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