If you’ve missed our countdown to Fall Selling, you can still apply our 6 simple steps to getting ready to sell online: FIND it, EVALUATE it , ENHANCE it, and PHOTOGRAPH it. And, our final, 6th Step, LIST it, can be found here.
This Bonus Step applies uniquely to Gymboree.
When selling Gymboree on-line it’s extremely important to identify the line, which can help you get a higher price for your item and sell it faster. If you’re already experienced with this, no need to read further. If you’re new to selling Gymboree, follow the how-to’s and tips below. After a couple of quick searches… you’ll soon be expert too.
Side Note: Did you know? It’s easy to include a Gymboree Line ID on your LoobaLee listing. Just select your Line from our menus. You’ll never have to worry about misspellings or not showing up in a searches again!
Step 1. Look at the tag
- Store Tag Still Attached: Store tags will have the Year and Season the item was introduced, like 08 GYM Spring. Although the tag doesn’t give the line name, this info will guide directly where to search online.
- Store Tags NOT Attached: The garment’s sewn-in tag has a copyright year. Line designs are almost copyrighted the year before they are introduced in stores. If the copyright is 2007, for example, you need to look at the 2008 lines. One exception I’ve found is a Valentines Line might be copyrighted in the same year, because they are introduced in stores already in December.
2. Research Your Line
- Copyright 2000 – Current: My favorite is Gymbohaven – a completely free resource. You won’t even need to give your email to access the database, although if you’re a gymbo fan, you will want to receive email updates from Amy (the owner) on new lines and sales.To begin your search, go to the “Gymboree Lines” tab, and select your Gender and Size category, e.g. Kid Girl. Lines are then sorted by Year.
- Copyright 1995 – 2007: For vintage lines, especially 1995 – 2000, you will find the best resource to be NameThatLine.biz another completely free resource. Search the database here and/or look up your tag here.
Note: These website also both track Janie and Jack lines, but do not track Gymboree Outlet. You can find info on Gymboree Outline line ID’s on Gymbohaven here.
3. Take Note
After you find the line, make note of it, you’ll need it when you list. I like to use a small sticky note and stick right on the tag.
TIPS for finding lines:
- Remember, lines are introduced about 2 months ahead of season, and all Gymboree Line databases are sorted by year/month the line is introduced in stores. So, if you’re looking for a Fall line, look in the summer months, not the fall months.
- Patterned and themed items are easy to find. Solid and plain items are more difficult, as are plain socks and plain hair accessories — you’ll need to find the exact color match. In the future, when you purchase new Gymbo – save the tags with year and season information (or just snap a pic!).
- Pajamas can be difficult to find. They have historically been introduced as part of a major line or as a line on their own. Your best bet is to search through matching seasons, looking for similar colors or themes.
- Some Newborn lines are Unisex. You may need to search under both Boys and Girls to find them.
- Still can’t figure it out? Here are some other resources to try:
- Gymbohaven fans on Facebook can help you out. Just post a picture of your item asking what it is.
- Try to join one of the gymboree networks, e.g. gymbofriends.com or gymboplace.com (at times they may/may not be accepting new registrations). These networks also have picture databases of gymboree lines.
- Search Facebook and Yahoo Groups for Gymboree pages/groups to join. There are many experts out there who love to help.
Have any tips for finding Gymboree Lines? Leave a comment and let us know. Or, if you’re having trouble, we can help steer you in the right direction.