It’s consignment season in Cobb! To really get the most bang for your buck, check out these tips that will take you from frazzled mama to domestic goddess in no time.
Each March, thousands of eager mamas will hit the bargain racks to search out the perfect clothes, toys and shoes for their growing brood. If you’re not prepared or you’re a first time mom, the entire process can be overwhelming.
Case and point:
At my first kid’s consignment sale experience, I brought my adorable toddler, strapped him in a stroller, grabbed my credit card and wore the cutest pair of Manolo’s you’ve ever seen. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The more seasoned moms must have scoffed as I walked in! I was then directed to put my stroller back in the car (they weren’t allowed) and proceed cautiously through the aisles—heels and babe in tow. I only made it through a few rows before my shoes and my soul got the best of me and I decided to check out. I was armed only with a set of Gap T-Shirts that I knew my tiny man would rock for our upcoming vacation. When I finally made it to the register, there it was. The Cash Only sign. “We can hold these for you,” the sweet girl said. She must have known I was a newbie. A few hours later dressed in my Nike’s and my babe in a carrier, I purchased those four beautiful Gap tees—for four dollars none the less. And I had been changed. I knew I needed to come prepared before I dived into any more consignment sales and I’m here to help you do the same.
Trust me! These 10 tips for conquering consignment will have you roaming the aisles like a seasoned pro.
Before You Go
Take Inventory. Kids grow and change so quickly that they’re barely in one size longer than it takes to blink. Before consignment sale day, go through your child’s closet and see what you can get rid of and what items they really do need to complete their wardrobe.
Make A List. There really are so many amazing items available at consignment sales! If you’re not ready, you may easily get distracted. (Whoa, shiny things!) So make sure you create a list to help you stay on track so you aren’t throwing needless items into your cart.
Buy Measuring Tape. Before you head out, take thorough measurements for your child because not all sizes are created equal. If you need a little help, check out this video of how to measure properly. And don’t forget to bring the measuring tape with you to the sales.
Do Your Research. Know what clothing prices are in today’s market so you’re not getting a bad deal for your item. You’ll also want to write down the prices of big-ticket items like swings, strollers and play sets, so you can see how much they’ve been marked down.
Sign up for the Presale. Some consignment sales will have a presale date before the public that you can pay a little extra to go to. Others may let you in on qualifications alone, like if you’re a member of the church where a consignment is being held, if you’re signed up to sell at a consignment or if you’re a new mom or a mom to multiples. Check the website prior to going to see if you qualify.
Schedule a Babysitter. Depending on the amount of time you want to shop, you may want to leave your tiny one with Daddy or a trusted caretaker for the day. Sales can be overwhelming for children if you’re planning to do them all day long.
Leave Your Heels At Home. Do not, I repeat, do not wear your Manolo’s to the sale. You may want to visit several different sales and some aisles can be hard to maneuver. Make sure to wear comfy shoes that are great for walking.
Pack Snacks. If you’re bringing your little one with you, it will be a necessity to come prepared. But even if you’re not, make sure to pack a snack and some water. Shopping can be exhausting! And if you’re making a day of it, devise a plan to stop for lunch in between your sales.
Stroll Wisely. Some sales allow you to bring your stroller while others do not. Check the website of your sale before planning to roll in. If strollers are not allowed and you’re bringing your little with you, bring a baby carrier which will help everyone have an easier time.
Bring a Bag. Just like those times when you actually do remember to grocery shop green, you’ll want to bring a bag to hold your items. There are so many fun choices at such great prices, that you’re sure to have an arm full in very little time. You can also bring a spouse or friend along to help.
Remember Cash is King. In today’s technological world, many of the sales do accept cards but it’s better to be safe than sorry and carry some cash with you. Plus, cash helps you set a budget and stick to it. That’s an important idea when you start to see all those cute onesies. My suggestion is to bring your card as well, just in case you see something magical that you just have to have.
At The Sale
Arrive Early. Consignment sales are fierce and the competition is blood-thirsty. Make sure to arrive early to get the best items.
No Bargaining. Unlike a yard sale, most items are priced as marked. But check with the sale for other price-dropping options. Sometimes the last day of a sale is half-price or different colored tags may mean clearance options.
You’ve done it! If you master this list, you’ll be able to walk into the kid’s consignment sales like a real domestic diva! Consignment sales really are so much fun and you can get such great deals — if you come prepared! For a list of sales in our area, check out KidsConsignmentSalesCobb and start planning your visit today. And if you know of a great sale not listed here, feel free to comment your favorites in the box below. I will see you there! (P.S. I’ll be the one in the Nike’s!)