Consignment Sale Score (The Clothing Tree)
Let’s sing a song, shall we?
It’s called “Oh, I LOVE CONSIGNMENT SALES!”
Here’s the song, “La La La! I love consignment sales! Yippee! La La La!”
Er, sorry. Now that that’s out of my system…
The Clothing Tree sale is this weekend (local readers – it’s in Richlandtown, near Quakertown). The public sale starts THIS MORNING (Saturday). I went to yesterday’s presale with absolutely nothing in mind that I needed or really wanted. It turns out that’s the best way for ME to shop these consignment sales.
In the past, I would find myself have a near anxiety attack because I HAD TO HAVE AN EXERSAUCER or I WAS DESPERATE FOR AN INFLATABLE RUBBER DUCK TUB.
This time around, I seriously did not need anything. Christmas shopping is finished, birthday just ended, closet is brimming with clothes. This was truly a pleasure shop for me- and I think I ended up walking away even more excited than usual- b/c everything was unexpected. Everything was a bonus. My heart rate also stayed at a healthy rate because I was not formulating a “divide and conquer” gameplan in my head.
If you’re new to consignment sale shopping, keep in mind the two big seasons for sales are Spring and Fall. Both sales have all of the usual: baby equipment, clothing, toys, etc. But the fall sales will have the winter duds- jackets, snow pants, boots, etc and Halloween costumes. The spring sales will have bathing suits, and other summer/pool items.
Here’s how we did!
We spent a whopping total of $90. But our savings were HUGE!
:: 2 jackets for Lily Bean! Pink winter jacket is in like-new condition and was $5.50. Brand new Levis jean jacket (tags still attached) was just $2.50. That jacket will be perfect for our fall road trip to Texas!
:: Whole bunch of great stuff we will use here!
- Sound maker that is identical to the one in Lily Bean’s room- we grabbed this for our road trip for $5.
- New in package sun shades for the car – $1.
- Safety latches (we need more!) – 2 boxes for $3.
- 2 juice box holders- I will be stuffing one of these in the diaper bag for times we eat at a restaurant and the kid’s meal includes a juice box (like Baja Fresh). We got both holders for $1 ($.50 each).
- Bed rail for our camper (going camping in 2 weeks!) – $4.
- Circo (Target) sneakers- $2.
- The very same BOOTS that Lily has (and LOVES) now! These are BRAND NEW (not a single scuff mark on bottom) Osh Kosh brand boots for $6. They are 3 sizes bigger than Lily wears right now- so she’ll be able to return to her beloved boots at some point.
Crazy barn tent/tunnel contraption that Biker Bob insisted that we get. Fortunately Lily Bean thinks it’s fantastic too. We got this for $5.
I LOVE this Little Tikes picnic table! It’s cute, in like-new condition, and it even folds up so that we can easily move it or bring it to picnics/parties if needed.
We paid $8 for this.
The item that I am the MOST excited about… I have been wanting one of these for about a year now- ever since I saw one for the first time at the aquarium. It’s a Joovy Caboose Tandem Stand-On Stroller!!! Meaning, Lily Bean (or future someday baby #2) can ride in the front like a regular stroller (there is even a CAR SEAT attachment so that you can snap an infant seat right in) but THEN! there is also the option for her to sit on the bench in the back… OR! She can stand up and hold onto the railings like a big girl!
This stroller is in fantastic shape. The only blemish or even sign of wear that I could find was a sticky spot on the snack tray. It scrubbed right off when I got home and now is seriously in GREAT shape. The best part is that Lily, who likes to put up a huge protest when she is done with her stroller, LOVES this thing. She thinks the bench on the back is AWESOME and doesn’t realize that she’s still being confined and pushed around.
We picked up this gem for a mere $55.
I am so happy about these finds.
What is your favorite way to shop consignment sales? Do you do better with a set list in mind of things to check out? Or do you like throwing caution to the wind and finding whatever jumps out at you? Or a little of both?
I am definitely a little of both. There are sometimes when I can’t help but hope that I find something particular.. but others when browsing is the word of the day.