I have always been a careful shopper. It drives my husband nuts, but I will wait for months to find a great deal on a big purchase. Before we had our daughter, I read the statistics on how much it costs to raise a child and I knew that just wasn’t going to work for our family.
Thankfully, a dear friend introduced me to consignment sales when I was pregnant with our little girl and they turned my life has never been the same. These giant sales generally happen twice a year and are filled with gently used children’s clothes. But it’s not just clothes – they have toys, games, books, movies, baby gear, nursery furniture, and more! Everything is marked 50%-90% off retail value and each piece is inspected for stains and tears before going on the sale floor.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons I Love Consignment Sales:
1. Deep Discounts on Clothes
One of the major expenses in a child’s first few years is clothes. They go through clothes so fast (especially in those first two years when one size only fits for a few months!). I can’t justify spending several hundred dollars on clothes and shoes that will only fit for a year if I’m lucky. I am pretty picky about choosing brand name, good quality clothes that will last through years of play and I have found some fabulous discounts on quality clothes. Recently, I picked up a $60 designer outfit for $3 and a $70 snow suit set for $15!
2. Toys for Christmas, Birthdays, and Beyond
If you plan ahead, you can save some serious cash on birthdays and Christmas presents if you shop at consignment sales. In the past, I have found a $100 Lego Duplo set for $20 and a $60 Play Table for $5. I love looking through their book section – I have found classic Dr. Seuss board books and our favorite Richard Scarry books. They also have a huge section of bikes, wagons, and outdoor toys that make great birthday presents.
3. Half Price Sale
Consignment sales typically have half price and sometimes even 75% off days to make the savings even sweeter. By this point, the racks are much more bare, but you can find some great basics like t-shirts and jeans.
4. Bringing Home Baby for Less
Bringing home our daughter might have been one of the most expensive things we have ever done, but it was made a lot cheaper because of consignment sales. We got essentials like a Pack n’ Play, a bouncer, and a bassinet. SInce most baby gear is only used for a few months, it’s in great condition and a fraction of the cost if you were to purchase at a big box store. You can use consignment sales to complete your baby registry and save your gift cards for necessities like diapers and formula!
5. Earn Money
My favorite part of consignment sales is that I can come back next year and sell everything I buy this year! It’s different for everyone, but we invested about $100 in the first few sales and since then we have only had to spend a few dollars at each sale because we earn money by consigning the clothes that no longer fit.
Just Between Friends – Fort Worth
One of my favorite consignment sales happens to be the LARGEST children’s and maternity consignment sale in Texas – Just Between Friends Fort Worth. With over 75,000 sq. feet of children and maternity items, there are tons of great deals to be found. It’s a bit of a drive from North Dallas to Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center, but it is completely worth it!
Just Between Friends Fort Worth will be open to the public Thursday, September 3rd 2015 – Saturday, September 13th 2015, but you can shop early by volunteering, consigning, or signing up as a first time parent or grandparent. Click over to see the full schedule and get more information here. It is located in Fort Worth at Will Rogers Memorial Center – Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall.
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And one lucky Wit & Wander reader will win a $15 Gift Card to Just Between Friends Fort Worth. Enter here:
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Winner must pick up the gift card card at the Fort Worth JBF Fall Sale at time of shopping trip. JBF Bloggers are not eligible to enter. More rules included in the giveaway widget. Good luck!
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