Where to find FREE hangers
These stores throw away tons of hangers every day because all new
clothes come in on hangers. (I've gotten huge bags at each of these
places just for asking!) Such a waste! It doesn't hurt to
ask at any store though! Tons of retailers just throw them
away. Get a big bag full and share with friends.
Old Navy (depends on the manager, apparently!)
• Osh Kosh (at Seaside, Woodburn, Troutdale, or other
• Carter's (same as above)
• Dry Cleaners will give away
used wire hangers
• Take your chances asking at Kohl's,
Target, Kmart, Walmart, Ross, TJ Maxx, or similar stores,
sometimes they have hangers to give away.
Craigslist or Freecycle for free
hangers! Oregon is all about recycling, people would rather pass it
on than throw away something useful! Post on our Facebook page if
you find another good source! Or collect them up and get them to Kim
or Jenna and we'll distribute them.
Where to find CHEAP hangers
Stores usually carry children's hangers in 10 or 12 packs
and adult hangers in 8 packs. (Yes, for $1.)
carries children's and adult hangers, when on sale they have 10 for
$.79, but regular price is just $.99.
sometimes has 25 hangers for $2. Keep checking for sales.
should be another good source for cheap hangers.
also sometimes has great prices on hangers.
to buy cheap paper
can buy card stock or index paper at most office supply stores (Office
Max, Office Depot, Staples) or any place that sells wholesale paper
products to the trade and to the public. Also downtown is Arvey
Paper on Grand, an awesome place to buy anything paper related!
Also Big Lots carries small packs of paper,
like 75 sheets for $2. I also tend to have paper on hand at our Consignor
Workshops, selling by the sheet for $.05 each.
Dollar Stores sell safety pins in packs of 200. Please
only use 1 inch pins on clothes. Larger ones leave holes in clothes
and smaller ones pop open and are harder to use. But if you are using
safety pins, it might be worth stopping by a workshop where we give
them away for free!
Tree carries cheap batteries. Better than having your non-working
also carries cheap batteries; watch for their frequent sales. Sometimes
they also have cheap packing tape and zip ties.
carries a generic Magic Eraser in their laundry section. Tide stain
sticks are also great to have in your sale supply kit.
Tree has large Ziploc-style bags (that are clear and do not
say Ziploc on them) that are great for containing larger sets of toys
that could be separated. You can get 3 large size bags or 2 extra
large bags for $1. This is a cheap way to make sure your stuff stays
forget to save those wonderful clear zippered bags you get when you
buy new sheet sets or comforters! These are perfect for containing
toys with lots of parts. We can help you secure the zipper shut at
drop off after we've inspected the contents.
a tagging gun is the best way to tag clothing and other items with
fabric because the tags don't fall off and can't be switched. We have
an inexpensive supplier for tagging guns if you are interested. This
is totally optional. You do not have to use this type of tagging gun.
Safety pins work nicely too.
typically sell for $25-35 retail, and there is a store near OMSI that
sells them for $18. Through this source below, you can get a tagging
gun as seen here with 1 loaded needle and 1000 2" or 3"
barbs for $8, and this does include shipping, but it takes 2-3 weeks.
You can check out right on that site by using PayPal.
aware it takes about 10 days to come from China, so make sure you
allow plenty of time to receive your order. We usually have some on
hand, so please contact Kim
(in Hillsboro), Jenna
(in Aloha/Beaverton). It's $12, but you'll have it today.
use caution when using a tagging gun, especially if you do not have
retail clothing experience. Always place the needle in a seam, either
in the armpit, end of sleeve, side of pants, or somewhere unnoticeable,
so you don't damage the garment. The tag at the back of the neck works
nicely too. Practice before ruining your clothes.
the basic instructional video here
before using. There is also an advanced video for troubleshooting.
source listed above also sells a product called Loop Pins which you
might want to add to your order. They are similar to zip ties as they
fasten in a loop, but they snap into place end to end and cannot be
can get 500 5" loop pins for $5 including shipping. You do not
need a tagging gun to use these. These are perfect for attaching tags
to shoes, toys, and some baby gear. You might want to laminate the
top of your tag with a layer of tape first. They also work on clothes
(like through the tag loop at neck, a button hole, or the belt loop
of pants), but a tagging gun is cheaper in the long run. Kim also
has some of these on hand.