Last night my friend Jackie and I went to our first big consignment sale. Jackie is a fellow twin-mama of mine, and also a former teacher. Her boys were born six days before my girls, so we have a lot in common and really enjoy getting together with each other. She invited me to go with her to this big sale. It was put on by a Families of Multiples Club and was held in a large events center in our area. We got there about 10-15 min after it opened and it was already packed full of people scurrying around snatching up the best items. I was so overwhelmed!! There was just so much to look at and I didn’t know where to start. I knew toys were one of the hottest items at these sales, and it also happened to be what Jackie and I needed the most for our twins, so that’s where we started.
We weren’t very prepared. We should have brought a wagon, or a stroller at least, to carry all of our loot. I’m sure we looked like crazy women lugging all of our stuff around! It definitely made it hard to get everything we wanted because we got tired of carrying it all. Next time I’ll know better and bring a wagon!
This was my second consignment sale, and I highly recommend it. In fact, I am already ready to go to another one! The deals you can find are incredible. We saw toys (birth to school age), lots of gear (cribs, strollers, jumpers, swings, bouncy chairs, bikes…), tons of clothes, shoes, bottles, baby carriers, diapers, diaper bags, maternity items…the list goes on. It’s not just baby stuff. They have everything from before birth to teen. If you are expecting a baby, this is the place to go to save a lot of money. Most of the stuff is gently used and sometimes even brand new. If you are looking for anything gear related, or if you want to snatch up the best toys and clothes you need to go when the doors open, because it sells fast. If you are in my area, and you are interested in this sale, there are a couple coming up. I’d be happy to let you know about them. If you aren’t in my area, I would suggest asking around or googling to find a sale near you.
Next big project…SELL at a consignment sale. The amount you can make is significantly higher than at a garage sale, or a consignment store, and it’s much easier than trying to sell on ebay or craigslist. You set your own prices, so you control what you make. The sale does take anywhere from 0%-30% of your sales, depending on a few criteria. I’m planning on taking the plunge this Spring, so plan on reading all about that soon!