I love the idea of consignment. One nifty little place where can sell your perfectly good old stuff and get cash to buy someone else’s perfectly good old stuff. It’s the ideal system for busy mommies with growing kids. Who has time to have a yard/rummage/tag sale? And while the hand-me-down tradition is awesome, you don’t always get what you need in return. Consignment solves that problem.
I’m fairly new to the world of consignment. I went to my first consignment sale back in September, with Dan’s mom while I was on maternity leave. Heaven for bargain shoppers like us. We ended up with something around 30 items for around 20 dollars. I kid you not.
I’m debating on getting rid of some of Garrett’s old things in the spring sale this year, because I really liked the set up. I’ve already talked with the director of the company that set up the sale, because I was just so excited about the whole process. Sellers prep and price the clothes themselves, submit them into the sale’s online inventory, and print price tags. Sometime before the sale, all the clothes get delivered to the director, and she and her crew work their magic. When you arrive at the sale, everything is organized and set up just like a retail store and the shopping extravaganza can begin. Sellers receive 60% of whatever their item sells for, plus they get to shop early and get a discount coupon. How awesome is that??
These sales only occur a few times a year though. For those in between times, there’s brick and mortar consignment shops. This is where I did some shopping this past weekend. I subscribe to the newsletter of a local shop and was informed that all of their clearance items would be 75%…. Oh yes, I’ll be there. (I highly recommend finding out if your nearest consignment shop has a newsletter as well)
We beat it to the shop bright and early, and I was mildly disappointed at the selection of boy clothes in Garrett’s size. Newborn clothes? Tons. Girl clothes? An abundance. 6-9 month little boys’ clothes? Few and far between. Aside from the 75% clearance sale, they had a deal on onesies – 10 for $10. An entire wall of onesies, and maybe half a dozen were for boys. Also, they were all teeny. Too bad I don’t yet know the gender of all of the babies in my life that are due this summer.
I did get some awesome deals though.
Two track jackets, two shirts, two pairs of pants, two books, and also a raspberry teether. (Now shown above because it was in Garrett’s mouth at the time.) It’s a start on filling in the giant size gap that I have somehow managed to have with Garrett’s clothes. We had tons of newborn, 0-3, and 3-6 month clothes and then plenty of 12 month, 18 month, and even 24 month clothes packed away. But 6-9? Next to nothing! What is the deal with this size?!
Let’s take a look at the clothes prices.
As you can see, not everything was on clearance, but I really loved navy blue Gap track jacket and striped Gap t-shirt. The other four were ridiculously good deals! Need me to do the math for you?
- Old Navy long sleeved layered look t-shirt – $3.50 at 75% off = $0.87 (Yeah, for real. 87 cents for that shirt)
- Crazy 8 jeans – $5.50 at 75% off = $1.37
- Old Navy khaki pants (Super classy looking dress pants. Love love love.) $5.50 at 75% off = $1.37
- Nike track jacket. (See a theme here? Now he can dress like Daddy.) $5.50 at 75% off = $1.37
You really can’t beat those prices, now can you??
Garrett’s raspberry teether wasn’t on sale, but I can’t help but buy him cute things. And look how much he loves it!
I’m sending Danny back tomorrow to pick up a stroller for my sister that we found. She’s having her second baby in August and she’s been wanting a sit and stand stroller. $45 and it’s in excellent condition!!! I’m so excited to be able to get her one of the bigger things she needs at such an amazing price.
If you’re interested in consignment, you can find sales and stores in your area at consignmentmommies.com. (Not a paid endorsement, just a helpful hint.)