I knew about Once Upon A Child (which I think is priced a bit high for resale items) and a few other local resale shops. And then there is always garage sales, but I wasn't pregnant during garage sale season. And of course, there is Goodwill, but honestly I don't have much luck with children's clothes at Goodwill. The only thing I have consistently found at Goodwill are sleepers.
Two new resale options that I learned about when I became pregnant were Facebook resale groups and children's seasonal consignment sales. For me personally, children's consignment sales have been a huge financial blessing for this mom of multiples!
Seasonal consignment sales are where parents come together in one place and sell their children's items. I have several different consignment sales in my area. These sales take place in the spring and in the fall. You can find everything kid-related at these sales. Equipment, furniture, toys, clothes, feeding supplies, cloth diapers, maternity clothes, Halloween costumes and more! Sellers tag their items, so they choose the prices. A portion of their sales goes to the consignment organization, but in return they are getting hundreds of buyers to come out and look at their items. Buyers have to deal with crowds and long lines, but in return they are getting thousands of gently used kid items to look through in one place at reduced prices. I try to only buy things that are about 75% or more off the estimated retail price. My rule of thumb is that if I can buy it brand new from a Target clearance rack, than it is priced too high for a resale item. Most sales are 3-4 days, but some are only one day. A lot of the sales have a half off day on the last day, where any marked tags are reduced 50%. Most sales take credit cards, but there are a few that are cash only. So yeah, I have come to LOVE consignment sale season!
If you get nothing else from this post, get this next piece of information. I found a website that list consignment sale information for each state. If you are interested in consignment sales, save THIS LINK in your files somewhere. I keep it on the home page on my computer and on my ipad. Information to the sales get updated every season. Dates, times and links to all info can be found through the above link.
Ok, so now that I've shared that important bit of information, I'm going to share my experiences with consignment sales, and if you are local to Indy, I'll share the sales that are my favorite. (Forgive me for the pictures. These are just cell phone pics that I took on each shopping day. I never planned on using them for the blog, so they are grainy for sure!)
I also go to the Kids Closet Connection sale, because it is really close to home. This sale is smaller and less organized, but I've found a few things that have made it worth my time. The biggest tip I can give for this sale is to get there as soon as they open and get your shopping done as soon as you can. The lines are not long, but they are slow. Waiting in a slow line with two babies is not fun!
|Even though the line is slow, I only spent $20 on all of these clothes, so it was worth it!|
|Even better is when I find matching outfits from two separate sales! That always makes the trip worth it!|
Another sale that I always hit up is the Northside Twins and Multiples Sale. Don't be fooled....it's not as good as the Southside sale, but it is still worth my time. This is a one day sale, but parents of multiple can shop the night before.
What I don't like about this sale, is that it is set up garage sale style, and sellers only accept cash at each booth. This makes it really hard to find sizes, as you have to go around to each seller to see what they have. Equipment is sold in a separate room, and credit cards are accepted at the equipment room.
What I like about this sale is that it is another opportunity for me to find matching twin items. A twenty dollar bill paid for all the items on the above picture. The Halloween onesies alone, that I paid $1 a piece for, were worth my time at this sale. Plus I found those rubber puzzle mats for $3....SCORE! AND they give out free formula for twin moms....can we say WORTH IT!!! The cost of the formula was worth more than the $20 that I spent on clothes. Other items that I have scored from my different seasons of going to this sale are matching boppy loungers, compact travel strollers and booster seats for the kitchen table.
One of the best sales is always last on my calendar. Whale of a Sale Indy South has great reduced prices on half off day. I think the prices for this southside sale are way better than the Whale of a Sale Indy. I was able to finish my shopping season and get the following for less than $30: 8 onesies, 4 sets of pjs,4 2pc outfits, 2 sleepers and 2 pairs of pants.
When it was all said and done, my fall consignment season was a success! I spent around $175, but I bought six months worth of clothes for two growing babies....AND most everything was matching or coordinating. I went to a lot of sales that season, but the above sales were my favorite and will be the ones I'm sticking with for future seasons!
I just finished up the spring consignment season, and by the time the spring sales rolled around, I felt like a consignment shopping pro! I literally found just about everything that I needed for the boys at the first sale, my favorite sale....the Southside Parents of Multiples Sale. That is 95 articles of clothing and a $2 potty chair for a grand total of $98!
|And yes, one year later, I found myself being one of the crazy shoppers bringing a stroller to haul all of my finds in.|
|For the record, the double snap and go stroller frame that we used when the babies were in infant carriers, has now become a great shopping cart for consignment sale!|