6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

We have a local Mom2Mom kids consignment sale that is held twice a year at the fairgrounds and I always make sure to hit each sale so I can stock up on kids’ clothes for the season. It’s such a thrill to leave each consignment sale with a load of great deals on quality used clothes, shoes and toys for my kids. At every sale I’ve been able to buy great brands of gently used and sometimes brand new items for a fraction of their retail price. Since I’ve got five kids and a limited budget consignment sales are a fabulous way to give them extended wardrobes without breaking the bank.  As an example, at this month’s sale I purchased 34 clothing items – jeans, pants, shirts, hoodies and skirts – plus a couple boxed toys for $126.  Score!

Here are some of favorite tips for finding exactly what you need and getting the best deals when shopping consignment sales:

Shop With A List

Take a list of the things you know you need with you – for example, our little boys get lots of hand me down jeans and shorts from their big brother but few of the shirts survive so I got them lots of shirts and no pants, just a few new pairs for my big boy.

Get Perfect Fitting Shoes

Draw around your children’s feet on a piece of paper and take it with you if you’re planning to shop for shoes. The shoes are never in any semblance of order at these sales and it can be hard to figure out the size. With drawings of your kids’ feet you’ll be able to quickly and easily determine if they’ll fit without having to bring your kids with you to the sale.

Leave The Kids At Home

Consignment sales are usually pretty packed with people and the displays can be pretty busy so you don’t need any other distractions.  Find somebody to watch the kids so you can concentrate on the hunt for deals without lots of begging to hit the toy aisle.

Bring A Basket

Bring something to carry the goodies! Many sales ban the use of strollers while shopping so bring a laundry basket (or maybe hubby) along to hold all the finds while you’re hunting for more. If you’ve got a rolling basket or cart then bring it along so your arms don’t get tired.

Double Check Everything!

Some clothing items look great from the front but have stains or rips on the back, missing buttons or broken zippers and you don’t want to find that out after you’ve left the sale.

Participate In The Sale

Volunteer or sell your own items at the consignment sale so you can shop early. I’ve done this before and plan to again at the next sale – if you volunteer to work a sale or if you sell your own gently used things then you typically get to shop before the sale is open to the public and you’ll have best pick!  Plus I always figure it’s a bonus if I end up making more in sales than I spend.

#ImagineSpring with OshKosh B’Gosh Kids Spring Fashions

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

It seems like it was freezing just a week or so ago but now we’re already having high temps in the high 70s, low 80s and the azaleas are blooming like crazy. I didn’t think spring was ever going to get here and I’m thrilled that it has and that with it we get these longer days since the time change. We’ve been spending lots more time playing outside and that makes everybody happy, but especially momma since they’ve been sleeping so well at night after all the playtime.

I went over to the Oshkosh B’Gosh store at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, Alabama and was very pleased with such a large selection of adorable kids’ clothes at such great prices. There were lots of fabulous things on sale plus I had this coupon for 25% off an Oshkosh B’Gosh purchase of $30 or more.

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

There was so much to choose from that I didn’t have a problem finding some new spring clothes for all five of my kiddoes and I’m psyched to report that I ended up with 13 items for $118.52 after 25% off coupon, plus I got back $20 in Carter’s & Oshkosh Rewards that are good off any purchase of $20 or more through early May. My girls got two shirts each and my “pink” girl got an adorable pair of pink pants. My oldest son got a shirt and some much needed socks, and my identical boys got a shirt, pair of shorts and pair of swim trunks each. They were all happy campers about their new spring clothes couldn’t wait to model them for these pictures.

I can’t wait to go back and spend my rewards on more cool clothes for the kids! You can find a store near you here or check out their website, and don’t forget to grab your 25% off coupon! While you’re at it you can also check out Oshkosh on Facebook and Twitter.

Kohl’s Exclusive Planes: Fire and Rescue Disney Apparel & Savings!

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Kohl's #MagicAtPlay Planes: Fire and Rescue Clothes

Even though my five kids are all pretty much the same age, the quadruplets are eight and my oldest is nine, they’re still not always easy to keep entertained because they’re all interested in completely different things. The only thing they can usually all agree on is when it comes to watching Disney movies and they are super excited to go see Planes: Fire and Rescue with me this weekend. The second Planes movie is going to be released in theaters on July 18th and since we saw the first Planes movie in the theater last summer the kids have really been anxious to get to see this one on the large screen too.

Kohl's #MagicAtPlay Planes: Fire and Rescue Clothes

The only thing that they like better than getting to see the movie on the huge screen in the theater is getting to wear Disney themed clothes with their favorite characters on them. My boys are going to be thrilled when they see these new exclusive Planes: Fire and Rescue designs that are available only at Kohl’s. The “Daddy’s Little Hero” shirt above is super cute and I’m in love with the smoke jumper tee shown up top. They’re going to be so excited to show off the shirts at summer camp!

You can get the shirts now just in time for the movie release in Toddlers sizes 2T, 3T and 4T, or Boys sizes S – XL, but the best part is that if you take your Planes: Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl’s between 7/18/14 and 7/26/14 you’ll receive $10 off any Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more. This offer is available in stores only and you can see more details here. One of the things I love best about Kohl’s is that they always have awesome offers like this available and I plan to take full advantage of this one after we go see the movie this weekend!

Shopping for Uniforms From CookiesKids.com

You’d think that it would be easy to get our kids dressed and out the door for school in the morning since our county has a strict uniform policy, but somehow the kids are able to turn it into a stressful ordeal many mornings. One of my boys will only wear shorts, one will only wear pants, my girls refuse to wear the pretty dresses and skirts I buy them, and one prefers to wear only navy all the time. It can be pretty difficult at times to make sure there is enough clean to match everyone’s preferences. Now I know that life could be much tougher around here if they didn’t wear uniforms for school so I’m really not complaining, I’m just amazed at how much effort it can take to put five kids in navy or white tops and khaki or navy bottoms five days a week.

In the past I’ve done most of our school uniform shopping at the local big box and department stores, but they only have their uniforms out for small period of time and there is never much differentiation – flat front pants in navy or khaki, cotton or polo shirts and a couple skirt styles. Well with five kids in school it can be hard to purchase everyone’s uniforms in the month or so they’re on display at the store, and I can’t stand the limited selection.

I only recently heard about Cookie’s Kids, it’s been around for 40 years, started by three brothers – Cookie, Marvin and Sonny – in Queens, New York. The chain expanded over the years and began to sell uniforms in the 1990’s then went online in 2007. They have an extensive assortment of school uniforms available in a wide variety of colors and sizes and I was pleasantly surprised by their prices. The entire nine piece wardrobe shown above, including backpack and lunchbox, is less than $100! For a mere $97.96 you could outfit your daughter with lots of great mix and match pieces just in time for school.

Since my girls won’t wear anything other than pants and knit shirts I’m thrilled that they’re able to show a little personality with these great No Fuze Basic Twill Skinny Pants and the French Toast “Welt” Stretch Pants with Faux Patent Belt (shown above).

My daughter loved these pants with the belt so much that she didn’t want to take them off after these pictures, she insisted that I should let her wear them to bed so she’d be ready for school in the morning.

The twill skinny pants were also a big hit because they fit and feel like jeans. The only thing they have in common with “regular” uniform pants is the color and the girls love them. These also have a bit of stretch to them which makes them comfortable and wrinkle resistant.

I also got the girls each a French Toast Fitted Knit Polo with Picot Collar from Cookie’s Kids and ended up with a total of $41.96 or about $21 per outfit which I think is terrific. Check out my whole path to purchase in my Google album here and be sure to follow Cookie’s Kids on Facebook and on Twitter to keep up with all the latest news and specials.

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and CookiesKids.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #CBias #SocialFabric

Back to School Spree ThredUp Giveaway

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ThredUp is basically an online consignment store, where you can go and purchase gently used clothes at fabulous prices or you can clean out your kids closets and earn some cash in the process! I recently purchased six shirts and a pair of pants for just under $21 and I was super impressed not only with the quality and condition of the clothing, but also with the service and the packaging. My items arrived wrapped in tissue paper with a handwritten ‘enjoy’ on the label, and my girls have sure enjoyed wearing their new clothes.

Get a $10 credit at thredUp just for signing up for a free account and you can also take 20% off any order during August with the promo code AUGUST20. That’s a hot deal just in time for your back to school shopping! One lucky reader is going to win a $50 box of clothing from ThredUP plus a personal kids’ style consultation with Carly Fauth, Chief Mom at thredUP. Simply do any or all of the entry methods listed in the Rafflecopter widget below and you’ll be entered to win. This giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, August 31st.

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I Love Consignment Season!

Since they were babies I’ve been shopping for most of my kids’ clothes at consignment sales and I’m excited that consignment season is here again!  I have also sold my kids outgrown clothing and toys at the Pensacola Parents of Multiples consignment sale every year until this one.  I just haven’t had time between sick kids and everything else to get ready for the sale this year, but I’m still looking forward to shopping the sale!  Here are a few of the local consignment sales coming up this week and next – leave a comment if you see any I’ve missed or have a favorite in your area!

March 9 – 13:  Mom2Mom @ Pensacola Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida

March 16-20:  Mom2Mom @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Daphne, Alabama

March 20:  Pensacola Parents of Multiples @ Washington High School, Pensacola, Florida

March 19-20: Kidz Klozet behind Wings Sports Grille, Mobile, Alabama (this is a new clothing sale event)

See you there! Happy shopping 🙂