School may have just ended for your little ones, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on shopping for the upcoming year. Lucky for you, along with the summer heat, seasonal children’s consignment sales are just around the corner.
Not familiar with these fabulous resale events? I have two words for you: super savings. That’s right. Children’s consignment sales are stocked full of previously loved top brand apparel and shoes your kids love to wear and are overflowing with gently used book bags, lunch boxes and books (not to mention toys and baby gear). You’ll shop hundreds of items in one trip and save 50 to 90 percent off of retail pricing.
These special sales events really do have it all—think thousands and thousands of items—and these tips will help ensure you make the most of them to save more money.
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CREATE A LIST
Don’t forget, kids’ consignment events offer you the chance to get an entire season of clothing in one trip. Of course, that means you need to be prepared to maximize on that opportunity. Inventory Sarah’s closet and dresser drawers to determine what clothes and shoes she may be able to wear into the fall. Mark down the items you have and those that you’ll need for your growing girl.
KNOW HOW THEY’LL GROW
Yes, little Benjamin is going to grow this summer–the question is how much. If you know your child’s current height and weight, you can easily predict what size he’ll wear in the coming year by using this helpful age growth chart.
PRIORITIZE AND PLAN
Winter jackets, baby gear, shoes, and school supplies like backpacks and lunch boxes are in high demand at children’s consignment sales. If these items are on your list, plan to head to those sections first.
BRING A BAG (or two)
Most children’s consignment sales do not provide shopping bags or carts. Make sure to bring your own. Some shoppers even use wagons, laundry baskets or rolling suitcases to tote their finds.
SIZE UP AND DOWN
As with our own clothes, children’s apparel sizes vary by brand. Some run large, some run small. Make sure to check out the clothes one size down and one size up from what your son will wear to see if any will work for him.
KEEP THE KIDS AT HOME
No matter how well behaved your kiddos may be, it’s best to leave them home. You’ll want to focus on the shopping task at hand without having to worry about them or their whereabouts. Remember, there may be thousands of items to pick from and you’ll want to be able to move through the aisles quickly.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
Don’t recognize a brand? Wondering about a price? Upload the Amazon app to your smartphone to research items before you buy them.
GET THE SOOP ON SALES
You can find seasonal children’s consignment sales in nearly every city and town these days. Scope out the upcoming consignment sales in your area and plan to attend as many as you can!
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