I love going to consignment sales. It is such a great way to save money on clothes, toys, books, and games for kids and babies. I have been going to consignment sales for about 10 years now. When our oldest daughter was 9 months I saw an ad in an online newspaper for a consignment sale down the street from me. I put M in the car and off we went to the sale. I scored some good deals on outfits for her and was SO excited. Ever since then, I was hooked. I now go to multiple consignment sales in both the spring and fall for my kids clothes. There are a few things I do to get myself organized before the sale as well as during the sale. Here are some ways to get organized for consignment sale season!
GO THROUGH YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES
Before you go to a consignment sale make sure you go through all of your child’s clothes to see what you have and what you need.
MAKE A LIST
Do not go into a consignment sale without a list! When you are going through your stuff at home and are tempted to think you’ll remember – you won’t!! Just write it down. I like to write down each size that I need and under each size write how many shirts, pants, dress outfits, etc. that I need.
MEASURE YOUR CHILD’S SHOE SIZE AND WAIST WITH STRING
Having their measurements with you makes shopping for shoes or pants so much easier!
IF POSSIBLE, GO WITHOUT YOUR KIDS
If you can shop without your kids – do it! Just trust me on this.
HAVE A GAME PLAN
Decide in advance what you want to shop for first. Things like furniture, baby equipment, popular toys, and shoes go very quickly. If I am in need of baby equipment or furniture I stop in that section first. After that, I head over to the shoe section and snag any shoes that I can find. Then I head to boys clothes and then girls clothes. There always seems to be less boy clothes than girl clothes so that is why I go there first.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER OR CONSIGN
If you have the time, sign up to volunteer at the sale or consign your gently used clothes. Usually if you do at least one of those you get to shop early before the public. If you choose to consign, you can earn money to go towards the items you need for the current season.
BRING SOMETHING TO CARRY YOUR FINDS
If I have to go to a consignment sale with some of my kids, I have the stroller to help carry items I’ve picked up. Strollers do take up a lot of space in the aisles depending on how large the sale is. If you can avoid bringing a stroller it’s probably a good idea. I have seen some ladies bring laundry baskets to carry their items around the sale. However, most sales will have some kind of a large bag for you to put your items into. Grab a few of those bags when you walk into the sale and fill them up. When they are full, take them up to the hold table and leave them there while you continue shopping.
SHOP THE DISCOUNT DAYS
Discount days are awesome! The consignment sales I go to have a 50% off day. Usually there is a 25% off day as well. My rule for shopping those days is to only buy items that are discounted. This is a great way to save a lot of money.
SORT THROUGH YOUR ITEMS
Before heading to the check out line, find an empty spot in the sale and go through all the stuff you found. Look through the clothes to make sure there are no stains, holes, or broken zippers. I almost always find a handful of stuff that needs to be put back. Another thing to check for is the size. There are always a few things that are the wrong size. They simply got placed with the wrong size.
BE PREPARED TO SPEND LOTS OF TIME THERE
Unless you only have a couple things you need, plan to spend a few hours at the consignment sale. This kind of shopping takes time. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring in a water bottle if you have a place to put it. Most of all, have fun!
One of my favorite parts of consignment sale shopping is coming home to show the kids what I bought for them. Their eyes light up and they get so excited! I hope these tips were helpful for you. Happy shopping!
Do you shop at consignment sales? What tips would you add?