Kids grow. And quickly! Often times it seems that you no sooner purchase something and they’ve outgrown it. One way to save money on your kid’s clothes is to shop consignment sales. These sales can be large and overwhelming, so here are a few tips to help you navigate the rows and racks of items.
Make a list of what you need. Before you ever shop, take inventory of your kid’s clothing and shoes (as well as sizes) so you know what you will need to buy. Don’t allow yourself to become tempted by other items which are not on your list.
Get there early. These sales can draw thousands of people. That means the best items will go quickly. Try to arrive early and be ready to shop so you can find the best deals.
Bring along a basket (or even a stroller). Rather than juggle items in your hands, bring along something into which you can place your items. If you have a laundry basket or other bin, that can work. You can also just grab the stroller from the back of your vehicle and you’ll have an instant shopping cart!
Allow time to shop. If you really want to find the best deals, you will need to time to look through the racks. If you don’t have a couple of hours to visit the sale, try to go at a time when you will. It can take a while to go through the racks and find the items you need at the best prices.
Save by selling your items. When you are a seller at a consignment sale, you can sometimes get early access to the sale before the general public is allowed to shop. This is a not only a great way to find the bargains, but you can make a little off your items too. Just search for the sale you plan on attending and look into what it takes to be a seller.
Be patient. The lines will be long. There will be a lot of people in the aisles. This will require extra patience and understanding.
The fall is a very common time of the year for consignment sales. You can find them in several parts of the country. You can do some online searches to find a sale close to where you live.
What tips do you have for shopping consignment sales?