This past Fall I was invited to my first children’s consignment sale and it opened my eyes to an entirely new (well used) world! Sure I’ve frequented independent and franchise shops before but never a real deal consignment show. I’d like to share some tips I’ve learned as a newbie and I’d love to hear what other ideas you have to make shopping a better experience.
Before you go to the children’s consignment sale:
Learn the 411-
When are the consignment sales held in your area? Use your favorite search engine and look up dates! Most sales happen in the Fall and Spring. Local papers and word of mouth are also great resources.
Consider is the sale right for you-
- is there an admissions fee to attend or is it free
- are there deals to get in early if you pay, give nonperishables, volunteer or sell your own goods
- what ages does the sale include
Make a game plan-
I always have a list of items I want. I don’t go perusing the aisles. I’m focused on finding that specific product. After all there may only be one at the show.
Know the rules-
- The sale I prefer to attend has a few rules/guidelines.
- They allow you to hold your items on a table so your hands are free to continue shopping. When holding an item you must write your name on a sticky note as well as the time. This is because you may only hold any item for one hour. To save time I bring my own sticky pad and marker that already have my name on the top 10 sheets. Clever right?!
- They do not give you a bag to carry your items home so I bring an oversized reusable bag. I use it while I’m “picking” and then use it as my take home bag. Others use baskets with belts attached and then drag them around the sale, which is also surprisingly efficient.
- Are you allowed to bring children and if so are you allowed strollers? Mine allows strollers but I prefer to baby wear so I’m free to get around quickly.
Learn the lay of the land-
The sale I attend has the same set-up every time. This makes it easy when you know what you’re looking for and where to find it. I mentally prepare (yup, that’s right folks I do) what sections I’m going to hit first. I’ve not yet run into the sale but I have made a mad dash. Knowing where things are kept helps to get around as quickly as I can to the items I am looking to score.
Tune in tomorrow for Children’s Consignment Shopping Tips Part 2 for tips at the sale, before you pay for your items, and what to do with the items once you are home!