I’ve written about consignment sales ad nauseum, so I won’t bore you again with going on and on about why they are so great (clothes, toys, equipment at a fraction of the cost! Many brands under one roof! Unique items all in one place!) but did want to remind everyone that the season is once again in full swing. To get a list of sales in your area, check out Consignment Mommies. If you are new to shopping the sales, my Consignment Sales 101 post will help you get the most bang for your buck.
After surviving a year with two kids (less than two years apart), it quickly became clear that as much as I adore my children– and babies in general– Bee will be my last. This fall I’ve gathered up the baby equipment and teeny outfits I love so much and are finding new homes for them. One of those homes will be the Smart Moms Consignment Sale in Eagleville, PA (near King of Prussia) on September 23rd and 24th. I’ve written a whole post on how we are wrangling the baby stuff, to be published after the sale so I can show you my basement without you all signing me up to be on an episode of Hoarders.
The following weekend (October 1st) from 8-1 there will be another local sale, Kids Weecycle in Blue Bell, PA. When I shopped there last year, I found a bunch of adorable clothes from my favorite brands for Noodle. When I took them up to the register, I realized they were all from the SAME consigner number. I’m hoping she’ll be selling her things again this year– Noodle and I both loved them!
My #1 tip is to work the sales if possible to earn a “pre-sale” shopping pass. You’ll get the best items during the presale. My #2 tip is to bring a detailed list with items and sizes, even a measuring tape marked with your kid’s measurements since brands differ in how they fit. The sales can be extremely hectic, and there are times I’ve gotten flustered and forgotten which sizes I’m scouting. Plus, in the middle of it all there’s no way I’ll remember to look for Disney DVDs or winter coats or boots. You’ll find me in the middle of the toys having a migraine with the rainbowed array of plastic before me.
I’m ready this year. I’ve got my list, my measuring tape, and the knowledge that if I find something amazing I should go ahead and buy it. Why not, when I’m getting entire wardrobes of clothing for pennies on the dollar?!