Fact #1: I have four children….four constantly growing and changing bodies to dress (not counting my own).
Fact #2: I also live on a budget.
Fact #1 does not play nicely with Fact #2 unless I make them….kind of like errant children. But, I’m here to tell you, friends. It IS possible to find good quality kids clothing on a budget.
This spring, I learned of a HUGE consignment sale that happens in my area twice a year. I’m actually not even sure how I didn’t know about it until now considering there are literally THOUSANDS of families that buy/sell bi-annually. But, I’m finally in the game now…and I wanted to share a few helpful tips with you. 😉
#1. Do your research! Find out when and where the sale is taking place and make sure you are ready to buy/sell.
#2. Check and see if there are volunteer positions available for you to work. Signing up as a volunteer allowed me to be in the first group to shop and I was able to snag so amazing deals because of this. And I only have to give up 4 hours of my time!
#3. If you are planning to sell, get ready EARLY! I wish that I could say I did this one well….but the truth is that I spent the entire day before the sale tagging and pricing my items. *sigh* Lesson learned.
#4. Go to the sale prepared to buy. If, like me, you are on a budget I would recommend taking cash to spend. Because, friend….it’s all too easy to go overboard when you see racks and racks of cute kids’ clothing ripe for the picking!
#5. Don’t limit yourself to just buying clothing! I don’t know how other sales operate, but mine offered WAY more than just clothing. Buyers could also purchase books, movies, toys, bikes, furniture, and home decor! Really look into what your sale offers beforehand and make some decisions about what your family currently needs.
#6. Think outside the box. Have a kids’ birthday coming up soon? Maybe Christmas gifts? Does your church nursery need some new toys or furniture? Do you know of a family that is in need and could use some help in this area? Really challenge yourself to think outside the box and come up with as many people as you can who might benefit from a sale like this.
So, I could go on and on about my new-found love for consignment sales…but I’ll just let you get started with these ideas. BUT, I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have about my experience. 🙂