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This post is sponsored by Just Between Friends – Lower Bucks. All opinions are my own.
When I had my son nine years ago, I was willing to take hand-me-downs, but I was one of my first friends to have children so there wasn’t much going around. I actually took a job a Babies R Us, working in apparel, so that I’d at least get a discount on the clothes that he would need. Most weeks, I felt like I was handing over my paycheck to buy the newest and cutest outfits. Then, when I had my daughter, the first girl in my family since I was born (there are a lot of grandsons), all of my aunts and family got me well stocked in little girl clothes. But then, I needed to keep 2 children under 2 years old dressed, and they were growing out of things every few weeks! I couldn’t keep spending like this.
Enter seasonal children’s consignment sales!
If you are trying to keep your children clothed without breaking the bank and you’ve never shopped a seasonal children’s consignment sale then you are totally missing out! I now have three growing children, and honestly, don’t know how I’d keep these kids dressed if it wasn’t for consignment sales.
5 Tips for Shopping Consignment
- Know what you need. In the days/weeks before the consignment sale, go through your child’s wardrobe for the upcoming season, and really assess what they need.
- Make a list. You know you save more money at the grocery store when you shop with a list. The same is true when you shop consignment sales. Write down everything you are looking for including sizes, quantities, and any special requests from the kids. You know the ones for Hello Kitty, an Eagles jersey, anything Minecraft.
- Know your brands. Does a particular brand fit your child better than others? Make a note of that so you can be on the lookout.
- Know your prices. You won’t know if you are getting a good deal unless you know what that item would cost new. This doesn’t mean study every brand out there and their price points, but be aware of pricing. Something as simple as knowing Hannah Anderson costs more than Old Navy will be very helpful when you shop.
- Know what you are willing to spend. While many consignment sales accept cash and credit card payments, you want to go in with a budget. What are you willing to spend total? Getting such good deals may go to your head and you may go a bit overboard so stay focused. Also, know what you are willing to spend on a specific item. What’s your max price on a pair of pajamas? What about on a winter coat?
Each season I set a budget and that is what I spend to get them a full wardrobe. My budget is typically $80-100 per child. That includes play clothes, church clothes, and special occasion or holiday outfits and dresses. Sometimes this also includes coats, boots, and other seasonal outerwear.
When you’re shopping consignment sales you need to go in with a game plan, starting with what sale are you going to attend. My local sale is Just Between Friends – Lower Bucks. I am counting down the days until I can get in there to shop!
Just Between Friends – Lower Bucks
Tracy and her family organize 3 other very successful JBF sales around eastern Pennsylvania. You know the Lower Bucks sale is going to be amazing following that pattern.
You can shop Just Between Friends – Lower Bucks during their public sale at The Sportsplex in Feasterville. That’s three days of great deals. On opening day, admission is $3, but shoppers can grab a free pass, or returning customers may bring the postcard they received in the mail.
If you want to shop early, there are special pre-sales for consignors and volunteers, plus ticketed pre-sales for first-time parents, teachers, and Prime Time Shopping.