Last year, I was new to the whole consignment sale thing. We didn’t have them in Iowa so it was all new to me. Of course I fell in love! Read about one of my previous consignment sale experiences here. Maggie posted her results and some great tips here. Last year I didn’t need a whole lot for Eli because of hand me downs and gifts, and because a newborn doesn’t need much else. Now, I need winter clothes, toys and a few other supplies. In true OCD fashion, I wanted to make a plan for my consignment sale shopping experience. Here goes:
Clothes– Size 18-24 months
-10 pairs of pants: jeans, khakis, and sweat/athletic pants
-10 long sleeved shirts
-1 or 2 jackets
-Balls- Eli is only has one and is obsessed with it
-Wooden puzzles with big pieces
-Tool bench- (possible 1st birthday present) will spend up to $25 for one in good shape
-Toy Storage- shelf with bins or cubbies of some sort.
-I am going to have to pace myself. I am sure I could purchase most of these things at the first sale I go to, but I will make sure that what I buy is truly a good deal. There are a LOT of sales this fall.
-I will try to stay >5 for pants, sweatshirts, and jackets and >3 for shirts
-I am going to try to be at the first few sales as soon as they open on the first day. I will look for the big ticket items at that time- baby gate, tool bench, toy storage- most of the time the big ticket items don’t make it to the 1/2 price day, and some aren’t even 1/2 price eligible.
-I will look through the clothes the first day, but plan to come back for the 1/2 price day for most of my clothes purchases.
-I am going to take my list of wants/needs with me, and keep it updated so I know what I have already purchased and what I still need.
My first stop will be at the Like New Consignment sale this Friday! Wish me luck!