We’ve been super fortunate in the clothing department, receiving awesome hand-me-down clothes for Des from family and friends (I’m looking at you Melissa and Sarah). Still, at the rate that kiddos grow and the changing of the seasons, I am constantly on the hunt for new clothes. These days our budget is a bit more PB&J than Filet Mignon, so consignment shopping it is.
Last Saturday morning, Desmond and I headed out early to shop the There They Grow Again pop-up summer sale in Dedham. I ended up with 14 items of clothes for under $40. Here are some of my favorite finds:
Here are my seven lucky tips for achieving consignment sale success:
1. Go Early
Crazy bargain hunting moms are just that… crazy. They’ll go early and often so if you want to score the best items, do the same. Before charging into the sale, look in the mirror and admit that you’ve turned into a crazy bargain hunting mom, but do it quickly so you can get in there already. If the sale is two days, go the first. If you can get pre-sale passes, you’re in even better shape. It doesn’t take long for the selection to get picked-over.
2. Bring a Laundry Basket or Gigantic Bag
At your first sale you might wonder why the veteran crazies are staring at the rookie crazies like we are the weirdos. Then you’ll notice you’re one of the only empty-handed, unprepared ladies without a laundry basket or gigantic bag from home. You’ll go from laughing under your breath at the idea of needing a laundry basket for a few baby clothes to being out of breath as you load your arms to their max capacity.
3. Save the Hangers and Safety Pins
I don’t know about you but I’m constantly short at least three clothes hangers. More than half of the clothes come on icky wire hangers, which I toss, but some come on the decent plastic kiddie size ones. Yup… saving those. The tags are all attached with safety pins, which I also save. Stay tuned for a future blog post in which I construct a life-size replica of the Bunker Hill Monument out of safety pins. I’ve got the first couple inches done, but I’m out of band-aids so it might take awhile.
4. Bring a Friend
This one needs no explanation. It’s obviously more fun to shop with a friend.
5. Stick with Washable Toys
These pop-ups don’t just sell clothes; there are swings, jumpers, strollers, play mats, books, games, and toys. I’d recommend if you purchase a toy to be sure it’s the type you can wash. I bought these awesome blocks but they were covered in paper on all sides and when I washed them, they got all goopy and ended up in the trash—a bargain gone tragically wrong. Basic wood and plastic are best.
6. Look at Bigger Sizes
Though you may forget because some look brand new, these clothes are used of course and have been washed a fair share of times. With lots of washing comes shrinking. If your kiddo is wearing size 9 months, look at the 12 month options. They’ll probably fit now.
7. Wash then Wear
I get slightly weirded out when thinking about how gross the clothes of babies I love can get after an exploding diaper incident or a spaghetti day sans a bib; and then a little more when I think about stranger-babies in these dirty clothes scenarios. I don’t like seeing a stain and imagining how it got there. It goes without saying that all these clothes should get a good wash before your baby rocks them.
Good luck you bargain huntin’ mommas!