Twenty Bucks, a Bag, and Some Clothes: Have to Love a Good Kid’s Consignment Sale!

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 by from Thrifty Mom's Two Cents

Twenty Bucks, a Bag, and Some Clothes: Have to Love a Good Kid’s Consignment Sale! Picture

This Saturday morning, I gathered the family together, buckled them up and headed them all (hubby included) to our local consignment shop, Rebecca’s Closet.

First off, let me say my love is new for kid’s consignments.  I wish I had gotten into this sooner, when my kids were young and blowing through clothes faster than I could change them. We lived in Los Angeles then; I’m certain there were a variety of great kid’s consignment shops in our area, and I recall shopping one particular store in La Crescenta during a day trip to a friend’s house once, but I never took in our old items and I never got into shopping these stores until this year.

Now I’m hooked.

This weekend, we had a $20 bag-what-you-can-fit sale. The idea: you pay $20 first and then stuff your bag to the brim with items on sale. 

I got to the store ten minutes before opening and was third in line, which made my odds good. However, the other lady in front of me was also shopping for an eight year old girl. Now, if you have a child over the age of, let’s say, five, and you shop a child’s consignment store, you know the inventory is not as healthy as it is for the youngest of the kids. When kids pass the age of three or so, they stop growing as fast as the dollar weeds that appear to be taking over our yard (another story for another day). Availability lessens, particularly when shopping a one day event. 

For the sale, all but two colors of tags were fair game. Of course, there were many clothes that were not included, but we scored big. We got three skirts for my youngest; a pair of black boots (which looked to be never used) for my oldest; a dance outfit for each girl; a variety of shirts for my oldest and a few tops for my youngest. Oh, and four new books. For $20. 

Cha-ching!

Our area offers a few other big consignment sales: sometimes I do okay, other times not. I seem to fare better when I shop at the small, local store, stopping in randomly to take in our old items and see what is new. Inventory changes quickly in a consignment shop, and it is never the same, so you have to be willing to go in when you can and sift through the merchandise.

If you’re looking for a consignment sale for kids in your area, I’ve found a few great resources I wanted to share. I thought it would be great, too, if you left a comment noting where you live (state and/or city) and the name of the nearest consignment shop. 

Do you shop kid’s consignments? And do you consign? If you don’t consign, and you are finished having children, I urge you to look into it. My store makes it super easy: two full bags (as big as you want, so I use trash bags) of items per trip. What doesn’t get displayed or sold goes to charity. 

In the meantime, here are a few sites to help locate a consignment shop near you:
http://consignmentmommies.com/ — listing of upcoming sales and where they are located, by state
http://www.onceuponachild.com/  — a consignment store found in many areas – input your zip code to find one near you
http://www.resaleshopping.com/– while this isn’t specific for kid’s, it had a large directory of consignment stores, some geared toward children
 

What do you think? Twenty Bucks, a Bag, and Some Clothes: Have to Love a Good Kid’s Consignment Sale!

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Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. Avatar of michi79 michi79 says:

    I love consignment shopping! You just never know what you’ll find. There are a few near where I live and I just found a kids consignment shop!

  2. Avatar of MOMMY MOMMY says:

    BTW I LIVE IN FULTON NY ITS BY SYRACUSE IF NO ONES HERD OF IT.

  3. Avatar of MOMMY MOMMY says:

    I NEED TO FIND A PLACE AROUND MY AREA HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT DOING THAT. I DONT HAVE KIDS YET IM PREGNANT FOR MY FIRST BUT IF I CAN GET THE CLOTH FOR CHEAP WHY NOT THEY GROW SO FAST. YOU CAN BUY A OUTFIT FOR $20-$30 BUCKS AND IT WILL ONLY FIT THEM FOR A COUPLE MONTHS. DEPENDING HOW FAST YOUR KID GROWS. BUT IF ENYONE KNOWS HOW TO FIND STORES LET ME KNOW.

  4. Avatar of Amanda Amanda says:

    I never know how to find out where the consignment sales are in or around my area. Where do you look to find different locations?

  5. Avatar of Ashley Ashley says:

    I went to a mom 2 mom sale last month and got a lot of good deals on clothes and a bassinet as well as some books, and a playpen with change table on it. Very happy with my purchases.

  6. Avatar of Michelle Michelle says:

    I haven’t tried consignment shops yet,but I love my neighborhood thrift store, just purchased about 15 boy summer shorts for $23 dollars! $23 dollars!!!! Some are name brand!!!!

  7. Avatar of yolanda yolanda says:

    is there any story like that in columbus ga

  8. Oswego, IL – Second Born Consignment – great selection of childrens clothing BUT a HUGE selection of maternity clothing

  9. is there any stores like this in Oregon , or near Portland Oregon?

  10. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    We love them, but sometimes other people are ruthless and rude at the sales. Lots of pushing and running. I’m not going to bring my child anymore.

  11. Avatar of ChangedMomma ChangedMomma says:

    Where is it? Asheville? I’m in Morganton and I know of one ^see above^ Do you have a link you could post possibly? Thanks in advance!!:)

  12. Avatar of ChangedMomma ChangedMomma says:

    Oh yea, i forgot I shop at thrift stores too. Especially in cities with bigger malls, you can find awesome clothes for a great price.

  13. Avatar of ChangedMomma ChangedMomma says:

    Morganton, NC – Preloved
    Hickory, NC – Once Upon a Child
    Valdese, NC – full circle consignment
    Burke County NC Fairgrounds – Carousel Kids Consignment Sale. Twice a year see link below for information will be latter this fall.
    http://hickory.macaronikid.com/calendar/
    Morganton, NC Kid’s Ware

    HOPE THIS HELPS :)

    My favorites are the Biannual Consignment sale, Preloved, then Once upon a child. at once upon a child you should get 50% of what they will sell it for. I love the one in Hickory. Preloved is ran by some friends of mine. They are new, but not too new. They are locally owned and always have a nice selection of clothes, some jewelry, and purses.

  14. We consignment and thrift store shop mostly. Actually it’s more like I use thrift stores for myself maybe like 80% of my clothes, Baby thrift about 70% and baby consignment the 30% rest. Hubs doesn’t get clothes often so I try and make sure that we buy new nicer clothes for him.

  15. Avatar of smulligan smulligan says:

    I LOVE the consignment stores… Unfortunatley there are not too many good ones here!

  16. Avatar of jewelxkitty jewelxkitty says:

    I wish there were more good maternity consignment shops around. Everyhting so expensive brand new!

  17. Avatar of sara sara says:

    I love consignment shopping! There are really shops close enough to make it worth the trip but they do a thing 2x a year that I go to. Last time I got disney DVDs for $4!!

  18. Avatar of Gilly1331 Gilly1331 says:

    I went for the first time with one of my friends who was shopping for her 5 month old. Such great deals for almost brand new clothes. The store only takes in un-stained perfect condition items so it really is like buying brand new since most infant clothes last 1-2 weeks. I can’t wait for my baby to be born to take advantage of these types of stores.

  19. Avatar of HaileeK HaileeK says:

    I always shop consignment and thrift stores!! I find great deals all the time.

  20. Avatar of jennifier33 jennifier33 says:

    We go to Once Upon A Child all the time. I love that we save a lot of money on clothes.

  21. Avatar of heps7 heps7 says:

    I live in Western North Carolina and twice a year we have a giant traveling consignment sale called Duck Duck Goose. It’s awesome and everything is so cheap. It’s definitely more clothes for younger children but they also have toys, books and baby gear.

  22. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    I love stores like these. We have a Once Upon A Child right near here and we go all the time to get clothes for my little man. This is a great way for us to save money. :)

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