It’s the season for consigning! As you drive around town, surely you have noticed the signs and advertisements letting the community know that consignment sale time for the fall and winter has arrived.
In some ways it seems silly to be shopping for winter clothing in August. Before you know it, that first cold snap will catch everyone off guard. Instead of running to the mall or the boutique stores and paying full price to provide warm clothing for your family, start shopping now at the consignment sales held all over town. Preparation is key to saving.
Even if you do not live in the Macon area, but in an outlying community, you can still find a consignment sale or a consignment store near you. One great place to look for sales and stores that offer children’s clothing on consignment is www.consignmentmommies.com. This website is the authority on when and where to find great deals.
Despite all the great deals that can be found at consignment sales, many people find that they overspend at these events. I have a few tips for keeping you (and your budget) on track at a consignment sale.
First, check the closets. You never know what you might find in your child’s closet -- maybe there are already enough shoes to make it through the winter. Maybe the clothing that is hung up only needs a piece or two to warmly and stylishly navigate the upcoming winter season. In any case, knowing what you have and what you need is the first step in formulating a list for the sale.
Once you know what you need, prioritize those needs. For example, if I need a shirt for my daughter and my son, I will always begin looking for the shirts for my son first. Why? Boys tend to be rougher on their clothing, making it more difficult to find good quality used items for them when compared to girls. Because girls tend to have an overly abundant amount of clothing, it is also more likely there will be plenty of girl’s clothing items even a day or two into the sale.
Along your priorities list, decide if there are any bigger items you need. Because our family is in the process of adopting, I need to look for items such as a baby bed, a glider rocker, and so on. These needs are more of a priority than adding another hoodie to my 10-year-old’s closet. Take those needs for your own family into account.
Lastly, do not forget about Christmas! So many families will place unwanted (but new) items in consignment sales. If you have not begun your Christmas shopping for your children or grandchildren, start in a consignment sale.
Recently, my youngest son used some birthday money to purchase an unopened Lego Ninjago set at a consignment sale for $15. We realized this unopened, never played with set sells online for between $49.99 and $89.99! What a deal for him! Look into consignment sales for new merchandise that can be used for birthday and Christmas presents, or for rewards for your children and grandchildren each time a fantastic report card rolls around.
Consignment sales can be full of great deals, but you can’t take advantage of the deals if you don’t visit the sales. Visit the website for Consignment Mommies today and find a sale near you.