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Tips for Shopping Consignment and Resale

In our community the consignment & resale events kick of this month.  At schools and warehouses all over people are organizing clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear to resell to new families. This is my favorite way to shop. Kids grow quickly and that means they outgrow their things quickly that means families are left with items in great condition. Tips for Shopping Consignment and Resale

I go out to each consignment or resale shop with rules to follow.  Doing this ensures I get the biggest bang for my buck.

  • Write down your children’s clothing and shoe sizes on a notecard for easy reference.
  • Know beforehand if they need things like winter coats, sneakers, jeans and other basics.
  • Bring something to carry your haul. Large tote bags, laundry baskets, shopping baskets, etc.
  • If you like it, grab it because it might not be there when you circle back in 15 minutes. You can always put it back.
  • Shop with outfits in mind. You don’t want to bring home an adorable patterned sweater then have nothing to match it.
  • Sort through your haul before checking out. Ask yourself “Would I buy that in a retail store?” Don’t let the price be your deciding factor.
  • Make sure buttons are attached, zippers go up, down AND lock, drawstrings are intact and seams aren’t ripped. Review hems, sleeves, collars and armpits for stains or holes.
  • Inspect baby gear for loose screws, chipped paint, missing pieces. Use your smartphone to check recall lists or reviews.
  • Know your budget.
  • Be comfortable. Shopping can be hard work especially when you are hauling piles of clothing around. Leave the heavy handbag and coat at home.

The last time I hit the big JBF Consignment Sale in fall I was able to get most of my daughter’s winter wardrobe plus shoes, coats for her and Shaun and some fun stuff for way less than $200. I can’t wait for the spring event coming up in  a few weeks.

These tips aren’t just for shopping kids clothes.  Use the same guidelines when shopping for adults and household items.

What do you like best about shopping consignment and resale?