you.
Pickup Day Helper: If you like instructing/assisting people, this might be for you.
Final Clean Up Helper: If you don't mind cleaning (sweeping, garbage disposal, wiping down, etc.), this might be for you.
NEW: Computer, Website, Photographer or Social Media Helper: If you are computer savvy, know how to install software, network computers, please contact Gina. Or if you are experienced in website development, photography, or social media marketing, contact Gina ASAP.
Marketplace Consignment Sale
You may click the Consignor Homepage Login link below to see what helper shifts are available and to sign up online (only through Noon on March 28) for any of those shifts! If you have questions, see Contact link for email and phone information. Please sign up at sale location if it's past Noon, March 28. We still need you!!!