10 Things Trendy Moms Should Know about Consignment Sales

Repeat after me: Consignment Sales are not Garage Sales, Consignment Sales are not Garage Sales...There's a lot of "misunderstanding" about consignment sales. Until you've been to a
really good one, its hard to appreciate the full value in these sales.
If you are one of those trendy moms who is skeptical of the whole
consignment thing, here are a few things you should know.

1. You Won’t Be Wearing What EVERYONE Else is Wearing!

When my little one was “little” he wore the same ol’ Carter’s & Target outfits as every other child. I can recall several instances where we showed up to play groups or the library with Jack wearing the EXACT same outfit as another child. While not as stressful as say, showing up to prom in the same dress, I was quickly OVER the whole look like everyone else thing. At consignment sales, you can see TONS of brands across several seasons and definitely won’t be wearing the same ol’ same ol’!

2. Boutique Items at Prices You CAN Afford

Boutique items can get very expensive and most of the time, they get worn very little. At consignment sales, you can pick up incredible boutique clothes at 30-90% off retail pricing.

3. New with Tags

Most folks don’t realize this, but there are always tons of brand new items with tags at consignment sales!

4. Volunteer to Get the Good Stuff

This is definitely the number one secret of the pros! The good stuff gets gone early in the sale. If you volunteer, you can shop the volunteer pre-sale at most sales and can get your hands on the best
items first! If you go on the final days AND you are a picky mom, you'll be totally disappointed in the selection. Go early to get the good stuff!

5. Seasonal clothing that’s barely worn

Easter outfits, Christmas sweaters, Halloween costumes… all at incredible prices! Seasonal clothing is a steal at consignment sales and it’s usually in great condition because it gets barely any wear!

6. Vendors!

Most sales have incredible vendors – from smocked clothing and monogrammed items to fabulous accessories.

7. Bigger Wardrobe for a Fraction of the Cost

If you are like me, I LOVE to have options in the closet (ok, and I don’t keep up with the laundry so well either). Shopping at consignment sales has meant a much bigger wardrobe at a fraction of the cost. And… I do laundry less often. HaHa!

8. Get Your Shopping Fix without Driving All Over Town

I love shopping… LOVE IT! But now that I’m a mommy, I have much less time for it. Consignment sales help me get my fix without driving all over town. Where else can you find clothes & toys from hundreds of sellers all in one place?

9. Or, Better Yet, Some Sales are Worth the Drive

If you love boutique items, there are tons of new “boutique” only and high-end consignment sales that are popping up. Search your zip code and add the word “boutique” in the keyword search to find sales in your area. (ConsignmentMommies.com)

10. It’s Cool (and Green) to Shop Consignment

More and more savvy moms are jumping on the consignment bandwagon because it’s such a practical and green approach. Americans, on average, throw away 68 pounds of clothing each year (Earth911.com). Doesn't that seem like a waste?

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Comment by Melissa Lawrence on April 2, 2013 at 12:27pm

YES!!!  I started consignment shopping when I was pregnant with my first, and we have saved so much money.  I plan to sell at my first consignment this fall and I cant wait!


Comment by Henna Blossom on March 31, 2013 at 9:47pm

yep, yep, yep and yep. :) people are always commenting on and asking about my son's clothes. people think I spend a fortune but it's just about shopping smart. he has less clothes than most kids, but everything is adorable and we just rotate. also, when you get all of the great consignment/thrifting sales, you can splurge every once in awhile. :)

Comment by Maria Michalakos on March 22, 2013 at 2:33pm

Christy--I went to Target this morning and saw that the cheapest item for my 4 year old daughter was $7 leggings. The quality is not that great (no offence TarJay--I LOVE YOU) and after a few washes it will start falling apart. At a good consignment sale you can get Hanna Andersson leggings for the same price, if not less and they will last FOREVER. I would much rather spend my money on quality items which I can in turn sell again :)

Comment by Christy Garrett on March 22, 2013 at 12:17am

I shopped for kids clothes at shops like Kid to Kid a few years ago, but today they seem higher priced.  I can go to walmart and buy new clothes for the same price.  I did buy my maternity clothes at Kid to kid because they were more in line with my budget.

Comment by Maria Michalakos on March 19, 2013 at 2:39pm

Great post! It is like you took the thoughts from my head...
I am hoping to bring a little of that to my area by starting an upscale resale! I LOVE to shop for my kids (some say it might be an obsession). I am hoping there are other mommies like me so that we can have a successful sale :)


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