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fall kids consignment sales starting: shopping tips and tricks

Hard to believe, but Consignment sale season is almost here!!  You will find awesome sales all over the country almost every weekend for the next few months.  For parents this is stock up time on all your winter needs or even things for next year.

I have been a consignment sale girl ever since I helped run a local sale through our Mother’s of Twins club.  When I first started though I had no clue what I was doing and would come home with a ton of things we didn’t need just because in the moment they looked cute or I thought they would fit.

For anyone that is going to venture out to sales this season here are some of my top tips for shopping, saving and keeping your sanity at a consignment sale.

  • Have time to spare. Slow down and really look, not just fly through the racks. Since there typically aren’t large amounts of one item, there are a lot of items to choose from.
  • Wear the right shoes. Simple but often overlooked.
  • Know what you need. Go through your kids drawers the day before make a detailed list, also put clothing and shoe sizes on your list. I’ve seen some shoppers write this on their hands since your arms will filled with items.
  • Measuring your children is often better than knowing sizes. A Gap size 6 isn’t the same as a Gymboree 6 etc. I take a cheap cloth measuring tape for each child in my purse with painters tape marking dress length, waist, foot size, and pant length. You won’t need to pull it out for every garment but it will be there if needed as a reference (your kids will probably enjoy helping you make it too).
  • Go early!! If the sale starts at 7 am people line up at 6 am. Really they do. The best equipment and clothing goes first. Often the best quality is priced the same as some of the worst, so the first folks in the door not only get great condition items, but they get great deals!
  • Volunteer or sell at a local sale to shop early.  Check to see if the local sales in your area have any slots for you to come and work to earn a few extra minutes.  The biggest reason to shop early — the good deals go first!
  • Take a laundry basket or rolling basket. You will not be able to carry everything in your arms. If you don’t have a basket with wheels loop a belt around the handle of a regular basket and pull it behind you. (I know it sounds funny but you won’t be the only one doing it).  Tall laundry baskets work better than short wide ones.
  • Be okay with lines. Just go prepared for a wait. You’ll wait to get in and to check out. There are great deals but most of the times consignment sales have way more shoppers than volunteers so be patient and kind.
  • Do a little research on the sale. This is an inside tip… consignment sales that run as businesses usually offer the sellers a lower percentage of their earnings over non-profit sales. Because of this your non-profit sales have much lower prices for the same item (held mostly at churches etc.) . The mom’s selling their clothes don’t have to mark the clothes at a higher price to compensate for the decrease in commission. (Sorry if you run one as a business, but it’s the truth.)  Both sales will still have a strong focus on quality items, because that’s what keeps folks coming back year after year.
  • Check items thoroughly before buying.  While most sales have strict quality guidelines, things can still be missed.  Make sure that sizes on the clothing match what the tag says they are.  Check any buttons, zippers,and snaps, also look for stains and tears.
  • Remember that clothing shrinks.  Your kids may wear a size 7, but these outfits are already pre-washed (a few times), so checking out the 8’s is a good idea too.

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The fall consignment sale season is upon us and great sales are popping up every weekend.



Do you have any other great tips for shopping consignment sales?

    • Georgiapeachesinva

       http://www.sweetrepeats.org/
      Thursday, October 4th, 2012
      9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Friday, October 5th, 2012
      9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

      Saturday, October 6th, 2012(½ price day)8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      at

      Atlanta Motor Speedway

    • christalandken

       http://www.sweetrepeats.org

      Thursday, October 4th, 2012
      9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Friday, October 5th, 2012
      9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

      Saturday, October 6th, 2012(½ price day)8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      at

      Atlanta Motor Speedway

    • guest

      Almost here?  I just sold about 300 items over the past two weekends in two consignment sales north of Atlanta. 

      • Cindy

        Where at in north of Atlanta?  Do you know of any sales going on around Atlanta area?

        • There is a sale near Emory north of Atlanta in late September, it’s one of the only late ones I know of. I think it’s called Glenn Clothing Sale maybe? Dunwoody Methodist Church had theirs a week or two ago, that’s the best one I have ever been to – it’s twice a year so look again in the spring!

          • Cindy

            Thanks!

      • Lindsayhunton

         Yeah, I guess Atlanta starts early. all the ones I know of in the north Atlanta area are over.

      •  Yes, I went to three sales in Knoxville last weekend. My kids are all set for the season now.

    • LMS

      I always like to take someone with me because it is another pair of eyes to catch stains or rips etc.  Also they come in handy if you are in line and need to use a restroom

    • Christian_chic_1

      I have found that taking my daughter’s stroller (while she is at home with dad) is as beneficial as a cart or rolling laundry basket.

      • Ctrinkle

        FYI – A lot of consignment sales do not allow strollers because it is too crowded.

        • Veganpadua

          Wow!  No strollers?  My husband works different hours and I dont have any shopping friends – just me and my children.  If a store didnt allow me to bring my stroller in, I wouldn’t be able to shop there.  My arm is only so strong.  I have to take breaks from holding my baby while looking through racks and  putting him down before my arm falls off lol

          • Ssheets14

            A lot of the consignment sales in my area do not allow strollers or children the first day of the sales.

    • Buy monogrammed items and applique over them. You can see my post here: 
      http://sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com/2012/03/dont-count-em-out.html

    • Bradyfigueroa

      In Huntsville, I believe the Kids Market sale will be around the first October.

    • Kei2448

      http://www.tttsale.com 

      Tykes Tots Teens Sale is in Conyers at the Georgia International Horsepark the second week of October!!

    • Kei2448

      http://www.tttsale.com 

      Tykes Tots Teens Sale is in Conyers at the Georgia International Horsepark the second week of October!!

    • Guest

      Griffin, GA – A Whale of a Sale: September 6-8 on Solomon Street.

      • Cindy

        Is the sale just on clothing or other items too?

    • katkoupon

      Never did find any in Myrtle Beach area last year. Anyone else have any luck in this area?

      • Hmcdowell1981

        You can check out consignmentmommies.com and it will tell you if there are any close to you and what weekends.

      • Ccrim00

        Beach babies kids sale, sept 29-oct 4

        • katkoupon

           Thank you!

    • Tinamatlack

      Rock Hill,  SC http://upscaleweesale.com/   Sept 6- Sept 9th. On  Thursday, Sept. 6 (4 pm w/ 3 canned goods PER PERSON)

    • Elf716

      Check out thebargainwatcher.com. They list sales in different areas and u can search by state, county, etc.

    • Elf716

      Check out thebargainwatcher.com. They list sales in different areas and u can search by state, county, etc.

    • Melissa

      Denver United Methodist Sale (Denver, NC) is Sept 15th, 8-12.  They always have a great sale!

    • Joyce

      Just another tip when checking clothes… check the inseams and the knees of pants. I have bought pants and realized when I got home there was a hole in the inseam and have had knees of jeans rip bc they were worn thin…even though they did not really look bad when I bought them.

    • AnsleyC – SC

      September 6-9 Upstate Kids Consignment: Clemson, SC

    • Christian_chic_1

      Wee Peats! Augusta, GA ~ September 3 – 7th

    • Love Consignment sales!

      Great sale in Indian Trail, NC Sept 28 and half price on Sept 29th.
      http://fbcit.org/preschool#making

    • Jessica

      Second Impressions — Macon, ga
      August 30-Sept 1st. Over 20,000 items!!!
      http://www.2ndImp.com.

    • Jessica

      Second Impressions — Macon, ga
      August 30-Sept 1st. Over 20,000 items!!!
      http://www.2ndImp.com.

    • Monkeyhut

      The Monkey Hut in Forest Acres (Columbia, SC) starts tomorrow at 10AM.  Lots of great things – best sale yet!

    • Monkeyhut

      The Monkey Hut in Forest Acres (Columbia, SC) starts tomorrow at 10AM.  Lots of great things – best sale yet!

    • Monkeyhut

      The address for the Monkey Hut is 4711-3 Forest Drive right next to the Piggly Wiggly.  Sale starts tomorrow and ends on Saturday.  For updates be sure to like The Monkey Hut on facebook!

    • For north Atlanta, Glenn Clothing Sale is Sept. 28 and 29 near Emory. There are more but I can’t remember their names. I always check consignmentmommies website to see what’s in our area! They actually list a lot of them happening in September if you look!

    • Baybeeesther

      Anyone know of any in the Orlando area??

      • Kcroxburycoupon

         I am wondering the same thing!

    • Sdeetz1023

      If you are in the Upstate (SC) our sale is great! It’s at Bethel UMC September 13 (9am-7), 14 (9am-6), 15 (9am-1, half price sale) We’re located at 245 South Church Street in Spartanburg (across from the Downtown Post Office and Boots n Sonnys Restaurant) All proceeds (35%) goes to local missions/charity. So everyone wins :)

    • Guest

      I second Jenny’s comment on the “for profit” consignment shops.  They usually have so much overhead to cover that they end up over charging their buyers and under paying their sellers.  I stick to garage and church sales where you get much more bang for your buck, both as a buyer and a seller.

      My friends and I have also held swap parties, most recently for sports clothing and equipment, which were very successful and a lot of fun.

    • DianaY19

      I wish this had been posted earlier so I could share about the wonderful sale at University City UMC located at Harris Blvd. & Sugar Creek Rd. in Charlotte, NC.  Our sales are the 1st weekend in March and the 2nd in August.  We just had our sale August 11th.  It’s an awesome sale.  I’ve been to all the ones in the Charlotte region and it’s the best. 100% of the proceeds go to missions inside the church and the community.  We also give a lot to charities.  Put in on your calander for the spring.  Our next sale will be Saturday March 2nd.  http://www.ucumc.org/consignmentsale  

    • Consigning Chrissy

      You can find searchable lists of over 1800 sales at http://www.ConsignmentMommies.com  – just add your zip to their search.  

    • 2gatorgrads

      30 min from Florence, SC:  Merry Go Round Children’s Resale at the YMCA Hartsville SC 9/12-9/15. Babies to teens. 

      http://www.merrygoroundresale.com