Thursday, February 10, 2011

Consignment sale season!

Consignment sale season has officially begun!

Last year I feel like I wasn't able to fully take advantage of the consignment sales in the Birmingham area. The babies were still very young and very, very small, so I didn't know what sizes to buy. This year, though, I knew exactly what I wanted.

The first sale was at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. My lovely sister Sara was able to get passes to get in early for my sister-in-law and me, and I racked up.

Here are the play clothes and sleepers I got:


And here are the nicer jon-jons and dresses:


As you can clearly see, I ended up with much more stuff for Cole - mostly due to the fact that the selection was just better for boys. But don't feel too sorry for Ellen just yet; there are many sales yet to come.

I'm most looking forward to the BAMOM (Birmingham Area Moms of Multiples) sale in a couple of weeks. They will have boy/girl coordinating outfits grouped together. I have had a hard time finding cute coordinating outfits for the twins, so I'm hoping I'll find lots of good things.

My cousin Katie is the pro at consignment sales, and she taught me a few things during the last round of sales. The best tip she gave was to grab everything you think you might want and then reevaluate before you check out. During this reevaluation, you should look closely for stains or signs of wear and tear. You should also pay attention to the types of things you are getting. Did you grab too many of one type of outfit? Did you get the right sizes? Did you get too many outfits of the same color? In other words, be more critical of the outfits at this point.

So to recap: First, grab everything that catches your eye, and then scrutinize.

Another thing that helps you decide if the price is worth it is to know what brands are the nicer brands. For instance, Feltman Brothers outfits are generally fairly expensive, so an outfit of that brand selling for $15 in good condition is actually a pretty good deal. The more you know about the brands and what they normally sell for, the better. That way you don't buy something used for $8 that you could've gotten new for $11.

To find consignment sales in your area, you can usually just do a Google search. If that leaves you empty handed, try asking around, especially at the churches. I have found that in Birmingham many of the better sales are organized by churches.

Anyone else have any tips for shopping consignment sales?

2 comments:

Stephanie Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Oh, Nan, you did a great job! I can't wait to see it all in person. I think you're really getting the knack of this. I love the little lamb sale in Tuscaloosa, but it can be overwhelming. Last year, without even planning it, I got Mae's bedding there (8 piece set that retails for $600 for $50--couldn't even tell it was used). There are great deals out there, you just have to be patient and know what to look for. It looks like you've got "the right stuff"...oh, oh, oh-oh....

P.s. Sorry for the knotb pun.

LG Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Jealous on multiple levels!! Cant wait till our spring sales start here! I hope to sell some stuff as well but I am on a waiting list!